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About the podcast

NUWorkWell is a Northwestern University podcast for Work, Life & Wellness as a graduate student. Job searching as a graduate student, while balancing a dissertation, teaching, and a personal life can feel all-consuming. From graduate alumni offering insight and support regarding specific job search processes, to practitioners sharing strategies and resources for managing wellness throughout career exploration and searches, our interviews are here to help graduate students conduct a job search with sanity! Join Lesley Lundeen, Work/Life & Wellness expert and Elysse Longiotti, career advisor to PhD students, as they host advanced degree speakers who reflect on their own experiences and offer advice for managing stress throughout the search for opportunities and transition from graduate student to professional.

You can listen to us on ApplePodcasts, GooglePodcasts, & Spotify.

About the hosts

 Elysse Longiotti has been an Assistant Director of Student Career Advising with Northwestern Career Advancement since 2017. She is responsible for 3,200 PhD students spread across 67 programs, and advises the Advanced Degree Consulting student organization. Prior to career advising, Elysse worked in Graduate Admissions at UChicagoGRAD, where she spearheaded veteran student-specific programming and served as a staff advisor for the University of Chicago’s graduate student chapter of SACNAS. Elysse holds a M.A. in Italian Studies from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.S. in Higher Education Administration & Policy from Northwestern University. Although a true success story of a west coast transplant in the midwest, she will forever remain skeptical of the categorization of deep dish as a pizza!

Lesley Lundeen is the Work/Life Manager at Northwestern University, where she oversees all work/life and wellness resources, programming and staff. In this role, she serves as the office’s central point of contact for The Graduate School, advising graduate students and postdocs on managing their academic, professional and personal priorities. Past roles include work supporting and coaching students, faculty, and staff at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and, most recently, the University of Chicago, where Lesley served first as an Assistant Director for Graduate Services at UChicago Career Advancement and then as the Assistant Director for Faculty Relocation/Dual Career Services in the Provost’s Office. While at UChicago Career Advancement, she created a yearlong series of career programs for international students; helped launch the Higher Education Fellows program, the Graduate Student Externship Program, and the annual GradUCon career conference; and oversaw all the counseling training and professional development support for the office.


Lesley was an active member of the Graduate Career Consortium from 2007-2014 and is currently a member of the College and University Work-Life-Family Association Board of Directors. Lesley received a BA, cum laude, with distinction in both Classics and English from Yale University and a MA in Classical (Roman) Studies from Bryn Mawr College, where she was a Mellon Fellow in Humanistic Studies.