Please join your Alumni Association for our annual Career Week, a professional development and career enhancing series. These sessions will provide you with relevant, meaningful, professional development and career driven content while highlighting career resources.

There is programming for everyone -- across career sectors, levels, affinities, industries as well as by UMD schools and colleges. We even have something for our members.

Find a program (or two!) that fits your needs and helps you conquer, steer and advance your career with the Alumni Association.

Confused about which Career Week programs are best for you? We get it. With over 25 virtual events and programs, Career Week can seem overwhelming, especially if this is your first time attending. If you need a guiding hand, or are just looking for new recommendations, check out our Career Week matching quiz, designed to pair you with the right Career Week programs just for you.


2022 Schedule

Use this key to find the programs best for you, or read through the daily descriptions below. You are welcome to attend any event, regardless of the key and most events are FREE to attend. 

early career Early Career: New to the workforce 
mid-career Mid-Career: Managers, mid-level professionals
executive Executive: Current or aspiring C-suite level alumni
Industry Industry: Event focused on a specific industry or area of expertise
school/college School/College: Event hosted by a school, college or campus partner
speaker Featured Speaker
In-person In-person event
Virtual Event Virtual Event
 

Monday, Jan. 24

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. EST
Engineering your future: Technical Leadership Path or People Leadership Path? 
Virtual EventIndustry
speaker Charlotte Wagner '90, General Manager, Southern California branch, Schneider Electric, US Digital Holdings; Dan Newman '92, Senior Techincal Fellow, Boeing Company; Bridget Russell '15, Quality Engineer III, Integra LifeSciences
You went through engineering school, got your degree, and have landed a job as an engineer.  Now you have a choice, do you want to be on the technical path, be an individual contributor, and be the subject matter expert in your field?  Or do you want to be a people manager and lead groups to fulfill your vision? Register


11 a.m. - Noon EST
How defining your values can create a fulfilling career + life 
Virtual Eventmid-career
speaker Alejandra Hernandez '14, Founder of EmpowHer Change
The top two mistakes alumna and Career Coach Alejandra Hernandez ‘14 sees in her work are when people skip the career clarity and self awareness process and remain stuck through analysis paralysis. These two factors are how an individual winds up in the cycle of “just okay” jobs, going from one job to the next hoping it’ll get better, and finding yourself continuously frustrated or unhappy at work. Join this workshop to actively shift OUT of this vicious cycle. Attendees will learn what your individual values are, how to uncover them and use them in your career pivot to make sure you create a thriving and long lasting career and life. Register

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST
Mid-Career Changes Amidst the Great Resignation 
Virtual Eventearly careermid-career
speaker Wendy Wang '97, James Wong '10, Jennifer Jyh-Feng Tepper '09
Join APAAN in a discussion about the impact of the great resignation and hear stories of caution and inspiration from those who already made the switch to a new industry. Tune in for part 2 on Friday: Marketing Yourself during the Great Resignation.  Register


2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST
Careers4Terps: Your Online Lifeline 
Virtual Eventearly career school/college 
speaker Linda LeNoir, Assistant Director, University Career Center, University of Maryland
There are 4,000+ job announcements and many other career opportunities waiting for recent grads and early career alumni in Careers4Terps, the University of Maryland's online career database!
Join us to learn more about this valuable resource. Learn how to set up your profile and get tips to easily access the information you need to stay informed on the latest info about career opportunities, employer networking events/career fairs, professional preparation workshops and your access to valuable resources available only through c4T. Register

 

Tuesday, Jan. 25

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST
Addressing Bias in the Workplace Virtual Eventearly career mid-careerschool/college executive
speaker Cindy Joseph, Founder and CEO of CEE Suite
Join the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' Alumni Chapter Board (BSOS ACB) for an interactive diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) workshop, Addressing Bias in the Workplace. This workshop will be professionally facilitated by the Cee Suite, LLC, whose DEI and leadership learning pathway create modern and sustainable solutions for building inclusive talent practices and organizations. Register

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST
The Incomplete Leader: Defining Your Personal Leadership and Building a Team That Complements Your Strengths executiveVirtual Event
speaker Danielle Harlan Ph.D. ’03, Founder & CEO of the Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential
How we approach leadership is fundamentally rooted in who we are as human beings. While management skills and professional experience are helpful, the ability to recognize and harness the best aspects of our personalities in order to inspire and empower others is essential to our success as leaders. So, too however, is the ability to realize that even the most skillful and seasoned leaders have weaknesses. No matter what their role or position, the best leaders know how to build teams that complement their strengths and fill otheir gaps.
 
Drawing on her bestselling leadership book, The New Alpha: Join the Rising Movement of Influencers and Changemakers Who are Redefining Leadership, in this interactive and reflective workshop, Danielle Harlan, PhD (GVPT/BMGT '03) will walk you through the process of defining your personal leadership identity – the particular combination of values, strengths, and skills that make you unique - and show you how to identify the team members that will best complement you. Register

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
Jumpstart Your Job Search Virtual Eventearly career  
speaker Linda LeNoir, Assistant Director; Pamela Allen, Program Director; Lauren Meier, Program Director, University Career Center, University of Maryland 
Are you a recent alumni?  Are you job searching? Are you needing direction on what to do?  If so -- this workshop is for YOU! In this session, come learn the BASICS about:
1) key items for an effective resume; 
2) elements necessary for a successful job search strategy; ...and 
3) Netiquette, the proper behavior to find a job in an online or virtual environment. 
Register

