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Career Connect Day 2021

Tuesday, April 6 | 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Pacific Time

Career Connect Day 2021 features 16 unique sessions on career and professional development topics led by students, staff, faculty, alumni and employer partners, followed in the afternoon by a Virtual Career Fair. Student registration opens March 16.

8:00-8:50 a.m. | Breakout Session 1
9:10-10:00 a.m. | Breakout Session 2
10:20-11:10 a.m. | Breakout Session 3
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. | Keynote Speaker: Joe Hurd (Trustee)
1:00-4:00 p.m. | Virtual Career Fair

*All classes are cancelled to encourage student attendance. Participation will be recorded and shared with faculty.*

Thank You to Our Sponsor: Sodexo

Keynote Speaker: 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Pacific Time

Joe Hurd
Menlo College Trustee
& Founder and Managing Partner @ The Katama Group

in conversation with Bianca Barros ’21

Joe Hurd headshot

Joe Hurd is a public and non-profit board director, early stage investor and strategic advisor. He currently serves as an independent director of SilverBox Engaged Merger Corp I (NASDAQ: SBEAU), a special purpose acquisition company, and recently stepped down as a non-executive director of GoCo Group plc (LSE: GOCO). He is also on the Menlo College Board of Trustees (Development Committee), the Computer History Museum Board of Trustees; and the American Swiss Foundation Board of Directors.

As an operating executive, Joe is the Operating Partner at SOSV, LLC, a $850M early-stage venture fund, where he leads strategy and business development efforts for the fund’s life sciences, deep tech hardware and mobile portfolio companies. He is also a Venture Partner for Good Growth Capital, a female-led venture fund, and advises numerous innovative Silicon Valley-based pre-seed and seed stage startups on go-to-market strategy, revenue models, and international expansion, with a particular emphasis on diverse founders.

Joe built his business career leading strategic business development, strategy and sales teams globally for Facebook, Gannett, and AOL/TimeWarner. During President Obama’s first term (2009-2012), he served as a senior political appointee in the U.S. Commerce Department. Currently, he is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations (Membership Committee, Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee), the Trilateral Commission, and the National Association of Corporate Directors. He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and an A.B. cum laude from Harvard College.

Breakout Session 1: 8:00 – 8:50 a.m. Pacific Time

Breakout Session 1 features 4 different presentations. Which one will you choose to attend? Scroll down for session descriptions and presenter bios. All sessions will be hosted virtually.

Cannabis Careers: Panel Discussion

Robert Baca

General Counsel @ Adnant LLC

Michael Smith

Co-Founder & CFO @ Meristematic

As both medical and recreational use of cannabis becomes legalized in more and more states, the cannabis industry is growing rapidly. Three industry professionals will share their individual career journeys and discuss more generally the cannabis industry’s various entry-points.

Robert Baca serves as General Counsel and Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Adnant LLC, a consulting firm focused on advising cannabis industry clients on operational, forensic, and technical accounting matters, public filings, M&A, and go-public transactions. ¶ Prior to Adnant, Robert founded and served as Executive Director of the Sacramento Cannabis Industry Association and as Director of Licensing and Compliance for Capitol Compliance Management overseeing licensing and compliance for a portfolio of cannabis entities including cultivation, distribution, manufacturing, and retail. ¶ He’s a corporate attorney licensed in New York and California. He graduated from Dartmouth College, the University of Chicago Law School, and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Michael Smith is the cofounder of Bento a California based Cannabis Delivery Service based in Silicon Valley and is a cofounder and CFO of Meristematic a California based Cannabis AgroSciences firm. He is the first City Councilmember to represent District 4 in Redwood City, sworn-in in 2020. Prior to City Council, Michael served as a Planning Commissioner in Redwood City, where he advocated for affordable housing and multigenerational families. ¶ Michael began his public sector work mentoring at the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. He would go on to co-chair the Palm Park Neighborhood Association, chair the board of the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, join the board of the Filoli museum, and work as an adjunct business professor at Cañada College. Michael is the founder and Principal of E&I Advisors, a boutique management consulting firm focused on delivering operating and go-to-market strategy to small and medium-sized companies that are struggling to meet their revenue goals. ¶ Prior to the founding of E&I Advisors, Michael was a Director of Strategy and Business Planning at American Express based in New York. In this role, Michael worked in the Global Corporate Payments business unit focusing on innovation and target growth development. Michael also lived and worked in Seoul, South Korea as a Global Strategist for the Samsung organization. While at Samsung, Michael advised c-suite members of the company on market entry, competition, and mergers & acquisitions. Michael also spent several years on Wall Street as an investor and business developer. ¶ Michael holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He also holds a BA in Political Economy from Yale University. Michael lives in Redwood City with his partner Hashim Khalil Pipkin.

Hacking the Interview Process: How to Articulate Your Undergrad Skills as a Psych Major

Jordan Petersen

Technical Recruiter @ Google

For psychology students who decide not to grad school, figuring out how your skills fit into the corporate world may be exceedingly challenging. For example, how does one translate something like learning about therapeutic methodologies and mental disorders into an employable, marketable skill? ¶ This presentation will focus on how psychology majors can market themselves to potential employers and land lucrative careers as a result. Jordan will touch on resume tips, interview best practices, networking strategies, and LinkedIn.

Jordan Petersen – I’m a Bay Area native with a love for technology. I think that tech can solve some big, existential problems. Outside of work, you can find me backpacking through the Sierras, exploring the local food scene in Austin, Texas and training for my next obstacle course race. ¶ These days, I recruit for roles within Google Cloud’s networking organization, focusing on Network Engineers, Network Implementation Engineers, and Software Engineers within the United States. (I do not recruit for internships, new-grad roles, roles outside of technical infrastructure, non-US based roles, or non-technical roles.) ¶ Note: I will not be representing Google at this event; the views in my presentation will be explicitly my own.

Real Estate Careers in a Post-Pandemic World: Panel Discussion

Teodor Vacev ’04

Associate @ Marcus & Millichap

Holly Neber

CEO @ AEI Consultants

Tim Ballas

Vice President @ Orchard Commercial

Ryan Bernard ’16

Senior Manager, Financial Analyst @ Colliers International

Margaret McFarland

Director, The Real Estate Center @ Menlo College & Panel Moderator

The built environment—aka real estate—is the foundation of multiple types of careers from finance and investment to property management, from sales and brokerage to ground-up development. Real estate professionals have survived and thrived through the ups and downs of the real estate market in the past 20 years—including the current challenge of the pandemic. Learn about options for you and how a group of real estate professional have managed their careers.

Margaret McFarland has been involved in the real property arena from multiple perspectives for over four decades. In 2018, Dr. McFarland joined Menlo College to found The Real Estate Center @ Menlo College [TREC] and to advance the curriculum and opportunities for students interested in real property courses and careers. Dr. McFarland began her career as an urban planner for the Toledo-Lucas County (Ohio) Planning Commissions. Thereafter she completed her law degree at the University of Michigan, and joined the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, DC. McFarland left private practice to take a position as General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development where she focused on affordable housing and infrastructure finance.

Ryan Bernard ’16 is a Senior Manager, Financial Analyst and leads Occupier Services Bay Area (OSBA) distributed financial analysis team at Colliers International. OSBA specializes in occupier representation providing clients with a platform of integrated services on local, national, and global levels. Ryan is responsible for maintaining and developing financial analysis tools which illustrate Cash Flow and Profit & Loss Statement impacts for a variety of end-user strategies. Ryan utilizes his background in accounting and business finance to develop meaningful and insightful analysis which speak to different corporate audiences.

Holly Neber is CEO of AEI Consultants, an employee-owned property consulting firm with over 25 offices across the US. AEI provides property due diligence, remediation, capital planning and climate risk assessments and consulting services. Ms. Neber served as the 2019 President of CREW Network and is a Past President of the National Engineering and Environmental Due Diligence Association (NEEDDA). In 2019, Ms. Neber served on the Real Estate Roundtable Board of Directors, and she currently serves on the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) Sustainability Steering Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Berkeley Fisher Center for Real Estate Policy Advisory Board (PAB) and is involved with International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), California Mortgage Bankers Association (CMBA) and Environmental Bankers Association (EBA). Honors and recognition include: RealShare’s California Women of Influence (2015), Bisnow’s Bay Area Power Women (2016, 2017 and 2019), Real Estate Forum Women of Influence (2018), Connect Media Women in Real Estate (2018), Courage in Leadership Award (2018), The Registry’s Elevate Award for Industry Impact (2019), and Globe Street Best Bosses (2020).

