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Los Angeles Career Month 2015
Career Exploration and Networking Fair, featuring a keynote address from Wolfgang Connell of the Chicago Innovation Exchange

$10 Advance Ticket, $15 at the Door. Free Admission for 2015 Graduates.

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

Discounted parking available: $16 for guests exiting the parking garage before 5:00 pm; $20 for guests exiting the parking garage after 5:00 pm.  

Refine your next move by tapping into the UChicago alumni network. Join fellow alumni, parents, and friends for an information and networking fair with professionals working in arts and entertainment, entrepreneurship, marketing and advertising, health care, finance, technology and data science, and the nonprofit world.

This event will feature a keynote address from Wolfgang Connell, AB'14, Assistant Director of Programming for the Chicago Innovation Exchange.

Join us for, "Opportunities in Entrepreneurial Systems"

About the presenter:

Wolfgang Connell (AB ’14)
is the Assistant Director of Programming for the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) at University of Chicago. Opened in 2014, the CIE fosters innovation and commercialization through shared space, connections, and collaboration, providing resources for University of Chicago students and faculty as well as local South Side community members. The CIE works closely with partners at the Polsky Center and UChicagoTech, as well as Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Institute for Molecular Engineering, Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Chicago Law School, and Chicago Booth.

Wolfgang works with the CIE’s $20 million Innovation Fund, which supports University of Chicago researchers commercializing research in life sciences, clean technology, and information technology. His role in the Innovation Fund includes the management and training of the Innovation Fund Associates, a cross campus experiential learning opportunity that has graduated over 40 students to date. Wolfgang also serves on the teaching team for the National Science Foundation Polsky i-Corps Site and the Site Support Staff for the Department of Energy Lab-Corps program. Finally, he manages day to day operations of the CIE’s Business Incubator, which has 18 teams.

Wolfgang earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Chicago, where he also played safety for the football team. In his free time, Wolfgang is usually hiking a mountain or improving his tennis game.

