Alumni Career Network

The UC Alumni Career Network is a high-impact, online series designed to provide UC alumni and community members with the insights, information, and connections to launch, grow and expand your career opportunities.

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This volunteer-driven career education series is made possible by generous UC alumni like you. We invite you to participate in a future event or share your suggestions for future topics.

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Career Opportunities at the Intersections of Industries

Like many UC graduates, alumni often find their career in unexpected places. Whether you are a new professional seeking to utilize your degree in an unexpected industry, or an established professional ready to build on your experience and put it to use in a new industry this session will offer strategic advice on how to approach your job search to expand beyond the usual.

Moderated by:

Amanda Pouchot (UC Berkeley)
President of @Wow Protein Donuts

Featuring:

Marge Ang, MBA, CPCC, ACC (UC Berkeley)
Tech Marketing Consultant, Career and Leadership Development Coach

Merete Fields, SHRM-SCP (UC Davis)
Career Coach

The Great Resignation

The “Great Resignation” can mean a lot of things, but this phenomenon is impacting every sector and level of talent. For the first time since the 1960’s workers rights are finally being taken seriously. Our featured speaker, Enrique Lopezlira, Ph.D., Director of the Low-Wage Work program at the UC Berkeley Labor Center will provide his insights on the moment.

Moderated by:

Cheryl M. Lott ('01, J.D.'04 - UC Los Angeles) | Moderator
Shareholder and Deputy General Counsel, Buchalter, APC Alumni Regent, UC Board of Regents

Featuring:

Enrique Lopezlira, Ph.D.
Director of the Low-Wage Work program, UC Berkeley Labor Center

Career and Life Pivots: Successful Power Moves in the Pandemic

Since the pandemic began, so many lives have been impacted, causing career and life plans to permanently shift—and if you are trying to figure out what comes next, you are not alone. Many people are taking steps to examine and re-imagine their career trajectories.

Moderated by:

Hassan Akmal, MPH, MBA (’01, UC Los Angeles) | MODERATOR
Executive Director, Career & Professional Development, UC San Diego

Featuring:

Benjamin Fung, DPT, MBA (’06, UC San Diego)
COO, UpDoc Media

Melody Gonzales (’02, UC San Diego)
Executive Director, White House Initiative Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, & Economic Opportunities for Hispanics

Peace Uche, PharmD (’09, PharmD’13 UC San Diego)
NFT Pivot & Visibility Coach, doc.PEACE

Personal Financial Management

This high impact session will cover effective budgeting strategies to managing your finances to preparing for retirement, this session will provide tangible tips, resources and advice to help you thrive financially.

This high impact session will cover effective budgeting strategies to managing your finances to preparing for retirement, this session will provide tangible tips, resources and advice to help you thrive financially.

Moderated by:
Lybroan James (’92, UCLA) | MODERATOR
Chief Education Officer at MILOedu

Featuring:
Belva Anakwenze ('00, UCLA) | Presenter
Principal of Abacus Financial Business Managemen

Non-Tech Jobs in Tech

Our panel of UC alumni will share how they’ve positioned their non-technical backgrounds to lead exciting careers in tech.

Think you need to be an expert coder to get a job in Tech? Our panel of UC alumni will share how they’ve positioned their non-technical backgrounds to lead exciting careers in Tech. This webinar will tackle strategies for pivoting into the tech industry and offer insights into the recruitment process.

Moderated by:
Ish Verduzco (‘14, UC Merced) | MODERATOR
Director of Growth & Marketing, Crave It

Featuring:
Natasha Chan (‘12, UC San Diego)
Lead Creative Strategist, Salesforce

Sam Li (‘14, UC Santa Cruz)
Technical Recruiter, Nylas

Suren Sagadevan (‘98, UC Santa Barbara)
Business Development Manager, DivergeITx

Careers in government & policy

Our panel of UC alumni share their insights on working in government, policy, and public service roles. This conversation tackles strategies for securing roles in the public sector, career advancement, and tips for building networks to foster career growth.