Tim Ballas serves as Vice President of Orchard Commercial overseeing the Property Management division and its 11.5 MSF portfolio. Earlier he served as Market Leader and Managing Director of CBRE’s Asset Services Group in the Bay Area where Tim was responsible for regional operations and 50 MSF and 225 employees. He has represented key clients such as CBRE Global Investors, RREEF, TIAA-CREF, MetLife, KBS, NY Life, INVESCO and Morgan Stanley. He joined Orchard in 2014. ¶ Tim has also held key leadership positions with Insignia and Transwestern in San Francisco. Earlier, he spent 10 years with Cushman & Wakefield as a Portfolio Manager and supervised large institutional properties in Houston, Dallas and San Francisco. Tim has been an owner representative since 1984 in major California and Texas markets, where his key strengths have been in property management, leasing, marketing and construction. In addition, he is very experienced in product positioning and due diligence for buyers and sellers. He has stabilized properties taken back via foreclosure and is a court-appointed Receiver. Tim is also a workplace strategy expert, understanding how workplace trends affect space design and use.

Teo Vacev ’04 is a licensed real estate agent and an associate with Marcus & Millichap, the nation’s premier investment real estate services firm. Teo has been in commercial real estate since 2004, after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Menlo College. Since then, he has been involved in the underwriting, marketing, financing, contract negotiation and due diligence for transactions of investment real estate totaling several hundred million dollars in value.

Astrological Avenues: An Exploration of the Gifts & Talents of the 12 Zodiac Signs

Dustin Houle

Astrological Counselor @ Avatar Astrology


In this lecture, I will spend a few minutes on each of the 12 zodiac signs to describe their gifts and talents and how they translate to a variety of potential careers and healthy hobbies as well as potential sources of curiosity specific to that sign. I hope this session can serve as a source of inspiration for students as they continue their education, enter the working world, and step into their true self.

Dustin Houle is an astrological counselor, writer, and friend. He has practiced astrology since 2017 after completing an apprenticeship with astrologer Adam Sommer. With the readings available through Avatar Astrology, Dustin strives to help clients find their path towards discovering the divine teacher within themselves and learn to be their own guru while finding inspiration and passion along their journey. ¶ In addition to giving readings, Dustin has a column in the Urban Suburban Girl blog where he contributes astrological posts about the zodiac signs, new moons, and more. Dustin also has a BA in History from CSULB ’14 with concentrations in US and World History and a minor in music from the Bob Cole Conservatory.

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Breakout Session 2: 9:10 – 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

Breakout Session 2 features 6 different presentations. Which one will you choose to attend? Scroll down for session descriptions and presenter bios. All sessions will be hosted virtually.

Post-Graduate Pathways for International Students: Panel Discussion

Adam Fenyvesi ’18

Graduate Student @ Hult International Business School

Carina Kern ’15

Global Product Marketing Manager @ SAP

Kumkum Pandey ’15

Business Development Manager @ LoginRadius

Lukas Nowosielski ’18

Accounts Receivable Accountant at Calmax Technology

Mohamed Geshash ’19

Senior Operations Analyst @ DoorDash

Rodrigo Orvananosa ’18

Sales Development Representative @ Boldr

Celina Husung ’22

Panel Moderator & SGA Representative @ Menlo College

This panel discussion will bring together 6 international alumni of Menlo College who pursued different paths after graduation, including staying for one year on OPT, securing H-1B visa sponsorship, applying to graduate school, applying for asylum, and returning to their home country.

Lukasz Nowosielski ’18 (Accounting, Finance) – Poland | Lukasz graduated from Menlo College with a B.S. in Accounting. He has prior work experience in the healthcare industry working on business development, accounting, and medical billing position. Currently, Lukasz is working as AR Analyst for Precise Machining Company, Calmax technology Inc. The international background and accounting experience convinced his current employer to sponsor his work (H-1B) visa which was eventually accepted after 3 months. As of now, Lukasz is on the last stage of Green Card processing under the PERM system which was also issued and sponsored by his current employer.

Adam Fenyvesi ’19 (Finance) – Hungary | Adam is currently pursuing a dual Master’s of Science degree in Business Analytics and Finance at Hult International Business School’s global campus rotation program. He graduated from Menlo College as the Salutatorian of the Class of ’19. Adam has prior work experience in the Medical Device Sales industry with Smith and Nephew and in Wealth Management with Morgan Stanley. Feel free to ask him about his 6 years spent in the US; his home country, Hungary; and his love for playing soccer and tennis.

Kumkum Pandey ’15 (Marketing) – India | Kumkum is currently working as a Business Development and Account Executive at LoginRadius. She completed her 2nd Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Menlo College in the year 2015. Kumkum comes from an entrepreneurial background, she started her own tutorial business in India and successfully ran it for 7 years before moving to the US. She got her MBA degree from Notre Dame De Namur University was also awarded the Student Community Service and Leadership Award by the Belmont Mayor, Davina Hurt. She started a consulting firm for startups for her OPT which is currently on hold due to the pandemic. Kumkum is also a single mother and if she is not busy working then she loves spending time with her 14 years old son.

Mohamed Geshash ’19 (Marketing) – Libya | Bio coming soon

Carina Kern ’15 (International Management) – Germany | Carina is a global product marketing manager at SAP, responsible for the SAP data warehouse product portfolio. She has worked in the data and database management product marketing team for SAP Americas in Silicon Valley and is now based in Germany. In her role, she is responsible for globally used marketing assets working closely with engineering and product management teams. ¶ Carina graduated from Menlo College in 2015 and did an OPT in the US before moving back to Germany. In her free time, she enjoys walks with her Rhodesian Ridgeback, cooking and organizing dinner and game nights with friends and family.

Rodrigo Orvananos ’18 (Sports Management) – Mexico | Howdy, I’m Rodrigo Orvañanos. I majored in Sport Management and graduated Menlo in 2018. I went to the States to try and land a gig in the sports world but my professional development has taken me in a very different trajectory. I’m currently working in Merida, Yucatan, for an American company called Boldr. The lessons I’ve learned by failing and not landing the dream job, have been a blessing in life. Chin up, trust yourself, and don’t back down.

Celina Husung ’22 Germany | Celina is currently a Junior double-majoring in International Management and Marketing. Being an international student from Germany, she is part of Student Government representing all international and residential students. Besides being SGA, Celina has also worked as an Admissions Ambassador since her freshman year. In her free time, Celina likes to go out with her friends and watch Netflix.

Management in the Age of AI

Dinkar Jain

Head of Machine Learning & Sr. Director of Product Management @ Facebook

As innovators look to managing teams and businesses that rely increasingly on artificial intelligence and machine learning disrupting and mutating traditional business frameworks, many management practices and frameworks need to be rethought. This talk will highlight how all aspects of management: accounting, finance, strategy, leadership, marketing, and economics, will likely evolve.

Dinkar Jain is the head the machine learning group for Facebook Ads, a team of 600 technologists focused on using state of the art technologies in artificial intelligence and personalization to deliver better ads to Facebook’s 2B+ users. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSE from the University of Michigan. He also attended the University of Iowa writer’s workshop.

What Comes Next? Life as a First Gen Professional: Panel Discussion

La’Tonya (LT) Rease Miles

Dean of Student Affairs @ Menlo College

Josh Farris

Co-Founder @ UVA First-Gen Low-Income Alumni Network

Kesia Eng

Member Experience Specialist @ Honey (aquired by PayPal)

For many students, the realities of being “first-generation” become more salient after they leave college. This panel discussion will highlight the unique experiences of being a first-generation college graduate or “first-generation professional.” Topics include: balancing family expectations, supporting siblings and working from home. The panelists (all first-gen) will share their personal experiences with the job search during Coronavirus.

