Jeanne Bisanz

“The community service that CEW provides was really excellent because it just breaks down that barrier.”
Jeanne Bisanz
Jeanne Bisanz

Jeanne Bisanz had a successful career as a climate change researcher at Michigan State University before unexpectedly losing her job. “I was unemployed for the first time in my life,” she remembers, “and it was really debilitating.” Her professional network, mostly made up of EPA colleagues, was not particularly helpful, since more and more government services faced budget cuts and layoffs.

As she hurried to reconstruct her resume and seek another position, Jeanne heard about a job-seeking workshop offered by the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan. She signed up, encouraging her neighbor to attend with her. “It was a whole series about interviewing, writing resumes,” she recalls, “and it was very inexpensive for the type of classes that they were.”

Jeanne learned valuable skills at the CEW workshop and was particularly impressed with a presentation on networking by CEW counselor Doreen Murasky. Jeanne was surprised and delighted to learn that, despite having no connection to the University of Michigan, she was able to schedule an appointment to talk to Doreen one-on-one at no cost. “The community service that CEW provides was really excellent,” she says, “because it just breaks down that barrier.”
Jeanne worked with Doreen over a period of time to strengthen her resume, her job-seeking skills and her confidence. “I was feeling very isolated and alienated. She brought me back into the working world.”

Jeanne now administers the University of Michigan program in Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. She enjoys working at the University, in part because the U-M community provides her with access to a wide array of resources and connections like the ones she first enjoyed at CEW.