Future Heights Schedule of Events

Conference workshops and sessions will be led by people who are invested in your career development: alumni, employers, and Puget Sound faculty and staff. 

Note: all times are listed in Pacific Standard Time (PST). 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021


Launch a Values-Driven Search


Presented By:

Kenechi Agha '16, Enterprise
Sean Reilly '14, Branch Manager | Enterprise


Alumni provide insight on how their values influenced their career decision-making, and offer advice for engaging in a values-driven job/internship search

4 - 5 p.m.

Alumni Panel:
Is Grad School in My Future?



Alex Shannon '14, Economist | HDR

Austin Colburn '18, Master of Organizational Leadership Candidate | Gonzaga University

Riley Conlin '12, Associate Attorney | Stoel Rives LLP

Kayla Hipp '18, MAT '21, MAT Candidate | University of Puget Sound (No longer able to participate. Please reach out to Kayla via LinkedIn if you'd like to connect.)

Sage Pintler '18, Family Consultant | Davidson Institute for Talent Development

Caitlin Shishido '09, Fish and Wildlife Biologist | US Fish and Wildlife Service


A panel of alumni from a variety of disciplines discuss their decision to pursue graduate school (or not)

5 - 6 p.m.

Remote Internship Showcase 


Presented By:

Ryan Smith '23, Research Intern | Earth Economics

Katline Barrows '21, Intern | Cooperative Institute of Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies

Travis Bender '21, Strategic Sourcing Intern | VMware


Students talk about how they found their internship, describe how COVID-19 impacted their experience, and share their advice for how to find your own internship during the pandemic

6 - 7 p.m.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021



Chart Your Course to Future Heights – Strategies for Navigating a New World

Presented By:

Christine Cruzvergara, VP of Higher Education and Student Success | Handshake


Christine Cruzvergara has her finger on the pulse of hiring trends for new graduates. Join this session to learn about the changing nature of work and how to conduct a successful job or internship search during a pandemic using Christine's 4-step strategy

Noon - 1 p.m.

From Ice Cream Scooping to Moon Landing –
Building a Launch Pad on the Stellar Experience You Already Have


Presented By:

Elizabeth Wormsbecker '05, Assistant Director of Student Employment Programs, Training, and Development | University of Puget Sound


Student Presenters TBA


No matter the job title or tasks involved, all work uses and builds your strengths and skills. Learn to identify and then describe how your existing strengths and skills are transferrable to your dream internship, your dream job, and all of the experiences that you’ll have in between

2 - 3 p.m.

Making the Most of a Gap Year


Presented By:

Sue Dahlin, Assoc. Director of Career & Employer Engagement | University of Puget Sound

Kelli Delaney M.Ed.'11, Assoc. Director of Fellowships and Academic Advising | University of Puget Sound


Alumni Panelists:

Hannah Katz '18, Program Manager | City Year
Will Keyse '19, Program Associate | El Pomar Foundation


Thinking about taking a year off? Learn about your options – including fellowships, volunteer opportunities, and more

4 - 5 p.m.

Inside the Recruiter's Mind


Facilitated By:

Tom Perry '98, Founder | Engaged Pursuit


Presented By:

Aaron Altabet '14, Recruiter | NGM Biopharmaceuticals
Alana Levine-Gorelick '17, Recruiter Lead | TekSystems

Norah Son '10, Recruiter | Pushpay


Alumni recruiters and career experts from a variety of industries share the inside scoop on the application process, how to stand out, and how to get ahead

5 - 6 p.m.

Tell a Good (Career) Story


Presented By: 
Anna Valiavska
Director, Center for Speech and Effective Advocacy Assistant Professor, Communications Studies

University of Puget Sound

CSEA Student Staff Members


No matter how much (or little) experience you have, employers want to know your story. This session will help you consider your interests, experiences, skills, and goals and use them to craft a compelling story to use in job and internship interviews

6 - 7 p.m.

Thursday, January 28, 2021


Entrepreneurship Roundtable


Presented By:

Alyssa Christensen '19, Founder | Home Scribe Creative

Luke Newman '07, Co-Founder and CPO | Amplify Consulting Partners

Madyson Willoughby '19, Owner | Good Vibes Vintage & Resale


Ever considered being your own boss? Join our entrepreneurship round table and listen to three Puget Sound alumni who started their own businesses to discuss their entrepreneurial journey and advice for young entrepreneurs.

3 - 4 p.m. 

I didn't know I could do that! 
Handshake Hacks


Presented By:

Michael Harbaugh '10, University Partnerships | Handshake


Join CES team members and Handshake’s Mike Harbaugh ’10 as they highlight the platform’s robust capabilities. Learn ways to connect with opportunities ranging from part-time jobs to internships and full-time work locally and nationwide, and get insight into how you can present your best self as a candidate in the changing job market

4 - 5 p.m.

Alumni Panel:
Graduating During a Time of Uncertainty


Alumni Panelists:

Holly Coombs '08, Production Stage Manager | Mean Girls Broadway
Carolyn Ham '08, Strategic Partners Program Supervisor, Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Section | DOH

Emma Harrington '20, Communications Professional

Amber Moore '17, Associate Manager, Talent/Instructor Operations | MasterClass


Recent graduates affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and alumni impacted by the 2008 financial crisis and share their story and tips for maintaining resiliency, building experience, and finding opportunity in challenging times

5 - 6 p.m.


Level up with LinkedIn


Presented By: 
Brian Galicia '96, Sr. Director, Strategic Global ISV Alliances – Business Applications | Microsoft


Brian Galicia is an expert in every aspect of LinkedIn. Join this session to tap into Brian's expertise and learn how to leverage LinkedIn to expand your network and find opportunity

6 - 7 p.m.

Friday, January 29, 2021


One-to-One Alumni Sessions

The last day of the conference will feature opportunities for students to have one-to-one conversations with alumni and parents about their professional journey, industry, and organization

3 - 5 p.m.

Alumni-Student Reception

All students are welcome to attend a networking reception where they can meet alumni and make connections using the unique networking platform Toucan

5 - 5:30 p.m.