Social Impact Career Week

March 20 - 24, 2023

The Social Impact Career Week offers a ton of events that provide an opportunity for students and alumni to discover potential career pathways, gain invaluable career advice, and connect with alumni and professionals in the government, policy, legal, education, and non-profit industries. 

Here are the event topics for Social Impact Career Week:

Career Readiness & Career Fair Prep
Monday, March 20

Bridge from College to Work: Social Impact Careers
Tuesday, March 21 

Government & Policy Careers
Wednesday, March 22 

Career Fair and Business for Good
Thursday, March 23 

Ask Us Anything: Careers in Higher Education
Friday, March 24

Explore event descriptions and RSVP on Handshake.

  • Resume Workshop

    Monday, March 20 | 10:00–11:00 a.m. | VDA 190 - Von der Ahe

    Unclear about where to start on your resume or need to brush up on best practices? This workshop is a good foundational primer on resume writing. Join us for this session as we talk about resumes. We'll go over the types of resumes which employers prefer, provide some tips to build or refresh yours, and answer any questions you may have. We're here to help you create an amazing resume to stand out in the application process. This session is open to all students. Bring your resume or laptop with you.



    Cover Letter Workshop

    Monday, March 20 | 12:00–1:00 p.m. | VDA 190 - Von der Ahe

    Are cover letters really necessary? Most of the time! Cover letters serve as a bridge between your resume and the specific job to which you are applying. Learn how to develop a cover letter that will engage the hiring committee and land you an interview.



    LinkedIn 101 Workshop

    Monday, March 20 | 2:00–3:00 p.m. | VDA 190 - Von der Ahe

    Are you new to LinkedIn? Or just need some tips for how to best brand yourself and connect with employers? Join us as we provide step-by-step instructions on setting up and developing your profile. Come learn how to develop marketable skills and build your LinkedIn profile to increase your chances of getting job and internship opportunities, new connections, and more.



    LinkedIn 201 Workshop

    Monday, March 20 | 3:30–4:30 p.m. | VDA 190 - Von der Ahe

    Do you already have a LinkedIn profile and are looking for ways to improve it? Come to this workshop to maximize your professional social media presence. CPD will discuss how to best market yourself on your profile, connect with opportunities, and get the most out of your LinkedIn experience.



    Networking and Connecting

    Monday, March 20 | 5:00–6:00 p.m. | VDA 190 - Von der Ahe

    Unsure what it means to successfully network and make authentic connections? Learn ways to create rapport with others and build your sphere of contacts and influence.



    City Year Bridge from College to Social Impact

    Tuesday, March 21 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | VDA 190 - Von der Ahe

    Are you interested in changing the world one student at a time? Come to City Year's presentation to learn about opportunities to teach in cities across the US after graduation and impact students.


    Elliott Rowe - Recruiter, City Year Los Angeles




    Leadership Compass Workshop Presented by City Year

    Tuesday, March 21 | 2:00–3:00 p.m. | VDA 190 - Von der Ahe

    Are you an East, West, North or South? During this session understand how different approaches work by using the Leadership Compass framework to guide your discovery. Learn what your approach means in working with others, especially in the highly collaborative fields of social impact and government. Be ready to gain exciting insights about yourself!


    Elliott Rowe - Recruiter, City Year Los Angeles



    Ask Us Anything: Alumni in Social Impact Fields

    Tuesday, March 21 | 4:30–5:30 p.m. | Zoom

    Curious about a career in social impact? Come to this Ask Us Anything and hear from alumni who are making an impact on the world in their day to day lives.


    Patrick Furlong, ’22- Director, Pam Rector Center for Service and Action, LMU


    Carlos Rodriguez, ’11 - Associate Director of Community Organizing, Los Angeles at Innovate Public Schools

    Elsie Mares, ’21 - Policy and Programs Associate, Peace Direct

    Melissa Cedillo, ’18 - Senior Associate, The Raben Group



    LLS’ Youth Justice Education Clinic

    Wednesday, March 22 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | VDA 241- Von der Ahe

    Would you like to pursue a career at the intersection of policy and justice? Learn more about the Youth Justice Education Clinic (YJEC) at Loyola Law School. YJEC works to disrupt the prison to school pipeline for students who have fallen through the cracks. The variety of careers focusing on social justice, government, and law will be discussed.

