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Amy successfully coaches clients through the higher education lifecycle by applying her skills and network developed during a 35-year higher education career spanning multiple roles at UConn, Boston University and Northeastern University.
For example, with expertise in college admissions, student services and career planning, Amy personalized campus visits for prospective students, their family and friends including scheduling meet ups with carefully selected colleagues, faculty members, and current students. Amy was consistently available as a resource to prospective students during the admissions process and, if admitted and chose to attend, during enrollment and beyond. She ensured that those who enrolled were well taken care of during their studies, including navigating academic and financial issues, being called on to assist in crisis, and offering their parents and siblings special reserved graduation seating adjacent to the stage.
Amy continues to maintain relationships with many of these former applicants, students, and alumni through regular check-ins, showing genuine interest in their lives, and celebrating their achievements.
Families find themselves at ease with Amy’s calm and nurturing approach as she seamlessly guides them through the college admissions process. With a focus on proactive planning, regular touchpoints, and use of a realistic list of tasks sensitive to each student’s comfort level and ability, Amy alleviates stress by offering a calming presence while holding students accountable for making critical deadlines. She communicates weekly with families during the summer by offering encouragement and keeping them engaged in the process as they approach their senior year of high school.
Amy also offers expertise in exploring majors and career outcomes to help students achieve fulfilling paths in life.
Note regarding the undergraduate admissions timeline:
The college planning timeline starts in January of the student’s junior year. Please reach out to Amy for availability. A complimentary consult (up to 45 minutes) is offered before your student enters his/her junior year of high school. Note: timeline for athletes begins before Sophomore year.
Sometimes life throws you a curveball making it difficult to complete your degree. Amy applies her deep knowledge of the inner workings of colleges and universities to successfully mentor and advise clients experiencing these types of challenges. By introducing and implementing creative strategies that address academic and learning difficulties, family and financial challenges, etc., Amy helps students rediscover their inner drive and uncover new found resources.
For example, returning to the classroom after a break in attendance may require reinstatement at the institution. Transferring credits from one school to another may require special permissions. Gaining academic, financial or disability-related support may require escalation and coordination among different decision-makers. Amy is especially skilled at navigating the intricacies of these special situations, and once re-enrolled, she is also available to coach the student in course and major selection, identifying major to career matches, improving presentation skills, and developing time management and assignment tracking strategies.
Amy uses her 20+ years of experience as director of graduate admissions, coupled with her broad industry knowledge, to ensure prospective students make informed decisions about graduate school. She listens carefully to her clients, while working through a series of questions to help evaluate options.
Students’ pressing questions typically include: Why should I go to graduate school?; What type of degree will help me reach my career goals?; What student experience am I seeking?; and What are strategies to help me afford tuition, fees, and living expenses?
Based on this information, Amy works with her clients to develop strategies to facilitate the decision-making process. This is accomplished by identifying and targeting appropriate academic programs, including connecting with affiliated faculty, current students, and alumni.
This process, and the support that Amy provides, results in positive outcomes and peace of mind as the student feels informed and confident about this big life decision.
Contact Amy for a 45 minute complimentary introduction session.
Fee structure: $150/hour
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“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” -Ferris Bueller
There are few times that you encounter a person who genuinely makes a difference. The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless was fortunate to have met that person nearly 25 years ago when Amy Killeen began volunteering, and since then, Amy's skills have helped the agency grow its volunteer and donor bases and increase its fundraising capacity. In addition, Amy was a valuable member of MCH's Board of Trustees for nearly 10 years, during which she energized the Fundraising Committee and this positively impacted financial support to the agency. Amy brings not only her skills and talents, but also her passion for making a difference in others’ lives. MCH is indeed fortunate to have Amy as part of our team.
Amy is a loyal and effective college coach with a high level of integrity and an unwavering passion for helping others make their dreams a reality. Regardless of her client's personal challenges and past academic history, she sets tangible goals, creates structure, genuinely encourages and supports, and consistently offers a positive perspective. My work with her resulted in me earning my bachelors degree. This accomplishment will always be my most proud achievement and I am confident that if Amy Killeen hadn’t entered my life, this desired outcome would not have become reality. I am forever grateful to Amy!
The patience, kindness, honesty, dedication, and higher education knowledge Amy provided our family landed Christopher in one of his top college choices. Amy’s positive attitude is contagious, she’s compassionate and kind, and she never missed the opportunity to help our family. Her calm disposition kept us on track every inch of the way, even when we were feeling completely overwhelmed. Amy was always accessible and we felt comfortable reaching out to her at any time for support. We will forever be grateful for Amy’s guidance and know she will be a friend for life to our family!
