Mariela Torres is the Assistant Director of Industry Relations at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) Career Design Lab (CDL) since May 2019. Mariela is an experienced professional with over 24 years of experience in Career Counseling and the Fashion Industry. Mariela has experience managing small to large Career Services Centers that provide comprehensive career and internship services to college students and alumni. She has held Director level positions at The College of New Rochelle, Berkeley College, and LIM College. She is also a certified Myers Briggs (MBTI) Practitioner. Mariela is very passionate about student success and has provided career coaching for students and alumni, advised student clubs, and taught undergraduate and graduate-level career preparatory courses. Mariela has worked for organizations such as Avon Products, Perry Ellis and Macy’s Merchandising Group. Mariela has been actively involved in MNYCCPOA since 2015 and has held the 2nd Vice President and Treasurer previously. She is excited to hold the 1st Vice President role for 2019-2021. Her professional accomplishments include an impressive student career transition rate of 85% into full-time positions within six months of graduation; managing merchandising, marketing and product development efforts for a $350 million cosmetics business; The LIM College Rising Star Award and Fashion Group International (FGI) Spirit of Volunteer Award. Mariela holds a Master of Science degree in Career Development from the College of New Rochelle and a Bachelor of Professional Studies from LIM College in Fashion Merchandising. Connect to Mariela on LinkedIn.