I received my PhD in Communication from Purdue University. I taught communication for 16 years at state universities, a community college and small private liberal arts colleges. In December 2015 I joined Claremont Graduate University as the Director of Career Development. I collaborate with staff and faculty to integrate career and professional development into the fabric of graduate education. I'm Past-President of the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC), the professional association for practitioners who work in career and professional development for PhDs and Postdoctoral scholars. I write articles on career and professional development for several publications and am a contributing author to the Carpe Careers column in Inside Higher Ed.
Michael Sacoto, Assistant Director
Michael Sacoto joined Claremont Graduate University (CGU) in October 2018 as Assistant Director of the Career Development Office. In this role, Michael is responsible for providing career advising and professional development services to help prepare graduate students for a successful transition from CGU to their career.
Prior to joining CGU, Michael worked for the Inland Health Professions Coalition (IHPC), a non-profit organization focused on providing experiential learning opportunities for high school and college students in the Inland Empire. Through his work with the IHPC, Michael gained ample experience in student development, program management and employer relations. In the summer of 2016 and 2017, he received the Outstanding Citizenship Award from the San Bernardino County Medical Society for his work in providing healthcare internships to over 60 students. Michael has also served as an advisory board member for several schools, including co-chair of Palomares Academy of Health Sciences.
Michael obtained his Master's degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Education from CGU. He is fluent in Spanish. Michael's main hobbies include reading, watching movies, and running in 100 plus degree weather.
Leigh Schroyer earned a Master of Arts in Positive Organizational Psychology and Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University. He has more than 20 years of business experience and has held positions as a trainer, business consultant, district manager, franchisee and unit manager for one of the leaders in the quick service restaurant industry. He has received awards as the West Region Manager of the Year and Rookie Manager of the year for Domino's Pizza where he was also certified trainer. He was also elected to lead a group of more than 20 franchisees in the Sacramento area during his time as a franchisee. Leigh is an expert in business and personnel analysis and has trained and mentored many successful leaders in his career, including managers, franchisees and other members of his teams. Now his focus is to help CGU students achieve their own career success by helping them identify opportunities and by developing relationships with dynamic companies seeking to hire CGU talent.
Jun Kabigting MBA,MSIE,SPHRi
Jun is an MA (en passant to PhD) student in Positive Organizational Psychology & Evaluation. His research interest primarily lies in the study of the paradoxical nature of human traits—arguably the basic building blocks of one's strengths and talents—and how such seemingly contradictory relationships can be used to enhance the human potential to achieve breakthroughs in organizational performance and create strengths-based workplaces. Professionally, Jun is a business-academic with more than 25 years of experience across the entire human resource (HR) value chain of recruit, retain, and development, most of them gained internationally. His core expertise includes talent acquisition (recruiting & selection) and strengths-focused career coaching/counseling.
Also, Jun has more than 10 years of graduate-level teaching experience as an adjunct/clinical professor at various universities in the Philippines and Japan. He is an agile and inclusive educator committed to the academic success of students by designing and teaching classes that are ethical, reflexive, co-creative, plural, and based on design-thinking principles and mindsets.
Joshua is a Claremont Graduate University student with a focus on Positive Organizational Psychology and Evaluation, with hopes to utilize Human Resources as an anchor to incorporate principles of positive psychology in the workplace. He has a background in Sports, Human Resources, and Psychology.
Data Evaluation Assistant
Devin is a DrPH student in Community and Global Health with a minor in evaluation, policy, and leadership. She also serves as an adjunct professor at California State University teaching Introductory Statistics for the Health Sciences. Devin earned an MPH and has program management experience in the non-profit sector working with children, families, adults and seniors with their respiratory health needs. She plans to continue teaching in higher education in the public health field and pursuing research.