Pamela D. Schilling, '00
Managing Director, Career Strategist and Adviser, Shilling & Associates; Assistant Professor, School of Business and Nonprofit Management, North Park University
Pamela Schilling’s first career was focused on leading large, complex projects focused on technology investments, new business growth, and business transformation. She began her career with Sprint in the ’90s, holding roles in internal audit, the Finance Leadership Program, and international long distance.
After graduating from Chicago Booth in 2000, she worked as a management consultant with Diamond (now part of PwC), Huron Consulting Group, and Booz & Company. She was also part of the finance team at Chicago-based NAVTEQ and contributed to the company’s successful IPO.
In 2008, Schilling reached a professional crossroads: continue down the path to leadership in a consulting firm or corporate role, or take a new, unpaved road. A great deal of self-reflection led her to resign from her consulting position—with no clear next step. Armed with a set of priorities, knowledge of strengths, and a desire to “love her work everyday,” she pushed the restart button on her career.
Schilling’s focus turned to developing individuals academically and professionally, which led to a dual career as an independent career advisor and business school professor. She has a global career advisory business with executive coaching, job search, and professional development services. As a professor, she teaches undergraduate and graduate accounting, finance, and strategy.
The measures of success in her work today are emails from students sharing new of their new jobs, calls from professional clients who got the promotion, seeing a light bulb go off in 20 pairs of eyes from a class discussion, and full meals consumed by her toddler twin boys.