La’Tonya (LT) Rease Miles is a proud first-generation graduate: she earned a Ph.D. in American literature from UCLA; and her research interests include the hidden curriculum in higher education, narratives about the first-generation college experience, and the relationship of physical space and college student engagement. Further, LT is passionate about NBA basketball, college football, “The Flash” and “Friday Night Lights.”

Josh Farris is a 2019 graduate from the University of Virginia (UVA), where he holds a Bachelor of Science in Youth & Social Innovation from the School of Education. During his time at Upward Bound (where he also is an alumnus) he authored a 40 page Virtual Advising Guide that addresses barriers FGLI students face in accessing, succeeding in, and transitioning out of education. He is serving as an interim Contracted Consultant for the Philadelphia Education Fund. Josh is a board member of EdMobilizer, a co-founder of the UVA First Gen Alumni Network and supports the First Generation Alumni Consortium, a network designed to create or grow First Gen. Alumni Networks at various universities, including Harvard, MIT, Duke, UVA, UPenn, and several others.

Kesia Eng is a recent first-gen college graduate from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minor in Film/Television. During her time at UCLA, she was an advocate for first-gen students by creating a first-gen student organization. Most recently, she has experience in the tech startup space- dabbling in user research and assisting with consumer experience. She is passionate about digital media and is interested in working at the nexus of tech and entertainment in the near future.

The Intersection Between Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Intercultural Development

Adán De La Paz

International Student Services and Inclusion & Intercultural Engagement Advisor @ The College of Idaho

Today, we are seeing an increasing number of communities become more and more polarized. Divisive debate is rampant rather than constructive conversations. This presentation shares how interculturality can be used as a vehicle to drive DEI efforts through (a) promotion of meaningful dialogue, (b) respect for inherent dignity, and (c) preservation of culture and identity for all. Audience members will engage in various intrapersonal and interpersonal activities to develop their DEI intercultural toolset. Above all, the framework shared transcends professional boundaries and can be applicable to students and various other community members.

Adán De La Paz is the International Student Services and Inclusion & Intercultural Engagement Advisor at The College of Idaho. He earned his master’s degree in education and is a certified international educator with 8 years of experience living and working abroad. During his five years at the College, record growth has resulted in both underrepresented domestic and international students reaching over 40% of the overall population and hailing from more than 90 countries. ¶ Adán co-leads all programming to advance underrepresented domestic and international student engagement and advocacy, serves as a task force member for campus Inclusive Excellence Initiatives, assisted in the restructure of the institution’s Council on Diversity & Inclusion, and is a founding member of the College’s Representation, Inclusion, and Equity (RIE) Alliance. ¶ In 2020, De La Paz was selected as a recipient of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) RISE Fellowship conducting investigations and developing resources centered on blurring the lines between domestic and international audiences with respect to interculturality and DEI.

Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) Investing: Panel Discussion

Diana Guardado ’24

Project Intern @ Public.com & Panel Moderator

Daniel Kriozere

Tech Startup Scout @ ClimateTech

Raymond Fung

Associate @ ArcTern Ventures

Zach Stein

Cofounder @ Carbon Collective

Katie Griffin

Product Manager @ Parametric

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to investing sustainably, particularly as a means of fighting climate change. Individuals need to be aware of what not to invest in—but sometimes, that’s the easy part. How can we approach investing in a sustainable future in a way that both bolsters the strength of technology that is climate-friendly and keeps our portfolios Growing? ¶ This panel will consist of professionals in the thick of figuring out what new technologies are worth investing in, observing trends and lessons learned from the past and how we can—and need to—apply them moving forward.

Diana Guardado (Dai·a·nuh Guar·da·o) is a proud first-generation Latina, pursuing a bachelors in Political Sciences with a concentration in Equity and Justice Studies at Menlo College. Diana is currently an intern for Public.com, a social investing network. She is creating inclusive, accessible, and fun discussions with leaders of different backgrounds to empower her community to invest. Diana currently services as the Menlo College Freshman Class President.

Daniel Kriozere – I have spent the last three years building relationships with investors and founders in the climate, cleantech, and sustainability sectors. I am connected with over 100 investors in the sector and have spoken with and assisted over 100 startups with fundraising. ¶ Full-time, I work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as a Product Manager for internal business software systems. I was previously a Nuclear Safety Engineer, where I performed risk assessments, and a Business Development Analyst, where I carried out market research and techno-economic analysis. ¶ My other professional experience includes FreshRealm, where I supported a wide range of business operations to support customer success and business strategy. I hold a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Davis and have completed coursework in energy innovation from Stanford University.

Raymond Fung – After graduating from the University of Waterloo in Nanotechnology Engineering, Raymond began his career as an automotive process engineer and researching perovskite solar cells. He spent a few years with McKinsey (where he provided clients with product go-to-market strategies, operational efficiencies, and sales strategies) and then joined Enveritas, a YC-backed sustainable agriculture startup. ¶ Raymond’s passion for sustainability, cleantech, and making the world a better place led him to ArcTern Ventures, a global clean tech + sustainability VC.

Zach Stein – I am a serial entrepreneur and founder of Carbon Collective, the first climate-focused online investment advisor. We built Carbon Collective because we couldn’t find any way to invest our retirement accounts that was aligned with both our financial and ethical values.

Katie Griffin is a Product Manager on the Product Management Team responsible for the strategic positioning of Parametric’s Responsible Investing product suite across various distribution channels. She also is the champion of all Diversity & Inclusion efforts for the Product Management Organization. Prior to joining Parametric in 2019, Katie worked at Eaton Vance as a Team Leader on the brokerage sales team. Prior to that role, she worked in the Eaton Vance mutual fund services group. ¶ Katie earned a B.A. in her independent major, Human Capital Management, from Colby College. She is an active member of the Parametric Charitable Giving Committee along with several community and philanthropic organizations in the Boston area.

LinkedIn All-Star: How to Build a Personal Brand that Impresses, Inspires, and Attracts Opportunities

Luis Baez

Founder & CEO @ LuisBaez.com

In this presentation, I will teach students my step-by-step framework for creating a personal brand on LinkedIn that impresses, inspires, and attracts opportunities right to their inbox. I’ll break down a day in the life of a recruiter, the key elements of an All-Star profile, the daily engagement activity that will get you more profile views, and how to network effectively on the platform. These strategies got me recruited to work at LinkedIn, as well as Google, Uber, and Tesla.

Luis Báez is a Business Strategist + Sales Trainer serving entrepreneurs, service providers and course creators, with a particular dedication to empowering underrepresented entrepreneurs through his training and coaching. He teaches online business owners how to scale their revenues and impact by creating and selling high-end offers — including coaching, masterminds and memberships. ¶ With over 14 years of experience in Sales & Marketing for companies including LinkedIn, Google, Uber and Tesla, Luis brings a breadth of knowledge and experience that spans across Digital Advertising, Software-as-a-Service, and Sustainability with a revenue impact of over $500 Million to date. ¶ Luis has been invited to speak about Leadership and Personal Branding at business schools across the country including Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Bard, and has served as a sales mentor for the likes of Amy Porterfield and others. He’s also been a guest on podcasts including Sales & Marketing Fusion. ¶ Luis lives in Northern California, and loves to cook and (try to) garden.

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Breakout Session 3: 10:20-11:10 a.m. Pacific Time

Breakout Session 3 features 6 different presentations. Which one will you choose to attend? Scroll down for session descriptions and presenter bios. All sessions will be hosted virtually.

Remote Work & Global Citizenship

Jeff Berlin, PhD

Owner and Principal Consultant @ Jeff Berlin Consulting

Remote work is not a new concept. The term “telecommuting” was coined a half century ago by a NASA scientist. The pandemic has accelerated the already increasing adoption and will forever change the way we think about work. Remote work is just one component of the digital upheaval we are experiencing across the globe. We are also witnessing increasing expectations of enhanced social and corporate responsibility. For individuals to thrive in the “post-pandemic” world, remote work and global citizenship are a critical set of competencies and attributes.

