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ASK a Logger | Career Q&A with Alumni

Logger alumni are your best resource for learning about potential career paths, gaining Logger-to-Logger advice, building your network, and meeting potential mentors.

Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Night has a tradition of bringing Logger alums from various backgrounds and industries to campus to connect with students. In this video series, we're bringing alumni to you virtually, to talk about their career paths and to share their insights–wherever and whenever you need them.


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David Baars '08: Senior Program Manager | Google Cloud
Jessica Columbo '07: Agency Founder, Digital Strategist | Tiller Marketing
Anna Dunlap '16: Director of International Recruitment and Development | Teach Thailand Corps
Tristan Eddy '09: Program Coordinator | Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State (Challenging Economy Panel)
Emma Elder '18: Marketing Coordinator | Odd Dog Media
Ian Fox '14: Project Manager | PRX
J.D. Graziano '05: EMS Educator and Coordinator | Clinical and Paramedic Programs at U of
Iowa EMS Learning Resource Center
Michael Harbaugh '10: University Partnerships | Handshake (Challenging Economy Panel)
Katie Hart '18: Family Support Specialist | Family Tree Relief Nursery (Pride Panel)
Caroline Henry '12: Senior Writer | Copacino + Fujikado (Pride Panel)
Kasey Janousek '15: Solutions Engineering Program Manager | Box, Inc.
Hakim Jones '02: Enterprise Data & Analytics Portfolio Director | Nike
Nasser Kyobe '13: Executive Producer | Seahawks Radio Network
Kenji Lee '15: Ph.D. Student and Teaching Fellow | Boston University
Andy Marshall '12: Search Consultant (Associate) | Isaacson, Miller
Josh McDonald '02: Executive Director | Washington Wine Institute 
Sarah McQuate '07: Science Writer | University of Washington (Challenging Economy Panel)
Amber Moore '17: Market Manager, Hotel Tonight | Airbnb
Paul Morris '95: Deputy Director | Elevate Oregon
Luke Newman '07: Co-Founder & CPO | Amplify Consulting (Challenging Economy Panel)
Collin Noble '19: Consultant | The Spur Group (Pride Panel)
Tom Perry '98: Founder/Career Coach | Engaged Pursuit
Kayla Ramos '19: Software Engineer | Infoblox
Sloan Strader '18: Knowledge Organization Engineer Intern | Morgan Stanley


ASK a Logger Panel: Graduating in a Challenging Economy

What’s it like to graduate during a recession? How have Puget Sound grads navigated that experience? What advice can they offer to Logger students who will graduate in the wake of the Great Lockdown?
Hear from Tristan Eddy '09, Sarah McQuate '07, and Luke Newman '07, who graduated during the 2007-2010 recession as they share their stories, offer encouragement, and answer student questions.

Tristan Eddy '09
Program Coordinator | Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State
At Puget Sound: Comparative Sociology; French majors

 

 

 

 

Michael Harbaugh '10
University Partnerships | Handshake
At Puget Sound: History major

 

 

 

 

Sarah McQuate '07
Science Writer | University of Washington
At Puget Sound: Chemistry major

 

 

 

Luke Newman '07
Co-Founder & CPO | Amplify Consulting
At Puget Sound: International Business & Economics major

 

 

 

 

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
00:21    Introductions
04:50    What was your path into this role?
15:54    What experiences at Puget Sound helped prepare you for your career?
25:25    Graduating during the recession…when did you begin to feel the impact?
38:27    How did you find your first position, post-graduation?
44:12    Michael Harbaugh shares a story about the benefits of AP Calculus. ;-)
45:45    How do you see COVID-19 affecting hiring?
57:32    Final thoughts?

 


ASK a Logger Pride Panel

In celebration of Pride Month, a panel of Puget Sound LGBTQ+ identifying alumni share their experience with work, career development, finding professional support networks; and offer advice on bringing your authentic self to the workplace. Open to all Logger students and alumni in the LGBTQ+ community and allies.

