Please join your Alumni Association for our inaugural Career Week, a virtual 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.

2021 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 all events are FREE to attend. 

early career Early Career: Alumni within 1-10 years from graduation 
mid-career Mid-Career: Alumni who graduated in the last 10 years
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

Monday, Jan. 25

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST
Careers4Terps: Your Online Lifeline 
early 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

3 p.m. - 4 p.m EST
Leaping into Leadership mid-career executive 
speaker Charlotte Wagner '90, General Manager, Southern California branch, Schneider Electric, US Digital Holdings; Pramod Raheja '91, CEO & Co-Founder of Airgility, Inc.; Jainaba Ceesay ‘17, CEO & Founder at EBROSSO Consulting
As a mid-level manager, sometimes you need to take one, big leap to get to the next level.  Join this panel & coaching session from your fellow Terp CEOs to learn what it takes for you to take the leap into leadership and break away from mid-level to become a c-suite executive. Register

5 p.m. - 6 p.m. EST
Silicon Success: Careers in Science and Tech Industry school/college 
speakerAdam Blum '88, CTO of Empath, CEO of Auger.AI; Shravan Goli M.S. '94, Chief Product Officer and Head of Consumer Revenue, Coursera; Jen Rezeppa '00, Senior Global Fulfillment Operations Manager, Uber
CMNS alumni working in Silicon Valley will discuss making the leap to the West Coast and how fellow Science Terps can seek out their own employment opportunities in the rapidly expanding science and technology industry. Register

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Noon - 1 p.m. EST
Going from a "Liker" and "Lurker" to a "Thought Leader" on LinkedIn
speaker Lauren Banyar Reich '02, CEO & Founder, LBR PR
If you are a lurker or a liker on LinkedIn you are missing the boat. This purpose-built platform is a living breathing Rolodex and now more than ever before it is a tool that can be used to set you apart from the competition. For over 15 years, Lauren Banyar Reich, CEO & Founder of LBR PR, has been working with business thought leaders across industries to leverage their thought leadership for visibility, credibility and ultimately profitability. In this session she will share best practices, tips, tricks and tangible takeaway that will leave you feeling ready to tap into the power of your expertise on the leading social media business network. Register

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST
Leveling Up Your Career Through Feedback mid-career executive 
speaker Michael Seelman '94, Principal Consultant & Coach, Churchill Consultants
Are you feeling stuck in your career?  Want to have a greater impact and move up the ladder of success?  Realize you could improve your performance and leadership but not sure how?  If so, then you won't want to miss this opportunity!
"What Got You Here Won't Get You There" is the title of Marshall Goldsmith's New York Times bestselling book and the inspiration for this interactive webinar.  Alone, you can get stuck in unconscious perspectives and behaviors that inhibit your growth.  Together, by consciously engaging stakeholders (direct reports, peers, and managers) to solicit feedback, we can unlock our career potential.  We will explore some of the behaviors that can hold us back and how we can solicit, receive, and act on stakeholder feedback to improve our leadership and performance.  We will learn these principles and practice their application so that we can level up our careers and achieve new heights of success!
The webinar will be led by Michael Seelman, a Terp alumni and Marshall Goldsmith certified executive coach. 

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
Jumpstart Your Job Search early career school/college 
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. 

5 p.m. - 6 p.m. EST
Play It to Win: Corporate Strategies for Young Professionals in Corporate America 
early career mid-career school/college 
speaker Nefretiti Nassar '10, '12, Author & Senior Technical Advisor, Axiologic Solutions
Do you struggle with understanding how to advance in the workplace? Are you disappointed that your performance alone isn’t enough to gain the recognition you deserve? Do you feel overwhelmed by the idea that you must spearhead your own career without knowing the rules of the game? In Play It to Win, Nefretiti Nassar equips young professionals with proven strategies to excel in Corporate America. Whether you’re a student or a recent college graduate, Play It to Win provides you with guidance, practical examples, and strategic advice to help increase your probability of successfully navigating the many unwritten rules within the workplace.

7 p.m.  - 8 p.m. EST
The Future of Journalism 
Industry school/college 
speaker Sean Mussenden '19, Data Editor, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism; Talia Richman '17, Education Reporter, The Dallas Morning News; Anika Reed '16, Deputy Editor, USA Today; Lucy Dalglish (moderator), Dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism; Angela Davis '90, Host, Minnesota Public Radio
The future of journalism is bright! With the technology and tools available, it is more possible than ever to report meaningful, impactful stories and reach more people across the world. The Philip Merrill College of Journalism invites you to a discussion of the industry and its future with accomplished alumni Angela Davis (MPR), Sean Mussenden (Howard Center for Investigative Journalism), Anika Reed (USA Today) and Talia Richman (Dallas Morning News). The event will be moderated by Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Noon - 1 p.m. EST
NetWERKing Into Your Dream Job 
early career mid-career school/college 
speaker David Rosenstein, Founder, DR Consulting
Over 70% of jobs are filled through networking. In this presentation, David's proven methodology and tactics to reach out to strangers on LinkedIn, build relationships, and get jobs without ever applying. This presentation answers questions like, "Should I message with email or LinkedIn?" "What do I write?" "How do I ask for a job without coming across as pushy?" Plus, this jam-packed presentation features my 10-step informational interview process to make even the most nervous individuals excel in conversations with professionals and generate referrals. Register

