Career Expo 2020

A virtual professional development event

July 16, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Explore your future! Rainier Scholars Career Expo connects scholars with career professionals in a variety of industries and sectors. You’ll gain invaluable career path insights, job-hunting skills and more, plus tools on navigating workplace dynamics, recession-proofing your job search, and a candid conversation about committing to racial equity in the workplace. 


10:00 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Career Pathway Breakout sessions

11:15 a.m.


11:25 a.m.

Topical Breakout sessions

12:30 p.m.

Closing Plenary – Worktivism: Racial Equity in Practice

Career Pathway Panels

In this interactive session, career professionals will share their insights and experiences on how to break into and succeed in a variety of industries and sectors. Choose from one of six sessions.

Tech Sector: Computer Science and Engineering

Miles Welsh, Software Engineer, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Rainier Scholars Alum

Nancy Tran, Software Engineer, Facebook, Rainier Scholars Alum

Lorenzo Boyice, Software Engineer, Google

Amy Phung, Software Engineer, Okara

Steve Hawkins, Mechanical Preconstruction Director, Skanska

Business, Finance, and Entrepreneurship

Bisrat Gebre, Salesforce Technical Program Manager, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Rainier Scholars Alum and Board member

Jia Yu, Director of Everything, Lieo Design

Archana Gilravi, VP Partnerships, Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Family Foundation

Nikko Maher, Business Coordinator, GreenRubino

Mary Cadera, Chief of Staff, Vulcan Inc

BJ Bell, Director, Performance Measurement and Attribution, BlackRock

Careers in Health

Thi Doan, student, UW School of Medicine, Rainier Scholars Alum

Pari Abdolhosseini, student, UW School of Medicine, Rainier Scholars Alum

Anjali Kumar, Director, Clinical Education – Surgery, WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Lee Hicks, Project Manager, Global Health Programs, PATH

Liszet Bigelow, Community Health Educator, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Science and Environmental Impact

Jasmine Beverly, Associate, Cascadia Consulting Group, Rainier Scholars Alum

Heather Price, Professor and Climate Justice Educator, North Seattle College

Claudia Moreno, Assistant Professor, UW Physiology and Biophysics

Isaiah Bolden, Graduate Student, UW Chemical Oceanography

Ricky Padilla-Del Vall, Graduate Student, UW Molecular and Cellular Biology

Law and Public Service

Thaddaeus Gregory, Attorney, Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S., Rainier Scholars alumnus

Alan Zeng, Consultant, Redeemer Community Partnership, Rainier Scholars Alum

Jessica Velasquez, Social Services Professional, King County

Sarah Perez, Partner, Gubb & Barshay

Michelle Domingo, Manager- Office of Equity & Economic Inclusion, Seattle Department of Transportation

Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Design

Brandon Hoang, Dean of Students, Rainier Scholars, Rainier Scholars Alum

Rayna Mathis, Assistant Educator for Teen Programs, Seattle Art Museum

Michelle Linden, Owner/Principal Architect, Atelier Drome

Enjoli Izidor, Freelance Graphic Designer, Enjoli Izidor Design


From resume and financial planning to career brainstorming, choose from one of four skill-building sessions to help you on your career path.

How to Be a Pro With Your Money and Career, Even in a Recession!

Jedediah Collins, Founder and Coach, Rookie to Veteran 

I Still Don’t Know What I Want to Be When I Grow Up (And That’s Okay)

Caitlin Golbaum, Assistant Director for Career Services, University of Washington Information School

Bev Chan, Program Coordinator, University of Washington Information School

Navigating Bias & Imposter Syndrome in the Workplace: Strategies for Resistance and ResilienceCareers in Health

Sofia Voz, National Director, Staff Learning and Practice, City Year

Nailing Your Virtual Job Interview

Kenneth Andrew, General Manager, SMB Sales, Microsoft 

Erin Jagelski, Client Success Sales Manager/Global Corporate Sales, Microsoft

Stevens Bonhomme, Client Growth Manager/Advertising, Microsoft

Megan Lester, Customer Success Manager, Microsoft

Lunchtime Plenary

Worktivism: Racial Equity in Practice

Anti-racism work takes many forms – it can happen in the streets, in the classroom, in the courtroom, at home and in the workplace. Recent events have laid bare the race and economic fault lines that plague our country, and have illuminated the urgency of this work.  In the professional realm, it must be done across industries and sectors, spanning roles and responsibilities, and both now and over the long haul. 

Join Rainier Scholars and a panel of Black professionals working in a range of career fields for a candid conversation on this moment in history, and what it can look like to bring your racial equity commitment to the workplace over the course of your career. 

Featured Speakers

Participating Partners

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