Confirmed Alumni Career Experts

  • Sahil Bhargava, AB'07, Senior Research Analyst, Deep Field Asset Management, is a Senior Analyst at Deep Field Asset Mangement, a start-up hedge fund with approximately $100 million in assets under management. Prior to joining Deep Field in July of 2015, Sahil worked at Apollo Global Management, a global alternative asset manager with $160 billion in assets under management. Sahil worked in the Private Equity Group for nearly 4 years and worked on transactions in the Education, Consumer & Retail and Industrials space including Apollo's $2.5 billion buyout of McGraw-Hill Education, Apollo's minority investment into CH2M Hill and Rexnord's IPO. Prior to Apollo, Sahil worked at Castanea Partners and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Consumer & Retail Group. Sahil graduated from the University of Chicago with an A.B. in Economics in 2007.
  • Darin Chen, MBA’02, is a co-founder and Managing Director of Hillcrest Venture Partners. He focuses on investments in the following sectors: Enterprise Applications, Information Technology Infrastructure and Life Science Research Tools. Darin manages the firm’s investment in MomentFeed, GenieDB and Jeda Networks. Darin also serves on the investment screening committee for the Southern California Biomedical Council Investor Conference, as a company mentor for the NIH Commercialization Assistance Program, and on venture panels for CONNECT and OCTANe. Darin has a BA in Molecular Biology from Rice University, a JD from Loyola University of Chicago, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, graduating near the top of his class.
  • Joshua Cole, AM'95, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sky Zone. Josh is currently the SVP, Marketing for Sky Zone Franchise Group, which is the creator of the world’s first all-trampoline walled playing court. Sky Zone has over 100 indoor trampoline parks open in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australia. He previously worked for 15 years at NBC Universal, most recently as Vice President, Digital Marketing and E-Commerce. In that role he established Universal Studios Hollywood’s online brand presence, generated awareness of major product launches and entertainment events, and oversaw the growth of e-commerce into one of company’s highest revenue sales channels. During his tenure he initiated many of the company’s ongoing marketing programs, including social media, digital advertising and online publicity programs. He also spent two years marketing Universal Studios Parks and Resort’s international theme parks, including Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. Earlier in his career he worked in marketing within the finance industry. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University.
  • Patricia Eisenhardt, AB'89, Principal, AerInno, LLC, Patricia specializes in medical product innovation.  She currently works as an advisor to several medical start-up companies across the US. Over the past 7 years, she has served as a leader of new commercialization programs for major community healthcare systems, including one of the first community-hospital-based commercialization programs in the country at OhioHealth. Prior to her work in healthcare, she co-founded start-up companies in biotechnology and advanced materials focusing on corporate development as well as fundraising.  Having worked and trained in diverse settings, she works to integrate end-user driven approaches to innovation with traditional research and development.  Patricia graduated from The University of Chicago in 1993 with an AB in Biological Sciences.
  • Beth Johnson, AB’96, Vice President, Digital Media, Disney/ABC Television was named Vice President, Digital Media Content for the Disney/ABC Television Group in August 2013. She oversees the multi-platform content strategy and execution for sites and apps for the ABC and ABC Family television networks and their hit original series. Johnson also oversees the content strategy for the Oscars digital experience. Prior to this role, Johnson was named Vice President, Digital Media for the ABC Family television network in 2009. She oversaw all Digital Media and mobile initiatives for the network. She first joined the Disney/ABC Television Group as Vice President, Digital Media, supporting ABC Daytime in 2008.  In 2012, Johnson was listed as a “CableFAX 15-to-Watch” on the Digital Media Hot List. Award-winning content created during her time at the network include short-form series for “Switched at Birth” and “Pretty Little Liars.” Additionally, under Johnson’s leadership, ABC Family online became the first TV network website to closed-caption all short-form video content in an effort to embrace fans from all areas and deliver quality content to all ABC Family fans. Before joining ABC Family in 2009, Ms. Johnson oversaw the digital strategy for ABC Daytime and SOAPnet within the Disney-ABC Television Group. Prior to her time at DATG, Johnson held roles at Bravo TV, InStyle, and The New Yorker magazine.  Ms. Johnson earned a BA degree in political science from the University of Chicago.  
  • Brian Mayer, AB'10, Senior Manager, Business Operations and Analytics, ZipRecruiter, Brian is a serial tech entrepreneur, product manager, and web developer. In 2008, with a UChicago classmate, he cofounded midVentures (now TechWeek), still the largest startup conference in the Midwest. In 2011 he relocated to San Francisco where he served as Product Manager for two early stage, high growth startups (Ustream and StyleSeat), and founded several new startups with various levels of success. His most recent startup, ReservationHop, got him branded "the most hated person in San Francisco," whereupon he fled to Los Angeles and took up the challenge of business operations and analytics at ZipRecruiter, one of the fastest growing tech startups in LA history.
  • Susan Rosenson, AM’65, Clinical Social Worker (bio forthcoming)
  • Hannah Swanson, AB’11, Associate, Capital Group, graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Upon graduation she joined Morningstar, Inc. for their management development rotational program in Chicago. In 2012 she transitioned to Los Angeles and began working in compliance for the Capital Group, an investment management company. She currently lives in South Pasadena with her husband and is an active volunteer with the Junior League of Pasadena.
  • Brian Weinberg, MBA’90, is a Finance Director at Cedars-Sinai Health System, where he focuses on strategic and operational finance initiatives within the Clinical Care Services division.  Brian has previously worked in the fields of turnaround consulting, investment banking, wholesale grocery distribution, and direct marketing.  Brian received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and he received a BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Getting ahead takes talent. It takes knowledge. It takes skills, practice, and connections. We all have our own mix of each. Polish and perfect your unique mix with UChicago's network of resources this Career Month . UChicago alumni experts can help you focus on professional growth, expand your network, and gain new job-hunting and job-landing skills.  

Staff Liaison
Alexandria Schultz, AM'13



Event Information
Saturday, Nov 14 2015 at 1:30pm - 3:30pm [ iCal ]
JW Marriott Los Angeles LA LIVE
900 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Look Who's Coming:
Guest of Akio Katano
Guest of Evelina Shpolyansky
Francisco Arechiga
Mark Bennett
Sahil Bhargava
Rafael Bracero
Ty Cameron
Aaron Chawla
Darin Chen
Robert Chutuape
Joshua Cole
Wolfgang Connell
James Du
Patricia Eisenhardt
Karen Gilman
AM '80
Michael Gilman
MBA '80
Kimberly Han
Mark Hedstrom
Seema Hirsch
Beth Johnson
Akio Katano
Victor King
Roberta La Manna
Michael Long
Brian Mayer
Brenda McCabe
Lug Healthcare technology
Fergus Mckay
Renu Mevasse
Luba Morgan
Margaret Potthoff
Guest of Roberta La Manna Roche
Susan Rosenson
Evelina Shpolyansky
Hannah Swanson
Andrew Thomas
Staci Vice
Brian Weinberg
... a total of 39 guests.