Jeff Berlin, PhD is a Hawaii-based organizational development consultant passionate about facilitating positive change with individuals, organizations, and communities. He blends a diverse academic background in community, cultural, an organizational psychology with a practitioner’s orientation towards action and results. For the past 15 years, Jeff has worked as an organizational development consultant in non-profit, aeronautics/space, finance, education, and public health industries. He currently leads his own business, Jeff Berlin Consulting.

Emerging Trends in Human Resource Management

Sharyl Givens ’95

Chief Human Resources Officer @ Proofpoint

Kathi J. Lovelace, PhD

Professor of Human Resource Management @ Menlo College

The Human Resource Club hosts a conversation with Sharyl Givens, alumna of Menlo College (’95) and Chief Human Resources Officer at Proofpoint, a cloud-based cybersecurity company with a 6B market cap and 3800 employees globally. In this session, Ms. Givens will discuss how Proofpoint has managed the pandemic from a human resource management perspective. She will also provide advice on the types of roles that are emerging as a result of the changing work environment and what attributes and skills lead to a successful hire.

Sharyl Givens ’95 (she/her) brings more than 20 years of experience with technology startups and public companies to her role as CHRO for Proofpoint. She leads a team of HR professionals, who are responsible for driving global business growth through strategic human resource programs. Prior to joining Proofpoint in 2011, Sharyl held roles at such companies as Rambus and SanDisk; where she was responsible for HR programs to enable the transition of the company as it grew to over $1B in revenue worldwide. She was also in Human Resources at Loudcloud / Opsware and Calico Commerce where she held roles readying the organizations for growth and their eventual initial public offerings. Sharyl holds a B.S. from Menlo College.

Kathi J. Lovelace (she/her) is a Professor of Human Resource Management at Menlo College. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in Organization Studies with a minor in Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her primary research streams encompass work stress and employee wellness, and management education and leadership development. Dr. Lovelace enjoys gardening, bird watching, and spending time in nature.

Your Rights as a Worker: Social Justice & Employment Law

Joy Branford ’05, MSHR

Principal People Strategy Leader @ Genentech / Roche

Donovan Bonner ’14

Attorney @ Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

Nikki Kateman

Political & Communications Director @ Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW

Chewy Shaw

Site Reliability Engineer @ Google & Vice Chair of the Alphabet Workers Union

This panel features representatives from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, an law firm with an employment law practice, and the human resources department of global company. This panel will discuss worker’s rights, social justice, and employment law. In the last year, we have seen a particular emphasis on questions regarding safety in the workplace and many of us have had to navigate working from home. Against this backdrop, companies are reassessing their commitments to DEI, and this panel will discuss is how companies recruit, support, and retain a diverse workforce.

Joy Branford ’05, MSHR is a Principal People Strategy Leader at Genentech / Roche, a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. In Joy’s more than 15 years as a Global Human Resources Professional in Medical Device, Energy and the Biotech industry, she has acquired a proven track record in designing and implementing global organization effectiveness solutions, developing and leading local and international teams, leading organizational transformation efforts and mergers and acquisitions. Joy has a Master of Science in Human Resources from Golden Gate University and is a Certified Coactive Coach. As a certified coach, she combines extensive management and leadership development experience to help employees and teams excel. Joy also holds a Certificate in the Foundations of Neuroscience from the Neuroleadership Institute. ¶ Joy is also a strong advocate for Diversity and Inclusion and currently sits on the Board of Women’s Audio Mission (WAM) a San Francisco based non-profit focused on STEAM. WAM provides state of the art training to young women and girls from underrepresented populations in sound engineering and creative technology. This training allows students to develop skills and pursue employment in fields that have very little gender and ethnic representation.

Donovan Bonner ’14 is an attorney at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP. He represents employers in employment advice and litigation, serving private and public entities. Donovan advises on a wide range of employment issues and litigation, including trade secrets, wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, policy review, and workplace investigations. Donovan understands the importance of tailoring his work to clients’ needs, and thoughtfully collaborates and communicates with the objective of solving challenges in an efficient and effective manner. Donovan is active with the ABA Young Lawyers Division, serving as the Vice-Chair of the Professional Development Committee. Donovan earned his B.S. at Menlo College, and his J.D. at the University of Oregon School of Law.

Nikki Kateman is the Political & Communications Director for Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW (Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union), a labor union that represents approximately 13,000 men and women working in a variety of industries throughout New York State and Northern New Jersey, where she began her career as an intern in 2007. In this role she handles legislative advocacy and government relations in support of the work of the union and issues that directly impact Local 338 members and their families, and she is currently part of the coalition attempting to legalize adult-use cannabis in New York State. Nikki acts as representative for the union on political, community advocacy, and labors campaigns across the region. She is responsible for overseeing all of Local 338’s internal and external communications, as well as implementing the union’s core events, fundraising, and projects, including the Local 338 Scholarship Program. ¶ Nikki serves on the Nassau County Comptroller’s Living Wage Advisory Board and Suffolk County Food Policy Council. Nikki is a member of the Executive Board of the Women’s Network, a member constituency group within the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) focused on addressing issues specific to working women and their families. She serves as the Secretary and Board Member of the Local 338 Charities, Inc., a 501-(c)3 organization that supports working families in need. Nikki is a member of the Board of Directors for two worker centric non-profit organizations: Workforce Development Institute and Long Island Jobs with Justice. She is also a Union Delegate for the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. ¶ Nikki graduated summa cum laude from Adelphi University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Gender Studies. She holds a Certificate in Advanced Labor Union Leadership from The New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell University Union Leadership Institute.

Chewy Shaw is a Software Engineer at Google, with a degree from MIT, working on keeping the technical infrastructure reliable. Chewy was recently elected to be the Vice Chair of the newly formed Alphabet Workers Union. Chewy is a multiple, accepts any pronouns, and focuses on using his neurodiversity to ensure that everyone gets the chance to be heard, no matter their perspective.

From Fear to Success: How to Pitch with Confidence

Courtney L. Cooper ’21

Communications Specialist @ Stroke Onward & 3X Winner of StartupWeekend

In this workshop, you will learn (1) what qualities make for a strong pitch idea; (2) How to think of startup ideas using different frameworks, including design thinking, and how to determine if your idea is actually solving a problem; (3) What your elevator pitch and long pitch should include; (4) How to push through fear and anxiety of public speaking to deliver your pitch effectively with confidence. ¶ I have won first place at 3/3 Startup Weekend competitions and successfully lobbied legislation at the statewide level, including testifying in state senate hearings. All despite living with severe social anxiety and panic disorder. Many students, especially womxn, may shy away from sharing their ideas out of fear of public speaking or lack of confidence in their abilities. My goal for this workshop is to share strategies to push through fear to take action.

Courtney L. Cooper ’21 has a passion for advocacy for students and underserved populations. Through their work as President of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC), representing 2.1 million students. During their tenure, the SSCCC sponsored over half a dozen bills successfully signed into law, including AB 1995 for students experiencing housing insecurity. In 2017, they were awarded Woman of the Year: Rising Star by Senator Jim Beall for their legislative advocacy on behalf of the disabled, LGBTQ+, and former foster youths. Courtney received their associate degree in Intercultural Communication from Foothill College and is now in their final semester completing a BA in Business Management, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, at Menlo College. They plan to continue their work in advocacy, especially for underserved communities, through public policy and entrepreneurship initiatives.

So You Think You Can’t Get Hired: Extracurricular Activities and the Job Search

Carmen Stockberger

Director of Student Engagement @ Menlo College

We don’t always consider our extracurricular activities as being meaningful experiences for hiring managers. But being involved on the field/court, organizing events, or managing the finances of your club on campus can give you valuable experiences that translate into real-world skills. This workshop aims to get you thinking about what you’ve done outside the classroom and how to translate it for your resume to help you land that perfect internship or job.

Carmen Stockberger (she/her) has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ball State University and a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Originally from Indiana, she has lived in the Bay Area ever since graduating in 2014 in various roles in higher education, in areas of student life and academic advising. As a first-gen college student, she enjoys working with college students and helping them find the tools to succeed. Outside of Menlo, she volunteers her time as an advisor to her sorority’s collegiate chapter at San Francisco State and also performs with local Bay Area non-profit CHEER San Francisco.