Noon - 1 p.m. EST
Book Publishing with Maurice W. Dorsey Ph.D. '83 
Industry school/college 

speaker Maurice W. Dorsey Ed.D. '83, Educator, Biographer, Novelist, Speaker and LGBT Advocate
Maurice W. Dorsey ('83 EdD, Education Policy) will discuss his journey to the University of Maryland as an undergraduate person of color in the late 1960's, followed by doctoral work a few years later. Recruited under the "Other Race Fellowship" of the late 1970's by Dr. Archie Buffkins, he was part of the one of the largest group of Black doctoral students admitted to UMD to that point. As a lifelong native of Maryland, Dr. Dorsey has a rich personal and professional history which has resulted in the publication of three books: Businessman First, From Whence We Come, and his most recent Of Time and Spirit.  Beyond his story, he will talk about the writing and publication process followed by Q & A. Register

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. EST
Adventures in Commercial Real Estate: Stories, Wisdom and Advice from Industry Leading Terps 
mic Chandler Kennell '18 (moderator), Associate, Thomas Park Investments; Mike Friis '05, Senior Development Manager, Blake Real Estate, Inc.; Kevin Setzer '07, Senior Vice President, HOGAN; Mark Shaver '01, Senior Vice President, Business Strategy & Health Systems Initiatives, Welltower Inc.
Are you interested in a career in commercial real estate? Have you always wanted to learn more about career paths and opportunities? Are you already a real estate professional, but would like advice about how to advance? Join us for an interactive panel discussion with four Terps who have forged their own paths in different areas of the commercial real estate industry. From Land Development and Healthcare to Office and Industrial Asset Management, these Terps have excelled in their respective areas of an otherwise competitive industry. 

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST
Social Media for Professionals 
Industry school/college 
micAlex Pyles ‘11, Audience Editor, Capital News Service
Join the Philip Merrill College of Journalism for a guide to creating a consistent and compelling professional presence on social media, with a focus on the most widely used platforms, such as Instagram.
Presented by Alex Pyles, Audience Editor for Capital News Service at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. EST
Grow Your Greek Network

mic Patricia Povlitz '90 (moderator), Senior HR Business Partner and Regional HR Lead, North America, Network Rail Consulting; Kecia Hansard '89, Associate Director, Career and Professional Development, Kogod School of Business, American University; Melissa Murray Bailey '01Senior Vice President - Global Sales, Hootsuite; Kaisha Morton '12, User Experience Design Recruiter, Google
Remember when you decided to go Greek at UMD? All the close connections and sisterhood made your college experience more valuable and memorable. Now, years later, wouldn't it be great to expand your connections with other UMD Greeks? The Alumni Association is offering an informative, easy way to do just that. Join a panel discussion on effective networking - all led, facilitated, and shared by distinguished UMD Greek women. Register

Thursday, Jan. 28

Noon - 1 p.m. EST
Cracking the Creativity Code: Why do Creative Ideas Not See The Light of Day? Industry school/college 
mic Vijaya Venkataramani, Associate Professor of Management & Organization, R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Committed to creating an innovative team? Want to learn why your (or your team’s) creative ideas seem to go nowhere? Ready to learn about the roadblocks to innovation? Join Maryland Smith professor Vijaya Venkataramani, associate professor of management & organization, as she discusses her research about creativity in the workplace. This interactive discussion will include a short presentation followed by time for participants to ask questions.

Noon - 1 p.m. EST
Doctoral Career Pathways Panel 
Industry school/college 
mic Rowena Winkler Ph.D. '13, Agency Marketing Manager, TSL Marketing; Rishvi Jayathilake Ph.D. '19, Defect Metrology Engineer, Intel Corporation; Michael O'Connor Ph.D. '14, Director, Strategy and Project Management, Medtronic Corporate Science and Technology
Recent doctoral alumni talking about their career journeys, sharing insights about navigating different paths and the skills needed to be effective in their respective organizations. Brief panel presentations will be followed by Q & A. Register

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST
Approach the Bench: Terp Attorney Sidebar Conversations Industry 
mic Matt Johnston '97, Attorney & Founder, Johnston Business Law; Gary Kaufman '03, Attorney & Founder, Law Office of Gary Kaufman, PLLC; Martin Goldberg '84, Partner, Lash & Goldberg LLP; Maria Glinsmann ‘90, Attorney & Shareholder, Glinsmann Immigration
Terp Attorneys – we’ve heard you! Pivoting your practice to the virtual world has created new challenges and the need to be part of a supportive professional community has never been greater.
Please join your fellow Terp attorneys for a session of networking, problem solving, and tips on how to thrive in your law practice. Register

