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Mary Despe

Career services & HR advisor at LIGS University


Mary works as Career services & HR advisor at LIGS University. She is also owner of her company. MK Despe Consulting LLC is affiliated with the AgentHR Recruiting Group, an American recruitment operations organization, based in Florida.

She brings a diverse portfolio of recruitment and talent acquisition expertise from her career. Since 2005, Mary has been a corporate recruiter and a search professional as a third-party representative, working with Silicon Valley companies and start-ups like Kabam!, Cubetree (now part of SAP), Mirapoint Software (now part of Critical Path), healthcare IT powerhouse McKesson, world renowned hospitals Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mary is no stranger to supporting clients on their talent acquisition initiatives for other markets including major geographic areas of the US, Western and Eastern Europe and Australia. Since 2012, as she has made successful placements of sales executives and business consulting professionals with the European offices of SAP UK, Barcelona, and Denmark, in addition to Dublin-based financial automation software company Softco and Australian company Fleetmatics/Connect2Field. Her specialties include technical/IT, software/web development, healthcare IT, ERP implementation and development , sales, professional services, project management, business analysis, and management. Mary is well versed in recruitment trends and law, as well as other aspects of the recruitment, interview and selection process.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies/Liberal Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Mary also a Master’s in Business Administration from Hult International Business School (Boston), and a Graduate Certificate in Management from Harvard University (Extension School).

Mary is a passionate advocate of the adoption of new technologies in the HR and Recruitment industries. She has been a four-year Program Director of the Social Media Club of Hawaii Human Resources Bootcamp, an annual conference discussing trends and practices to incorporate social media with HR and recruitment efforts. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management professional organization (Hawaii Chapter) and is a founding member of the Hawaii Freelancer Networking Group club.

Her lecturing goal is to provide helpful perspective and guidance of her real-world experience in recruitment and selection to students taking HR or Recruitment coursework.

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