Christin Schaaf ’99 to Speak at Wells Commencement

April 12, 2018
Schaaf, senior global learning consultant at Cargill, will provide insights and encouragement to the class of 2018.
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Wells College will welcome back alumna Christin Schaaf ’99 to give the 2018 Commencement address. Schaaf has a wealth of experience consulting, advising and training professionals around the globe; she will share some of what she’s learned with the graduating class as they prepare for the next stage of their lives. Wells’ 150th Commencement ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, on the lawn and front steps of Macmillan Hall on the Wells College campus in Aurora, N.Y.

Christin Schaaf is senior global learning consultant at Cargill, focusing on the integration of the firm’s digital learning strategy within the trading and risk management space. Cargill, which celebrated its own 150th anniversary in 2015, is the largest private company in the country and one of the largest commodity traders in the world. Schaaf works with partners across the globe, providing advice, learning design and development expertise to deploy an engaging digital learning ecosystem.

Previously, Schaaf served as a senior compliance manager with Ameriprise Financial, overseeing regulatory training for the firm’s advisors and 35,000 employees in the United States and India. In 2015, Schaaf was an Ameriprise Chairman’s Award for Excellence honoree.

Schaaf has spent countless hours volunteering on behalf of Wells. She has sponsored student interns, contributed to career panels and served as class reunion chair, class fundraising chair, as a board member of the Wells College Alumnae and Alumni Association, and as vice president for Reunion. She is also president of the Wells Club of Minnesota. For this and more, she earned the College’s 2017 Young Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement.

“Christin exemplifies what is at the heart of the Wells experience—that there are many ways to be a leader in your community,” said Wells College President Jonathan Gibralter. “If you take the time to find your voice, you’ll discover that there are so many opportunities to use it and to help others. We’re excited that Christin agreed to be the speaker this year, and I know she’ll have some valuable messages for the class of 2018.” 

As a student, Schaaf showed an affinity for working with others, serving as community court chair, editor of the yearbook, a resident advisor and senior mentor for first-year students. During her junior year, Schaaf participated in the Hansard Scholar program, studying at the London School of Economics and interning with the House of Commons. She also held an internship with U.S. Congressperson Amory Houghton. Schaaf earned her bachelor’s in public affairs from Wells, following this with a master’s in policy studies from the University of Edinburgh where she also worked as a policy advisor in the Scottish Parliament.

She is originally from Webster, N.Y., and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minn.

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