5 p.m. - 6 p.m. EST
Tackling Your Goals as a Recent Grad 
early career 
mic Sam Panitch '18 & Parker Yablon '18, Co-Founders, Elevation Nation
Did graduating from college leave you with more questions about your future than answers? Are you still trying to discover what your next step should be, or how you should achieve your goals? Join Sam Panitch ‘18 and Parker Yablon ‘18 of Elevation Nation to discuss the struggles associated with graduating college and joining the real world. Their strategy for developing mental fortitude helps young adults understand who they are, what they want, and how to get there. And since they went through the same transition recently, these Terps truly understand the process and have fresh ideas to get you on track! Register

Friday, Jan. 29

10 a.m. - Noon EST
Start with Strengths

mic Katie Conlon, Organizational Development Consultant, Center for Leadership and Organizational Change, University of Maryland
**Member Exclusive: All members can register for this interactive event for free! Want to attend this event? Become a member TODAY!
Start with Strengths is an interactive session to help you identify your talents and leverage them to accomplish goals, collaborate with others, and flourish at work. You will:
  • Learn your Top 5 Signature Strengths through the Clifton Strengths assessment (for you to complete before your arrival to the workshop)
  • Explore how a strengths-based approach to work and life can lead to success
  • Discover how to better understand and build upon your strengths
  • Discuss how to reframe and manage weaknesses from a strengths-based perspective
  • Interact & connect with fellow alumni across industries

Register by Wednesday, January 20th. 

Noon - 1 p.m. EST
Building an Inclusive Workplace with Domonic Rollins '17
mic Domonic Rollins '17, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Dalton School
Building an inclusive workplace is up to each of us, and it must start with personal accountability. Whether you are leading your organization or seeking to be a stronger team-member, this workshop is your opportunity to begin taking action. Our host will help you assess where you are today, challenge your current outlook, and learn skills that can translate to meaningful action in your place of work and day-to-day life. Register

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST
Make TC as Simple as 1-2-3!

mic Ellie Geraghty, Manager of Alumni Career Programs, University of Maryland Alumni Association
Follow along as Ellie Geraghty, Manager of Alumni Career Programs shares best practices on the Alumni Association’s exclusive platform for alumni networking, Terrapins Connect. Looking for a job? Trying to land the perfect connection? TC is the exclusive space for you, and learn how to use it to your best advantage through this interactive demo. Register

2021 Featured Speakers

Pamela Allen

Pamela Allen
Program Director, University Career Center, University of Maryland
For 20 years, Pamela Allen has been a dedicated career development professional working with students and recent alumni on resumes, cover letters, career options, internships, and job search strategies. She successfully works with employers in corporate, nonprofit, and government industries creating fairs, workshops, and networking panels. Ms. Allen serves as the Center’s liaison to multi-ethnic student groups, departments, and units, collaborating with the Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA) to co-created an internship and mentor program with AT&T entitled Diversity In the Workplace, aiming to increase racial diversity in STEM careers. She is a past-President of the Maryland Career Development Association and has been involved with and presented to numerous professional associations.  She is a recipient of the UMD President’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues Exempt Staff Award for Outstanding Service and received the INROADS Mid-Atlantic Leadership Academy University Partner Award.  

Lauren Banyar Reich

Lauren Banyar Reich '02
CEO & Founder, LBR PR
Lauren Banyar Reich is the CEO and Founder of LBR PR, a strategic communications agency that works with C-Suite executives, entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors and professional service firms on campaigns that leverage thought leadership for greater visibility, credibility and ultimately profitability for her client’s businesses. Typically, these campaigns involve press outreach, original content (bylines, blogs, newsletters, etc.), social media strategy and execution (lots of focus on LinkedIn) and speaking events and partnerships. Lauren brings a level of enthusiasm, attention to detail and authenticity to her work that sets her apart in the PR world.

Session: From Lurker to Thought Leader: Leveling Up on LinkedIn (Tuesday Noon EST)

Adam Blum '88
CTO of Empath, CEO of Auger.AI

Adam is a seasoned machine learning technologist with decades of business experience.   A serial CEO/CTO/VP Engineering/co-founder Adam.  He has led tech for five startups from to successful exits.  He is currently CTO of Empath which performs machine learning-based skills inference for enterprise employees as well as being CEO of Auger.AI, an advanced Automated Machine Learning tool. Adam has initiated and participated in five skills-related technology standards (including defining the standard for skill-description of educational resources, LTI Resource Search). He also wrote what may be the first book on applied neural networks (Neural Networks in C++, Wiley. 1992). While at Microsoft, Adam managed the first enterprise-applied natural language product (Microsoft SQL Server English Query, 1995). He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and M.S. in Computer Science from George Mason University.

