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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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

Handling difficult conversations at work

Gain advice on how to handle challenging topics, acknowledge cultural differences in communication styles, and identify helpful techniques to maximize your workplace communications

This webinar provides guidance on addressing difficult conversations so that all voices are valued. Panelists offer advice on how to handle challenging topics, acknowledge cultural differences in communication styles, and identify helpful techniques to maximize your workplace communications.  This webinar was moderated by: Jaime Carias (‘08, UCSB) | Author, Civic Engagement & Fellow, USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism and featured: Nicole Cox (‘13, UCLA) | Manager, EY; Annalyn Cruz (‘00, UCSB) | Senior Manager of Leadership & Management Development, Electronic Arts (EA) and Sunny Lee (‘96, UCI) | Assistant Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students, UC Berkeley

The Future of Travel

This interview offers insights on the future of travel and what we might expect as travelers.  

What does the future of travel look like?  Tune in for this informative session as travel enthusiast Christy Dobbs (’92, UC Berkeley) interviews Melinda Yee Franklin (’85, UC San Diego), managing director of corporate and government affairs for United Airlines.  This interview offers insights on the future of travel and what we might expect as travelers.  

First-generation professional development

Learn from fellow UC graduates who were first in their families to graduate from college as they share their stories, tips and advice for navigating the professional workplace.

First-generation professionals are pioneers in their career path. Learn from fellow UC graduates who were first in their families to graduate from college as they share their stories, tips and advice for navigating the professional workplace. From building your professional network to preparing for career advancement, the panelists offer actionable tips to help you successfully navigate the world of work.

Featuring: Bernice Maldonado (‘02, UC Riverside | ’11, UC Irvine) CEO & Founder, BerniceMaldonado.com Janella Leano (UC San Diego | DPT ‘20, UC San Francisco) Physical Therapist Ish Verduzco (’14, UC Merced) Director of Growth & Marketing, Crave It Moderated by Katie Russo, Director of Alumni Career Engagement, UCLA

Career Pivots: Actionable advice to help you change industries and re-align your brand

This experienced panel of UC alumni offers tangible tips for changing careers and aligning your brand for new opportunities.

Considering a career change?  Unsure where to start?  You’re not alone!  View this dynamic panel discussion on preparing for a career change, identifying opportunities and leveraging your strengths to successfully pivot to a new industry or field.  Our experienced panel of UC alumni offers tangible tips for changing careers and aligning your brand for new opportunities.  Featuring:

Stephanie Usry (‘10, UC San Diego) | MODERATOR
Head of Human Resources, Vida Health | Founder on Purpose, Not by accident | Founding Coach, Radical Candor

Natasha Chan (‘12, UC San Diego) 
Customer Success Enablement Manager, Salesforce

Cynthia Huang (‘16, UC Berkeley) 
Marketing Professional

Markell Morris (‘93, UC Santa Barbara) 
Owner, Futures in Motion

Forrest Wright (UCLA | MBA ‘07, UC San Diego) 
Creative Director, Page 90 

This webinar is part of the UC Alumni Career Network series.  

Job Burnout: What to look for and how to improve your relationship with work

Gain insights into signs of job burnout and actionable steps you can take to improve your relationship with work.

Job Burnout: What to look for and how to improve your relationship with work

Think you might be dealing with job burnout?  Wondering what the signs might be and if it’s possible to improve your relationship with work?  View this dynamic conversation between Ann Wang (’13, UCLA), co-founder and CEO of Enrou, and Dr. Christina Maslach, Professor of Psychology (Emerita) and a core researcher at the Healthy Workplaces Center at the UC Berkeley.  Professor Maslach is the pioneer of research on the definition, predictors and measurement of job burnout and will offer her insights on how to recognize job burnout and strategies to help you improve your relationship with work.  

Effective salary negotiation

Founder & Managing Partner of The Reddock Law Group, Angela Reddock-Wright ('95, UCLA Law), provides an introduction to employment law and actionable tips for negotiating in the workplace.  Danny Guerrero (’02, UC Riverside), Vice President of North America Strategy & Co-Chair DEI Council at MMGY Global moderates the conversation. 

This high-impact webinar covers a basic introduction to employment law, strategies for effective negotiations and potential elements and perks you can negotiate in a job offer or promotion.  UCLA alumna and Founder & Managing Partner of The Reddock Law Group, Angela Reddock-Wright, offers actionable tips and insights on negotiating job offers, salary, and other tangible benefits to boost your confidence and arm you with the right resources and tools.  Danny Guerrero (’02, UC Riverside), Vice President of North America Strategy & Co-Chair DEI Council at MMGY Global moderates the conversation.