UC Davis Campus

Career Development Expert Speakers
Orientation 2017

Elizabeth Moon | co-facilitator

Elizabeth MoonElizabeth 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

Matthew VendryesMatthew Vendryes works with international professionals and academics to build communication and cultural skills through workshops, online training, publications and film. Applying a rich background in classroom instruction, he works with inspiring individuals from over 50 countries to increase access to business and academic opportunities in North America and beyond.  

Joyful Simpson | Improv

Joyful SimpsonJoyful 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

Dan Beaudry is the author of the book Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States. Over the past 5 years, he has delivered presentations to thousands of international students of all disciplines at over 80 universities and business schools across the United States. He has also been a guest speaker at the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance, the HR Planning Society, the International Careers Consortium and the National Association of Asian MBAs. Dan has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Voice of America, The Straits Times and many other media outlets.

Dan served as the Campus Recruiting Manager for Monster.com where he constructed and managed the company’s first formal university recruiting program, including the growth and management of Monster’s MBA Executive Development and Leadership program. Prior to joining Monster Dan was the Associate Director of Corporate Recruiting for the Questrom School of Business at Boston University where he developed the school’s “International Student Employment Series”; an annual program of seminars guiding students from India, East Asia and South America through the US job search process. Dan began his career in management consulting and also spent time as a headhunter during the dot.com boom and bust. He now works full-time in business development for two international organizations providing career support and international relations software to the higher education industry.

Over the past ten years Dan has been on all sides of recruiting: from hiring manager to candidate counselor to third-party recruiter. He has been a guest speaker at the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Asian MBA’s, the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers and the HR Planning Society.  He holds a BA from Vanderbilt University, an MA in International Relations from Boston University and language certifications from La Sorbonne in Paris.

Steve Dalton | The 2-Hour Job Search

Steve Dalton is the author of The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster and program director for Daytime Career Services at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Prior to entering the career services industry, Steve was a strategy consultant at A.T. Kearney and an associate marketing manager at General Mills. He holds an MBA from Duke University and a chemical engineering degree from Case Western University.

Steve Lee | GRIT: Fixed vs. Growth MindSet

Steve LeeSteve 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. 

Rikin Vasani

Rikin has collaborated with thousands of individuals to create extraordinary career and personal results. His integrative approach draws upon his unique experiences as a management consultant, Fortune 500 executive trainer, career skills lecturer for 30+ academic programs, mindfulness instructor, life coach, grief counselor and acting teacher.

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

While consulting with Bain’s LA, SF, 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 combines passion, adaptability and humor to connect with individuals authentically and to rapidly bring out their confidence across multiple talents. He is energized by helping others feel confident and deserving of their success.