Why watch?
·  Logger alumni have been where you are now. Learn from their mistakes and successes.
·  Explore career paths, majors, and life beyond Puget Sound.
·  Hear advice, encouragement, and inspiration for your own path.

As you watch, consider...
·  What is one thing you would enjoy about this person's job?
·  What is one thing you can do today to start learning more about the alum's field?

Want to connect with an alum you see here?
Follow the link in the alum's title to their LinkedIn account. Reach out - let them know that you watched the recording and you'd like to learn more. They'd each love to hear from you and answer your questions!


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Danielle Acheampong '11: Strategic Planning Analyst | University of California, Los Angeles (Humanities Panel)
Jenny Anderson '10: Co-Founder and CEO | Celebrate EDU (Education, Nonprofit, Human Services Panel)
Ken Aviananda '18: Financial Analyst II | SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (Consulting, Finance, Business Panel)
David Baars '08: Senior Program Manager | Google Cloud
Allison Beller '08: Lead UX Researcher | User Research International (Sociology & Anthropology Majors Panel)
Michele Collins '01: Supervisory Special Agent | Department of State (Government, International Affairs, Law Panel)
Jessica Columbo '07: Agency Founder, Digital Strategist | Tiller Marketing
Riley Conlin '12: Associate Attorney | Stoel Rives LLP (Government, International Affairs, Law Panel)
Julie Davidson '96: Owner-Operator | Komadre Kombucha (Consulting, Finance, Business Panel)
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
Ella Frazer '18: Program Assistant | University of San Francisco (Humanities Panel)
Grace Goodwin '13: Regional Intel Analyst | Sibylline Ltd (Sociology & Anthropology Majors Panel)
Sarah Griffin '19: Ocean Policy Assistant | Seattle Aquarium (Government, International Affairs, Law Panel)
J.D. Graziano '05: EMS Educator and Coordinator | Clinical and Paramedic Programs at U of Iowa EMS Learning Resource Center
Ian Greenfield '11: Technical Program Manager | Niantic (Humanities Panel)
John Hansen '07: Behavioral Research Scientist | Amazon (Humanities Panel)
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
Tosia Klincewicz '14: Marketing Specialist | Slalom (Humanities Panel)
Nasser Kyobe '13: Executive Producer | Seahawks Radio Network
Zach Lam '11: Assistant Director, Strong Workforce Program and Student Employment | City College of San Francisco (Education, Nonprofit, Human Services Panel)
Kenji Lee '15: Ph.D. Student and Teaching Fellow | Boston University
Lizz Marks '18: Sales, Communications, and Administrative Specialist | Ad Astra Bread Co. (Sociology & Anthropology Majors Panel)
Andy Marshall '12: Search Consultant (Associate) | Isaacson, Miller
Perry McClain '79: Financial Advisor - Partner | Conestoga Wealth Partners (Consulting, Finance, Business Panel)
Josh McDonald '02: Executive Director | Washington Wine Institute
Natalie McNair '91: Director of Government Relations & Corporate Social Responsibility | TrueBlue, Inc. (Government, International Affairs, Law Panel)
Deirdre McNally '15 BSN, RN, CCRN: Critical Care Registered Nurse | Providence Health & Services (Public Health Panel)
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
Lura Morton '19: Administration and Operations Associate | Democracy International (Government, International Affairs, Law Panel)
Rebecca Nathanson '12: Senior Domestic Policy Advisor | Senator Ron Wyden (Government, International Affairs, Law Panel)
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
Emily Reynolds MOT '18 OTR/L: Occupational Therapist | Swedish Health Services (Public Health Panel)
Elliott Stockstad '98, '04: Chief Development Officer | Lutheran Community Services (Education, Nonprofit, Human Services Panel)
Sloan Strader '18: Knowledge Organization Engineer Intern | Morgan Stanley
Erin Tyrrell M.Ed.'20: School Counselor | Tacoma Public Schools (Education, Nonprofit, Human Services Panel)
Erik Wallace '96 MD, FACP: Associate Dean | University of Colorado School of Medicine (Public Health Panel)
Erik Waterland DPT '05: Owner/Physical Therapist | Waterland Performance (Public Health Panel)
Sarah Webb '12 MPH, MBA: Technical Management Officer II, Align MNH | Jhpiego (Public Health Panel)
Keala Yang '18: Market Research Analyst | Qualtrics (Consulting, Finance, Business Panel)
Elise Zeidman '15: Legal Assistant | Immigrant Law Group (Sociology & Anthropology Majors Panel)


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?