Session: Silicon Success: Careers in Science and Tech (Monday 5pm EST)

Jainaba Ceesay ‘17
CEO & Founder at EBROSSO Consulting
Jainaba’s professional career spans over two decades including 19 years as an accomplished banking,  management, leadership and financial professional. After a decade and half in the financial field, at two Fortune 500 companies, she founded EBROSSO  consulting. EBROSSO consulting, a management consulting firm that offers Business Problem Solving,  Strategic Entrepreneurship, Financial consulting, Leadership and Coaching, Sales and Marketing services  via one on one, classrooms, face to face, webinars and Keynote Speaking. 

SessionLeaping into Leadership (Monday 3pm EST)

Katie Conlon

Katie Conlon '07
Organizational Development Development Consultant, Center for Leadership and Organizational Change, University of Maryland
Katie frames her approach to consulting, training, and leadership coaching with her expertise in positive organizational development, strengths-based leadership, and the science of well-being. She is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach, and trained in Appreciative Inquiry, Fierce Conversations, and the Hay Group's ESCI 360. In addition to her work with CLOC, Katie teaches a 6-month certification program in applied positive psychology through The Flourishing Center. She holds a master's degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland.

SessionStart with Strengths (Friday 10am EST)

Lucy Dalglish

Lucy Dalglish
Dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland

SessionThe Future of Journalism (Tuesday 7pm EST)

Angela Davis '90
Host, Minnesota Public Radio
Angela joined MPR News in November 2018 after more than 25 years of television reporting and anchoring in the Twin Cities and around the country. She is the host of MPR News’ weekday 11 a.m. program – focusing on important issues facing Minnesotans and how the state is changing. She has won five regional Emmy awards for anchoring and covering breaking news.

SessionThe Future of Journalism (Tuesday 7pm EST)

Maurice Dorsey

Maurice Dorsey Ph.D. '83
Maurice W. Dorsey is the author of From Whence We Come, a novel based upon a true story; and Businessman First: Remembering Henry G. Parks, Jr., (1916-1989), a biography about the life of an African American businessman.  Of Time and Spirit A Tribute to My Father is his third book.  Since his retirement from the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture in 2012, he has been a writer, public speaker, and advocate for the LGBTQ community. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, earning a bachelors of science in family and consumer sciences (1970) and a doctorate in philosophy in education (1983).  He also earned a master’s degree in arts and sciences from the Johns Hopkins University (1975) and a master’s degree in education from Loyola University of Maryland (1976). He resides in Washington, DC.

SessionBook Publishing (Wednesday Noon EST)

Mike Friis '05

Mike Friis '05
Senior Development Manager, Blake Real Estate, Inc.
In Mike’s fifteen year professional career he has gained broad experience in many areas across the construction industry. After four and a half years as a project manager with a large local construction company he broadened his industry knowledge with two years at a national accounting firm administering the financial side of construction contracts in excess of $100 million. Prior to arriving at Blake he spent two and a half years with a national project management firm. Mike’s projects have generally ranged in size from $10 million to $140 million and have been concentrated in the commercial construction sector. Mike demonstrates a deep understanding of the entire real estate development process with particular emphasis on entitlements, permitting, financing, construction, design coordination, and overall project management.

SessionAdventures in Commerical Real Estate: Stories, Wisdom and Advice from Industry Leading Terps (Wednesday 2pm EST)

Ellie Geraghty

Ellie Geraghty
Manager of Alumni Career Programs, University of Maryland Alumni Association

SessionMake TC as easy as 1-2-3! (Friday 2pm EST)

Maria Glinsmann ‘90
Attorney & Shareholder, Glinsmann Immigration
Maria Glinsmann leads the Nonimmigrant Visa Practice in the law firm of Glinsmann & Glinsmann, Chartered. Her practice is focused exclusively on U.S. Immigration, citizenship and consular issues. She helps industry leaders, scientists and innovators to achieve extraordinary ability, national interest and outstanding researcher status. She served on the faculty for the Law School for the Public (Maryland Public Television) on the topic of New Developments in Immigration. She is also a regular faculty member for the continuing legal education courses on the topic of Immigration & Nationality Law for the ALIABA, American Legal Institute of the American Bar Association and AILA .Maria and her partner are the most positively rated immigration attorneys by clients in the Mid-Atlantic region on AVVO, and Google. She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.

SessionApproach the Bench: Terp Attorneys Sidebar Conversations (Thursday 2pm EST)

Martin Goldberg

Martin Goldberg '84
Partner, Lash & Goldberg LLP
Martin Goldberg is a trial lawyer representing Fortune 100 and other clients in high stakes litigation and appeals in Florida and throughout the country. Marty leads a wide array of representations, including complex civil litigation, government enforcement and criminal investigations, class action defense, sports and media, and employment disputes. Marty is among a small number of lawyers recognized by Best Lawyers In America®  in three different categories - Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law and Criminal Defense: White Collar. He has also been selected as one of South Florida’s “Most Effective Lawyers” by the Daily Business Review and his practice contributed to Lash & Goldberg LLP being selected in 2018 as one of Law 360’s top-five healthcare practices in the United States. 

