Considered one of the foremost references in Employability and the Future of Work on a global scale, Amber Wigmore Álvarez was recently appointed Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) of Highered EFMD Global Talent Network.
As CIO, Amber will spearhead the sales, marketing and network development, while taking the role as global thought leader in student placement, introducing Highered to corporate recruiters, providing schools and corporates with insight and background for data-driven decisions, and through this, strengthen Highered’s positioning as the credible global leader in student placement.
Amber brings more than 8 years of experience from the world of global career services at top-ranked IE, where she was until most recently Executive Director of Talent & Careers, managing a team of more than 37 talent professionals who delivered services to 6,000 students and 65,000 alumni globally, increasing satisfaction on behalf of students, alumni and more than 4,000 corporate partners and organizations.
When asked about her career transition, Amber felt very positive and supported while making the change.
After an incredible run leading Talent & Careers for IE students and alumni, I was eager to have a greater impact on the world of career services on a global scale, for a significant number of top academic institutions. At the same time, through my role on the Highered Advisory Board, I have always seen myself as a true believer in the Company, whose mission naturally resonates with my vision. As a talent professional, I strongly believe that Highered will allow me to marry my passion for student placement and employability, with a unique opportunity in the market. – Amber Wigmore Alvarez, PhD
As a professor, Amber continues to teach on a range of career topics including executive presence, body language, personal branding, networking, career evolution, interviewing, reneging, salary negotiation and onboarding. Furthermore, she conducts workshops for HR professionals worldwide on topics including succession planning, diversity, inclusion and the use of neuroscience and gamification for recruiting, and continues to serve as Professor/Ambassador for the Inside LVMH Talent Program. Passionate about connecting top talent with the world’s most innovative companies and organizations, Amber takes pride in moderating panels in more than 30 countries spanning the globe. She has been quoted in numerous publications, including the Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNN, Expansión, El País, El Economista, Forbes and Elle.
In 2013 Amber created and led the EFMD Career Services Steering Committee, on which she continues to serve, and until her appointment as CIO, served on the Advisory Board of Highered. She was also a member of the MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance (MBA CSEA) Standards Committee, the MBA Career Services for Working Professionals (MBACSWP) alliance and an active voice in the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) Careers group.
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