Breaking Into the Business of Professional Sports in a COVID World

Jared Muela

Director, PREP & Fan Engagement @ San Francisco 49ers

Professional sports offer a wealth of different opportunities that people may not be aware of. While the jobs most associated with professional sports are those on the field, there are many exciting occupations in the front office. Understanding how to find these opportunities – particularly during and after coronavirus – and setting yourself up as a strong candidate are vital to one’s chances of being offered a job in sports. I will go over what the entry points are, how to determine if sports is the right field for you, and how to best set yourself up for success when an opportunity presents itself.

Jared Muela joined the San Francisco 49ers organization as its community relations and youth football coordinator in 2009. This Bay Area native has spent the past decade deploying the team’s resources toward providing underserved youth and members of the local communities a platform for team play and physical fitness. ¶ Promoted to director of the 49ers PREP and Fan Engagement in 2016, Muela spearheads the 49ers PREP program that has hosted more than 130,000 youth participants ranging from ages 5 to 18 since 2014, and has coordinated free in-school health-and-fitness programs for more than 100,000 elementary and middle-school students in the Silicon Valley and Peninsula.

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Virtual Career Fair: 1-4 p.m. Pacific Time

Students Register on Handshake »

The career fair is open to all students across all majors. Employers are recruiting for full-time and part-time jobs and internships. Graduate schools will also participate. Sign up to meet representatives one-on-one or in group sessions. Click here for step-by-step instructions for signing up in Handshake. Select participating companies and graduate schools include:

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Career Connect Day 2020… Goes Online!

Tuesday, March 24 | All Sessions Recorded!

UPDATE: As part of Menlo College’s COVID-19 response plan, Career Connect Day will be hosted virtually using Zoom technology!

Menlo College Career Connect Day is a flagship event focused on providing career and professional development opportunities to students of all majors and class years.

Scroll down to access the recordings for each breakout session!

Thank You to Our Sponsor: Sodexo

Breakout Session Recordings

Career Connect Day 2020 featured more than a dozen Breakout Sessions. Watch and learn from your fellow students, alumni, and employer partners.

Networking In Today’s World | View the recording »

Sam Baker ’21

Director of Finance and Partnerships @ Startup Weekend Silicon Valley: Womxn

Marianne Neuwirth, PhD

Director of Oral Communication @ Menlo College

Communicating effectively with various individuals strengthens positive first impressions. With training, individuals can better assess and respond to various communication contexts and situations, thereby enhancing job offer prospects and work-life effectiveness. This workshop will focus on basic interpersonal etiquette in professional contexts, including verbal and nonverbal communication, and methods for effective delivery of one’s interests, perceptions, and experiences. We will review basic conversational skills such as listening, asking questions, self-introductions, and graceful exiting strategies, and will go over the process of constructing one’s personal narrative. Participants will learn new skills through role-playing and receiving feedback from others.

Marianne Neuwirth, PhD, is the Director of the Oral Communication Program at Menlo. She earned her Master’s degree in Communication from SJSU, and her PhD in Communication and certification as a conflict mediator from the University of Utah. She has been at Menlo for 7 years, and instructs students and faculty on effective presentation skills, leadership, persuasion and negotiation, and has conducted numerous conflict resolution sessions for the athletic teams on campus over the past few years.

Sam Baker is currently a junior studying Finance at Menlo College. A former collegiate baseball player, Sam competes for Menlo on the CFA Institute Research Challenge team, Bloomberg Trading Challenge team, and is the Director of Finance and Partnerships for Startup Weekend Silicon Valley: Womxn. This summer, he will be a Corporate Finance Consulting Intern with BPM LLP and in the future, hopes to launch his own hedge fund.

Unfiltered Recruiting: Define Your Unique Career Path In Today’s Market | View the recording »

Ryan Miller

Divisional Practice Lead @ Aerotek

Ryan Miller Headshot

Learn hacks and tips from a recruiting professional. Whether you’re looking to use LinkedIn for networking, level up your resume, or learn what an entry level job even entails, this is the breakout session for you.

Ryan Miller is a graduate of San Diego State University  where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Sociology and is living proof that Communication majors can do more than just party. After initially starting his career in the music industry, Ryan has worked in the recruiting industry for the last 6 years, helping hundreds of Bay Area professionals progress in their personal and professional lives through career partnership and advancement. Passionate about impacting the lives of others, leading the personal and professional development of his team, Ryan finds joy in playing a small part in the success stories of his clients, candidates and teammates. 

Redefining Impact Investment | View the recording »

J. Alan Reid, Jr. ’87

Founder at Proxy Value Match

ESG & SRI investing have both tried to change corporate America’s behavior around the environment, social issues, and governance. Sadly there has been little impact as the world spirals to higher and higher levels of CO2.

Alan Reid SBA ’87 brings over 30 years of experience to change the model. Previously CEO of Forward Funds in SF, Reid has made a career out of innovation. Since being awarded The Menlo College Faculty Award in 1987, Alan has moved on from challenging Prof Medlin, to challenging the state of US financial services. Reid has founded Proxy Value Match, which will allow people to vote their proxies to match their personal values. Working with Endowments, Foundations and Family Offices, PVM looks to bring hedge fund strategies to Impact Investing.

The Power Of You: The Steps It Takes To Go From Concept To Consumer | View the recording »

Caleb Shifferaw

Founder @ DCI

This presentation will breakdown the different steps needed to create a successful brand and/or product: (1.) Focus (2.) Idea to Prototype (3.) Manufacturing (4.) Content strategy (5.) Building relationships.

DCI Founder Caleb Shifferaw is an entrepreneur born and raised in the Bay Area. In 2016 he dropped out of business school (Menlo College) to launch an Ethiopian Leather accessories company. He saw a void in the hi-end accessories market and decided to take a innovative spin on Ethiopian leather and luxury accessories. With a successful crowdfunding campaign, Caleb was able to launch his company in 2017. Using a direct to consumer approach, Caleb plans to reinvent the luxury industry.

Inclusive Leadership: The Importance Of Identity And Empathy | View the recording »

Emebet Aklilu ’16, MPH, MSBH

Project Coordinator @ Stanford Health Care

The question is, how do you navigate leadership landscapes when you feel like your identity doesn’t just check one box. What happens when your identity, the things you stand for and believe in, check the all the boxes except the predetermined role of a leader? And what do you do when your identity does not align with the predetermined boxes? How do we encourage the development of inclusive leaders? Explore the answers to these questions and more.

Emebet Aklilu, MPH, MSBH, Project Coordinator at Stanford Health Care, is a psychology alumna and former staff member of Menlo College. She recently completed a dual masters program at the University of San Francisco, and accepted a new position at Stanford Health Care. In her new role she has the opportunity to develop programming in collaboration with the hospital’s nursing leadership. Originally from Los Angeles, Emebet likes to spend time with family, travel, and cook in her free time. She is excited to connect with students and staff at Menlo College for Career Connect Day! 

Sustainable Careers Panel Discussion | View the recording »

Jake Garcia

Sustainability Coordinator @ Town of Atherton

Iliana Nicholas

Program Associate @ Acterra

Valerie Gardner

Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Nucleation Capital

Fahmida Ahmed Bangert

Director, Sustainability and SEM Business Services @ Stanford University

MODERATOR: Kelly Davis, Assistant Director of Career Services and Study Abroad @ Menlo College and Member of the Atherton Environmental Programs Committee.

Jacob Garcia is an Assistant Planner and Sustainability Coordinator for the Town of Atherton. Jacob is a staff liaison to the Environmental Programs Committee in Atherton and enjoys implementing the goals within the Town’s Climate Action Plan. He is currently working on his master’s degree of Urban Planning at San José State University and has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science Technology and Policy from CSU Monterey Bay. Jacob’s past work experience is primarily in land conservation/preservation and he has worked for the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and multiple non-profits.

Iliana Nicholas, Program Associate at Acterra, lives in East Palo Alto and is pursuing a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University where she also holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She currently works at Acterra, an environmental non-profit that is leading climate resiliency work in East Palo Alto with the lens of equity and advocacy. An advocate for social and environmental justice, she is determined to lessen inequalities in communities that face challenges due to fallacies in urban development. In her spare time, she volunteers as a youth mentor for the non-profit, Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project empowering youth to pursue higher education, engage in civic participation, and become agents of social change.  