3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EST
Power Tools for Living Workshop: Empower 2022 Virtual Eventearly careermid-career executive
speaker Austin Walker '11, Life Coach at R.A.W Coaching

What if you could create what you truly yearn for and do so in a manner that was aligned to your highest commitments? I invite you to a workshop experience that will both identify who you are at your highest and greatest self and empower you to relate to yourself as such while you progress through your goals. Through this process, we'll also distinguish your life purpose and create the next year of your life from this intentional and empowered place.
This workshop is based on ontological coaching tools and methodology designed to move you forward in life. I encourage you to lean into the possibility and discover what is available on the other side of comfort and predictable behaviors. Register

4 p.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Rita B. Leahy Doctoral Career Series: Exploring Maryland's Biotech Industry 
Virtual Eventearly career mid-careerschool/college executiveIndustry
speaker Dietrich Ruehlmann, PhD '05, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Aventusoft LLC; Berin Parambethu Varghese, PhD '21, Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline, Julia Greenfield, PhD '19, Research Chemist at NIST
Biotechnology harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet. Maryland is home to one of the largest life sciences clusters in the nation, 3,400 life sciences companies, the NIH, the FDA, and the University of Maryland. This session, offered by the Graduate School,  features UMD doctoral alumni working in Maryland's biotech industry. Learn about their work and expand your network. Register

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EST

Virtual Wealth Management Career PanelVirtual Eventearly careermid-career
speaker Catherine Galgano '83, Complex Manager at Morgan Stanley, Eric Friedman '95, Financial Advisor at Ameriprise, Emma Cohen '22, Intern at Morgan Stanley,Jason Friedman '00, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley, Emmanuel Onyeukwu '15, Wealth Manager at Goldman Sachs

Join us for a virtual panel with all Maryland Alumni in which we will discuss Wealth Management, Careers, Job Paths, etc. Our Panelists are from different firms, with an extensive background and different Wealth Management Positions.  Register

 

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. EST
Terps Helping Terps: Young alum from the DMV to NYCVirtual Eventearly careermid-career
This Career Week event, sponsored by Alumni Networks in the I-95 corridor from the DMV to NYC, is geared toward recent grads (2019-2021).  The virtual program will start with two short presentations on resume writing and interviewing.  Then we’ll break out into separate “rooms” where you can talk to fellow alums who work in specific industries/professions.  We envision an open forum to discuss any and all types of career issues and questions.  Maybe you can even make a connection or find a new opportunity.  Register

 

7 p.m.  - 8 p.m. EST
Navigating Careers in Government Contracting

speaker Evette Lewis '93, District Sales Coordinator, The MWE Partnership; Frank Goertner EMBA ‘17, Director, Federal & Veteran Affairs, Co-director, Technology Management Program, Robert H. Smith School of Business; Tom Johnson, President of Business Research Services and Publisher of Set-Aside Alert; Jamie L. Morton, Senior Contracting Officer, Architect of the Capitol, Aubreana Stephenson Holder ’01, Chief Operating Officer, Federal Management Systems Inc. (FMS)
The Maryland Smith Alumni Chapter Board invites you to participate in their next event in the Unlocking Experiences event series.
Smith and UMD alumni, students and business owners are invited to explore the world of government contracting. Join us for an introductory look at how the various parts of government contracting work with each. Our panelists occupy a different facet of the govcon sphere, but have carved out a niche in their domain. Register
 

Wednesday, Jan. 26

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. EST
The Pandemic Changed Everything About my Job, so What Now? 
Virtual Event executive mid-career school/college Industry

speaker Bryan Kempton, Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations at the School of Public Policy

The pandemic ushered in a wave of change to the employment landscape that ultimately impacted all sectors.  Many workers are recognizing the unique opportunity to make a change, both professionally and academically.  The policy world occupies an important space for those workers looking for meaning and impact in their careers.  Come learn more about how it may be time for you to consider a career pivot that provides altruistic benefits and more satisfaction in your day-to-day professional life. Register

Noon - 1 p.m. EST
Equity and Inclusion as Leadership Values 
Virtual Event executive mid-career school/college Industry

speaker Rodney Oddoye '02, SVP of Governmental, External and Regulatory Affairs, Pepco Holdings
Now, more than any time in recent history, employees are asking executive leaders to prioritize equity and inclusion in the workplace.  While many businesses embrace DEI as a core value, it is often demonstrated only through the lens of diversity.  In this session, Rodney Oddoye, SVP of Governmental, Regulatory & External Affairs for Pepco Holdings will share his perspective on the distinct attributes of equity and inclusion and the need for emerging leaders to demonstrate those values in a manner that will influence and inspire those they lead. Register

4 p.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Technology, Social Justice, and the Changing Workplace: Lessons from the Arts 
Virtual EventIndustry school/college early careermid-careerexecutive

speaker Tuliza Fleming MA '97, Ph.D. '07, Interim Chief Curator of Visual Arts, National Museum of African American History & Culture; Ceylon Mitchell '16 MM, Flutist and Co-Owner, Mitchell Media & Marketing, Kelly Colburn '18, Artistic Lead, Flying V Theater

Arts organizations are on the cutting edge of technology and social justice issues and the lessons from these organizations can inform all workplaces. Arts for All is a new Presidential initiative connecting the arts with the sciences, technology and other disciplines. This Arts For All sponsored session will address how technology and social justice are changing organizations and industries featuring alumni in the Arts. Moderated by Patrick Warfield, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Humanities. Register


5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. EST
Writing a Winning Resume 
Virtual Eventearly careermid-career
mic Susan Chong Powell, adjunct professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park