SessionApproach the Bench: Terp Attorneys Sidebar Conversations (Thursday 2pm EST)

Shravan Goli '94
Chief Product Officer and Head of Consumer Revenue, Coursera
Shravan Goli is Coursera's Chief Product Officer and Head of Consumer Revenue. Before joining Coursera, Shravan was at DHI Group Inc. where he initially served as President of Dice, a tech job marketplace, and successfully led the growth strategy and operations for Dice, Dice International, ClearanceJobs, and Slashdot Media. In addition, he was a co-founder of, a content-centric social networking service. Shravan holds an M.B.A. from the University of Washington and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

Kecia Hansard '89

Kecia Hansard '89
Associate Director, Career and Professional Development, Kogod School of Business, American University
Kecia brings a strong background in MBA career coaching, graduate admissions, and diversity initiatives to the Kogod School of Business, American University. She is Associate Director of Career & Professional Development in the Office of Career Engagement.  She has worked at Georgetown, GW, and the University of Maryland. Kecia holds master’s degrees in Community Counseling and Human Resource Development and a Leadership Certificate in Executive Coaching from The George Washington University. Kecia enjoys the “journey to career.”  Helping students and alumni leverage their skills, education and network while looking for new opportunities. While she was at the University of Maryland the Boston native studied Journalism and earned two minors in English and Dance. She was News Editor for the Eclipse (news magazine), member of the Shades of Harlem dance troupe and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

SessionGrow your Greek Network (Wednesday 5pm EST)

Rishvi Jayathilake '19 PhD

Rishvi Jayathilake Ph.D. '19
LTD Defect Metrology Engineer, Intel Corporation; Co-Founder, Sri Lankan American Knowledge Exchange (SLAKE)

Rishvi Jayathilake (‘19 PhD, Chemistry) hails originally from Sri Lanka, where she completed a bachelor's degree in Chemistry at the University of Colombo.  She currently works as a defect metrology engineer at Intel Corporation. Dr. Jayathilake is also the Co-founder of the Sri Lankan American Knowledge Exchange (SLAKE).

SessionDoctoral Career Pathways Panel (Thursday Noon EST)

Matt Johnston '97

Matt Johnston '97
Attorney & Founder, Johnston Business Law
Matt Johnston (#Mattthelawyer) is an attorney and the founder of the Johnston Business Law Group in Frederick, MD where is practice focuses on establishing and advising small businesses on operations, employment law, trademarks, copyrights, and business contracts.. He is also the co-owner of Jammy Jams, a music company creating lullaby music using popular music as the source material. Matt is a 2005 cum laude graduate of the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America and a 1997 cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park with a bachelor’s degree in Government & Politics. Matt lives and works in Frederick, MD and when not working, can be found watching, playing, screaming, crying, or arguing about soccer.

SessionApproach the Bench: Terp Attorneys Sidebar Conversations (Thursday 2pm EST)

Gary Kaufman '03

Gary Kaufman '03
Attorney & Founder, Law Office of Gary Kaufman, PLLC.
Gary Kaufman, who graduated from the University of Maryland in 2003 with a B.A. in Government and Politics and Philosophy, has been practicing in the area of Criminal Defense since graduating from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2006.  Gary spent his first seven years of practice working as a public defense attorney in Orlando, Florida, Staten Island, New York, and at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem in Manhattan.  In 2013, Gary began the Law Office of Gary Kaufman, PLLC where he represents clients facing a wide variety of criminal charges in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey. Gary is active in the New York City Bar Association serving as past chair of the mandatory minimums subcommittee of the Criminal Courts Committee and as the former Chair of the Small Law Firm Committee.  Gary is currently a member of the Council on the Profession. Gary is a member of the New York Terps Alumni Board.

SessionApproach the Bench: Terp Attorneys Sidebar Conversations (Thursday 2pm EST)

Chandler Kennell '18

Chandler Kennell '18
Associate, Thomas Park Investments (TPI)
Chandler is currently an Associate at Thomas Park Investments (TPI), a boutique real estate private equity firm headquartered in Annapolis, MD where he manages a $100M portfolio of office and medical office buildings throughout the Baltimore MSA. Prior to joining TPI, Chandler held analyst roles at Realterm - a real estate private equity firm specializing in the acquisition of logistics real estate - as well as Cushman and Wakefield's Industrial Investment Sales team in their Baltimore, MD office. Chandler graduated from the Robert H. Smith School of Business in 2018 and received a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. He enjoys sailing, paddleboarding, surfing, and spending time outdoors.

SessionAdventures in Commerical Real Estate: Stories, Wisdom and Advice from Industry Leading Terps (Wednesday 2pm EST)

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!”

SessionsCareer4Terps: Your Online Lifeline (Monday 2pm EST) & Jumpstart Your Job Search (Tuesday 3pm EST)

Lauren Meier

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.

