Associate Director of Industry Relations, Career Design Lab, Columbia SPS
Onika Richards, MBA, GCDF, is a forward-thinking industry expert and career development professional with more than 13 years of experience in higher education empowering students and alumni to achieve their academic and career goals. She joined Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies in January 2018 as the Associate Director of Industry Relations. Among her passions are building high-quality, long-lasting relationships with employers and matching their unique talent needs with talented candidates.
As a Career Development professional, she provides leadership and strategic direction for employer service delivery, with the primary goal of developing opportunities for students and alumni. This includes assisting employers across all businesses and industries with the process of identifying talent through involvement in on-campus interviewing, career fairs and job postings. She also facilitates career focus programs and events to engage employers with students such as networking panels, career chat sessions, and information sessions.