Katie Hart '18
Family Support Specialist | Family Tree Relief Nursery
At Puget Sound: International Political Economy

 

 

 

 

Caroline Henry '12
Senior Writer | Copacino + Fujikado
At Puget Sound: Creative Writing; Theater majors

 

 

 

 

Collin Noble '19
Consultant | The Spur Group
At Puget Sound: Business Leadership; Economics majors

 

 

 

 

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
00:45    Introductions
04:15    Tell us more about your Puget Sound experience.
08:30    What Puget Sound relationships or experiences were formative in your career development?
13:15    What was your path into your current role?
18:55    Q for CH: Is Starbucks as supportive of LGBTQ+ people as the media portrays?
22:05    How did you go about looking for an LGBTQ+ supportive work place?
32:15    If you find out that your employer is not supportive, how would you go about talking to them?
38.15    What advice do you have for building LGBTQ+ support networks?
46:05    What advice do you have for students who are just starting out in their first professional role?
54:05    If you identify as non-binary, how do you deal with organizations asking your gender?


David Baars '08
Senior Program Manager | Google Cloud
At Puget Sound: Economics major

David graduated during the Great Recession. He has served in roles with his fraternity's headquarters, with Teach For America, in B2B product marketing for a tech startup, and now as a Senior Program Manager for Google Cloud. Recently, David completed his MBA at Carnegie Mellon University.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
01:05    Please describe your role.
02:30    What was your path into this role?
06:00    How do you see COVID-19 affecting hiring?
08:35    What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
13:35    What did you worry about needlessly?
16:55    What tips do you have for people preparing to apply for a job?
22:35    What advice do you have, based on your experience graduating during a recession?
29:10    Please talk more about your role at Google and how your economics degree comes into play.
33:30    What coursework might be useful for a business major who’s interested in tech?

 


Jessica Columbo '07
Agency Founder, Digital Strategist | Tiller Marketing
At Puget Sound: English major (Creative Writing)

Tiller is a Portland-based marketing firm, offering comprehensive digital marketing strategies, communications, and creative services to clients in regulated industries, including: Healthcare and Education, Financial and Legal Services, Non-profit and Public Works, Cannabis and Hemp Wellness.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
01:05    Please describe your role.
02:45    What was your path into this role?
08:20    What advice do you have for students who are interested in your field?
12:15    What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
15:05    What did you worry about needlessly?
18:30    What inspired you to become an English major? Any regrets?
20:15    Do you hire interns?
22:05    What advice do you have, based on your experience graduating during a recession?

 


Anna Dunlap '16
Director of International Recruitment and Development | Teach Thailand Corps
At Puget Sound: International Political Economy major

Interested in working internationally? Anna is currently serving with Teach Thailand Corps (TTC) in Lampang, Thailand–and she is actively recruiting new participants for the  program!

TTC is a small, local, nonprofit organization that works specifically with underprivileged schools to bring in native English-speaking teachers. If that’s something you’re interested in, please contact Anna annadunlap@teach-thailand-corps.org or visit teach-thailand-corps.org to learn more. 

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
00:35    Please describe your employer.
02:20    You served in the Corps…What is your favorite memory from that experience?
04:40    How did you transition to your current role?
06:10    What advice do you have for current students who are interested in this type of work?
08:25    How is COVID-19 affecting hiring?
11:20    What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
13:00    What did you worry about needlessly?
15:55    What tips do you have for people preparing to apply for a job with your employer?
17:25    Why should someone apply for TTC?

 


Emma Elder '18
Marketing Coordinator | Odd Dog Media
At Puget Sound: Biochemistry major

Odd Dog Media helps clients grow their business through their web sites and digital ads. Emma’s role allows her to combine her interests in both data and relationship-building to assist her clients.  

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
00:45    Please describe your role.
01:55    What was your path into this role?
04:15    What advice do you have for current students who are interested in this type of work?
07:50    How do you see COVID-19 affecting hiring?
09:55    How do you find out if a business is thriving?
12:15    What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
14:40    How did your experiences at Puget Sound prepare you for this role?
16:00    What does your week look like, managing 10-15 clients at once?
17:00    What are your favorite and most challenging parts of the job?
19:25    What software or tools do you recommend learning for this position?
20:45    Closing thoughts?