SessionJumpstart Your Job Search (Tuesday 3pm EST)

Kaisha Morton '12

Kaisha Morton '12
User Experience Design Recruiter, Google
Kaisha Morton is a User Experience Design Recruiter at Google with a passion for advocating for equity. She's worked in Talent Acquisition for roughly 6 years. Prior to joining Google, she taught 6th grade reading in Houston, T.X. as a Teach For America Corps Member, fought to end the school to prison pipeline in D.C. as a community organizer, and developed an inclusive hiring process for five Charter Schools in D.C. as an Early Childhood Recruiter. For Kaisha, giving back to her community is extremely important. She serves as a Social Impact Lead for Google’s Employee Resource Group called Women@Google and as the Co-chair of the United Way For Greater Austin's Emerging Leaders Board.

SessionGrow your Greek Network (Wednesday 5pm EST)

Melissa Murray Bailey '01

Melissa Murray Bailey '01
Senior Vice President - Global Sales, Hootsuite
Melissa Murray Bailey leads North America Talent Brand and Hiring Solutions at LinkedIn. In this role she is responsible for the business that advises Chief HR Officers and Talent Attraction leaders on how to brand their company to attract the best talent for their organization. Previously Melissa led LinkedIn Sales Solutions in Asia Pacific. She joined LinkedIn from Universum, where she was most recently President for Americas. Prior to this, Melissa led CEB’s entry into APAC in 2007 and was promoted to Managing Director for Asia in 2010. In this role, Melissa steered the growth and development of CEB’s Asia Leadership Councils, the leading member based advisory programs for employer branding, engagement and leadership development data and best practice research in Southeast Asia, China and India. Melissa is a passionate team leader and trusted advisor to CXOs of many Fortune 500 companies.

SessionGrow your Greek Network (Wednesday 5pm EST)

Sean Mussenden '19

Sean Mussenden '19
Data Editor, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism
A former Washington correspondent, Sean is data editor for the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and a senior lecturer of investigative data journalism.

SessionThe Future of Journalism (Tuesday 7pm EST)

Nefretiti Nassar

Nefretiti Nassar '10 '12
Author & Senior Technical Advisor, Axiologic Solutions
Nefretiti Nassar is the bestselling author of “Play It to Win: Strategies for Millennials Starting in Corporate America.” Having ranked #1 in Amazon’s New Releases for four consecutive weeks, the career development counseling book guides young professionals to identify and navigate the unwritten rules of the workplace. Nefretiti has also published many engineering research papers in addition to achieving a number of honors, for example, the Hiram Whittle Legacy Award from the University of Maryland and selection as a U.S. Presidential Management Fellows Program Finalist. Nefretiti is also a Senior Technical Advisor at Axiologic Solutions where she provides technical expertise, recommendations, and strategic direction to organizational leadership. Nefretiti additionally serves as a board member on the board of governors for the Alumni Association at the University of Maryland. She holds both a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an avid international traveler and mentors students and young professionals. 

SessionPlay it to Win - Corporate Strategies for Millennials (Tuesday 5pm EST)

Michael O'Connor Ph.D. '14

Michael O'Connor Ph.D. '14
Director, Strategy and Project Management, Medtronic Corporate Science and Technology
Michael O'Connor (‘14 PhD, Civil Engineering) is the Director Strategy and Project Management with Medtronic Corporate Science and Technology in Minneapolis, Minnesota (17+ years at Medtronic). He has over 34+ years of professional work experience and 29+ years of professional experience (mainly in project, program and portfolio management) in the Medical Device Industry. He holds Graduate degrees in Project Management, Technology Management and Business Administration. O'Connor earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, majoring in Project Management, from the University of Maryland, College Park, A. James Clark School of Engineering. He is a certified (PDMA) NPDP, (PMI) PMP®, PgMP®, (IPMA) IPMA-B certified, (IPM) CPD, (AAPM) MPM, CIPM and CPRM.

SessionDoctoral Career Pathways Panel (Thursday Noon EST)

Sam Panitch '18

Sam Panitch '18
Co-Founder, Elevation Nation
Sam graduated from UMD with a degree in Operations Management and Business Analytics. He co-founded Elevation Nation after he realized the struggles college graduates have upon entering the real world with the goal in mind to help teach young adults the skillsets they need to live fulfilling lives. Sam has a passion for trying new foods, learning new skills and constantly “elevating”.

SessionTackling Your Goals as a Recent Grad (Thursday 5pm EST)

Patricia Povlitz '90

Patricia Povlitz '90
Senior HR Business Partner and Regional HR Lead, North America, Network Rail Consulting
Trish has over 20 years of progressive human resources experience with building and driving complex HR strategies and programs across large global organizations such as Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and more hands-on operational experience with smaller domestic companies, including not-for-profit organizations. Trish has broad and deep HR generalist experience that started in recruiting and she is now the Regional HR Lead for a British railway consulting firm. Having started and led several advisory groups and initiatives to optimize inclusion and development for women, minorities and working parents, Trish has been a passionate champion for diversity, inclusion and diffusing unconscious bias at all levels. On a more personal note, Trish has been married for over 23 years and has 2 children - a son going into his junior year at UMD and a daughter starting her freshman year at GA Tech this Fall. Trish loves movies, sports, travel, and culture but thrives most on family, friends, humor, mutual respect and assuming good intent.