Join the Howard County Alumni Network and Susan Chong Powell. adjunct professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, on an informational resume writing workshop. In this presentation, she will go over the key elements to a successful 2022 resume and cover letter, as well as go over other trends in resume writing and interviewing. Register
 
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. EST

Virtual Networking for New York Educators Virtual Eventearly career mid-careerschool/college executiveIndustry

speaker Dominique Mejia '08, Founding Principal of KIPP Affirm Middle School
Join the NY Terps Alumni Board for a virtual networking event open to all educators or those looking to become educators! Hear from keynote speaker Dominique Mejia (2008), Founding Principal of KIPP Affirm Middle School in the Bronx. Following our keynote, you’ll have the opportunity to join breakout rooms for networking facilitated by other alumni focusing on Educational Leadership, Career Educators, Nontraditional Pathways to Careers in Education, and Careers in Education Technology.  Register
 
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. EST
Stand out on Linkedin and Audit your Confidence 
Virtual Eventearly careermid-careerexecutive
mic Jasmine Kelly '18 '20, Career Confidence Coach and Industrial Organizational Psychology practitioner; Kathy Vines, Career Coach
Join the Boston Terps Alumni Network for a career week double feature! 
7-7:30pm Five things to make your Linkedin profile stand out with Kathy Vines.
Did you know that 3 people are hired through LinkedIn EVERY MINUTE? With all this activity and attention, you may be wondering if YOUR profile is positioning YOU for being found and making connections for the right opportunity. 
7:30-8pm Auditing your confidence with Jasmine Kelly ‘18 ‘22
How confident are you in your own knowledge, skills, and abilities? You will learn how to improve your job search process and get hired sooner rather than later. I will discuss networking practices that will make you stand out from other candidates. Whether you are just entering the workforce, switching careers, or it has been a while since you have applied to jobs, you will learn what it takes to level up in your career. Register

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST
Careers with a Worldwide Impact 
Virtual EventIndustry
mic 
Hold onto your seats while the Latinx Alumni Network (LAN) takes you on another level--an international career level, that is. No plane ticket required. Do you like helping people? Do you like learning about new cultures? How about making a difference in the community? Whether you are beginning your career or considering a career switch, an international career provides you the unique opportunity to have both a global impact and immerse yourself in other cultures. Join LAN as our panel of seasoned experts in international development, and foreign affairs discuss the myriad of global opportunities available for every level of experience, across multiple sectors. Register

Thursday, Jan. 27

Noon - 1 p.m. EST
Dare to Wow: Personal Styling For Today's World Virtual Eventearly careermid-careerexecutiveschool/college
mic Susana Nudelman Perczek, Founder of Dare to Wow
There is one simple way to convey credibility and relevance without saying a word: your personal image. Research shows it takes mere seconds to form an impression. There are no second chances to convey credibility and relevance to pitch clients, persuade decision-makers, or negotiate resolutions. In this workshop, you will learn how to create a wardrobe budget without breaking your budget, receive wardrobe tips for virtual meetings and interviews and more. Register

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST
Advanced Interviewing for Hiring Managers: Asking Better Questions to Find the Right Candidates Virtual Eventmid-careerexecutive
mic Meredith Masse '91, Management Consultant, Blue Beyond Consulting
For more than 15 years, Meredith Masse ('91) has helped people on both sides of the interview desk ask better questions to ensure a great new-hire fit. While you shouldn't scrap the typical "So, tell me about yourself." or "What's your greatest strength?" inquiries, there is a more effective way to ensure you're narrowing your applicant list to those individuals who are ready for the role. In this high-energy and practical workshop, Meredith walks participants through pragmatic steps for building behavior-based interview questions that human resources professionals and hiring managers can use for hiring the best candidate for any job opening. Register
 
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Mentorship: Finding and Working With a Mentor to Enhance Your Career Development 
Virtual Eventearly careermid-careerexecutiveschool/college
mic Dot Zukor MS '77, Ph.D. '82 , retired Associate Director for the Earth Sciences Division at the Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA; Alex Folk '96, MBA '01, Executive Officer, NIST; Steve Kerber '03, MS '05, VP of Research, Underwriters Laboratories and Director of UL's Fire Safety Research Institute; Amy Murdock '98, Principal, Code Consultants, Inc; Keiva Rodriques '04, Deputy Chief Engineer, MDOT MAA
Join the A. James Clark School of Engineering for a virtual panel during which alumni will share how mentorship - both being a mentor and receiving mentorship - has enhanced their career development. Panelists will share tips and advice on how attendees can find and leverage mentoring relationships as they advance in their careers. Register
 
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EST
Coffee Over Zoom: Networking in 2022 Virtual Event early careermid-careerexecutiveIndustryschool/college
mic Akeil Pyant '17 '19, Kyle Huck '17 '19, Rich Adjou '17, Sacsheen Scott '19
Sometimes it's not about what you know but who you know. As fellow Terps, we all have learned how to study and acquire knowledge about our fields in many ways. However, with all the unique challenges that we've dealt with over the past couple of years, it is important to keep networking skills in mind, whether you are already a professional or an upcoming graduate looking to acquire a new job. Join MAPP+D as we explore how to network in 2022. In this webinar we'll provide knowledge and hear from recent alums about their experience since graduating from the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Register

Friday, Jan. 28

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. EST
Terrapins Connect: Exclusive Networking in Minutes

mic Ellie Geraghty, Director of Alumni Career Programs, University of Maryland Alumni Association
Did you know that your Alumni Association has an exclusive place for Terps like you to connect with students and alumni alike, find and post job opportunities and network with Terps within your current or future industry?
Looking for a job? Trying to land the perfect connection? Terrapins Connect is the exclusive space for you, and learn how to use it to your best advantage through this interactive demo with Ellie Geraghty, Director of Alumni Career Programs. Register
 