 


Ian Fox '14
Project Manager | PRX
At Puget Sound: English; Politics & Government; Religion

Ian Fox '14 is a radio journalism professional currently serving as project manager for PRX in Boston, MA. Ian has also spent time in event production and writing with organizations such as NPR, Minnesota Public Radio, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
01:10   Please describe your role.
04:00   What was your path into this role?
06:30   What advice do you have for current students who are interested in this type of work?
08:30   How is COVID-19 affecting hiring?
14:20   What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
16:42   What did you worry about needlessly?
21:25   What advice do you have for students who are interested in this field?
26:57   How has your English degree helped you in media work?
28:27   How can I make my application for an NPR internship stand out?
35:55   English versus a Communication Studies degree… Any advice?
37:35   Any application strategies for the WNYC Radiolab internship?

 


J.D. Graziano '05
EMS Educator and Coordinator for the Clinical and Paramedic Programs | U of
Iowa EMS Learning Resource Center
At Puget Sound: Communication Studies major

J.D. has also worked as a Wilderness EMT. His current project (just prior to COVID-19, anyway) was re-writing the critical care paramedic curriculum objectives for the entire state of Iowa.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
00:40    Please describe your role.
01:45    What was your path into this role?
08:00    What advice do you have for current students who are interested in this type of work?
15:30    How do you see COVID-19 affecting hiring?
22:50    This work is intense. How do you avoid burn out?
29:45    Closing thoughts?

 


Kasey Janousek '15
Solutions Engineering Program Manager | Box, Inc.
At Puget Sound: Sociology & Anthropology major

Kasey graduated with a SoAn degree and an interest in the fashion industry. From there, Kasey found herself intrigued by opportunities in Silicon Valley and saw how her interests and skill set could be transferred. Kasey currently serves as a Solutions Engineering Program Manager at Box in Los Angeles, CA.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
01:05    Please describe your role.
04:00    What was your path into this role?
08:30    What advice do you have for current students who are interested in this type of work?
10:00    How do you see COVID-19 affecting hiring?
12:40    What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
14:50    What did you worry about needlessly?
17:48    What tips do you have for people preparing to apply for a job?
20:15    What is your perspective on graduate school?
21:25    As a new graduate, it can be intimidating to join a company if you don’t have the qualifications or background. What has been your experience?
23:03    What kind of entry-level jobs are offered at Box?
24:40    Please describe Box’s company culture.
27:12    Closing thoughts?


Hakim Jones '02
Enterprise Data & Analytics Portfolio Director | Nike
At Puget Sound: Business Administration and Management major

Hakim began his career with various sales and marketing roles at Weyerhaeuser, then financial planning roles at Citi Financial Services. After obtaining a Masters in Finance from the University of Washington, Hakim joined the Intel Corporation as a Financial Analyst, climbing the ranks to Global Compensation and Benefits Chief of Staff prior to joining Nike.

"As both an athlete and a professional, I value teamwork, setting and achieving goals, and having fun while competing. I thrive in environments that utilize data and strong collaboration to drive decision-making. My current role as the Global Technology Portfolio Director at Nike aligns with those values."

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
00:33   Please describe your role.
04:30   What was your path into this role?
16:45   What advice do you have for current students based on your experience of graduating during a challenging economy?
21:35   What was the experience at Puget Sound that influenced you the most?

 

 

 


Nasser Kyobe '13
Executive Producer | Seahawks Radio Network
At Puget Sound: Communication Studies major

Curious about communications careers in professional sports? Nasser has held marketing, promotions, and broadcasting roles with the Seattle Storm, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, and 710 ESPN radio. Now, as Executive Producer for the Seahawks Radio Network, Nasser produces game-day and weekly radio programming for the Seattle Seahawks. Go Hawks!

