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Christine Peeler

Christine Peeler

Capital One

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Christine's work combines: Business, Non-Profit Organizations, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Principal Associate, Community Affairs

I form partnerships between my company (a bank) and nonprofits and schools, supporting them with volunteers and dollars so that they can support the community.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Northwestern University

  • Graduate Degree

    Social Psychology

    Northwestern University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Social and Community Service Managers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Thai Language and Literature

Graduate Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Majored in psychology, as I was really interested in how people's life circumstances affect them.

  • 2.

    Was interested in pursuring a nonprofit job, but was worried about limited resources to do work.

  • 3.

    Learned that corporations have philanthropy departments that focus on doing good work in communities.

  • 4.

    Got a job at a PR firm that told stories about corporate philanthropy.

  • 5.

    Spent a lot of time researching companies and networking.

  • 6.

    Pursued a job at Capital One for a number of months and was eventually hired!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    "You should go into a safe, easy job as soon as you get the offer."

  • How I responded:

    I really wanted a job that I felt passionate about and was excited to wake-up for in the mornings. It took longer to find it and meant I spent a lot of nights and weekends when I was first starting out professionally job hunting, resume writing and networking. But after a few years, I landed a job I really am passionate about and transitioned to something that doesn't necessarily feel like work.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I really wanted to continue my education with a masters degree, so I'm going to school on nights and weekends. That way I don't have to give up my salary and take out too many loans. And I'm lucky that my job pays a little towards my tuition as well.