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST
Marketing Yourself During the Great Resignation 
Virtual Eventearly careermid-career
mic Wendy Wang '97, James Wong '10, and Jennifer Jyh-Feng Tepper '09

Do you LOVE going to networking events and talking about how awesome you are? Don't you LOVE telling everyone why you're an expert? We all know that we have our personal elevator pitch in our back pockets and spend our free time practicing how to market ourselves, right? ...says no-one about their ability to self-aggrandize. However, it is an important skill to hone, especially during the time of The Great Resignation. Join APAAN to learn a few tried and true "must-dos" to keep you on your toes when marketing yourself. Register
 

Noon - 1 p.m. EST
Advancing Your Career in a Virtual/Hybrid Environment Virtual Eventearly careermid-careerexecutive
mic Angie Dobransky `87, Coach, Trainer, Author, Speaker
More and more work takes place from afar.  Whether you work from a home office, multi-location company, or a hybrid IRL/virtual environment, the old ways of being seen no longer work.  Learn how to get your ideas across, get noticed, promoted, and advance your career when you aren’t physically with your team.  The future is digital so polish these skills today for your success tomorrow. Register
 
 
 

 

 

If you missed any sessions, check out our Career Week playlist via our YouTube channel.


2022 Featured Speakers

Richard Adjou
Richard Adjou '17

Richard received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in Economics in 2017. Then went on to complete his Masters of Real Estate Development at the University of Maryland's School of Architecture and Design in 2019. After graduating, Richard went on to work for a real estate development firm specializing in renovating and developing residential homes and buildings in the Washington, DC Metro area. He currently specializes in investment property sales and rental property management. Richard also holds a Real Estate Salesperson's license in DC and Maryland as well as a Mortgage License in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. 

 

Pamela Allen 
Connect on LinkedIn

 
Melissa Botello
Melissa Botello '97
Chief Executive Officer at EZGSA
Melissa Botello, a 1997 University of Maryland graduate, is now CEO of EZGSA – Gateway to Government Sales and has been leading EZGSA for almost 9 years.  She listens, strategizes and implements plans to aid in the federal marketplace growth of her client’s businesses.   Melissa directs a skilled staff of proposal specialists and contract negotiators to assist commercial enterprises in making their products and services more accessible to the government through the GSA Schedule.   EZGSA specializes in GSA – from proposal preparation to post award contract management.  Our team members are true experts in the government contracting field with more than 1000 successful GSA Schedules awarded.  Melissa ensures her private sector clients maximize their federal sales through GSA.
Kelly Colburn MFA '18 
Artistic Lead, Flying V Theater
Kelly Colburn is DC-based multi-disciplinary artist working as a producer, director, designer, and deviser for live performance. She serves as the Artistic Lead for Theatre at Flying V and the Digital Producer for Theater Alliance. As a director and devised performance maker, she creates athletic and thought-provoking experimental work that explores themes of displacement, home, forced experience, and identity. As a projections and multimedia designer she explores how we engage, ignore, enhance, and remember our personal and shared history. She is a DCCAH Fellowship Awardee, Helen Hayes Awardee, 2017-2018 NextLOOK Resident and 2018 Jim Henson Puppetry Grantee. 
 
Patty Cousins
Patty Cousins ‘87, ‘91
 
Angie Dobransky
Angie Dobransky `87

Coach, Trainer, Author, Speaker
Angie Dobransky `87 is an award-winning coach, trainer, author, and speaker who shows people how to reach RADical success using The Success System in their lives and businesses. She empowers business owners and executives to build outstanding companies, achieve their vision, and impact the world. She coaches people and teams worldwide via Zoom’s magic, runs transformational retreats in Baja, Mexico, spends much time at the beach, and travels the world experiencing its wonders. Her book, Life Lessons in Success: Wisdom to Win the Game of Life, is a collection of true stories of achievers who turn obstacles into dreams. She and her husband currently split their time between Washington, DC, Daytona Beach, and Todos Santos, Mexico. Connect on LinkedIn
 
John Eades
John Eades ‘06
John Eades is an author, speaker, executive coach, and CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company that helps managers and executives lead their best.  He was named one of LinkedIn's Top Voices in Management & Leadership, where his weekly leadership newsletter has over 230k subscribers. He is the author of, Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success, and he is also the host of the Follow My Lead Podcast, which has been downloaded over 700k times.  His work has been highlighted on Inc.com, CNBC Money, and more.  John graduated in 2006 and was a 4-year letter winner on the Men's Golf Team. Connect on LinkedIn
 
Tuliza Fleming
Tuliza Fleming MA '97, Ph.D. '07  
Dr. Tuliza Fleming is the Interim Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the American Art at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. During her tenure at the NMAAHC, she built the museum’s foundational American art collection, supervised the creation of a collection-based multi-media interactive, co-curated a traveling exhibition, and served as the lead curator for the museum’s inaugural exhibition, Visual Art and the American Experience. Formerly, Dr. Fleming served as Associate Curator of American Art at The Dayton Art Institute. Since 1996, Dr. Fleming curated over 20 exhibitions and worked and/or consulted for a variety of museums and cultural institutions.
 