Amy is a dynamic and creative fundraiser with the instant ability to make a thoughtful connection with anyone she crosses paths with. Amy exudes passion for the mission of Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund and has seen enormous success in igniting a community to take action in the fight against cancer. Through her thoughtful leadership, attention to detail, and ability to motivate – Amy has helped the Jimmy Fund Walk reach new heights. In just six short years, Team Tara raised more than $1M through their Jimmy Fund Walk efforts, a feat accomplished by no other community-based team before. Amy is a tremendous advocate that you absolutely want in your corner!
A mentor on a mission! Throughout my career, Amy has provided guidance and expertise on how to best position myself in the professional market. She has taken the time to review my LinkedIn profile, resume, and cover letters offering strategic suggestions that allow me to feel more confident in the documentation employers are seeing. Amy eagerly shares her vast knowledge and professional network to help power career growth, and her drive to help others is so authentic. I am thankful for her continued support through my own professional development, and always look forward to my next catch up with her. I cannot recommend connecting with Amy enough.
I feel extremely fortunate to work with Amy on the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Amy has served as a leader and mentor and has continually provided an excellent example for her peers to follow in support of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She has helped to galvanize a passionate team of motivated fundraisers all with the shared vision of bettering the lives of cancer patients in Boston and around the globe. Having led a fundraising campaign which has surpassed $1M raised in only 6 years, I have learned first-hand that when Amy sets a goal, not only does she meet it, she exceeds it.
For the past 5 years, Amy has been a mentor and role model in my life. Her college coaching skills helped me smoothly navigate transferring from a 2 year college into a university. She then provided me with career guidance as she assisted me with re-writing my resume and cover letter and guiding me on a fulfilling career path. Amy also inspired me to get involved in volunteering with both the Jimmy Fund Walk where she is the Team Captain and at Make-A-Wish. We have a lot of fun volunteering together and I am immensely grateful for her encouragement. Amy loves "connecting" and, through her network, I was able to get hired in both a co-op position and later a part-time position working with 2 of her closest friends. I feel extremely blessed to have Amy in my life and know that she has helped me grow and thrive as a confident and contributing member of society.
Amy Killeen has generously shared her time and talents with Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island for over two decades. By nature, she is a generous and compassionate individual. But what makes her uniquely remarkable, is her ability to network, mentor, and lead with both grace and professionalism. Her approachable and genuine style is the key to her success. Whether she is working on a project, coaching a new member of our organization, or coming up with new processes and best practices to aid efficiency, she makes it her personal mission to achieve positive results by using creativity, solid experience, and enthusiasm. Amy is a skillful listener who people enjoy working with. She thrives on organization and developing relationships to meet and exceed goals. I am unable to completely portray how much Amy has contributed to our organization, her fellow volunteers and most importantly our wish children. She has and continues to make a difference here every day.
As a college student without much experience writing resumes and applying for jobs, Amy was a great help. She worked with me to produce a resume that I am actually proud to present to employers. She helped me effectively capture my personality, goals, and experiences in a concise manner. Now I feel that my resume is a representation of my best self.
After a long tenure with my previous employer, Amy came to my rescue. With the objective eye of a recruiter, Amy helped me rework my very long and rambling work experience into a targeted and compelling overview of a successful professional. She gave me a fresh perspective, built my self-confidence, and provided me with a critical tool for today’s job market. Far more than just a resume crafter, Amy uses all of her resources to help drive you forward. Through many years in community building, successful fundraising and as a proven motivator, Amy was especially effective in understanding my marketing and communications background and translating that into a compelling resume that is attractive, flexible, and gets results. Amy has cultivated an amazingly broad network of contacts, colleagues and friends across many industries and disciplines. (No matter where she travels, she always runs into someone she knows!) She is simply amazing at putting people together and willingly shares her connections to foster a referral, a recommendation, or provide insight into an application process to help you land that dream job.
While I have only known Amy for the last eight years, it feels like we have known each other and worked together for a lifetime. Never have I met someone like Amy Killeen. In her work for our Jimmy Fund Walk team and in all of her many personal and professional efforts, Amy blends the most sincere compassion with an unwavering work ethic. Her attention to detail and her ability to always keep sight of the end goal are inspiring. Amy has an uncanny memory, a humongous heart, and a creative mind that can stir up magic! I have referred countless students and people to Amy for her advice and every single person has benefitted from his/her time with her. To know Amy is to know an entirely new "Midas Touch" -- everything she does somehow turns to gold!
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