Alumni Zoom Trips

Join Dee Kayalar, our Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement, as she interviews USD alumni from all over the country to discuss COVID 19's impact on our lives and how best to navigate the job market now and in the future.  If you wish to be considered for a future edition of Alumni Zoom Trips, please contact Dee at
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How Can Job Seekers Tell if a Company Promotes Diversity
Leslie Fisher MBA '91

Leslie Fisher MBA '91 leverages an extensive background as DEI consultant to support diversity within the workforce and give voice to people of color and LGBTQI communities.  The 27th edition of our AZT interview series focuses on practical advice and resources for job seekers seeking diversity friendly companies and diversity focused employer brands.

Recording Date: June 14, 2021
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How to Thrive in Business as a Black Female
Khea Pollard MA '18, BA ‘15 & Cynthia Ajani

Mother-daughter duo Cynthia Ajani and Khea Pollard 
MA '18, BA ‘15 are the co-founders of homegrown coffee shop and community space Café X: By Any Beans Necessary. Khea also serves as Justice Program Manager at the National Association of Counties.  The episode focuses on how to thrive the trials and tribulations of starting and sustaining a business venture as a Black female entrepreneur.

Recording Date: May 17, 2021
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Entrepreneurial Careers: Opportunities, Challenges and Success Tips
Jessica Tishue '11

Jessica Tishue, graduate of USD’s Communications and International Business program is a serial entrepreneur who loves to make a social impact. She’s the founder of online magazine Cook & Culture and the first ever  edible tableware start up BlissFoods.

Recording Date: April 6, 2021
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Tips for Transitioning From Military Service to the Civilian Workforce
Evan Wahl MSEL '16

Graduate of USD’s Master’s in Executive Leadership Program, Evan Wahl is Director of Project Management and Site Strategy for Catalent Pharma Solutions. At Catalent, he provides leadership to the Project Management team and drives the firm’s new business development efforts. 

Recording Date: March 17, 2021
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What Makes a Good Story?

Amanda Nelson MA’19

Director of Communications at San Diego Housing Federation, discusses PR in the nonprofit sector. Previous to her current role, Amanda managed communications and digital branding for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and LEAD San Diego.  She holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.

Recording Date: February 8, 2021

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How to Decide if an MBA is Right for You

Jacquelyn Hontalas '05

Jacquelyn has completed her undergraduate work in Business Administration and English from University of San Diego and her MBA at the University of San Francisco. For the last thirteen years, she has worked for Accenture with a focus on high tech clients.

Recording Date: January 13, 2021

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Advice for Careers in the Non-Profit World
Loretta Turner MA '20  
recent graduate of USDs Master’s degree in nonprofit management, Loretta works as Grant Manager for Outdoor Outreach in addition to managing her own coaching and consulting business. The clip includes advice for careers in the nonprofit world and a short, guided meditation to welcome the new year with joy and gratitude.
Recording Date: December 17, 2020
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How Do You Get a Government Job?

Rene N. Hanna, MAIR ‘09

Rene Hanna has started her career as Senator Dianne Feinstein’s advisor on national and international drug matters, later serving as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and more recently as Law Clerk  for the  Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  Tune in for resources and advice on how to find jobs in government affairs with a federal department or agency!

Recording Date: December 14, 2020

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Practical Advice for Academic Careers

Katharine Petrich ’10, MAIR ‘13

Double alum of USD holding a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s in International Relations and a political science professor at Santa Clara University, Kate Petrich shares practical advice for PhD and teaching careers.

Recording Date: December 7, 2020

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How to Communicate Powerfully and Get Published in Today's Market

Melanie Lococo '78

Melanie has had a wide-ranging career as an educator, counselor, community organizer and children’s book author.  Listen in for helpful tips on effective communication and self-publishing.

Recording Date: October 30, 2020

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What To Do If You Are Laid Off

Frank Fagoaga MS ‘17

After decades in aerospace operations, Franks now works as Business Financial Analyst at Amazon.  Tune in for advice on how to handle a lay off and break into careers with Amazon.

Recording Date: October 8, 2020

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Why Choose Adobe?