Alex Folk
Alex Folk ’96, MBA ’01
Alex joined the Information Technology Laboratory Office at NIST in 2014 and currently serves as Executive Officer on the ITL management team. In this role, he is responsible for all administrative functions of ITL. Responsibilities include management of: Administrative Operations, Budget/Financials, Contracts, Grants, Human Resources, Safety, FOIA, Property and Human Subjects. An overarching role he plays is leading process improvement activities across the lab in all administrative areas. Alex received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1996 and his MBA in 2001 both from the University of Maryland. Connect on LinkedIn
 
Julia Greenfield
Julia Greenfield PhD '19
Dr. Greenfield is a research chemist at NIST, The National Institute of Standards and Technology. She is leading a project focused on using scattering techniques to detect antibody fragment aggregation. Her work will contribute to developing standards for these and other techniques that may someday be employed by pharmaceutical companies and the FDA to evaluate new therapeutics. Her doctoral research focused on the structural analysis of the tailspike proteins of Bacteriophage CBA120. Connect on LinkedIn
 
Danielle Harlan
Danielle Harlan ’03

Founder & CEO of the Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential
Founder and CEO of the Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential, Danielle Harlan ’03, Ph.D., is on a mission to transform leadership for the modern world. Through a combination of consulting, teaching, coaching, and keynote offerings, she empowers individuals, teams, and organizations to develop the competencies necessary for succeeding, thriving, and generating a lasting positive impact in their local and global communities. As an experienced speaker and facilitator, Danielle delivers compelling, energetic, and evidence-based presentations and programs—with measurable results. She has been the featured speaker for conferences, summits, and corporate events—and has facilitated workshops, programs, and retreats around the world. Connect on LinkedIn
 
Alejandra Hernandez
Alejandra Hernandez ‘14
Founder of EmpowHer Change
Alejandra is the founder of empower change, where she coaches individuals on how to manage their careers in a way that inspires a life of productivity, economic freedom, and fulfillment. As a child of immigrant parents, she mastered the job search and career clarity process through trial + error in the corporate space. With no one in the family to provide tips and insights in the job search process, she was able to master it through practice; from landing jobs in different industries and cities, negotiating her own salary, advocating for a promotion, she's failed many times in order to find what works. Her career clarity process was born out of a dire moment to find a career path that truly matched her needs, and it’s how she landed in corporate career coaching. Since then, Alejandra has branched off on her own to help individuals feeling stuck and confused in their careers to find work they love. Her expertise is in career clarity, human design, emotional intelligence, confidence building, linkedin optimization, interview coaching, salary negotiation, and networking. She currently lives in Miami, FL with her partner + dog, Bentley Bear. Connect on LinkedIn
 
Aubreana Stephenson Holder
Aubreana Stephenson Holder '01
Chief Operating Officer, Federal Management Systems Inc. (FMS)
Mrs. Stephenson Holder lives by the motto, “You can do anything you put your mind to, and given an opportunity to prove myself, I will show you my worth”. At a young age, she achieved the title of Chief Operating Officer of Federal Management Systems, Incorporated (FMS), a contracting firm in existence for 31 years working with the federal, state, local and international government. Additionally, she is on the Board of Directors of FMS, and also serves as the corporate advisor for the company, reviewing and negotiating their contracts. Currently, she manages several contracts for the company.
Connect on Linkedin
 
Kyle Huck
Kyle Huck ‘17, ‘19
A graduate of both the undergraduate and graduate architecture programs, as well as the graduate Real Estate Development program from the University of Maryland, Kyle has built a foundation for his career as an emerging architect in Washington, DC. Kyle's passion for creating quality places and buildings has led him to work on numerous projects of various typologies and scale across the region. As a project coordinator at Soto Architecture & Urban Design, Kyle embraces design at all levels to deliver people-oriented, energy efficient and economical residential and mixed-use developments in urban communities. Connect on LinkedIn
 
Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson
President of Business Research Services and Publisher of Set-Aside Alert
Tom Johnson, president of Business Research Services and publisher of Set-Aside Alert (www.SetAsideAlert.com). Set-Aside Alert provides opportunity alerts, news and information so that small businesses succeed in the federal market. E-mailed alerts daily and our newsletter every two weeks keep small business contractors, federal OSDBU officials and PTAC specialists across the country up-to-date for one low annual price. Our subscribers extend from Miami to Anchorage and Guam to New Hampshire, and represent all the industries that regularly market and sell to the federal government. We also offer a variety of training webinars  and our Calendar of Events is used by people all over the country to attend matchmaking and networking events, 8a/HZ/SDV association events, industry days and regional conferences.
 
Cindy Joseph
Cindy Joseph

Founder and CEO of CEE Suite
For two decades, the core of Cindy’s career has been finding and developing diverse talent. Prior to launching The Cee Suite, she managed human capital programs for two of the world’s leading financial services and consulting companies, Goldman Sachs and Accenture. Today, Cindy advises clients across a range of People objectives, with a particular focus on workplace diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. In addition to deep industry experience within financial services, consulting, and technology, Cindy has also supported organizations in the media, entertainment, education, and non-profit sectors. Her core competencies include diversity, equity & inclusion, recruiting & hiring, performance management, training & workshop facilitation, coaching and design thinking. Cindy is a graduate of Howard University, where she earned a degree in Psychology. She is also a Certified Professional Diversity Coach through Coach Diversity Institute, an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited organization. Connect on LinkedIn
 