Our panel of UC alumni as they share their insights on working in government, policy, and public service roles. This conversation tackles strategies for securing roles in the public sector, career advancement, and tips for building networks to foster career growth.

Moderated by: Cynthia Chase, LCSW (‘01, UC Santa Cruz), Principal and Founder, Cynthesis Consulting

Featuring:

Edgar Castelan (‘15, MPP’18, UC Riverside)
District Representative, State Senator Connie M. Leyva, 20th SD District Office

Erik Infelise (‘99, UC Davis)
Special Agent, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General

Shannon Shellenberg (‘94, UC Davis)
Deputy Director, Office of International Relations, California State Senate

Navigating the hiring process as an experienced professional

This webinar offers insights and strategies to help experienced professionals who may be dealing with age bias in the workplace or recruitment process.

This webinar offers insights and strategies to help experienced professionals who may be dealing with age bias in the workplace or recruitment process.  Our panel of three UC alumni shared personal experiences and insights along with tangible tips and advice to help you effectively position your skills and background for your next career move.

Moderated by: John Arboleda (UCLA), Board Member, UCLA Alumni Association

Featuring:

Marge Ang (UC Berkeley), Tech Marketing Consultant, Career and Leadership Development Coach
Kevin Baker (UC San Diego), Director, Educational Talent Search, Mt. San Jacinto College
Emily Baxt (UCLA), Principal, Baxt Consulting

Advancing your career through volunteerism or board leadership

This webinar highlights how to identify volunteer and board leadership opportunities, common skills organizations look for in volunteer leaders, and strategies for positioning your volunteer experiences for professional growth.

Not only does volunteering present a great opportunity to help others but it can also be a great way to expand your network and develop additional skills.  From short-term volunteer opportunities to serving on a board, this panel of UC alumni shared their insights on how volunteering can help you accelerate and advance your career.  This session highlighted how to identify volunteer and board leadership opportunities, common skills organizations look for in volunteer leaders, and strategies for positioning your volunteer experiences for professional growth.  The webinar recording is relevant for alumni of all career levels, from new professionals to senior-level executives.

Moderated by: 

Charles Melton (’08, UC Davis) | Senior Public Policy Manager, Turo 

Featuring:

Allison Olson (’09, UC Davis) | Executive Director, Down Syndrome Information Alliance

Cathy Rodriguez-Aguirre (’99, UC Davis) | President & CEO, Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Paul Simpson (BA, UC Santa Cruz; MBA, UC Berkeley) | Chief Financial Officer, LifeMoves

Debby Stegura (’79, UC Davis) | Alumni Regent, University of California and President, Alumni Associations of the University of California (AAUC)

This webinar was originally recorded on May 26, 2021

Managing student loan debt

Whether you are dealing with your own educational debt or helping a family member manage their student loans, this tactical webinar covers strategies and options to manage student loan debt.

Completing your undergraduate or graduate studies may mean that you have acquired student loan debt along the way. Whether you are dealing with your own educational debt or helping a family member manage their student loans, this tactical webinar covers strategies and options to manage student loan debt. This session offers details on types of student loans, repayment options, deferment, loan refinancing and approaches to managing and paying off student loans. You'll also gain advice and insights from fellow UC alumni on how they've approached their student loans and strategies that have helped them to minimize debt.

This webinar was moderated by: 

Anna Lo (’00, UC Riverside), Chief Executive Officer, North Jersey Federal Credit Union

and featured:

Amber Berry, (‘14, UC Davis), Creator & Coach, Feel Good Finances 

Cerita Grotts, MPA (‘09, UC Santa Barbara), Associate Director of Financial Aid, Loyola Marymount University

LeVar Harris, MBA (‘11, UC Riverside), Machine Learning Recruiter, Twitter

Sara Potter-Gittelson (’10, UC Santa Barbara; M.Ed. ’14, UCLA), Financial Wellness Program Director, UCLA and Founder, Coach and Consultant, First at Finances 

Reanne Swafford-Harris, Esq (‘12, UC Riverside; JD ‘15, UCLA), Attorney, Fenwick & West