    Megan Stanton-Trehan - Clinical Director, YJEC



    Fellowships That Launch Careers

    Wednesday, March 22 | 3:00–4:00 p.m. | VDA 241- Von der Ahe

    Would you like to learn more about fellowships? Learn the art of applying and participating in fellowships to launch careers and make a career pivot. Fellowships that include an internship, pay for graduate school or lead into non-profit work such as NGOs, public policy, or research will be featured.


    Lindsay Anderson - Fellowships Advisor, ONIF, LMU



    Ask Us Anything: Alumni in Government

    Wednesday, March 22 | 4:30–5:30 p.m. | Zoom

    What do careers in government and politics actually look like? At this Ask Us Anything, hear from alumni who work in this field to get insider knowledge on what it is really like to do this type of work in today's climate.


    Jennifer Ramos - Professor and Interim Chair, Political Science and International Relations, LMU


    Mike Aguilera-Gaudette, ’08 - District Representative, U.S. House of Representatives

    Alden Lundy, ’20 - Renewable Energy Associate, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

    Michelle P. Nguyen ’20 - Special Projects Manager, U.S. House of Representatives



    LMU All-Industries Virtual Career Fair

    Thursday, March 23, 2023

    10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. | Handshake Virtual Fair Platform

    Connect and network with employers across all industries who are interested in hiring LMU students and alumni for internship and employment opportunties. Current employer participants include Northwestern Mutual, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Branded Entertainment Network, and more. This fair is open to all students and alumni.



    Ask Us Anything: Alumni in Business for Good

    Thursday, March 23 | 4:30–5:30 p.m. | Zoom

    How does one do good while also turning a profit? Learn more about business for good careers at this Ask Us Anything where alumni will share their insights to getting onto this career path and choosing meaningful work.


    Madhu Viswanathan - Professor, Department of Marketing, College of Business Administration, LMU


    Britta Engstrom, ’12 - Director, Corporate Affairs & Social Impact, NBCUniversal

    JP Ramirez, ‘17 & ’22 - Mission Integration Manager, Providence Health

    Samantha Zinn, ’19 - Recruiter, Calm



    Ask Us Anything: Working in Finance in Higher Education

    Friday, March 24 | 10:00-10:45 a.m. | Zoom

    Do you love handling financial matters and taking care of business? Learn more at this session about a career in finance within a university setting.


    J. Luis Ortega - Assistant Controller, LMU



    Ask Us Anything: Working in Business Development in Higher Education

    Friday, March 24 | 11:00-11:45 a.m. |Zoom

    Get your questions answered and learn what it takes to succeed working in business development as a career in higher education.


    Nola Wanta - Senior Director, Business Development & Strategy, College of Business Administration, LMU



    Ask Us Anything: Working with Alums as a Career in Higher Education

    Friday, March 24 | 12:00-12:45 p.m. | Zoom

    Do you love your LMU experiences and wish to stay connected to classmates after graduating? Learn more about what it is like to engage with alumni in purposeful ways as a possible career path. 


    Lety Vidal - Assistant Director, Alumni & Family Engagement, LMU



    Ask Us Anything: Working in DEI as a Career in Higher Education

    Friday, March 24 | 1:00-1:45 p.m. | Zoom

    What does a professional in diversity, equity and inclusion actually do for a university? Learn more from one higher education professional's journey within this field. 


    Jamal Epperson - Assistant Director for DEI Initiatives, LMU



    Ask Us Anything: Working in Marketing as a Career in Higher Education

    Friday, March 24 | 2:00-2:45 p.m. | Zoom

    Love communication, social media and LMU? Come hear more about leveraging your many talents and interests and hear from an LMU employee who has been in the field of higher education at multiple institutions.


    Tracy Mlakar - Director of Advancement Communications, LMU


  • 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, students, 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 here.

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


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