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
01:05    Please describe your role.
03:15    What was your path into this role?
08:40    What advice do you have for current students who are interested in this type of work?
13:00    How is COVID-19 affecting hiring?
15:50    What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
19:25    What did you worry about needlessly?
21:30    What advice do you have for students who are interested in this field?
26:10    What was your experience with relocating to pursue a job?
30:30    How do you separate being a fan from doing your job?

 


Kenji Lee '15
Ph.D. Student and Teaching Fellow | Boston University
At Puget Sound: Biochemistry and Mathematics majors, Neuroscience emphasis

Kenji attends a Ph.D. program in Neuroscience through the Psychology and Brain Science Department at Boston University in Massachusetts. His current research looks at how decision-making occurs at the neurological level. Prior to this, Kenji earned his Master’s in Applied Math at UW Seattle, and worked for 4 years at the Allen Institute for Brain Science as a Research Associate.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
00:07   What are you researching?
02:05   How did you get in to this line of research?
04:10   What advice do you have for students considering graduate school?
06:05   What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
09:45   What’s the outlook of hiring, post COVID-19, in your field?
12:00   How is networking different for graduate programs?
14:20   What factors influenced your decision for choosing a graduate program?
16:15   How do you find out which professors will be good mentors with well-run labs?
18:10   Last thoughts?

 


Andy Marshall '12
Search Consultant (Associate) | Isaacson, Miller
At Puget Sound: Politics & Government major

Isaacson, Miller works with mission-driven organizations (nonprofits, museums, libraries, healthcare organizations, higher education, etc.) to conduct employment searches–recruiting for leadership roles. Andy’s job involves a lot of research, networking, writing, and support of the interview and hiring process.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
00:45    Please describe your role.
06:25    What was your path into this role?
11:25    What advice do you have for students who are interested in admission or student affairs?   
14:20    What do you wish you'd done differently during college?
16:35    What did you worry about needlessly?
18:35    How does your Politics & Government major benefit your current work?
20:15    How has your Puget Sound education helped you stand out?
22:25    What’s the outlook of hiring, post COVID-19, in your field?
26:30    What advice do you have to offer, based on your experience graduating during a recession?
29:10    Last thoughts? 

 

 


Josh McDonald '02
Executive Director | Washington Wine Institute 
At Puget Sound: Politics & Government Major

Josh McDonald '02 launched his career through internships during his time at Puget Sound…demonstrating his willingness to work hard, and building his professional network. In his current role as Executive Director for the Washington Wine Institute, a nonprofit trade association, Josh advocates on behalf of Washington’s wine industry.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
01:30    Please describe your role.
04:15    What was your path into this role?
10:25    What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
13:10    What did you worry about needlessly?
15:00    What advice do you have for students who are interested in this field?
17:30    What advice do you have, based on your experience of facing an uncertain job market early in our career?

 


Amber Moore '17
Market Manager, Hotel Tonight | Airbnb
At Puget Sound: Business Leadership major

Following graduation, Amber completed a year-long operational training program with Four Seasons Resorts, which took her across the country for a deep dive into all aspects of hospitality. With a strong foundation of experience in hospitality operations, Amber next joined Columbia Hospitality in Seattle to manage Learning & Development opportunities for team members before accepting a role as a Market Manager with Airbnb in San Francisco, CA.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
00:30    Please describe your role.
01:32    What was your path into this role?
03:35    What experiences during college prepared you for this field?
06:30    What did you worry about needlessly?
08:00    How do you approach a decision about accepting a role that doesn’t pay well, but promises great experience?
09:35    How is COVID-19 affecting hiring?
11:25    What advice do you have for students who are interested in this field?
12:25    What experience of Puget Sound most influenced you?

 


Paul Morris '95
Deputy Director | Elevate Oregon
At Puget Sound: Communication Studies major

"My primary role is to identify and secure the resources we need to deliver our mission and advance our vision. In this role, I oversee the implementation of a development plan that is multi-dimensional and is pursuing a goal of approximately $1 million this year. I also oversee communications and I work closely with other organizational leaders to keep Elevate running smoothly.

