Career Development Expert Speakers
Orientation 2016

Elizabeth Moon, co-facilitator

Monday, August 22, to Friday, August 26

Elizabeth Moon joined the Graduate School of Management’s career development team in January 2014, bringing a focus on career counseling and an expertise in working with international students. She provides all students with career assistance in the areas of resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job/internship search strategies, negotiations, networking and business etiquette. In addition, she has developed workshops that focus on English communication, cultural skills and immigration opportunities and challenges for international students who wish to bridge into an American business culture/environment.

Matthew Vendryes, co-facilitator

Monday, August 22, to Friday, August 26

Matthew Vendryes is interested in international culture and the increased interaction between people worldwide and the type of future this builds. He is also interested in representing humans and our values as we grow closer to co-existence with technology. Empowering through practical skills training, especially English-based communication, adult schools, literacy, story-based learning and making impactful films.

Joyful Simpson – Improv

Monday, August 22, noon to 2 p.m.

Joyful Simpson is an actress, writer and creativity educator who combines improv theater, storytelling and mindfulness-training to create unique team building and leadership workshops for businesses and institutions. She studied theater and dance at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and received her MFA in dramatic art from UC Davis.

Dan Beaudry – Power Ties

Tuesday, August 23, 9 to 11 a.m.

Dan Beaudry is the author of Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States. He was most recently the campus recruiting manager for Prior to joining Monster, Beaudry was the associate director of corporate recruiting for the Boston University School of Management, where he developed the school’s International Student Employment Series. He holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. in international relations from Boston University and language certifications from La Sorbonne in Paris.

Lakshmi Challa – Nuts & Bolts of Immigration

Wednesday, August 24, 9 to 11 a.m.

Lakshmi Challa is the founding attorney of Challa Law Offices with over 20 years of experience exclusively practicing immigration law. Her vision for the firm was to elevate the practice of immigration law beyond just processing papers. Challa Law has achieved that by developing customized immigration strategies and providing world-class client service by leveraging innovative business process management through technology.