Changing Careers and Changing Industries with Beth Halloran

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Changing Careers and Changing Industries with Beth Halloran

From social work to advancement, Beth Halloran is no stranger to change. Through changing careers and changing industries, common themes in her career development included a values-driven approach and ability to match a need to a resource. As Chief Advancement Officer at St. Catherine University, she supports a mission she truly believes in and has the opportunity to learn from a world-class leader.

Through all the change, Halloran stayed connected through intentional relationship building. When she returned to Minnesota after more than a decade away, she felt at home.  

Fortunate to never look for an opportunity, she took the time to evaluate where she was and where she wanted to go when something new presented itself. In times of struggle or moments of contemplation, Halloran goes quiet and simply listens as a way to sort through past experiences and determine the path forward.


Beth Halloran holds primary strategic and oversight responsibility for the University of St. Catherine’s development, alumnae relations, and marketing and communications teams.

Halloran brings significant experience and a highly successful track record in driving growth for alumnae engagement and fundraising to the division. She has a passion for higher education and a reputation as a collaborative change agent.

She joins St. Catherine from The Minneapolis Foundation, where she was senior vice president for advancement leading the philanthropic services and external relations teams and shaping the foundation’s fundraising strategy and donor services program. She also expanded the foundation’s community reach and collaborated with donors to support their philanthropic goals.

She previously served as vice president for development and alumni relations at Grinnell College and served in senior positions at the University of Michigan and the Mayo Clinic.

She holds a bachelor of science in social work from the College of St. Teresa, a master’s degree in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.


About the Author:

Cultivating Careers was founded by Karen Kodzik, a Career Consultant who has worked with individuals in transition for over 13 years. Karen meets professionals at various points on their career path and works with them to gain a clearer sense of where they want to take their careers. Karen Kodzik holds a Masters Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Career Development. Karen couples seasoned counseling skills with a solid business acumen. She has coached and consulted various levels of professionals across industries to successfully reaching that next point in their career.

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