Life After Degree

At Life After Degree panels, distinguished alumni, community members and employers are invited to campus to share their experiences after graduation with current students, often regarding a specific industry or career path. These sessions are followed by a Q&A discussion and often time for networking. Previous session topics have included careers in entertainment, law and healthcare among others and have focused on career and professional opportunities, post-graduation experiences, and other subjects of special interest.

Past Panels



Anthropology: Alumni Career Panel

  • Diane Perlov, MA ’79, PhD ’87, SVP, Exhibits, California Science Center
  • Amanda Levensohn ’14, National Geographic, Marketing Coordinator
  • Caroline Cicchetti ‘95, Senior Director – Online Marketplaces, US Auto Parts


Biology: Alumni Career Panel

  • Sandra Wolchok, Biology Teacher, Harvard-Westlake School
  • Marisa Marcos, Nurse Practitioner, Hoag Medical Group
  • Neil Wylie, Science Director, Quest Diagnostics
  • Matthew Frias, Senior Research Associate, Amgen

Psychology: Alumni Career Panel

  • Debra Kanoff, JD, Attorney
  • Cynthia Cohen PhD, Jury Trial Consultant
  • Lori Gilchrist, Principal, LAG Financial Services
  • Sam Herskovitz, Product Lead, The Marcus Buckingham Company
  • Kevin J. Jablonski PhD, MPH, Chief Police Psychologist
  • Alice Ji Youn Jung, Business Marketing Director, Painted Brain
  • Nicole Samani, Academic Counselor, Glendale Community College

Anthropology: Alumni Career Panel

  • Julianne Sohn ’99, Community Relations Officer, LAPD
  • Frank Lyu ’10, Computer Forensic Examiner, County of Ventura
  • Denise Sacks ’78, Behavioral Health Clinician, Aetna
  • Karlie Bryant ’13, Post Production Coordinator, NBCUniversal

Sociology: Alumni Career Panel

  • Anthony Danna ‘98, VP of Programming at Sony Pictures Television Networks
  • Carmen J. Sandoval ‘91, Intuit’s Early Careers, University Recruiting
  • Julia Beckley ‘02, Senior Managing Associate at Dentons US
  • Madison Vanderberg ‘10, Senior Editor at Hello Giggles


Anthropology: Life of an Anthropology Ph.D. Student

  • Edwin Everhart, Linguistic Anthropology
  • Gwyneth Talley, Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Tyanna Slobe, Lingustic Anthropology
  • Maddie Yakal, Archaeology
  • Andrew Marcus Smith, Biological Anthropology

Anthropology: Recent Alumni of Anthropology

  • Peggy Sin ’14, Red Bull
  • Lauren Michael ’13, Marsh & McLennan Agency
  • Tiffany Chen ’09, Kaiser Permanente

Communication Studies featuring Disney Executives

  • Chip McLean ’87, JD, Disney Music Group
  • Christine Cadena ’83, The Walt Disney Company
  • Scott Sakamoto ’00, Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Phil Hong ’95, Disney Interactive Studios

Communication Studies: Thriving at Facebook, as a Non-Engineer!

  • Kasey Sanseverino ’17, Facebook


Anthropology: Graduate School – Applications & Preparation

  • Grace Alcantara ’05, JD, Chapman University School of Law
  • Deniel Fessler, PhD, UCLA Department of Anthropology
  • Michelle Garcia-Navarro, MPA, Fielding School of Public Health
  • Juliet Williams, PhD, UCLA Department of Gender Studies

Anthropology: Alumni Career Panel

  • Caroline Cicchetti ’95, MBA. ’02, US Auto Parts
  • Kristin Martinez, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Debra McGinty-Poteet ’78, First Western Funds Trust

History: Alumni Career Panel

  • Laura Dawson, ’86, NBCUniversal
  • Clare DeBriere ’90, The Ratkovich Company
  • Roy Geiger ’72, King Parrent & Droste LLP
  • Chris Ovitz ’04, Workpop


Psychology: Alumni Career Panel

  • Ron Leaf ’75, MA ’79, PhD ’83, Autism Partnership
  • Jim Vellutato ’81, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
  • Wendy Moss Klein ’86, 2 Friends Entertainment
  • Lee Kuo ’92, Partnerships at Yahoo! Inc.

History: Alumni Career Panel

  • Grace Coopman Pinpoint Research Group LLC
  • Patrick Cowan ’09, UCLA Development
  • Alex Fay ’07, Syncromatics
  • Amanda Uribe ’14, C2 Education
  • Cameron Virjee ’12, Outsource

English: Working in the Public Sector

  • Gabe Kramer, Marathon Communications
  • Jeremy Oberstein ’04, LAFD
  • Christine M. Robertson ’03, Land Use and Planning for City of LA
  • Jasmine Youssefzadeh, Filmanthropos

Anthropology: Alumni Career Panel

  • Juben Rabbani ’07, MA, J.D. Power and Associates
  • Neetu S. Badhan ’99, JD, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office
  • Linda Bentz ’94, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
  • Mariah Hernandez ’15, Vivienne Westwood
  • George Elwood-Miranda ’13, Toyota/Lexus Financial Services


Sociology: Alumni Career Panel

  • Rebecca Zada ’10, HBO
  • Ruben Garcia ’08, Creative Artists Agency
  • Ariana Ajir ’08, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Ellesse Wong ’11, Northwestern Mutual

English: Teaching in Independent Schools and Community Colleges

  • Nan Cohen, Viewpoint School
  • Neil Kramer, Geffen Academy, UCLA
  • Adam Lowenstein ’02, MA ’06, PhD ’11, Marlborough School


Sociology: Alumni Career Panel

  • Bee Kong, Red Cross
  • Anita Chun ’06, Center for Health Care Rights
  • Emily Shoji ’08, Square Enix

Languages: Career Opportunities with a Language Degree

  • Ron Arias ’66 (Spanish), MA ’67, People Magazine
  • Guadalupe Barragan, ’89 (French), Barragan & Satzman LLP
  • Joan Arias, PhD ’75 (Hispanic Languages and Literature), IBM
  • Stephen Berkov ’91 (Asian Languages and Cultures), Iceology

English: Where a Degree in English meets Hollywood

  • Ryan Chung ’08, POSSIBLE
  • Emma Courtland ’08, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • Robert A. Jacobs ’88, Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips
  • June Dowad ’11, Sandra Marsh and Associates
  • Anna Wylie ’10, MA, FOX Sports


Psychology: Alumni Career Panel

  • Astrid Beigel Ma ’67, PhD ’69, Los Angeles County Department of Health
  • Rachel Cotter Davis, PhD, RCD, LLC, Change Management and People Solutions Consulting Services
  • Debbi Kanoff ’74, JD, City of Santa Monica
  • Marie La Fargue ’84, MPH ’86, The La Fargue Group Comprehensive Healthcare Consulting
  • Ron Mossler ’83, PhD ’95, Los Angeles Valley College
  • Alan Puzarne ’71, Nautilus Healthcare Management Group
  • Jim Vellutato ’81, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
  • Janet Woznica ’79, MA, PhD, Private Practice


Physical Sciences: Alumni Career Panel

  • Sue Baumgarten ’73, MBA ’76, MS ’79, UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • David Grant ’86, Tamar Technology
  • Matt Lee, BlackRock, Inc.
  • Dustin Suchter 04, Five Delta
  • Tatiana Vinogradova ’99, Northrop Grunman

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