 


ASK a Logger | Consulting, Finance, Business (Recording available soon!)
Ken Aviananda '18
Financial Analyst II | SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
At Puget Sound: Mathematics; Economics majors

Ken started their career as a Credit Analyst at a small business lender where they were able to hone their analytical skills in a lean start-up environment. They were able to leverage this experience into a Financial Analyst role at SLAC National Laboratory; their responsibilities include reporting, forecasting, and modeling the financials for a $1bn Department of Energy High Energy Physics project. They plan on starting an MS in Applied Economics program at USF in Fall 2021. In their free time, Ken loves to hang out with their wife and practice yoga.

Julie Davidson '96
Owner-Operator | Komadre Kombucha
At Puget Sound: Comparative Sociology major

Julie is in the process of opening Tacoma’s first and only kombucha taproom - scheduled to open in late March at 6th and Junett. An experienced entrepreneur, Julie previously led a leadership coaching and consulting firm. She credits her Puget Sound education and extracurricular leadership in BIPOC student and social justice organizations with her ability to effectively relate, create, and pivot in any environment. She serves on the boards of the Sixth Avenue Business District Association, ReTacoma, and co-produces Seattle’s longtime cringe reading sensation, Salon of Shame. Julie and her family make their home in Puyallup, where she tends chickens, a dog, and multiple home-brewed kombucha cultures.

Perry McClain '79
Financial Advisor - Partner | Conestoga Wealth Partners
At Puget Sound: Business; Psychology majors

I am a local resident having moved to the Tacoma area at age four. My financial services career began in 1987 as Financial Advisor working with individuals, families and businesses. I worked on the management side of the industry training new advisors.

I’ve been involved with ASK Night and as a guest speaker in classes of  the business department for many years as well.

Keala Yang '18
Market Research Analyst | Qualtrics
At Puget Sound: International Political Economy

 


ASK a Logger | Education, Nonprofit, Human Services (Recording available soon!)

Jenny Anderson '10
Co-Founder and CEO | Celebrate EDU
At Puget Sound: Spanish Literary Studies; CSOC majors

Jenny, an entrepreneur and nonprofit founder, works to level the playing field for individuals with disabilities. Inspired by her brother Brent, who is on the autism spectrum, she founded Celebrate EDU, a national nonprofit that encourages and empowers people with developmental disabilities through entrepreneurship and business education. Jenny is a recognized leader in her field and was named a 2020 Global Good Fund fellow and a 2019 Ashoka Emerging Innovator.

Zach Lam '11
Assistant Director, Strong Workforce Program and Student Employment | City College of San Francisco
At Puget Sound: Psychology major

Zach was born and raised in San Francisco. While at Puget Sound, he worked as a Community Service Coordinator. After graduation, Zach worked as a case manager and educational program manager for transitional-age youth at the REACH Center in Tacoma and at YouthCare in Seattle. In 2017, Zach needed a break from direct service work and moved back to the Bay Area to earn his MA in Education Policy at Stanford and took on his current role at City College of San Francisco.

Elliott Stockstad '98, '04
Chief Development Officer | Lutheran Community Services
At Puget Sound: English Literature major; M.Ed. Counseling

Since graduating from Puget Sound, Elliot has spent 20 years in various non-profit leadership roles. His experience includes serving as Executive Director for an organization supporting youth involved with juvenile detention, managing federal grants funding youth mentorship, launching a state-wide program to wraparound vulnerable families and keep children from entering foster care, and working with Habitat for Humanity on local and international projects. He's now at Lutheran Community Services NW, a tri-state health and human services organization providing refugee resettlement, immigration advocacy, counseling and senior services.  Elliot grew up in Tacoma and lives a few blocks from the Puget Sound campus. 

Erin Tyrrell M.Ed.'20
School Counselor | Tacoma Public Schools
At Puget Sound: M.Ed. School Counseling

After earning her BA in Psychology, Erin worked for a K-12 educational nonprofit for private schools in Honolulu, HI. Moving back to Washington, she made the switch to higher education and worked in development at the University of Puget Sound while earning her graduate degree in Puget Sound's School of Education. Erin is currently an elementary school counselor in Tacoma Public Schools. She is committed to anti-racism work in her community and is passionate about building equitable and inclusive schools.

 


ASK a Logger | Government, International Affairs, Law Panel (Recording available soon!)

Michele Collins '01
Supervisory Special Agent | Department of State
At Puget Sound: Politics and Government major, Asian Studies minor

Michele joined the Department of State in 2002 as a Diplomatic Security Agent (Federal Agent). Throughout her 19 years in the Department of State, she has traveled to over 65 counties and did tours in Colombo, Sri Lanka; Kabul, Afghanistan; Vilnius, Lithuania; Caracas, Venezuela and multiple domestic tours. In her work, she has lead high profile visa/passport fraud cases, arrested a Federal Agent for bribery and fraud charges, and did protection for the multiple Secretaries of States around the world. In addition, her work paid for her Master of Science and Technology at the National Intelligence University.

