Kellie Furey is in the last few months of her college career and already has much of the experience she needs to make it in the real world of business. She will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in management. Her graduation date will mark her two-year anniversary as executive director of the University Lecture Series at the USF Center for Student Involvement.
Her duties there include leading the communications with multiple lecture agents and speakers, whom she handles throughout the day of the event. She interviews lecturers, including Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis, best-selling author R.L. Stine, “Orange is the New Black” actress Jackie Cruz and activist Harry Belafonte. She also is involved in employee hiring for professional and student staff and also is the board chairman for the Global Conversation Series, which brings influential speakers with global perspectives to campus.
Last year, Furey landed a human resources internship with an NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, where she reviewed and edited on-air talent contracts and oversaw programs for intern professional development. She counts among her skills event planning, public speaking, strategic management, communication and creativity.
She has participated in Stampede of Service and volunteered for Junior Achievement in an effort to help young people in the Tampa Bay area achieve success.