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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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

Leading through challenging times

Through a conversation moderated by Cathy Rodriguez-Aguirre ('99, UCD), gain insights on leading through disruption and change from alumna and author Diana Hendel (’85, UCI; PharmD ‘89, UCSF). 

For many people in leadership roles, it can be especially challenging to lead your team and organization through difficult situations. Guiding others through uncertainty can feel isolating, exhausting and, at times, hopeless. Through a conversation moderated by Cathy Rodriguez-Aguirre ('99, UCD), gain insights on leading through disruption and change from alumna and author Diana Hendel (’85, UCI; PharmD ‘89, UCSF). During this one-hour webinar, Dr. Hendel shares her journey as an experienced healthcare executive and former hospital CEO and offers valuable advice to help you lead through difficult times.

Leveraging social media to launch or grow your business

Check out this workshop-style session focused on the fundamentals of using social media to grow your business delivered by Bonique Edwards ('94, UCLA), Owner of Kaleidoscope Consulting Group

Check out this workshop-style session focused on leveraging social media to launch or grow your business delivered by UCLA alumna Bonique Edwards, Owner of Kaleidoscope Consulting Group, a full-service digital marketing agency specializing in website development, graphic design and social media. Bonique covers the fundamentals of using social media to grow your business and offer tangible tips to help you reach more customers. 

Starting and leading your own business

Watch this episode of the UC Alumni Career Network to gain insights from experienced UC alumni business owners on actionable steps you can take to start your own business.

Have a great idea for a business or thinking about becoming your own boss?  Watch this episode of the UC Alumni Career Network to gain insights from experienced UC alumni business owners on actionable steps you can take to start your own business.  From how to get started to strategies for sustaining your business, panelists share what they’ve learned as business owners and offer advice on what you need to do to start your own business.

Moderated by: Ping Yeh (UC San Diego) | CEO, StemoniX 

Featuring:

Hilary Bryant (UC Santa Cruz) | Donor Services Officer, Santa Cruz County Community Foundation
Jaime Nack (‘98, MPP ’02, UCLA) | President, Three Squares Inc.
Nathan Westwick (‘97, UC San Diego) | Owner, Wild Goose Coffee Roasters