Markeia Brox-Chester ‘16

A Bay Area native, Markeia manages business operations in Adobe's Employee Experience unit. Learn why Adobe is a great place to work and how you can join the company.

Recording Date: September 28, 2020

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Teaching Abroad as a U.S. Teacher

Rachel Lincoln '15

Rachel joins us from Spain where she teaches multiple subjects to elementary schoolers in Madrid. Click here for Rachel's resources on international teaching jobs.

Recording Date: September 18, 2020

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Working With The State Department

Sarah Weber MA '09

A former Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Sarah serves as Senior Advisor to Assistant Secretary of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Tune in to learn about State Department’s career-long training opportunities through the Foreign Service Institute.

Recording Date: September 2, 2020

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How to Communicate Virtually

Marsha Redmon JD '89

Marsha Redmon JD '89, a former lawyer and journalist turned executive coach shares her top tips for creating a powerful presence through effective communication.

Recording Date: August 7, 2020

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Corporate Travel in COVID Times

Mike Daly '93

Travel sales guru Mike Daly of the corporate travel management company Serko discusses COVID’s impact on domestic travel and the outlook forward.

Recording Date: June 24, 2020

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Advice for Your International Job Hunt

Teresa Jenna, '78

A former UNICEF director, Teresa Jenna has 20+ years’ experience directing international development and global health projects in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America. This is a great resource for all those interested in international careers.

Recording Date: June 8, 2020

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LGBTQI Nonprofit Leader Shares Her Leadership Story

Sandra Nathan ‘70

Sandra joins us from Tucson Arizona, where she serves as Interim Executive Director of The Astraea Lesbian Foundation.  If you are interested in remote work tips and learning about COVID’s impact on LA-based nonprofits, tune in.

Recording Date: May 29, 2020

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How to be a Certified Project Manager?

Christian Martin, M.A., PMP, PSM

An agile coach and sports tech operations consultant, Christian Martin, MA, PMP, PSM joins us from San Francisco to discuss COVID-19’s impact on the sports industry and benefits of getting PMP and PSM certified.

Recording Date: May 22, 2020

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More to a Law Degree Than Just Law

Frank Tepedino

A retired engineer, maritime attorney, and senior management executive, Frank Tepedino shares his advice for those interested in a legal services pathway.

Recording Date: May 4, 2020

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Career Tips from a Female Global Banking Executive

Leonie Sandelbaum IMBA '14

Leonie joins us from Germany to discuss her career journey within global banking through the global economic crisis of 2008 and today, and areas for current vacancies at ING.

Recording Date: May 1, 2020

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Money Tips and More for College Students

Morgan H. Smith Jr. '87, IMBA '96

Morgan H. Smith Jr., author, speaker, and experienced financial advisor, shares advice about student loans, CFP careers and how to care for aging parents in the aftermath of COVID19.

Recording Date: April 21, 2020

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Leading and Working Virtually

Dima Ghawi, MBA '04

Dima Ghawi, a keynote speaker, qualified coach, former IBM executive and business consultant shares her tips for leading and working virtually.

Recording Date: April 15, 2020

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Leading in Uncertain Times

Garry Ridge MS '01

Longtime Chairman and CEO of WD40 and adjunct professor of leadership development at the University of San Diego Garry Ridge shares his leadership and learning experience amid uncertainty from COVID19.

Recording Date: April 6, 2020

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Career Tips from a Google Sales Leader

Aaron Blumenkranz ’97

Google’s Head of Sales for Southern California and former Salesforce employee, Aaron shares advice and tips for landing your dream job.  Bonus: You’ll learn about A.R.M. – Google’s criteria for business deals.

Recording Date: April 5, 2020

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Health Experts Share the Latest on Coronavirus

Dr. Moe Abouzari '99 and Dr. Jesse Hall '95

Infectious disease experts Dr. Moe Abouzari, Medical Science Liaison at Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Dr. Jesse Hall, Chief Medical Officer at Sublimity Therapeutics, share the latest updates and information on CV-19.

Recording Date: April 1, 2020

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Advice for your Nonprofit Job Search

Andrew Holets MS ’17

CEO of San Diego based youth development organization Pro Kids, Andrew shares tips for navigating the nonprofit job search in the aftermath of COVID19.
Recording Date: April 1, 2020