Jasmine Kelly
Jasmine Kelly ‘18 ‘22 

Career Confidence Coach and Industrial Organizational Psychology practitioner
Jasmine is a Career Confidence Coach and Industrial Organizational Psychology practitioner. Her experience lies in professional development, organizational development, employee engagement, and organizational culture. She has a passion for creating programs in the workplace that help organizations thrive and help employees become their best professional selves. Jasmine is a double-terp earning both her Bachelor's in Psychology and Master's in Industrial Organizational Psychology at the University of Maryland. She founded Your Career Kickstart for professionals who are ready to level up in their dream career. Connect on LinkedIn
 
Steve Kerber
Steve Kerber ’03, M.S. ’05
Steve Kerber is the Vice President of Research for Underwriters Laboratories and Director of UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute. He leads a fire safety research team dedicated to addressing the world's unresolved fire safety risks and emerging dangers to reduce death, injury and loss from fire.  He received his bachelor’s (’03) and master’s degrees (’05) in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland and PhD from Lund University in Sweden.  Steve is also a 13-year veteran of the fire service, with most of his service at the College Park Fire Department in Prince George's County Maryland where he served at ranks up through Deputy Chief.  He is a fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, a registered professional engineer in the State of Maryland and serves as a member of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, Department of Fire Protection Engineering’s Board of Visitors.  Steve has also been appointed to the rank of Honorary Battalion Chief by the Fire Department of New York, and was named the 2014 International Society of Fire Service Instructors and Fire Engineering George D. Post Instructor of the Year. Connect on LinkedIn
 
Linda LeNoir
Linda LeNoir 
Assistant Director, University Career Center, University of Maryland
Linda LeNoir is an Assistant Director for the University Career Center at the University of Maryland. She is a member of the Center’s Senior Staff and assists in Center efforts to engage employers and others in reaching students and alumni through programming, career fairs, and strategic initiatives. A Fulbright scholar, she holds an Advanced Graduate Studies Certificate (36 post-graduate credits) in Educational Psychology, a Masters of Education in Counseling and Guidance, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, all from Howard University. She is very involved in campus committees dealing with diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and is a widely respected career development professional in regional and national associations. She has been a part of the University Career Center team for over 35 years developing a network of alumni, employer, and professional contacts.  As she has often said, “Before there was LinkedIn, there was Linda!”
 
Meredith Masse
Meredith Masse ‘91

Management Consultant, Blue Beyond Consulting
Meredith Masse is an executive career coach and management consultant who is passionate about filling our workplaces with employees and leaders who model and demonstrate the kind of world they demand to live in. With more than 15 years of coaching and consulting experience, Meredith partners with clients to build productive relationships supporting them in addressing organizations' “people challenges," including supporting individuals and hiring managers in conducting successful interviews that result in profoundly more effective selection processes. She holds a BS in Journalism (Public Relations) and a BA in French from the University of Maryland. She has been a Kolbe Certified™ Consultant since 2008 and will complete her coaching certification through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) in late 2021. Meredith is a lifetime member of the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, where she previously served as board president. Connect on LinkedIn
 
Lauren Meier
Program Director, University Career Center & President's Promise, University of Maryland
Lauren Meier is a Program Director at the University of Maryland University Career Center and the President’s Promise. She is embedded in the School of Public Health where she advises undergraduate and graduate students on topics related with career exploration, job and internship searching, graduate school applications, and more. She is also the head of the School of Public Health Career Development Task Force which seeks to promote the integration of career readiness into every facet of the student experience. Lauren has a Masters of Science degree in Counseling from the California State University, Long Beach and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She enjoys using her background in counseling, specifically Narrative Therapy, to help students find their voice, identify their strengths, and exert control over their career path and lives.
 
Ceylon Mitchell
Ceylon Mitchell '16
Ceylon Mitchell II is a contemporary classical flutist, educator, and entrepreneur on a mission to celebrate Black and Latinx voices in music. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, he is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts student at the University of Maryland in Flute Performance where he has also received a Master of Music and Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Journalism. Ceylon also supports performing artists and arts organizations with personalized multimedia production and digital marketing consulting as the founder and co-owner of M3 | Mitchell Media & Marketing. Recent achievements include the Strathmore Artist in Residence Class of 2021 and Prince George’s County Forty UNDER 40 Award in Arts & Humanities. 
 

Jamie L. Morton '12, Senior Contracting Officer, Architect of the Capitol
Jamie Morton has worked in the acquisition industry for over 15 years starting as a Procurement Tech and now serving as a Senior Contracting Officer for the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judicial Building (TMFJB), Supreme Court House, and Cannon House for the Architect of the Capitol (AOC).
She previously served as a National Senior Contracting Officer within the General Service Administration (GSA), Public Buildings Service (PBS) Broker Services Division. Before assuming the role in the Broker Services Division, she was tasked to act in a Branch Chief role within the Office of Acquisition Division.
Jamie graduated from the University of Maryland, University College (UMUC), with a B.S in science and a minor in business administration. Among other distinctions in the field, she has met and obtained her FAC-C Level III certification and has held a Level IV Signature Warrant Authority since 2013.
In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her 17-year-old son and volunteering in her community such as feeding the homeless, donating time to local food banks, and focusing on family.
Amy Murdock
Amy Murdock ’98
Amy Murdock joined Code Consultants, Inc. (CCI) in 1998 and has excelled in the CCI services in several market sectors including retail, mixed use, corporate, education, hospitality and entertainment. Managing projects within the Code Consultation Group, Murdock provides creative solutions to code challenges that are in-line with CCI's vision. Fulfilling a leadership role in the Code Consultation Group, Murdock provides all aspects of project management and contract administration. Murdock is actively involved in the National Fire Protection Association and the UMD Department of Fire Protection Engineering Board of Visitors and Curriculum Advisory Committee. She holds a bachelor of science degree in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland and is a registered Fire Protection Engineer in multiple U.S. states. Connect on LinkedIn
 
Dan Newman
Dan Newman `83, `91

Senior Techincal Fellow, Boeing Company
Dan Newman `83, `91 is a Senior Technical Fellow of the Boeing Company in aircraft configuration design and development.  He serves as the Chief Engineer for vertical lift aircraft research and development, and supports Commercial Airplane Product Development. He previously served as a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as the Technical Director of the AHS International vertical flight technical society, and as an Adjunct Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Newman twice served as a member of the National Academies Panel on Mechanical Science and Engineering at the Army Research Laboratory.  He is a Technical Fellow of the Vertical Flight Society and an Associate Fellow of the American institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  He received his Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center of Excellence at the University of Maryland (under Professor Gessow as his advisor), and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.
 
