Hearing about career journeys from successful people is inspiring- Risks they’ve taken, failures they’ve had, and some unexpected turns along the way. Whether you’re looking to be inspired to veer off your current career path or need a little extra confidence to take a risk or just want to hear “how they got there” stories, Beers and Careers is for you!
Diversity Team Lead, University Relations, Megan Evangelista
Megan is high energy and a highly motivated person and has always been focused on helping students. From higher education to running a college recruitment program, she’s always loved the “a-ha moment” when working with students-when it all comes together. She talks about interviewing 300 students a year and how a “Thank You Note” is still an important way to stand out after an interview. She also shares her rookie mistake at a networking meeting and the power of internships. Enjoy our conversation with Megan.
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Operations Leader, Armando Semedo
This former National Guardsman has a problem solver mentality. He shares his story of growing up in West Africa, moving back to the US and how he learned to be his best self by being raised by his grandparents. He talks about how he became successful by making mistakes and how those mistakes helped him grow. He explained how most large cities currently have programs using autonomous vehicles and why he likes this industry so much. And he shares the importance of making his bed every day.
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Senior Manager, Merchant Partnerships & Strategy, Ryan D'Wolff Munro
Enjoy the conversation as Mark and Ryan, High School classmates catch up. Ryan shares his career journey starting with a story of coming to terms with what he learned after pursuing an entrepreneurial opportunity that didn’t come to fruition. He explains his path from the legal profession, to Wall Street to an MBA to his current role using all of his skills managing a team of strategic partner managers. This father of 4 with infant twins said he enjoys cold calling as a learning tool and as a way to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Ryan also talks about his commitment to being more mindful, practicing patience and the power of luck and timing in your career
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Business Owner, Firefighter, Community Leader, Charles Manning
Grab a beer and listen to this conversation between Mark and his dear friend Charles. Charles’ family hosted Mark when he traveled to Australia in 2009 and their relationship has grown ever since. Charles and his wife Janice run a boutique consulting firm, working with large organizations and helping to shape their culture through growing and influencing people. Charles and Mark discuss how the pandemic is different on opposite sides of the globe and then they explore some very heady topics, including the difference between employment and work, and most notably why leaving a legacy is a big motivator for him.
Author, Journalist & Speaker Linda Wertheimer
Enjoy our conversation with Linda K. Wertheimer, who is not the Other Linda of NPR fame, though she too is a journalist. Learn about Linda’s path from reporter at such newspapers as The Orlando Sentinel and The Dallas Morning News to Education Editor at The Boston Globe and to author. Her first book, Faith Ed, Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance, was published in 2015 by Beacon Press and has won several awards, including second place in the Religion News Association nonfiction book contest. From working in the Kmart cafeteria to babysitting and now doing public speaking on the intersection of religion and education, hear how she chose journalism after a summer program rather then following her dream to be a classical flautist. Linda shares her tips for getting started writing professionally and the importance of a community to support you during the process.
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Click here to buy Linda’s book, available in hardcover, paperback, e-book or audio, on Amazon or here to order from your favorite Independent bookshop. Faith Ed also can be directly ordered from Beacon Press here.
Retired Executive, Jim Wall
This successful HR executive’s first job was a grave digger, yes, really! He shares the lessons he and his firm learned from the 9/11 tragedy and how to focus on connecting and connectivity and how it’s still important today. He reminds us that most of the “jobs of the future” haven’t been created yet and shares one of his favorite quotes from Colin Powell “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier”. Learn how his masters in Higher Ed helped him transition to corporate America and make a difference at one of Big 4. Enjoy our conversation with Jim Wall.
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