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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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. 

 

Acing the Interview

Three UC alumni working as recruiters and hiring managers share their insights on effective interview techniques. 

Use the links below to access the webinar presentation deck and the the pre-interview research grid presented by Samantha Luu ('13, UC Irvine).

Acing the Interview Presentation Deck
Acing the Interview Preparation Grid

Whether you’re an experienced professional or a recent graduate, an effective interview is critical to landing your next opportunity. From pre-recorded video interviews to panel-style committee interviews, learn what you need to do to put your best foot forward and walk out with a job offer in hand. This panel of recruiters and hiring managers offers a solution-focused session on effective interview techniques, strategies for preparing for the interview and common mistakes to avoid. Featuring: Samantha Luu (’13, UC Irvine), Recruiter at ServiceTitan; Shane Hillers (’12, UC Santa Cruz) Senior Program Manager at Google Cloud and Irene I. Quevedo (’03, UC Santa Barbara) Executive Director, Operation Jump Start and Founder & Partner, Level Up Latina LLC.

 

Women + Work: Finding a support network to maximize your impact

Five UC alumnae offer insights on building professional alliances at work, leveraging employee resource groups (ERGs) and strategies for supporting inclusion in the workplace

Looking to deepen connections in the workplace or a sounding board to help support your professional aspirations? Listen to this amazing panel of UC alumnae sharing insights on building professional alliances at work, leveraging employee resource groups (ERGs) and strategies for supporting inclusion in the workplace. This discussion addresses how to leverage and tap into resource groups at your current company, strategies for building a network if one does not already exist and how deepening relationships at work can help propel your professional development. This webinar focuses on women’s leadership networks but includes strategies that apply for all. Featuring: Dianna Henderson, UC Office of the President; Mylene Barizo (’91, UC Los Angeles), The Boeing Company; SHAVONE. Charles (’12 UC Merced), Director, Consumer Communications, VSCO; Christina Mangurian, MD, MAS (’03, UC San Francisco),Professor and Vice Chair for Diversity and Health Equity, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF; Roz Samimi (’17, UC Berkeley), North America and Latin American Lean In Circles and Company Engagement Senior Associate, Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation; and Stina Trainor (’04, UC Irvine), Head of Policy Visits, Facebook 

Financial Strategies During Economic Disruption

Gain insights on how current events are impacting financial markets with UCLA's Chief Investment Officer, Justin Barton, and UC San Diego Alumni Association President-Elect, Kimberley Phillips Boehm.  

This 30-minute conversation with UCLA's Chief Investment Officer, Justin Barton, covers how current events are impacting financial markets along with insights for navigating financial challenges and trustworthy sources of information.  This conversation was moderated by UC San Diego Alumni Association President Kimberley Phillips Boehm.