Akeil Pyant
Akeil Pyant ‘17, ‘19
Akiel Pyant is an exceptionally talented Commercial Leasing Associate at Combined Properties, a full-service real estate company located in Washington, D.C. He received his Bachelor's in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Master of Real Estate Development both received from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has worked on development projects both domestic and international (St. Petersburg, Russia-Summer 2018), providing him a well-rounded perspective of the development and commercial industry. In his current role as a Commercial Leasing Associate, he is now responsible for the procurement of suitable tenants. He helps negotiate various business terms of the lease, including new lease negotiations, lease renewals, amendments, options, terminations, and much more.  He has won the Award for Excellence in Service from the 2019 UMD MAPP+D Winter Commencement as well as the 2021 Top 100 Leaders in Real Estate & Construction Award & 2022 Outstanding Leadership Award, both from WRECONF Conference.  Akiel remains involved with the University of Maryland where he serves as the Professional Development Chair for the MAPP+D Alumni Board. Connect on LinkedIn
 
Susana Nudelman Perczek
Susana Nudelman Perczek

Founder of Dare to Wow
Susana Nudelman Perczek (she/her), Founder of Dare to Wow, style & wardrobe coach. For over 7 years, the core of Susana’s work has been styling and coaching impact-driven professionals to leverage their authentic style to consistently show up as their best selves. Susana believes that it is easy for your personal style to get lost in the complexity of your responsibilities. When this happens, your presence loses its essence, and your leadership gets watered down. Prior to launching Dare to Wow, she managed the print production departments for two major advertising agencies and she also dedicated her time to mothering her 2 now young adult children.
 
Keiva Rodriques
Keiva Rodriques ’04
Keiva Rodriques is Deputy Chief Engineer at the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA) currently assisting the Chief Engineer with overseeing the Division of Planning and Engineering for both Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Martin State Airport.  Since joining MDOT MAA in 2019, Keiva has been responsible for developing organizational strategy and executing policies for the planning, design, and construction of projects for both airports. Before joining MDOT MAA as Deputy Chief, Mrs. Rodriques, an 18-year project management and engineering professional, served as a project management consultant for MDOT MAA, an engineering consultant for the Federal Aviation Administration, a construction manager for a construction manager at risk firm, and a management consultant for the Department of Energy and Department of Defense. Mrs. Rodriques holds a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Maryland College Park and an MBA from the University of Baltimore.  Connect on LinkedIn
 
Dietrich Ruehlmann
Dietrich Ruehlmann Ph.D ‘05
Dr. Ruehlmann is an experienced global marketing manager in the medical device industry.  As the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Aventusoft LLC he is responsible for up and downstream marketing nationally and globally. He is also an entrepreneur and founder of Oscamo, a technology development and consulting company here in Maryland that focuses on the development and commercialization of life science and biomedical devices. Dr. Ruehlmann earned his EMBA from the R.H. Smith School of business and his PhD in Cellular Physiology from King's College London. Connect on LinkedIn
 
Bridget Russell
Bridget Russell `15

Quality Engineer III, Integra LifeSciences
Bridget is a Quality Engineer III for Integra LifeSciences and works in new product development on medical devices designed for soft tissue reconstruction surgeries and complex wounds. She played Division I softball for the Terps as an outfielder [R/R] all four years. Bridget now lives in Royal Oak, MI with her husband and enjoys traveling, cooking, gardening and cheering on the Terps. Connect on LinkedIn
 
Sacsheen Scott
Sacsheen Scott ’19
Sacsheen Scott has a passion for addressing low income housing issues through direct social services and policy work. Currently she works for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the Office of Healthy Homes as a Technical Assistance Specialist. In this role, she provides policy and program guidance to communities in order to address health hazards in low income housing. She also works with various nonprofit organizations and local/state government agencies to ensure proper grants management of federal funds. Prior to working for HUD, Sacsheen worked for Maryland Department of Housing and  Community Development as a Project Manager in the Division of Neighborhood  Revitalization. There she focused on initiatives to address homelessness.  Sacsheen Scott graduated from the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture,  Planning and Preservation in 2019 with a master’s degree in Community Planning. She  is a member of the MAPP+D Alumni Network Board. Connect on LinkedIn
Jennifer Jyh-Feng Tepper '09
Jennifer Jyh-Feng Tepper is the Co-Founder of Lam Lha, LLC, the umbrella company that hosts LiveMudita - a consulting agency; Sapillo Creek Escape - a retreat destination and vacation getaway; and Transient on Purpose, a lifestyle brand on how to live, intentionally unsettled.  She is also the Board Chair of People and Planet - a nonprofit dedicated to supporting grassroots projects around the world. and Transient on Purpose, a lifestyle brand on how to live, intentionally unsettled. She is also Certified Reseller and Referral Partner at boodleAI and The Giving Block.
Previously, Jennifer held the positions of Interim VP of Development and Communications/Senior Advisor at SOS Children's Villages USA; Director of Development and Communications, at Trees For The Future; Assistant Director of Business Development, Board Advisory Services, while working at NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors); Senior Director of Strategic Development and Partnerships, at BoardSource.
Jennifer completed an MBA in Business from the University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business, in 2009. Additionally, Jennifer received an MA in Peace and Development Studies, in 2001, from the University of Limerick. Jennifer also earned a BA in International Studies, Spanish from Austin College in 1999.
 
