Assistant Director, Career Services, Mississippi College
Loyal is the word Clare Agostinelli uses to describe herself but she’s also a goal setter and achiever. The Clarksdale native currently serves as assistant director of career services at Mississippi College where she helps students make the transition from school to the world of work.
“I recently hired Clare Agostinelli. In a short time she has been a great asset to our team,” said Karen Lindsey-Lloyd, director of retention and career services at MC. “She brings relevant, real-world business experience to students using our services. She has quickly represented our department on cross functional committees across the university. Clare is also a great role model for students as they seek to enter a variety of professions.”
Agostinelli came to higher education after working in the fields of accounting and banking. After college she began her career at Trustmark Bank where she served in the positions of management development associate, human resources project coordinator and marketing officer.
While at Trustmark, she implemented the organization’s first formal internship program. Rob Armour, marketing director of Trustmark, says it was a pleasure working with her. “I know Clare as a hardworking individual, a creative thinker and as a difference maker in her church and community,” he said. “She served in several capacities at Trustmark and has since broadened her skill set to include not only marketing but human resource management and talent recruitment as well.”
As a recruiting specialist at HORNE LLP, Agostinelli had her most significant professional accomplishment to date. “I began in a new position with one folder on my desk. I was able to build upon and experience the growth of a successful recruiting program,” she explains. “I enjoyed watching the successes of this program and the growth of team members in their recruiting roles.
“The relationships that were formed among participating colleges required immense effort and dedication to the success of the program. This process had an impact on me and allowed me to see first hand that through hard work and dedication a team can reach mighty accomplishments.”
In this position, she grew the recruitment program from relationships with four colleges to 15 colleges in three states. She also managed a proposal writing team for government/industry requests for proposals. To better serve in this role, Agostinelli became a certified fraud examiner. Additionally, she is a Certified Bridgebuilder Generational Trainer and has experience in marketing, proposal writing and analysis and event planning.
Promotional advancement in each field in a shorter time period than expected has been especially rewarding. “These promotions are not titles to me, but allow me to feel proud of the hard work and success I achieved that led to each new opportunity,” she said.
The daughter of Tom and Meg Agostinelli, she grew up in Clarksdale and lists her dad as her most cherished role model. “His guidance is based on honesty and integrity,” she said. “He is the person I call on for professional advice. He’s a level-headed man with a gentle, yet bold spirit.”
Agostinelli graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, marketing, and earned a master’s of business administration degree from Mississippi College.
After college, this energetic young lady started playing tennis. She began rated as a 2.5 player and advanced to her present 3.5 level and has won several tournaments. She also began running in 2008 and has competed in local 5-K runs.
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