Valerie Gardner is the co-founder and managing partner of Nucleation Capital, an emerging venture firm focusing on investing in the areas of advanced energy systems, 4th Gen nuclear energy, synfuels and a broadening range of deep decarbonization climate services.  She brings over 30 years of experience—as an investor, a technology entrepreneur and an environmental advocate, where she designed and organized environmental programs for the Atherton community including GreenSTART (2008), LiveGREEN (2009), and Atherton2020 (2011), which was a recipient of $165,000 in Federal Stimulus funding that focused on eliminating wasted energy from high energy homes.

Valerie’s climate journey launched in 2005, following a National Academy of Science talk where lead scientists were freaking out about how bad the climate was. She embarked on a deep dive to learn all she could about the crisis, crowd-sourcing some of her own climate education by designing environmental programs for her community, she eventually settled on assessing carbon pricing impacts on investment portfolios and developed what she calls the Future Generation Portfolio strategy. She is now working to take what she’s learned over the last decade to a new level by launching Nucleation Capital to invest in companies anticipating the coming carbon-priced economy.

Fahmida Ahmed Bangert directs Stanford University’s Office of Sustainability and lead the Sustainable Stanford campus program (sustainable.stanford.edu). During her service, the university has earned a Platinum rating, ranking 1/940 institutions, through the national Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Today directing one of the largest sustainability offices with diverse portfolio, Fahmida architects new programs for sustainability infrastructure and practices, directs the outreach and engagement portfolio, oversees performance metrics automation, and steers academic integration to aid ‘university as a living lab’ initiatives.

Before joining Stanford, Fahmida was the founding sustainability program director at UC Berkeley, where she built its climate program. Prior to my career in sustainability, I worked in financial services and the high-tech industry.

Fahmida earned a B.A. in Economics from Smith College and a Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her apprenticeships include positions at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). 

Danielle Glaser is an urban planner solving community mobility and accessibility issues in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the Head of Bay Area Transportation for LinkedIn, she is responsible for helping over 8,000 employees find alternative ways to get to work than driving alone. She hails from the great state of Michigan where she earned a B.A. in Sustainable Community Development and a minor in Environmental Studies from Grand Valley State University. While there she was President of the Student Environmental Coalition, co-founded the University community garden, that is now a fully operational farm, and was selected as one of 12 Midwest youth to participate in Expedition Copenhagen, an initiative developed by the Will Steger Foundation to build a youth presence at the 2009 UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark. After graduation she worked for Catalyst Partners, a green building consulting firm and earned her LEED for Neighborhood Development accreditation. Five years ago, she moved to the Bay Area with her husband and recently earned her Master’s of Urban Planning from San Jose State University. Her favorite thing about her job is talking with employees about all of their commute options and encouraging them to try something new.

How To Develop Cultural Intelligence Today To Ensure Your Success Tomorrow | View the recording »

Simma Lieberman

President, Simma Lieberman Associates

The workplace today is not the workplace of five years ago. The workplace of tomorrow won’t be the same as the workplace today. Just being good at your profession is not enough for success now, and will be even less so in the future. Just saying you support diversity, social justice or taking a class on bias won’t be enough. Are you ready to do what’s next? Will you have the skills you need to be the new type of leader who combines empathy with cultural intelligence and who creates community anywhere you go? Cultural Intelligence is the ability to develop relationships and work effectively with people from any group different than your own. Empathy is a real skill that enables you to communicate with people at any level and take them higher. These are not innate skills. This is a learned process. Start now. In this interactive program you’ll learn the four components of cultural intelligence, how to develop empathy for people you don’t know, identify your strengths and areas you need to strengthen. Get ready to take the next steps to become a culturally intelligent/ empathetic leader of tomorrow.

Simma Lieberman helps leaders create inclusive communities where people love to do their best work. She is a consultant, facilitator and speaker on leading diversity, equity and inclusion, building inclusive cultures that last, resilience and renewal. Simma is the author or three books on diversity, equity and inclusion and one on stress management and resilience. Born and raised in New York, Simma was part of a multicultural group where she learned to facilitate dialogues amongst people from different races, cultures and other dimensions of diversity.

Create A Vision Using “The Rule Of Three” | View the recording »

Darin Villanueva

Planning & Organization Professional

Are you on track to achieve your 2020 New Year Resolutions? Is your motivation and commitment level starting to wane? Here it is March already, and this is where people start to make excuses and let go of their goals.

In this workshop, Darin will share the secrets of “The Rule Of Three.” You will clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on your specific goals. In your career… In your finances… In your health… In your communication… In your spirituality… In your relationships… Let Darin show you the steps to living an empowered life. Lose the excuses, 2020 is the year!

Darin Villanueva is a planner aficionado deep in the trenches of the planner world (yes there totally is one!). She has learned through trial and error how to define a goal-setting system, and stick to it. She is a database manager by day, a content creator by night, and studying for her real estate license in between.

Venture Capital Panel Discussion | View the recording »

Alec Wright

Chief Innovation Officer @ GSVlabs

Jim Simmons

Managing Partner @ Simmons Goodspeed Ventures

Neville Taraporewalla

President @ Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd & Brand Capital Intl.

Hear three unique perspectives on start-up incubation, venture capital, angel investing, and more.

Alec Wright is the Chief Innovation Officer at GSVlabs, where he leads the company’s Enterprise Innovation and Startup Acceleration teams. Previously, he served as GSVlabs’ Chief Operating Officer and its Director of Startup Management.

Alec has lead digital innovation initiatives for 20+ Fortune 500 companies, from legacy market leaders like 3M, MassMutual, Fujifilm and Fidelity, to technology pioneers like Google, Cisco and JetBlue Airways. He is the co-creator of the GSV Pioneer Summit, an annual technology conference with 100+ presenting startups and some of the world’s top technology leaders.

Alec is also an investor with the Maverick Fund, an early-stage angel syndicate that partners with early-stage founders that are taking on big industries, including Tueo Health (acquired Apple), Kylie.ai (acquired Directly), Facet Wealth ($36M Series A, Warburg Pincus + Slow Ventures) and Tara.ai ($10M Series A, Aspect Ventures, Slack Fund + YC).

Prior to joining GSVlabs, Alec worked in banking and finance litigation at DC-based law firm Kellogg Huber and served as a consultant to a wide range of startups across the healthcare, media and financial services markets. Alec previously spent several years in finance law and strategy, focused on investment due diligence and cross-border transactions with Miami-based IBC Group. Alec currently serves on the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s Digital Advisory Group and spent 2 years on the National Board of Directors of the Cleantech Open, the world’s largest clean technology accelerator.

Jim Simmons, MBA is Managing Partner at Simmons Goodspeed Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm which invests in enterprise DeepTech startups in spaces such as wireless, semiconductor, materials, industrial systems, and IoT. He previously served in operating roles for 28 years at technology firms before working for Draper Richards, an early stage VC firm. He received a BS in Applied Physics from the Caltech and an MBA from Harvard Business School and is Co-Chairman of Caltech Angels Network.

Neville Taraporewalla is President, BCCL Worldwide Inc, leading the US operations of The Times of India Group & it’s investment arm Brand Capital International. Prior to this role he held executive positions at The Times of India Group, Yahoo! Inc, Publicitas & Microsoft Corporation.

Neville has been the Co-founder, past Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) in 2004 & 2005. In 2011, 2012 & 2013 he was included in the annual Campaign India ‘A’ list which showcased leaders in advertising, marketing & the media Industry in India. IMPACT Digital 100 List of personalities 2012 & 2013 included Neville in the list of leaders who have contributed to the growth of digital in India. 

An Angel investor to early stage start-up companies he plays a critical role of a mentor & advisor; his portfolio of investments includes new media companies in the travel, home services, personal wellness, audio processing, mobile application development and augmented reality space in India & the US

You Don’t Have To Be An Inventor To Be An Entrepreneur | View the recording »

Arthur Chait

Adjunct Professor @ Menlo College | Visiting Professor @ Universidad Francisco Marroquin | Former CEO @ EoPlex

You don’t have to be an inventor to be an entrepreneur. The many different types of entrepreneurship and ways to participate and ways to find new business ideas. The lecture will include a specific example from my last startup where we had a new process and didn’t know what the killer application was and how we went about finding that killer app.