Personal: Married, one son (age 3), one dog (age 14, Jack Russel), and hobbies are traveling, cooking, hiking, and being with family and friends.

Riley Conlin '12
Associate Attorney | Stoel Rives LLP
At Puget Sound: Business Leadership Program

Following work experiences in both the corporate and nonprofit spaces, Riley attended law school at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 2016. Currently, Riley works for Stoel Rives LLP, a Portland-based firm with offices throughout the country, including Minneapolis, Minnesota where Riley lives.  Riley’s practice focuses on energy regulatory work before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Natalie McNair '91
Director of Government Relations & Corporate Social Responsibility | TrueBlue, Inc.
At Puget Sound: English/Writing major

Natalie McNair is the Director of Public Affairs at a multi-national company that specializes in staffing and recruiting. She is proud to say she is not an attorney—she learned politics the old-fashioned way, having started her career as a five-year-old canvasser atop her father’s shoulders. Her leadership roles at several non-profit organizations and trade associations, in addition to her experience owning her own business, taught her to be agile, while her work with large business and politics has taught her how to influence complex systems. She excels at messaging, coordinating multi-faceted cross-functional projects, developing strategic relationships, and assembling people who hold divergent views to work on common goals.

Lura Morton '19
Administration and Operations Associate | Democracy International
At Puget Sound: Comparative Politics and Government major

After graduation, Lura worked as the Peer Tutor Coordinator at the CWLT for a year before moving to Washington, DC to work in international development. During her time at Puget Sound, Lura conducted research in Rabat, Morocco on women’s coalition building in the House of Representatives and in Doha, Qatar on women’s access to educational spaces. She interned at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, AMIDEAST, and with the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Lura was a member of the women's soccer team, a writing advisor and Arabic tutor at the CWLT, and a member of Alpha Phi Sorority.

Sarah Griffin '19**
Ocean Policy Assistant | Seattle Aquarium
At Puget Sound: Politics & Government major  

As the Ocean Policy Assistant at the Seattle Aquarium, Sarah advocates for environmental justice polices at the Washington State Legislature and represents the aquarium in environmental coalitions. Prior to this role, Sarah worked as the Campaign Manager on a Washington State legislative race. She got her start in local government through the Summer Fellowship Internship Program while she was a student at Puget Sound.

Rebecca Nathanson '12**
Senior Domestic Policy Advisor | Senator Ron Wyden
At Puget Sound: Politics and Government/International Relations major

Rebecca (Becca) Nathanson, currently serves as Senior Domestic Policy Advisor for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). In this role, she advises Senator Wyden on domestic policy issues and oversees his legislative agenda for health care, women’s health, higher education, paid leave and labor issues. Prior to working for Sen. Wyden, she worked in federal affairs for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and for Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA). 

**Update: Sarah and Rebecca were unable to attend, but they'd both be happy to answer your questions and connect via LinkedIn.

 


ASK a Logger Health Professions | Public Health Panel (Recording available soon!)

Deirdre McNally '15 BSN, RN, CCRN
Critical Care Registered Nurse | Providence Health & Services
At Puget Sound: Molecular and Cellular Biology major; English Literature minor

After graduating from Puget Sound, Deirdre spent two years living and working in Seattle while taking prerequisites for nursing school. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 and now works as a critical care nurse in Portland, OR. (Deirdre began her nursing career in the ICU just a year before COVID hit.)

Emily Reynolds MOT '18 OTR/L
Occupational Therapist | Swedish Health Services
At Puget Sound: MOT, Occupational Therapy

I’m an Occupational Therapist at Swedish where I work with the neurological patient population. As an OT I help people regain their independence with the things that they “occupy” their time with such as getting dressed, going to the bathroom, showering, and other glamorous things that we do to feel like ourselves again. 

Erik Wallace '96 MD, FACP
Associate Dean | University of Colorado School of Medicine
At Puget Sound: Biology major

After graduating from Puget Sound, Dr. Wallace attended Washington University School of Medicine, where he served as President of his class and as Chair of Medical Student Government. He completed his residency training in Primary Care Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2003.  Following residency, he joined the Internal Medicine Faculty from 2003-2014 at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa.  In 2014, he joined the University of Colorado School of Medicine as the Associate Dean for Colorado Springs Branch and serves as a Faculty Associate for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.

