Kristen Pribanich serves as the Assistant Director, Career Development for the Office of Career Planning. She is a strengths-based career counselor who believes in helping students and alumnae to find a career path that best aligns with their unique interests, values, and talents. Before becoming a counselor, Kristen spent 9 years in the hospitality and sales industries and uses her experience to normalize that career paths are often not linear. As a clinically trained mental health counselor, Kristen brings her knowledge of mental health into her work as a career counselor to provide a holistic, person-first environment. In addition to career counseling appointments, Kristen also heads up the Angels Suited for Success program, which is a certificate program aimed at building career readiness competencies; provides direction on career development presentations both, in and out of the classroom; and leads DEI initiatives for the Office of Career Planning. Her research is focused on issues related to the college student population including growth mindset, self-awareness and a strengths-based approach, leadership development and values, and first-generation college students. Prior to joining the OCP team as the Assistant Director, Career Development, Kristen served as a Graduate Intern from spring 2020 to spring 2021.
Top 5 Strengths: Input | Ideation | Individualization | Positivity | Empathy
M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Campbell University
B.S., Educational Studies, Concentrations in Human Development and Family Studies and Dance, Kent State University
North Carolina Career Development Association (NCCDA), Continuing Education Committee Member July 2021-present
North Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers (NCACE), Leadership Institute Class of Spring 2020
National Career Development Association (NCDA), NCDA Conference Graduate Student Scholarship Recipient Summer 2020
National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Member
American Counseling Association (ACA), Member
Vincent, E. & Wagner-Hilt, K. (2021, February). Redefining balance: Supporting the many roles of women in the midst of a pandemic. Presented at the North Carolina Counseling Association Annual Conference, Virtual.
Vincent, E. & Wagner-Hilt, K. (2020, November). From student to employee: Supporting the career and mental health implications of the workforce transition during challenging times. Presented at the North Carolina Career Development Association Conference, Virtual.
Wagstaff J. & Wagner-Hilt, K. (2019, January) Creating a mindset for success. Presented at the NC TRiO Student Initiatives Conference, Sanford, NC.