SessionGrow your Greek Network (Wednesday 5pm EST)

Alex Pyles '11

Alex Pyles '11
Audience Editor, Capital News Service
Alexander Pyles is a Philip Merrill College of Journalism lecturer and audience editor for Capital News Service, the college’s student-staffed news organization with bureaus and news teams in Annapolis, Baltimore, College Park and Washington, D.C. An award-winning journalist and teacher, Pyles joined Merrill College’s full-time faculty in 2019 after teaching part-time since 2012. Previously, he was a reporter and editor for several news organizations. Pyles was most recently an editor at The Baltimore Sun, where he managed coverage of the Maryland State House, Baltimore City Hall and elections. Before becoming The Sun’s government and politics editor, he led coverage of the NFL as an editor in the newspaper’s sports department.

SessionMerrill Social Media program (Wednesday 3pm EST)

Pramod Raheja

Pramod Raheja '91
CEO & Co-Founder, Airgility, Inc.

Pramod Raheja is the CEO of Airgility and an Aerospace Engineering graduate from UMCP with over 30 years of aviation/aerospace operations experience.. He is an experienced entrepreneur with demonstrated success in leadership roles and a consistent history of surpassing revenue goals. He has a crazy passion for growing businesses, creating new service offerings, cultivating executive-level relationships, and strategizing with and mentoring team members. He has a comprehensive understanding of technology at a tactical and strategic level and always takes a customer-focus approach to management, new business development, revenue generation, and profitability. He is also a Graduate of the Founder’s Institute and the Entrepreneurial Master’s Program at MIT.

SessionLeaping into Leadership (Monday 3pm EST)

Anika Reed

Anika Reed '16
Deputy Editor, USA Today
Anika is the deputy editor for trending life, entertainment and travel news at USA TODAY. She is a graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Originally from South Florida, she now works in New York City and covers all aspects of pop culture, lifestyle and celebrity news, along with events ranging from the Oscars to the Met Gala.

SessionThe Future of Journalism (Tuesday 7pm EST)

Jennifer Rezeppa '00
Senior Global Fulfillment Operations Manager, Uber
Jen is an innovative operations leader with 15 years of experience creating and leading global operations and analytics organizations, scaling teams and optimizing results from NPI through end-of-life. She’s led teams in start-up/IPO, rapidly growing, and Fortune 500 companies including Uber, Tesla, and Apple that drove up to $4B annually. Jen was recognized in Tesla’s Multipliers “Multiplier of the Year” Awards for building high-performing teams and transforming planning and distribution organizations to world-class operations and her team featured in Tesla’s Q4 2018 & Q2 2019 earnings calls.

Session: Silicon Success: Careers in Science and Tech (Monday 5pm EST)


Talia Richman '17

Talia Richman '17
Education Reporter, The Dallas Morning News
Talia Richman is an education reporter for The Dallas Morning News, her hometown newspaper. She graduated in 2017 from the University of Maryland and spent four years reporting for The Diamondback. She previously covered schools and City Hall for The Baltimore Sun. She was part of the team that helped expose a former Baltimore mayor’s corrupt business deals, a series of articles that won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting.

SessionThe Future of Journalism (Tuesday 7pm EST)

Domonic Rollins '17

Domonic Rollins Ph.D. '17
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The Dalton School
Domonic is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at The Dalton School located in New York City. In this role, Domonic provides leadership and oversight to develop a comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion strategy that supports the fundamental Dalton principle that diverse beliefs, ethnicities, and cultures are a critical underpinning of a successful education in today's global society. At The Dalton School, Domonic provides direction for committees and affinity groups charged with DEI work; collaborate with the K-12 teachers and academic leaders to institute a culturally relevant equity pedagogy in the classrooms and; serve as a mentor for faculty, staff, students, and parents on issues of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. In his former role as the Inaugural Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Domonic provided leadership and vision for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at HGSE, in alignment with school-wide priorities. Domonic serves and keeps connection with Academic Impressions, Leadershape Inc., the Social Justice Training Institute, Washington Consulting Group, and other professional organizations dedicated to inclusion. Passion areas for Domonic include diversity, social justice, organizational dynamics, and supervision. Domonic earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy from the University of Maryland-College Park.

SessionBuilding an Inclusive Workplace with Domonic Rollins '17 (Friday Noon EST)

David Rosenstein

David Rosenstein '20
Founder, DR Consulting
David Rosenstein, Founder of DR Consulting, has helped thousands of students and professionals launch their careers by establishing impactful LinkedIn presences. Equipped with a performing background, he combines 15+ years of award-winning public speaking experience with extensive personal branding, marketing, and sales expertise. While earning a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Maryland, he was named "American Marketing Association National Student Marketer of the Year" for his branding and leadership expertise. Often described as a "Human Energizer Bunny" due to his highly enthusiastic persona, David has previously worked for LinkedIn and will return as a Sales Associate in July 2021.

