Elicia Allen, B.A. Communications, '00, is working her dream job in her dream city
Elicia Allen once envisioned a dream job in sports broadcasting. More than a decade later, she is finding fulfillment in an entirely different field – human resources – in a place far away from Milwaukee – New York City.
“After visiting New York City, I knew it was for me,” said Allen who moved there in 2006 to work at Macy’s corporate headquarters, spending some of that time working at the famed Herald Square location.
Now, as a learning and development specialist at the United Nations Federal Credit Union, an organization which provides a wide range of financial services for the active and retired staff of the United Nations, its specialized agencies, and their families all over the globe, Allen is part of a team that oversees corporate training programs and staff events for the credit union’s 380 employees.
“This is a dream job,” Allen said. “I get to work with people in doing something I am passionate about, and I get to help plan parties!”
A native of Milwaukee, Allen’s initial interest in sports broadcasting fit well with her success on the basketball court. Though she didn’t start playing until age 14, Allen emerged as a star athlete on Stritch’s women’s team.
“I was recruited by the coaching staff, and I knew coming to Stritch would be a perfect fit for both my athletic and academic pursuits,” Allen said.
During her years at Stritch, Allen landed high-profile internships with the Milwaukee Brewers, at the local CBS affiliate, and at the V-100 radio station. On the court, she distinguished herself as a three-time All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection and a two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (N.A.I.A.) Academic All-American. Her team posted a 96-25 overall record and claimed three first-place conference titles, two conference tournament championships, and three trips to the N.A.I.A. Division II national tournament. Allen’s 2005 induction into Stritch’s Athletic Hall of Fame recognized these achievements.
Allen credits the Stritch communications program for preparing her for her career.
“I left college with the diversity of skills I needed,” Allen said. “Giving presentations, writing papers, learning how to work with people in groups – I use all of that each day.”
And while she is living the quintessential New York life, she said she proudly maintains many of her Midwestern qualities and makes sure to return home each August for the not-to-miss Wisconsin State Fair.
“At my core, I am a people-person. I like to help create upbeat, positive environments wherever I am,” Allen said