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.

Steve Dalton - The 2-Hour Job Search

Wednesday, August 31, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Steve Dalton is author of The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster, the former associate marketing manager at General Mills and a strategy consultant at A.T. Kearney. He will share practical tips, perspective and insights that you can use to build your career plan. 

Steve Lee - GRIT: Fixed vs. Growth MindSet

Thursday, September 1, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Steve Lee will present on “Grit, the Growth Mindset and the Marshmallow Test.” He is the Graduate Diversity Officer for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related programs at UC Davis.

He previously trained and mentored graduate students at Northwestern University, where he served as an assistant director for a graduate professional development program. He has also served on the faculty of Roosevelt University and Wheaton College, and earned a PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Patrick Haribson

For over fifteen years, PHPR has excelled in all areas of public relations on behalf of its clients. The firm has extensive contacts within broadcast and print media, yielding successful placements of stories as well as interviews. PHPR has the required talents to establish and implement strategic media and promotional campaigns to generate multimedia coverage. Skillful developer of strategic communications programs, PHPR has capacities to work with clients to attain
marketing, attendance, and general publicity goals.

PHPR is a highly-regarded, results-driven marketing / public relations firm. Headquartered in Sacramento with offices in Los Angeles, the firm offers full-service public relations, creative services, events production and digital / social media capabilities to a national client base across a broad range of industry sectors. 

The PHPR team provides the best of both worlds, combining the professionalism, strategic thinking and experience of a large agency with the nimbleness and hands-on client focus of a small firm. The agency has won numerous industry kudos at the city, state and national level.

Agency capabilities are organized under multiple practice areas that serve clients on an integrated or standalone basis:

  • Public Relations
  • Earned Media
  • Digital/Social Media
  • Direct Event/Campaign Marketing
  • Community Outreach

Rikin Vasani

Rikin trains and coaches at elite MBA, PhD, medical, law, and undergraduate programs across North America through Crack the Case workshops. In addition, he is an in-demand trainer at several Fortune 500 companies. He focuses on giving students, executives, and career center professionals invaluable preparation in the areas of problem-solving, logical communication, compelling presentation, and coaching/mentoring others.

During his four years at Bain & Company, he covered a wide breadth of strategy, M&A, operational, sales, and organizational casework across multiple industries including technology, energy, consumer goods, auto, entertainment and private equity. Prior to that, he spent time working with Deutsche Bank London, Morgan Stanley, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Rikin graduated from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he was involved with teaching business courses and extensive mentoring.

While consulting with Bain’s Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New Delhi offices, Rikin was recognized for his exceptional coaching and mentoring. He was passionate about recruiting and interviewing great candidates, as well as training them to succeed upon hiring. He managed new hire training, the summer intern program, and was involved in unique casework that studied how elite firms select top talent.

Rikin is also a professionally trained actor, writer, and meditation teacher. He uses his unique background to connect with individuals authentically, and to rapidly bring out their confidence across multiple talents. Rikin genuinely enjoys supporting others in achieving their aspirations.