SOE EdConnect

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Roski Dining, University Hall

Engage with esteemed alumni from LMU’s School of Education who are eager to connect and have candid and intimate conversations with fellow lions about careers in education.

    • When: Tuesday, February 4, 2020; Event begins at 6 p.m.
    • Where: Roski Dining, University Hall
    • Who: Open to all graduate and undergraduate students
    • What: Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided
    • Cost: Free to students and alumni

    Student RSVP          alumni rsvp        Faculty & Staff RSVP

  • Who Will Be There?

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

    Why Should I Attend?

    • Establish connections with new and seasoned education professionals
    • Explore trends in education
    • Learn about career paths of SOE alumni

    How Should I Dress?

    Business professional attire is recommended for this event. No blue jeans!

  • Know who’s in the room

    • Review the list of alumni located inside your folder and strategize who you would like to meet.
    • Set a goal (“I want to gain information about career opportunities that I can pursue with a degree in Higher Education Administration.” or “I plan to speak with five alumni to grow my network as I apply for jobs or seek career advancement opportunities)
    • Start circulating by walking up to an alum to introduce yourself
    • Leave your top alum as your last conversation as you strengthen your networking skills

    Deliver your pitch

    • Be confident as you walk up to introduce yourself by your first and last name
    • Lead with a firm handshake, eye contact and smile followed by “nice to meet you”
    • Share your class year, major and objective “I am graduating in May with Master of Arts in Counseling. My professional experiences including teaching at a local high school and community counseling. I am seeking high school counselor positions and would be interested in learning more about your career path.”
    • Build rapport through questions and commonalities “You mentioned that you majored in Elementary Education at LMU. What fieldwork placement sites did you work at while attending 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 a handshake and 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 evening 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?

    Move along to build another connection or two

    • Ask if you can follow-up with questions or to potentially meet for an informational interview
    • Thank the alum for his/her time and advice before excusing yourself
    • Move on to the next alum speak working your way up to your ideal alumni conversation
    • Recognize that the staff, faculty and students in the room are also part of your network
    • Ask for a business card so you can follow up after the event

    Take the next step

    • Follow-up 24-48 hours after the event by email or LinkedIn (ask the alum for his/her preference)
    • Include a highlight from your conversation to remind the alum of who you are
    • Build a relationship by requesting an informational interview 

    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)

Host Committee

Geena Agbangnin, ’17
School Counselor
Bright Star Schools

Sarah Ali ’01, ’09
Advisor, Kayne Scholars
Ric and Suzanne Kayne Foundation

Anne Allaire ’13
Los Angeles Unified School District
Board Member
Culver City Unified School District

Greg Baumann ’03
Transition Counselor
Los Angeles County Office of Education

Kristen Buczek ’04, ’06
Lead Consultant

Sharon Coulter ’09
Private Practice

Tony Galla, Ed.D. ’03, ’10
Deputy Superintendent of Elementary Schools
Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Jonna German ’19
Assistant Director of Admissions
University of Southern California

Mariah Glenn ’18
Career Coach
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Alanna Granados ’18
First Grade Teacher
Christ Cathedral Academy

Jamal Ingram ’19
Athletics Eligibility/Compliance Specialist
Cerritos College

Daphne Jones ’05
Graduate Admissions Coordinator/Evaluator II
California State University, Fullerton

Marki Jones, Ed.D. ’08
Program Management Director
LMU Center for International Business Education

William Liu ’16
Dean of Enrollment Management
Verbum Dei High School

Brandi Lucas, Ed.D. ’14
Verbum Dei High School

Whitney McCormick, Ed.D. ’19
Director, Science
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Catherine Ogden ’10, ’13
School Psychologist
Element Education

Claudia Ramirez-Yaglian ’97, ’99
Career Counselor/Coordinator
Los Angeles Mission College

Latoya Robinson ’09
Chief of Staff
Teach for America

Blake Silvers ’00, ’04
Wiseburn Unified School District

Kaval Singh ’13,’14
Bilingual School Psychologist
Los Angeles Unified School District


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