Biz+STEM Career Week

Students Networking with CBA Alumni

Tuesday, September 21 - Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Biz+STEM Career Events are an opportunity for students to connect with alumni and employers in the business and STEM industries. Students can explore potential career pathways, expand their network, and hear from alumni in industries such as advertising, finance, information technology, physics, engineering, and more.

Event Overview

  • What: Biz+STEM Career Week
  • When: September 21-23, 2021
  • Where: Handshake's Virtual Career Fair platform & Zoom Web Conferencing
  • Who: Open to all class levels
  • Cost: Free to students and alumni
  • Biz+STEM Career Week: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Networking Session

    September 21, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Zoom Web Conferencing
    An opportunity for CBA and Seaver students and recent grads to learn about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the workplace, explore potential career pathways, and connect with exciting recruiters from Legends, Skechers, RPA, and K1 Investments. 


    Biz+STEM Career Week: Networking Session

    September 21, 2021 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Zoom Web Conferencing
    An opportunity for CBA and Seaver students and recent grads to explore potential career pathways, expand their network, and hear from alumni.


    Biz+STEM Career Week: Speed Interviewing Prep Session

    September 22, 2021 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Zoom Web Conferencing
    An opportunity for students to showcase their elevator pitch and practice their networking skills in preparation for the Business and STEM Virtual Career Fair. This event is a partnership between CPD and LM-UMatch.


    Biz+STEM Career Week: Virtual Career Fair

    September 23, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Handshake VF
    Connects ambitious Lions with employers in the business and STEM industries. Past registrants include Amazon, Oracle Netsuite, Enterprise, Target, SS&C Technologies, and more!


  • Who will be there?

    Accomplished alumni, CPD career coaches, and students like you who are interested to hear from successful professionals in all areas of business.

    Why should I attend?

    • Meet and connect with LMU alumni working in business and STEM fields
    • Discover the career paths that business professionals have taken after graduating from LMU
    • Practice informational interviewing and hear advice from helpful LMU alumni
    • Expand your network and meet other students in the College of Business Administration and Seaver College of Science and Engineering

    How should I dress?

    Business casual is recommended for this event.

  • CPD will host all virtual fairs and networking events using Handshake and Zoom Web Conferencing.


    Employers will register similarly to in-person fairs. Once the employer's registration is approved by CPD, employers are able to generate session schedules for representatives that will be present. 

    Employers are able to host two types of sessions to interact with students: 

    • Group Sessions:
      • 30 minutes each
      • multiple students can attend
    • 1:1 Sessions:
      • 10 minutes each
      • one student and one employer representative can attend

    In these sessions, employers will be identified as the Host, and they will be able to share their screen with participants. 

    For additional information on how to register for the fair, sign up for sessions, and participate in the fair, visit the Handshake Help Center article "Handshake's Guide to Attending a Virtual Fair".

    Zoom Webinar

    Zoom is a cloud-based technology offering a full spectrum of web conferencing tools to help enhance online learning and increase productivity. All LMU faculty, student, and staff can create an LMU Zoom account.

    You can access Zoom Web Conferencing via web browser or download the application to a smart device. Learn how to create your Zoom Web Conferencing account.

    For additional information on how to log-in to a Zoom webinar visit the Zoom Help Center Joining and participating in a webinar (attendee)

  • Know who’s in the room

    • Review the list of alumni located below and strategize who you would like to connect with after the event
    • Set a goal (“I want to gain information about career opportunities that come with a degree from CBA or Seaver” or “I plan to speak with four alumni to grow my network as I apply for internships”)

    Deliver your pitch

    • Be confident as you begin your conversations with alumni and introduce yourself by first and last name
    • Lead with eye contact and smile followed by “nice to meet you”
    • Share your class year, major and objective (“My goal is to work on the business side for a studio”)
    • Build rapport through questions and commonalities (“I see that you were an AIMS major. I am, too!" or "As a biology major, what student projects did you work on at LMU?”)

    Listen more than you speak

    • Engage in a conversation and allow for give and take. Ask questions and be curious.
    • Recognize who is in your conversation circle, extend an introduction to all
    • Create space for others to join the conversation and ask questions
    • Listen intently to remember key points from your conversation to include when you follow-up
    • Take notes throughout the event for future reflection and follow-up

    Ask questions

    • What did you do during your time at LMU that prepared you for your career?
    • What recommendations do you have for gaining experience or knowledge of your industry?
    • Can you describe the culture at (company name)?
    • What types of skills are needed for someone to be successful in your role?
    • May I follow-up with you after tonight to discuss your position and company?
    • Which industry publications do you read? Who are the industry influencers you follow? Which professional affiliations or groups do you belong to?

    Take the next step

    • Follow-up 24-48 hours after the event by email or LinkedIn (ask the alum’s preference)
    • Include a highlight from your conversation to remind the alum of who you are
    • Build a relationship by requesting an informational interview with alum
    • Schedule an appointment with a CPD Career Coach via Handshake to gain support on next steps (i.e. updating your LinkedIn profile, practicing interviewing or crafting follow-up communication)


Alumni and Recruiter Host Committee

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Recruiter Host Committee

David Pena 
Talent Specialist, RPA

Dr. Janie Grumley 
Director of the Margie Petersen Breast Center / John Wayne Cancer Institute, St. John's Medical Center

Joanne Min 
Recruiter II at K1 Operations

Marta Gola 
Vice President of Tour & Event Sales, Legends

RJ Mejia 
Corporate/Field Campus Recruiter, Skechers

Alumni Host Committee

Christiane Frank '00 
Senior HR Representative, TriLink BioTechnologies

Diandra Newlin '12, '18, '20 
Senior Associate Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

Dorota Shortell '98 
CEO, Simplexity Product Development, Inc.

Erin Purnell '20 
Communication Specialist, Providence Mission Hospital

Hayden Tanabe '18 
Senior Consultant, EY

Lauren Anderson '19 
Medical Assistant, Cardiovascular Medical Group of Southern California

Mikko Eguia '20 
Subcontracts Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Ryan Komagome '04 
Strategic Planning and Applied Analytics, Adobe

Shari Smith '16 
Senior Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) Engineer, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.


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