Got a minute? Catch up with Vanessa Capalad Burrell (’92)

Posted by Monica Hoel
Even in the midst of a pandemic, she’s hiring!

Vanessa Capalad Burrell (E&H ’92) is one of the senior recruiters for Spectrum, one of the largest communications companies in the world, and the second largest cable operator in the United States.

Even during COVID-19 shut downs, Vanessa has been busy hiring new employees for her company that hires an average of 35,000 individuals annually. “We don’t just have technology jobs; we also have openings in human resources, accounting, public relations, facilities, government affairs, real estate and more.”

Vanessa is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and works to fill open positions across the country. The E&H Mass Comm grad tells a story of being laid off from her very first job, and learning many life lessons that still serve her well today. Through that experience, she took a temporary job in accounting that was far outside her training or experience and hoped a job in communications would open up. It did not. But she got to “float” into other interesting positions, eventually trying human resources and recruiting – and found that she had a talent for this work.

She says she’s grateful for the education she got at Emory & Henry – particularly the classes that “forced” her to do presentations in front of the class and all the writing assignments. “Everything we did at Emory & henry was written: and the working world is the same – you have to be able to articulate your thoughts.”

Hear an interview with Vanessa in the WEHC archives: https://archive.org/details/OntheDuckPondWall

  • Vanessa Capalad Burrell, E&H Class of 1992
Vanessa Capalad Burrell is a senior recruiter for Spectrum.

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