The CDO Team

The Career Development Office (CDO) at Chicago Harris is committed to helping students and alumni prepare and position themselves to act upon a wide range of exciting professional opportunities. The CDO team is here to help students and alumni identify their objectives and the resources necessary for achieving them. 

Adam Heeg

Adam Heeg joined CDO in 2014 after having served as a career services professional at Indiana University, Northwestern University, and Georgetown University Law Center. While at Indiana, he worked with students from all majors and academic backgrounds as both a career counselor and course instructor. At Northwestern, Adam counseled students interested in pursuing business-related careers, including consulting, finance, banking, trading, and real estate among others. During his time at Georgetown Law, he worked with students interested in pursuing both traditional and nontraditional legal careers. At each institution, Adam also played a key role in developing and maintaining relationships with employers and assisting them in their campus recruiting efforts. Additionally, Adam co-authored Ready or Not: Beginning Your Career Journey, a textbook aimed at self and career exploration that is used in many career development courses. Prior to beginning his work as a career services practitioner, Adam worked in the front office of an NBA franchise. He received his B.S. in Public Affairs from The School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and his M.Ed. from DePaul University.

Contact Adam to explore options to best promote your organization to our students and alumni. Find Adam on LinkedIn!

PHONE: 773.834.2148 

Leslie Andersen

Associate Director of Career Development, Public Sector Relations
Leslie has extensive experience in the field of career development and planning. A graduate of Smith College, Leslie holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and she has since worked with a wide variety of students and alumni in academic and professional settings. Leslie has held positions in career development at the Illinois Institute of Technology Career Management Center and at four other colleges and universities. She has also worked at the Illinois CPA Society and the American Bar Association.

Contact Leslie to discuss career exploration and how to make the most of your job search. Find Leslie on LinkedIn!

PHONE: 773.702.6929

Alma Ceballos

Associate Director of Career Development, Private Sector Relations
Alma's experience in career counseling extends across all majors, more recently focused on accounting, management information systems and finance majors and alumni at DePaul University. Prior to her advising role at the university, she served in an employer relations capacity, building relationships with employers across industries, customizing on campus recruiting strategies to support their hiring efforts.  Alma’s employer relations experience includes program development focused on enhancing students’ career exploration with employer engagement providing a real world perspective. Prior to her work at DePaul University she provided career counseling to engineering majors at all levels of study at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She received a B.A. in International Studies and an M.Ed. in College Student Development, both from DePaul University, making her a Double Demon. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) focused in the area of career counseling. 

Contact Alma to discuss employer relations and how to explore job opportunities in the private sector.  Find Alma on LinkedIn!

PHONE: 773.702.5063

Adam McGriffin

Associate Director of Career Development, Nonprofit Sector Relations
Though Adam McGriffin has had a varied career, making a difference has always been central in his life. Whether planning initiatives, directing strategies, or executing programs, his emphasis on improving the status quo has led to measurable results. Prior to joining the University of Chicago Adam served as the Global Partnership and Government Relations Manager for Lions Club International, the world's largest service club organization. Adam's primary focus was on building connections with organizations around the world, including the U.S. Congress, international corporations, governments, and NGO's. Previously, holding simultaneous roles as Manager of AmeriCorps/Veterans Affairs and Older Adult Services Coordinator for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Adam directed all aspects of both programs.  The move to AmeriCorps was a natural transition because he had successful completed his own year prior, serving as Homeland Security Disaster Liaison, Mitigation VISTA, for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. Before entering the business and nonprofit worlds, Adam had been a Firefighter and Paramedic in Illinois and Indiana. Along with his day-to-day responsibilities of enforcing safety policies/procedures and training employees, Adam was twice recognized for his outstanding service. In 2014, Adam was appointed by the Illinois governor as a Commissioner on the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. He also serves on the Illinois Advisory Committee of the United States Global Leadership Coalition. Adam holds a BA from Purdue University and a MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Contact Adam to discuss employer relations and how to explore job opportunities in the nonprofit sector.  Find Adam on LinkedIn!

PHONE: 773.834.4126