Cara Costello

Director, Alumni Services, Wharton MBA Career Management

Advising Focus: MBA alumni, mid-late stage careers
Wharton Role: Cara has a passion for supporting the short-term and long-term career goals of MBA alumni. She leads the MBA Alumni Career team in offering MBA alumni complimentary career advising, over 80 online career resources, and strategic on-demand career programs. Prior to her current role, she spent 12 years working with Wharton students and employers in the Media and Entertainment, Real Estate and Travel and Hospitality industries. Cara serves on several Wharton committees: Wharton Women’s Circles, the Regional Collaboration Task Force and the Student and Alumni Engagement Committee.

Industry or Functional Focus: Banking, Investment Management, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Real Estate, Consulting, CPG/Retail, Energy/Manufacturing, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, Media and Entertainment, Technology, Non-Profit and Startups.

Before Wharton: Cara worked as an Assistant Director of Career Management at Philadelphia University, the Career Development Office at the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, and Channel 13 in Rochester, NY.

Education: Wharton Marketing Certificate; MS, School of Higher Education, Syracuse University; BS, Business Communications, State University College at Brockport.

Personal: Cara, her husband and their two children live in Montgomery County, PA. Her interests include cultivating strong personal and professional relationships, mindfulness, snow skiing and applying thought and energy to truly meaningful work.