Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 pm
This program is part of our Life 101: Leveling up to Adult series aimed at young people from teens to 25.
Get all your questions about the job search and hiring process answered. We’ve invited a panel of four experts from different sectors of the job market – global corporate, non-profit, start-up, and government/municipal – all with lots of experience hiring and working with young people. Submit your questions in advance to with the name of the program in the subject line.
The Panel:
Tasha Schlake Festel is part of the senior recruiting team at a Bullhorn, a SaaS company headquartered in Boston that creates software for the staffing industry. Her recent experience has been in building teams at large, global companies, but she also has experience at small companies and startups, and has even done some time at a staffing agency. Tasha has been involved in all facets of hiring, from building out the recruiting function, to interviewing and coaching candidates, to onboarding new team members to set them up for success. She’s also helped build internship programs, spearheaded employment branding campaigns, and participated in numerous college recruiting events and resume workshops.
Rich Greif is the Communications Director for Make-A-Wish ® Massachusetts and Rhode Island which grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. He has over 20 years of marketing and nonprofit experience working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and other local, state and national nonprofits. He also teaches Writing for Communications at the Boston University College of Communication and locally he is the Vice Chair of the Wakefield Human Rights Commission.
Duncan Pettigrew is Chief Operating Officer, Redstar Ventures, LLC. He has almost 20 years of experience working in different positions in the startup world, before which he was briefly an accountant at Ernst & Young. Redstar is a Cambridge-based venture foundry, that researches, creates and invests in new start-up companies.  We are currently focusing on three new companies: ThirdChannel which employs thousands of young people across the US to represent brands like Oakley, UnderArmour and Calvin Klein; MoneyExperience, which teaches financial literacy to young adults, and Kinto, which helps families care for loved ones who are living with Alzheimer’s.
Jackie Powers is currently the Assistant Director, but has been at Beebe Library in various roles for almost nine years. She has been surrounded by municipal employees her entire life – both parents, both her in-laws and her husband all had or currently hold government jobs. Having worked for six years in the corporate sector before coming to the library, she is aware of the many differences between the two worlds and hopes to provide some insight into working for a municipality.
For more information, please contact the Reference Desk at 781-246-6334 x2, or e-mail us at