Elevate Oregon is an organization that fiercely champions success for youth in Parkrose, one of the most disconnected and under-resourced communities in the Portland Metro area. Our work through a dedicated classroom curriculum is coupled with 1:1 relational mentoring that helps youth define and navigate success on their terms."

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
01:00    Please describe your role.
06:00    What was your path into this role?
12:35    What advice do you have for current students who are interested in this type of work?
17:50    What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
19:55    What did you worry about needlessly?
21:40    What tips do you have for people preparing to apply for a job?

 


Tom Perry '98
Founder/Career Coach | Engaged Pursuit
At Puget Sound: History major

Tom has spent much of his professional life in positions related to hiring in the tech industry. Now, Tom is a professional career coach in Seattle, where he works with a variety of clients, including new graduates navigating life after college. In this session, Tom shares his perspective on the current job market and offers tips for navigating these unexpected changes.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
01:05    Please describe your work and your path in to this line of work.
03:35    How do you see COVID-19 affecting the job market in general?
07:50    How does this situation compare to what you saw during the Great Recession?
11:35    How do you see COVID-19 affecting hiring in tech?
15:20    What is one thing people can do today to help their job search?
20:30    Other advice?
25:45    Betsy Stone ’79 P’14, Alumni Council CES Committee Chair weighs in.
27:55    Which industries are increasing or decreasing hiring right now?
31:20    How is the interview process changing?
36:25    How do you take care of yourself during times of stress?
43:45    Will companies expect candidates to have been productive during the Lock Down?
49:25    Schedule a time to chat with Tom at https://calendly.com/engagedpursuit

 


Kayla Ramos '19
Software Engineer | Infoblox
At Puget Sound: Computer Science; Japanese Language & Culture majors

Kayla Ramos '19 met Infoblox recruiters at a Career Fair during her sophomore year. Intrigued by cybersecurity and the company culture, Kayla made an effort to connect with Infoblox – building on the relationship with each Career Fair, and eventually learning about an internship opportunity that she could apply for. That internship turned into an offer of full-time employment as a Software Engineer.

"I have a huge range of tech interests from AI to cloud computing to generic app development. I also thoroughly enjoy my continued study of Japanese with the goal of near-native-level fluency someday."

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
01:00   Please describe your role.
01:50   What was your path into this role?
03:35   What advice do you have for students who are interested in your field?
09:00   What differences or similarities have you noticed regarding your CS degree from Puget Sound, compared with colleagues who’ve graduated from other schools?
11:15   What do you wish you'd done differently during college?
12:20   What did you worry about needlessly?
18:30   What advice do you have for someone preparing to apply with Infoblox or a similar employer?
15:55   What tips do you have for preparing for technical interviews?
17:45   How do you see COVID-19 affecting hiring?
19:45   What is the biggest challenge you've faced at Infoblox?
21:00   How do you choose an employer that is a good match for you?
23:30   What classes outside of your major were helpful to prepare you for this role?
25:45   What can a recent grad do to compete when they don’t have a lot of professional experience?
28:10   When is the best time for a CS student to try and get an internship?

 


Sloan Strader '18
Knowledge Organization Engineer Intern | Morgan Stanley
At Puget Sound: English major

An English major and African-American Studies minor at Puget Sound, Sloan went on to earn her Master's in Information Science, Museums and Digital Cultures at the Pratt Institute, and has worked in several large museums as a fellow and an intern. Sloan is currently interning as a Knowledge Organization Engineer at Morgan Stanley in New York.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
00:30   Please tell us about some of your museum appointments and what they involved.
02:05   What was your path into this field?
03:20   Please describe your graduate research.
05:35   What advice do you have for students who are interested in this field?
08:00   What was the process like, shifting your skills into a different field?
11:00   What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
13:00   Which experiences at Puget Sound had the greatest influence on you?
14:30   How did you navigate selling your family on your career as you were discovering it?