“Trailblazing Times” Event Helps Schieffer Students Prepare for the Workforce of the Future

A flyer advertising the Trailblazing Times event on Nov. 15 featuring Schieffer College alumni Elizabeth Jenswold, Corrie Brock, L. Michelle Smith and Marc Istook.

TCU Schieffer College Board of Visitors members – most of whom themselves are Horned Frog alumni – will give back to soon-to-be alumni with a “Trailblazing Times” program Nov. 15.

The event, from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 via Zoom (https://bit.ly/TrailblazingTimes), will feature four board members who will share with current students how the work world has changed, why these changes matter and discuss workforce trends with the intent to prepare them to begin their careers.

“We want to help students understand that their opinions matter and they have the ability to help influence and shape the global workforce of the future,” says Elizabeth Jenswold, ’89, chair of the Schieffer Board of Visitors.

Jenswold, who leads thousands of employees as a JP Morgan Chase human resources executive, is keenly aware that the work world changed dramatically over the last two years. She notes that many organizations are considering which jobs can be full-time work from home or appropriate for a hybrid work schedule. Executives in all industries have added values such as humanity, empathy, compassion, authenticity and wellbeing as critical components of their cultures. These values have also punctuated conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion, and companies are looking to make sweeping changes in their DEI agendas.

Jenswold will be joined on the “Trailblazing Times” panel by fellow Schieffer Board of Visitors members, Corrie Brock ’06, national marketing director for BDO, and L. Michelle Smith ’93 ’95, author, speaker and executive and personal coach. Marc Istook ’98, co-anchor of WFAA ABC-TV’s “Daybreak” program, will serve as moderator.

In the first half of the “Trailblazing Times” program, these alumni will pinpoint substantial effects the pandemic has had on their industries, identify key take-aways organizations learned and don’t want to lose as the pandemic wanes, and discuss ways young professionals’ voices can be heard in ever-changing workplaces.

In the second half of the program, students will be invited to join additional Schieffer Board of Visitors members in breakout rooms organized around discussion themes such as “advocacy and ethics in your career,” “entrepreneurship and your personal brand,” and “bringing your whole self to work as you live authentically.”