You don’t have to be an inventor to be an entrepreneur. The many different types of entrepreneurship and ways to participate and ways to find new business ideas. The lecture will include a specific example from my last startup where we had a new process and didn’t know what the killer application was and how we went about finding that killer app.

Arthur Chait is an entrepreneur, and educator. His startup EoPlex used 3D print for IC chips. As CEO he raised $30 million, the firm was acquired by ASTI. Previous startup, Zitel, developed software to manage Y2K problems. He was SVP at Flextronics, R&D director at Halliburton, VP at Booz Allen, President, Stanford Research Institute’s consulting division. He is adjunct professor at Menlo, visiting professor Universidad Francisco Marroquin, & mentors at Stanford, Draper University, & Startup Chile

How To Make A Great First Impression In North America | View the recording »

Kim Hunter ’97

Teacher, Author, Coach | Language & Culture Consultant

English language learners and international students will have fun learning how to greet people, shake hands, and start conversations as a businessperson in North America.

Kim Hunter ’97 teaches English language and culture, business communications, and practical life skills for North America. Her unique experiential teaching style has helped her students at Intel, Google, Stanford University, and local startups in Silicon Valley. She has coached executives and professionals from Asia, Europe, and South America, and has taught in China and Taiwan. Kim lives in Silicon Valley with her family and 2 dogs.

Social Entrepreneurship: Careers With Impact | View the recording »

Cassandra Staff ’05

Chief Operating Officer @ Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University

Bruce Paton

Professor @ Menlo College | Chair @ Sustainability Commission, City of Sunnyvale

This session will help you define and understand social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and how to pursue a fulfilling and meaningful career that has local and global impact.

Cassandra Staff ’05 is the Chief Operating Officer at Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. She is responsible for the success of various impact accelerator programs as well as program support functions and systems that support Miller Center operations. Cassandra is a Bay Area native with degrees from San Jose City College, Menlo College, and Santa Clara University.

Bruce Paton *BIO COMING*

Deficit Spending and Inequality: A Source of Economic Instability | View the recording »

Craig Medlen, PhD

Professor of Economics @ Menlo College

Deficit spending has long been understood as a stabilizing counter-cyclical force. I will show (1) how over recent decades, the cumulative deficits of government and non-corporate entities have expanded the inequality of wealth and income, which has contributed to slow growth and instability and (2) that deficits create gross profits in excess of new investment expenditures (free cash). This excess cash gets spilled in the stock market through mergers, dividends and stock buybacks worsening inequality. This expanded inequality has made for more spending volatility and speculative endeavors.

Craig Medlen, PhD *BIO COMING*

Menlo Alums Talk Real Estate Careers hosted by The Real Estate Center @ Menlo College | View the recording »

Margaret McFarland

Director of The Real Estate Center (TREC) @ Menlo College

Learn how three (3) Menlo College alumni began their careers in the real estate industry. Featuring:

Teodor Vacev ’04: Market Research Analyst @ Marcus & Millichap;
Ryan Bernard: Sr. Manager, Financial Analyst @ Colliers International;
Collin Forgey ’12: Principal @ SunArcher Investments Inc.

Life After Athletics | View the recording »

Darci Smith

Career Coach @ Athletes to Careers

Connor Stefanski

Inside Sales Manager @ San Jose Sharks

Darci Smith is a Career Coach at Athletes to Careers and a former Division 1 Collegiate Soccer Player. She is dedicated to coaching, counseling and placing highly talented student athletes into the corporate world. Working one on one with student-athletes she coaches on how to pregame for an interview, how to prepare a resume, and teaches key techniques to secure a rewarding position after graduation.

Connor Stefanski, Inside Sales Manager,is originally from Waukesha, WI and a former D1 Football Player. He has worked in sports for the previous five years, all in ticket sales. Connor started with the Sharks in Inside Sales and has been promoted three times and now oversees the Inside Sales Department with the Sharks.

Student Loan Debt – Know The Facts, Avoid The Risks | *Recording coming soon*

Dave Schwartz

Managing Partner @ Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial

Understand the benefit, impact, and ramifications of student loans. Learn best practices to reduce the amount borrowed and speed up the repayment process! Topics covered: college costs & funding; FAFSA; loan debt impact; how much to borrow; federal vs private loans; loan repayment; loan forgiveness; planning tools; helpful websites

Dave Schwartz is a Managing Partner with Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial. Dave has worked as a Financial Advisor and Registered Securities Representative in a leadership capacity for 23 years. His tenure includes leadership roles with Wachovia Bank and Wells Fargo. His passion is recruiting and developing successful Financial Advisors and helping others with their financial security today, as well as in the future. Dave is a graduate of CSU Northridge, with a degree in Business Finance. He currently holds the Series 6 and Series 63 Securities Licenses, Series 26, as well as the Life, Accident and Health License. He holds the Fraternal Insurance Counselor designation and he is currently studying for the Fraternal Insurance Counselor Fellow and Certified Fraternal Field Manager designations. Dave will be relocating to the Northern California area and has two adult children.

Spring Career Fair | Add Your Resume to the Resume Book »

More than 50 employers and graduate schools signed up for this year’s career fair. Even though it’s cancelled, they still want to meet you!

Click here to see the list of employers. Tell us which ones you want us to send your resume to, and we’ll email it directly to the recruiters!

Students huddle to review the information they received from employers.

Career Connect Day 2019

Tuesday, March 26 | 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

*Evening classes will not be cancelled for OAKS-In-Industry.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Keynote Speaker: Julie Zhuo

Julie Zhuo, Vice President of Product Design @ Facebook
in a fireside chat with
Angela Schmiede, Vice President @ Menlo College

Julie Zhuo is one of Silicon Valley’s top product design executives. She leads the teams behind some of the world’s most popular mobile and web services used by billions of people every day. 

The first 100 students to register for the keynote lunch will receive a free copy of her most recent book, The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You. Book signing to immediately follow the lunch.

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Breakout Session 1: 9-10 a.m.

Breakout Session 1 features six different presentations. Which one will you choose to attend? Scroll down for session descriptions and presenter bios. All sessions will be hosted in Florence Moore Hall.

Women In Tech: A Panel Discussion

Did you know that women represent 50% of the population yet they only hold 20% of the tech jobs? For women founders, it’s worse: only 17% of startup founders are women who receive 3% of funding. This panel will discuss what it’s really like to be a woman in tech—the good and the bad, the sea change that’s happening for women today, and how both women and men can continue to advocate for equality in the workplace.

Hillary New Sinclair – Founder & CEO: Being “blessed” with a chronic skin affliction, Hillary learned early on that not all beauty products work for everyone. Prior to Wheesearch Beauty, she developed B2C marketing solutions for F500 companies including Avon, Yahoo!, eBay and Visa. She’s an avid product searcher and is passionate about supporting women and female entrepreneuses, and was a Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year with the Women in IT Awards.

Dr. Melissa R. Michelson – Professor of Political Science: Dr. Michelson writes books about Latino Politics and LGBTQ Politics. She is a founding board member of Women Also Know Stuff, a project that promotes the expertise of women in political science.

Aimee Gaspar – CoFounder & CEO of LionX: Aimee is a product management leader with a career focused on leveraging technology to help people manage their finances, and delivering these solutions to large financial institutions reaching millions. She and her teams have designed sophisticated Enterprise and B2C financial services solutions in investment management, retail banking and mortgage. Her focus on the user experience and understanding of the entire product lifecycle has resulted in significant revenue growth and customer retention at top FinTech companies such as Broadridge, Yodlee and Sindeo.

Namrata Mujumdar – Founder & CEO of Amp Politics: Namrata is a startup leader that’s on a mission to empower the average citizen in the political process. As a business and tech leader, she’s building tools that empower citizens and organizations with next-generation technology. With these tools, they can leverage the power of collective action.

