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San Francisco Career Month 2014
Join us to network, discuss career topics, and learn about UChicago career resources for alumni.

Cost: $10/person in advance; $15/person at the door

Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registration will be available at the event.

During the month of November, your Alumni Club along with ten other cities will participate in the annual Career Month series. These events connect alumni with each other, provide opportunities to leverage professional expertise, and demonstrate the power of the University of Chicago alumni network. Are you looking to use your UChicago network for job information or a career transition? Would you like to hire a fellow graduate or offer your career expertise as a mentor? Network, discuss career topics, and learn about UChicago career resources for alumni.


Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 7-9 p.m.

Palace Hotel
Pacific Heights Room
Two New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, California

7:00 p.m. Registration
7:15 p.m. Consultations and Networking with Career Experts
8:15 p.m. Networking Reception

Confirmed Industry Specialists

Sandra Collins (AB'90, AM'96, PhD'03) is an Assistant Professor of East Asian History at California State University-Chico, USA. An inaugural Post-Graduate Research Scholar of the International Olympic Committee and a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Tokyo, she is an author of the Missing Olympics and co-editor of Olympism, The Triple Asian Olympics: Asia Rising and The Triple Asian Olympics: Asia Ascendant. She has published on the Olympic Movement and sport in East Asia for over two decades and has presented her work at the Sorbonne, Cambridge University, University of Tokyo, Heidelberg University, Communication University of China, Chengdu National Sports University and the University of California, Berkeley. She is the Executive Director and founder of the non-profit, Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp, a summer day camp for gender expansive youth ages 5-17. She lives in Berkeley, CA with her family.


Tim Converse (AB'85, SM'90) is Head of Search Science Engineering at eBay, where he is responsible for the relevance and quality of eBay's search engine. He is a veteran of the web search industry (Excite, Inktomi, Yahoo!, Powerset, Microsoft), and has been through the startup-to-acquisition cycle three times. His most recent venture was Jybe, a mobile start-up he co-founded which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2013.


Richard Fahey (MBA'79) leads the Skoll Foundation’s financial and operations functions as Chief Operating Officer, including business planning, measurement, controls and services; tax compliance and reporting; and benefits and human resource processes. He also contributes to the fulfillment of the foundation’s mission.

Richard has more than 20 years of experience in financial and operations management with Hewlett-Packard, most recently as Finance Director for HP Services, where he was responsible for global financial policies and compliance in areas such as revenue recognition and expenditure controls. He also led several infrastructure initiatives that contributed in excess of $50 million in cost savings to HP’s bottom line. In addition, Richard served as Controller for a $200 million global profit center and for HP’s worldwide procurement operations, and managed the order fulfillment and logistics functions for HP’s Latin America region.

As a Research Analyst with the Federal Reserve Board, Richard modeled the relationship between interest rates and inflation expectations.

Richard earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.


Courtney Hemphill (AB'99) is a Partner and Tech Lead at Carbon Five in San Francisco, CA. Over the past 10+ years, Courtney has worked on teams of developers and designers using full stack technology on web and mobile projects for clients including Autodesk, Skype, SFMOMA, and Sharethrough.

An outspoken advocate for integrating design processes into quick development cycles, Courtney and the teams at Carbon Five are focused on crafting applications that are tested automatically through code as well as through interactions with real customers. She also coaches and speaks about techniques that optimize this feedback loop.

Courtney coordinates Carbon Five’s Tinderbox events, the SOTP Innovation Series with Autodesk and frequently contributes to the Women Who Code and RailsBridge organizations. She often travels to speak and mentor at both design and development conferences such as SXSW, HTML5DevConf, ForwardJS, and GOTO Conferences worldwide. Courtney also finds a healthy amount of time to unplug from the internets, traveling in search of the best rock climbing spots in the world, always returning to her primary stomping ground in Yosemite Valley. 


Bill Hope (MBA'12) started his career as an external auditor with Ernst & Young, specializing in financial institutions.  He continued his career at Wells Fargo, working in accounting and corporate finance roles in Community Banking and Wholesale Banking.  Bill left Wells Fargo for two years to pursue two start-up software companies.  He is now back at Wells Fargo and currently works in Community Banking’s Deposits Group.  He has an MBA from Chicago Booth and is on the Board of Directors for BidMed LLC, an online exchange for used and refurbished medical equipment.  Bill has a wife and two sons who keep him busy outside of work.


Krisztina Kohlhaas (MBA'08) is a coach to leaders and business owners throughout the world. She partners with ambitious people to help them uplevel their businesses, exponentially boost their earnings, and become dynamic and collaborative leaders, communicators, and role models of high integrity. Working with Krisztina, her clients have launched scores of businesses and generated millions in revenue.  An adventurer herself, Krisztina has lived in 9 countries on 4 continents and has traveled to over 60. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an MA from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, a BA from the University of California San Diego, and is Past President of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the International Coach Federation. Krisztina works by invitation only with a handful of highly engaged clients at a time. By night she is also the lead singer in the rock band Sole Survivor.