Berin Parambethu Varghese
Berin Parambethu Varghese Ph.D ‘21
Dr. Varghese joined GSK, GlaxoSmithKline, as a scientist in the summer of 2021. His expertise and research experience is in the areas of molecular virology and vaccine development. He earned his PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Virology) at UMD. As a doctoral student he performed experiments using avian influenza (HPAI) and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Dr. Varghese also is a graduate of the Indian Veterinary Research Institute where his research focused on Bursal Disease in chickens.  Connect on LinkedIn
 
Kathy Vines
Kathy Vines

Career Coach
Kathy Vines provides executive coaching, career coaching, LinkedIn strategies, and resume writing primarily to GenX professionals looking to (still) figure out what they want to be when they grow up. She launched her career coaching business in 2013 following a 20-year career in Human Resources. Kathy loves creating clarity and aha moments for people, whether it is figuring out how they should spend the next 20 years of their career or how best to answer the worst question of every interview: “So, tell me about yourself…” Connect on LinkedIn
 
Charlotte Wagner
Charlotte Wagner '90
General Manager, Southern California branch, Schneider Electric, US Digital Holdings
Charlotte Wagner has over 27 years of  experience in the building energy efficiency industry, currently serving at the executive management level developing cohesive teams. Ms. Wagner is currently the General Manager, Southern California Branch, Schneider Electric, US Digital Buildings. Her certifications include the P.E., LEED AP BD+C, CEM, and CA General Contractor’s A license. She has been involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) for over 30 years as a Life Member, Fellow, and Distinguished Service Award recipient. She is currently the co-lead of SWE’s Late Career and Retiree affinity group, which she helped to found. Ms. Wagner is a Board Member and Mentor Committee Chair of the Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) of Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Connect on LinkedIn
 
Austin Walker
Austin Walker ‘11

Life Coach at R.A.W Coaching
Austin is a Life Coach, who partners with people to manifest their desires through personal empowerment while living a life grounded in ownership and intentionality. Austin works in tandem with those who are ready to purposefully create new possibilities in their life through forward-focused coaching. 
As the Founder of RAW Coaching and a Global top sales achiever at Gartner, Austin knows how to work effectively and efficiently when supporting others to reach the pinnacle of their goals.  RAW Coaching is designed to empower the client’s individual greatness while aligning who they need to become and what they need to accomplish in order to reach the stated commitments. Austin's mission is to enable people to live their life on purpose. Connect on LinkedIn
 
Wilson Wang
Wilson Wang ‘03
Wilson Wang is senior vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer at MITRE. In that role, he leads MITRE’s business and operations to deliver on the mission to solve problems for a safer world. He is a strategic adviser and thought leader for MITRE on building new capabilities and business models to better empower the company to engage with private industry, alongside government, in addressing public challenges. Outside of MITRE, he serves on the Board of Governors for University of Maryland Alumni Association. He also serves on the Corporate Advisory Council for Children’s National Hospital. Connect on LinkedIn
Wendy Wang '97
Wendy Wang (Class of 1997) is currently the Manager of Direct Distributions at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. Her professional background includes the non-profit sector, hospitality, and the arts, which includes the Ritz-Carlton, Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City, Le Pain Quotidien, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the Howard Theatre, and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. Wendy is proud to be one of the key student activists that paved the way for the creation and establishment of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland in College Park.
 
Patrick Warfield
Patrick Warfield, Ph.D., is a musicologist and specialist in American musical culture. He is the Associate Dean for Arts and Programming in the College of Arts and Humanities and leads a university-wide initiative, Arts For All. His current research focuses on music in Washington, D.C., during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with a special interest in the American wind band tradition. Warfield was a founding member of the editorial board of "The Journal of Music History Pedagogy," and is especially interested in the teaching of American popular music, including rock, jazz and the blues.
James Wong '10
James is currently a reliability engineer at Tesla for all of Tesla’s charging products, including supercharger stations, and has a breadth of experience with multiple industries. He has been at Tesla for more than 6 years and has had several roles, from dynamometer test engineer supporting the development of the model 3 motors to data analyst developing business intelligence tools for manufacturing and program management. Prior to Tesla, James was a technical architecture analyst at Accenture Federal Services where he helped deliver new technology solutions to government clients.
 
Dorothy Zukor
Dot Zukor M.S. ’77, PhD ’82

Retired Associate Director for the Earth Sciences Division at the Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
Dorothy J. Zukor retired as the Associate Director for the Earth Sciences Division at the Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA. She was responsible for managing all of the internal operations of the Division, including budgets, workforce and travel.  She is the subject matter expert for Earth Sciences for the Agency's Technical Capabilities Assessment Team (TCAT).  In 2014, she led the Division's response to the limits that Sequestration placed on NASA and authored the impacts report of the 2013 furlough on the Earth Sciences Division. Dr. Zukor's academic training includes a B.A. in Physics from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (1972), an M.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland (1976), and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland (1982). Connect on LinkedIn