SessionNetWERKing into your Dream Job (Wednesday Noon EST)

Michael Seelman

Michael Seelman '94
Principal Consultant & Coach, Churchill Consultants
Michael has coached 150+ leaders in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia to bring out their best performance and a more fulfilled life.  Client companies include:  Google, Amazon, Reddit, Sony, Salesforce, Microsoft, and many others.  He is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and psychological safety team coach practitioner and trainer.  He studied & collaborated with James MacGregor Burns (Pulitzer Prize winner; UMD visiting scholar), Georgia Sorenson (UMD professor, co-founder International Leadership Association) and Ronald Heifetz (Harvard leadership professor).  Currently a Ph.D. student in Organizational Leadership at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  He served his country through leadership roles at the White House, FBI, and Homeland Security in communications, employee engagement, knowledge management, innovation, IT, and national violence reduction. He is a former student member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.

SessionLeveling Up Your Career Through Feedback (Tuesday 2pm EST)

Kevin Setzer '07
Senior Vice President, HOGAN
As Senior Vice President at HOGAN, Mr. Setzer is focused on land and commercial brokerage with an emphasis on residential developments. He has been involved with closing transactions encompassing a variety of asset classes with an aggregate value of over $100 million dollars. Since 2005, Mr. Setzer has marketed and sold over 3,000 residential lots, assisted tenants and landlords with office/retail leasing, and has sold both office and warehouse properties. He also advises buyers and sellers on a variety of other transactions including woodland mitigation and front foot benefit investments. He is currently an active member in the Baltimore and Washington Chapters of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), ULI’s Young Leaders Group, and Maryland Builder Industry Association (MBIA). He is also a founding member of the Annapolis Chapter of the University of Maryland Alumni Association and serves on the board of directors for Calvert County’s Academy of Finance program.  In 2011, Setzer was honored by Bisnow Media as one of Washington D.C.’s “Top 35 Under 35” in commercial real estate.

SessionAdventures in Commerical Real Estate: Stories, Wisdom and Advice from Industry Leading Terps (Wednesday 2pm EST)

Mark Shaver

Mark Shaver '01
Senior Vice President, Business Strategy & Health Systems Initatives, Welltower Inc.
Mark Shaver is Senior Vice President of Business Strategy & Health Systems Initiatives for Welltower Inc. Joining the company in January 2018, Mr. Shaver will drive the convergence of programs and partnerships in aging and its ability to accelerate value based care and will cultivate partnerships with industry and health systems focused on senior living, programming and wellness for aging adults. Prior to joining Welltower, Mr. Shaver spent 18 years at Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), an $8.5 billion integrated global health enterprise and one of the leading health care systems in the United States, most recently serving as their Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances. There he led the institution’s national strategy to commercialize its health care delivery assets. Mr. Shaver serves on the Baltimore City Partnership Board for the United Way of Central Maryland, and is active in the community through faith based and youth sports volunteering. He serves on advisory boards for Pager Inc. and the JHM Center for Innovative Medicine. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland’s R.H. Smith School of Business and a BS in business administration from Towson State University.

SessionAdventures in Commerical Real Estate: Stories, Wisdom and Advice from Industry Leading Terps (Wednesday 2pm EST)

Vijaya Venkataramani

Vijaya Venkataramani
Associate Professor, Management & Organization, R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Vijaya Venkataramani is an Associate Professor of Management & Organization at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She currently serves as an Associate Editor (outgoing) for the Journal of Applied Psychology. Professor Venkataramani’s research focuses on creativity and innovation in organizations, especially understanding how informal social relationships and social networks at work enable employees’ ability to develop and implement creative ideas. Her recent research has focused on exploring why, although employees may have new ideas, these ideas often go unheard, unrecognized or even prematurely rejected by their managers, and how both employees and managers can address this. Her research has appeared in such journals as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology and Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes.

SessionCracking the Creativity Code: Why do Creative Ideas Not See the Light of Day (Thursday Noon EST)

Charlotte Wagner '90

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).

SessionLeaping into Leadership (Monday 3pm EST)

Rowena Winkler '13

Rowena Winkler Ph.D. '13
Agency Marketing Manager, TSL Marketing
Rowena Winkler (‘13 PhD, Communication) is the Agency Marketing Manager for TSL Marketing, a B2B marketing and lead generation full-services agency located in Elkridge, Maryland. There, she manages all aspects of the agency’s branding and communications, leads awareness and interest campaigns to increase demand for agency services, and grows the agency’s client base through market research tactics and creative marketing strategies.

SessionDoctoral Career Pathways Panel (Thursday Noon EST)

Parker Yablon '18

Parker Yablon '18
Co-Founder, Elevation Nation
Parker graduated from the University of Maryland in 2018 with a degree in Government & Politics and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. As co-founder of Elevation Nation, Parker is on a mission to help others feel valued in the real world. Parker prides himself on his passion for vinyl collecting, making Italian food, and traveling.

SessionTackling Your Goals as a Recent Grad (Thursday 5pm EST)