Rajesh F. Krishnan (MBA'01) is an experienced marketer and product manager who has developed, launched, and sold a wide variety of software products.  At GroundWork, he focuses on new business development and emerging technologies for inclusion into GroundWork products by investigating new needs for customers and others in the marketplace.  He has experience in cloud, storage, and data center technology dating back to IBM's earliest storage virtualization products, which went from 0 to 1000 customers in its first year.

Prior to GroundWork, Rajesh held product management and marketing roles at Certain, Inc., and InVisM.  He graduated from Stanford University and Chicago Booth, where he was a Siebel Scholar.


Julia Murphy (MBA'02) has over 12 years energy finance experience in Utilities, Private Equity, Renewables & Energy Efficiency and Managing Consulting. She also built and financed $2B Infrastructure Fund at Babcock & Brown North America (now SteelRiver) and led a $9B PG&E utility refinancing to emerge from Chapter 11. She has expertise in financing (corporate and project),financial structuring, hedging, due diligence, fund development and strategy. Julia has a MBA in Finance & Accounting from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, and a B.S. in Biology from Occidental College.


Chris Rupright (AB'86) specializes in general business and securities transactions, with an emphasis on representing investment advisers in the formation, structuring, merger and acquisition of advisory firms, the formation of domestic and offshore investment funds and the regulatory issues governing advisers under federal and state securities laws. He also counsels investment advisory firms in general business matters they encounter, including marketing arrangements, employee ownership and compensation, institutional and retail advisory client agreements and policies and procedures. His clients include federal and state registered investment advisory firms, hedge fund managers, accounting firms with affiliated investment advisory firms and venture capital firms that also invest in the public markets. Chris is a frequent speaker on investment advisory and private investment fund legal issues, and a frequent contributor to investment advisory publications. He co-founded the industry group, Bay Area Hedge Fund Roundtable, and provides continuing education seminars to brokerage and accounting firms regarding investment advisory and fund issues. Chris received an A.B. degree in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1986, and graduated cum laude from Northwestern School of Law in 1991, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He joined Shartsis Friese in 1991 and became a partner in 1998.


Maggie Wu (MBA'87) is CEO and Founder of eChoiceAdvisor, a search engine that helps consumers simplify health insurance plan choices based on large scale consumer surveys.  Maggie graduated from Chicago Booth with a MBA in 1987 and a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley in 1982.  Maggie organizes reunions dinners and seminar programs for Chicago Booth.  She is  also a board member of the University of Chicago San Francisco Alumni Club and San Francisco Region Co-Chair of University of Chicago Life Science Affinity Group.


Lily C. Yang (PhD'76) is serial entrepreneur and a business manager plus global business development between United States, Europe and Asian Pacific. She is experienced in the diagnostics, biopharmaceuticals, therapeutics, pharmaceuticals, and cell therapeutics industry sectors. Yang's work experience includes Dupont, Hewlett Packard, and Asian Biomedical Development. Yang is currently CEO/President of TheraLife Inc.- Metro Chair of Life Science Affinity Group- UChicago, San Francisco Bay Area - created "Center for Leadership Development" for coaching and career development for UChicago Alumni.

Event Contacts
Krisztina Kohlhaas, MBA'08

Vicky Huang, MBA'13 


Staff Liaison
Alexandria Schultz, AM'13


Event Information
Thursday, Nov 20 2014 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm [ iCal ]
Palace Hotel, Pacific Heights Room
2 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA

Look Who's Coming:
Guest of Jennifer Carri
Alberto Azagra Malo
Vincenzo Barbetta
UChicago LGBT Alumni Network San Francisco Metro Chair
Raymundo Beristain-Barajas
Elaine Black
Jennifer Carri
Joanna Castro
Allen Cohn
Marcella De Laurentiis
Rupert D'Souza
Anton Engberg
Mark Frey
Diane Gabl
Stephen Haney
Allan Hurst
Agustin Izquierdo
Jim Kaczkowski
Samia Khan
Val Kirshin
Andrew Kramer
Arun Kumar Krishnamurthy
Arun Kumar Krishnamurthy
Daniel Lam
JPMorgan Chase
Christine Le
Crystal Lee
Howard Matis
Liam McLaughlin
Emily Meierding
Godelieve Mertens
Kristine Miranda
Suvanna Moy
Devanshu Patel
Jared Ranere
Joel Riff
Joel Riff
Janice Rumschlag
Janice Rumschlag
David Saccon
Robert Seymour
Sean Singleton
Oglethorpe Capital, LLC
Erin Squires
Barbara Strauss
Jeremy Taub
Christopher Tholstrup
Ronnie Virissimo
Lance Weislak
Elizabeth Whelchel
Lauren White
Matthew Winter
Maggie Wu
Jessie Yu
Liang Zhao
Lingtao Zhou
... a total of 59 guests.