Melissa Kargiannakis – Founder & CEO of skritswap: Melissa brings the zest and perseverance. She has won an award from the Queen of England and has a Master’s of Health Information Science with published research. Melissa’s life mission is to rebalance power in society. It originates from her kid catchphrase “it’s not fair.” She is building skritswap (a Silicon Valley venture capital-backed start-up that uses AI to analyze complex documents—like a mortgage, insurance, or privacy policy—and replaces the jargon with easy-to-understand language) to make information more equitable and accessible for everyone.

Katherine Mendonca – Enterprise Strategic Partnership & Channel Development Executive: Katherine is an experienced business development leader specializing in enterprise strategic partnerships and channel development during the mobile computing revolution via her work at AT&T, Palm, and Apple. She has been dedicated to developing a mature ecosystem of mobile computing solutions for the enterprise and public sector segments to improve the way we work and engage customers. In addition to her passion for technology, she is an unwavering advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Recommended for: All

Vision Planning: Who Do You Need to Be to Get Where You Want to Go?

Tony Lopez
& Eli Bunton ’16


This workshop will help participants to create clarity, confidence and peace of mind regarding where they are going and who they need to BE to get there. All participants will create a 3 year and 1 year vision for themselves. Tony Lopez will help students form the mindset and self-awareness they need by utilizing tools from his emotional intelligence training. Alumnus Eli Bunton ’16 will co-present.

Recommended for: Juniors; Seniors; All majors

Bio: Tony Lopez graduated from UCSD with a bachelor’s in economics. After graduating, Tony joined MassMutual San Francisco as a Financial Planner. As a Financial Planner, he specializes in small business owners and pre-retirees. Over the years, Tony has developed a team of hard working professionals looking to make an impact in our community, including Menlo College alumnus Eli Bunton ’16.. Tony is on the Board of Directors for UCSD Alumni; Chair for Chancellor Associates Young Alumni; Internal VP for ALPFA; and member of Vistage.

Secrets of a Hiring Manager

Arthur Chait

Professor @ Menlo College

With 35 years of experience interviewing and hiring hundreds of candidates, Professor Chait shares his notes on what works in the process and what doesn’t, best practices, successes – and of course, failures. The presentation will be from the point of view of the managers who actually make the hiring decisions to inform students on how to prepare and how to apply for a job even when you do not meet the posted qualifications.

Recommended for: All

Bio: Mr. Chait is the founder and past CEO of EoPlex Inc., a developer and manufacturer of semiconductor products using a proprietary type of 3D printing that improved performance and eliminated environmental problems. EoPlex was acquired by ASTI Singapore in 2012. Mr. Chait is adjunct professor at Menlo College and Notre Dame de Namur. He mentors startups at Stanford’s StartX accelerator, Draper University and Santa Clara University and is a Judge for Startup Chile. He is past president and current board member of the Antigua Forum, a think tank of that works on projects worldwide to improve the lives of millions.

2019 Accounting and Finance Compensation Trends

Sheila Maultsby

Vice President @ Accountemps (A Robert Half Company)

What does the world of accounting look like from here on out – especially from the compensation angle? All students interested in the fields of accounting and finance will benefit from hearing from a professional who has worked with accountants for over a decade.

Recommended for: Accounting, Finance majors

How to Spot a Microagression

This presentation will describe the kinds of microaggressions we encounter in our daily lives. Jessica and Emebet will explain the different relationships these small offenses tend to affect and offer attendees some ideas on how to deal with such comments. There will be some collaborative moments for attendees to work together and discuss the microaggressions they have encountered in their lives.

Recommended for: All

Jessica Soliai has been at Menlo for ~8 years, including 4 years as a student. After graduating from Menlo, she completed a master’s from the University of San Francisco in International and Multicultural Education. Jessica’s degrees – combined with her first-hand Menlo experience – fuel her passion for student advocacy and development of cultural competencies.

Emebet Aklilu is an alumna of Menlo College. She oversees housing, health and wellness, the student union and the SERV program. She is a graduate student at the University of San Francisco, working on a dual master’s in public health and behavioral health.

Career Ambidexterity: How to Market Your Competencies with Innovation

Dr. Nicole Jackson, PhD

Professor @ Menlo College

In today’s economy, employees are expected to showcase not only how their knowledge, skills, and abilities fit current job functions – they must also demonstrate how to build for innovation, resourcefulness, and thought leadership. This balance between competency-fit and innovation is known as “ambidexterity.” Students will learn how they can portfolio both sets of skills for the new economy.

Recommended for: Juniors; Seniors; All majors

Bio: Nicole C. Jackson, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Management at Menlo College. Her research examines the issue of organizational and leadership ambidexterity, the need to balance exploitation of competencies with the need for innovation, in for-profit and in public administrative settings. Her recent work examines this issue in the context of organizational change, leadership, and specific to the redesign of human resource management practices and as a form of individual and organizational learning as well as career management. Prior to going into academia, Nicole worked at Accenture in their HR and Business Process improvement practice and as an HR and training manager for industry2industry.com.

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Breakout Session 2: 10:10-11:15 a.m.

Breakout Session 2 features seven different workshops. Which one will you choose to attend? Scroll down for session descriptions and presenter bios. All breakout sections will be hosted in Florence Moore Hall.

Launching Your Career: Putting Your Best Foot Forward in an Increasingly Competitive Job Market

Mallory Welty

Marketing Sourcer @ Uber

Mallory will provide an overview of how to launch your career from the perspective of a tech recruiter, with key insights into resume writing, LinkedIn strategies, and interviewing and networking.

Recommended for: All

Bio: A NorCal native, Mallory grew up in Santa Cruz and moved to the Bay Area in 2014 to finish a philosophy degree at UC Berkeley. She joined Uber in June 2016 and has been able to recruit for a number of different organizations within the company (Uber Freight, Marketing, Customer Support Operations). A lover of people and empowerment, she’s found a true passion for providing career counseling to students and new grads with the goal of instilling confidence and tools for success.

Life After Athletics: How Being a Student-Athlete Prepares You for the Workplace

Join former student-athletes Amy (soccer) and Emmeline (softball) and special guest Nick Szpur for a panel discussion on how being a student-athlete prepares you for the workforce.

Recommended for: Student-Athletes; Sports Management majors

How to Use Cultural Intelligence Skills to Get the Career You Want

Simma Lieberman

President @ Simma Lieberman Associates

Cultural Intelligence is the ability to build relationships with anybody, anywhere with anyone different than you. The most successful organizations in the world have leaders and employees with a high level of cultural intelligence. People with high Cultural IQs know how to observe, adapt and conduct business with people they have never met, or know little about. This interactive program will provide the basic overview of cultural intelligence and the skills needed to quickly develop relationships, and build trust across differences starting with self-awareness.This is an opportunity for students to look at themselves in a new way in order to communicate with anyone and everyone as they enter the careerplace.

Recommended for: All

Bio: Simma Lieberman, “The Inclusionist,” helps leaders create inclusive work cultures where employees do their best work and customers love to do business. She has been a consultant, facilitator, speaker and executive coach for over 25 years. In 2017 the World Human Resource Development Congress in Mumbai honored her with the global diversity and inclusion leadership award. Her articles and ideas on culture change have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, The Economist, Black MBA, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Working Mother, CNN and NPR. Her clients include Kaiser Permanente, Intel, Wells Fargo, 3 Degrees, County of Santa Rosa and Oracle, Tech CU, SF Pride and Kimpton Hotels.

Design Thinking for Business Problem-Solving

Seeking a hands-on introduction to design thinking? Menlo College’s Professor Paton and Junior Brenda Flores-Reyes will lead workshop attendees in growing their skillsets to include convergent thinking, productive question development, and prototyping.

Recommended for: Beginners in design thinking; All majors

Menlo Alumni Talk Real Estate Careers: A Panel Discussion

Margaret McFarland & Special Guests

Director, Center for Real Estate @ Menlo College

Once you know you want to go into the real estate field, what are your next steps? A panel of Menlo College alumni will discuss multiple career paths in real estate and provide tips and tricks on how to prepare your career.

Recommended for: All majors

The Future of HR: A Panel Discussion

How will emerging tech impact the field of HR in the future? What are the pot