Erik Waterland DPT '05
Owner/Physical Therapist | Waterland Performance
At Puget Sound: DPT, Physical Therapy

I was born and raised in the Tacoma/Gig Harbor area playing soccer from youth though college and adulthood.  My undergraduate degree is in biology.  I have spent my professional career in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine.

Sarah Webb '12 MPH, MBA
Technical Management Officer II, Align MNH | Jhpiego
At Puget Sound: Environmental Policy and Decision Making; Politics and Government majors

 


ASK a Logger | Humanities Majors Panel (Recording available soon!)

Danielle Acheampong '11
Strategic Planning Analyst | University of California, Los Angeles
At Puget Sound: History major

Information can be a powerful tool for decision making. Through her work, Danielle seeks to empower people to capture, interpret and use data for change. Danielle is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a B.A. in History, and the University of Washington with an M.A. in Museology. Currently working at UCLA, she enjoys bringing in unusual perspectives and methods to assessment in higher education.

Ella Frazer '18
Program Assistant | University of San Francisco
At Puget Sound: English; Religious Studies majors

Ella works at the University of San Francisco (USF), assisting with curriculum development and assessment for the College of Arts & Sciences. In addition to Ella's work at USF, she is also a student in the Human Rights Education MA program in the School of Education.

Ian Greenfield '11
Technical Program Manager | Niantic
At Puget Sound: English; Classics majors

Ian works on Niantic's software that supports multiple augmented-reality games and projects. He lives in Washington with two cats and many hundreds of books.

John Hansen '07
Behavioral Research Scientist | Amazon
At Puget Sound: English

After graduation, John spent five years working in college admission before going to graduate school for a PhD focused on education policy. There, John's research focused on improving access to post-secondary education. Since then, John has done policy evaluation for the Washington State Legislature and worked as a behavioral research scientist at Amazon.

Tosia Klincewicz '14
Marketing Specialist | Slalom
At Puget Sound: English; Art History majors

Tosia (pronounced “Toe-sha”; pronouns: she/her) is a marketing and communications professional with a passion for human connection, good design, and the Oxford comma. Since graduating from Puget Sound, Tosia has since continued to pursue education — taking community college courses in web design and development, as well as completing her certificate in Strategic Marketing through the UW in 2019 — all while forging her career path.
Today, Tosia combines her experience across the design, technology, and business sectors to create and deliver mission-centered content, strategy, and processes that are useful, accessible, scalable, and engaging. Tosia is thankful for all of the mentors she's had throughout her life and is passionate about sharing her own experiences to help others succeed.

 


ASK a Logger | Sociology & Anthropology Majors Panel (Recording available soon!)
SOAN's Life After Graduation panel fits perfectly with the ASK a Logger series...

Allison Beller '08
Lead UX Researcher | User Research International
At Puget Sound: Comparative Sociology

Allison is a Lead UX Researcher at User Research International, a technology design and market research consultancy located in Redmond, WA. After earning a degree in Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Puget Sound, Allison worked at the University of Washington managing social and medical research studies. In 2018 Allison made a career pivot to pursue her interest in technology and leverage her research skills in the UX industry. She now leads a team of researchers specializing in technical UX domains.

Grace Goodwin '13
Regional Intel Analyst | Sibylline Ltd
At Puget Sound: Comparative Sociology; Gender Studies

Grace Goodwin is a Regional Intelligence Analyst at Sibylline, a London-based strategic risk consultancy firm. She is embedded with a tech client in Seattle, conducting research and analysis for the firm's global security function, reporting on developments in a variety of topic areas that could impact the company's employees, assets, and reputation in its US and Canada markets.   

Lizz Marks '18
Sales, Communications, and Administrative Specialist | Ad Astra Bread Co.
At Puget Sound: Sociology & Anthropology; Environmental Policy majors

After graduating from Puget Sound, Lizz completed two years of national service through AmeriCorps. The first year she spent as a Food Access Coordinator with the Pierce Conservation District, supporting urban agriculture and community gardeners throughout Pierce County. After this, she served with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife through the Watershed Stewards Program, monitoring the threatened steelhead trout population of the Big Sur coast. Currently she works at a local sourdough bread company, where she wears many hats, and sits on the board of The Sustainability Academy, a non-profit that promotes conversation and action around sustainability in the Monterey area.

Elise Zeidman '15
Legal Assistant | Immigrant Law Group
At Puget Sound: Sociology and Anthropology

In her hometown of Portland, Oregon, Elise has been building on her passion for social services and immigrant rights. After graduating, Elise worked as a housing case manager with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization before moving to her current position as a legal assistant with Immigrant Law Group in 2017.

 


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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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?