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Berkeley College alumna Maren Gizicki

Berkeley College Leads Graduate to Successful Career in Human Resources at illy



Berkeley College alumna Maren Gizicki


Maren Gizicki graduated from Berkeley College with an A.S. in International Business in 1999 and a B.B.A. in International Business in 2003. She also earned an M.S. in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management from Manhattanville College in 2011. She credits the Career Services Department at Berkeley College with helping her secure a fruitful career in Human Resources. “I actually owe a lot of my current success to Berkeley College for helping me get started,” said Ms. Gizicki, who is currently the Human Resources Manager at coffee company illy’s North American office in Rye Brook, NY.

In addition to strengthening her interview and writing skills, Career Services helped Ms. Gizicki obtain her first job at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she prepared tax returns for high-profile clients like PepsiCo. It was during her time doing tax returns that she realized she wanted to pursue a career in Human Resources. That is when she returned to Career Services, where counselors helped her find a position as a Human Resources Specialist for airline AtlasAir.

She then went on to positions in Human Resources at General Electric and RSM US LLP before arriving at illy in 2011. Currently residing in Stamford, CT, Ms. Gizicki assists nearly 100 of illy’s employees throughout North America in areas of onboarding, employee relations, performance management, policy interpretation, and project management.

Up Close with Maren Gizicki

What does success mean to you?

“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

A friend in high school told me about Berkeley College and his interests in international business. Given our similar cultural experiences, I thought I should give it a try. I was six years old when my Brazilian and German mother decided to move us to Brazil, and 14 when we returned to America. This made me very interested in pursuing something supporting an international arena, and made the International Business degree very appealing.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

By offering relevant and up-to-date courses. Berkeley College’s Career Services Department is great. I remember the department’s staff working very hard to place me somewhere that made sense for my degree. They also gave me advice on how to interview, and how to tailor my resume.

In which ways do you see yourself being successful in the future?

By leading by example and by remaining strong as a female, demonstrating empathy at all times, seeking to understand before judging, providing opportunities, and teaching at all times to those willing to learn, and even those who don’t know it yet.

What advice would you give to college-bound students?

If you think you are working hard, work harder.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

The friends I made and the Career Services Department staff.