Past URx Speakers

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Adam Ward

Growth by Design Talent

Adam Ward is the Co-Founder and Partner of GBD Talent. Growth by Design Talent is a Recruiting Strategy and Services company, specializing in helping companies achieve growth with quality through a thoughtfully designed approach. We advise on recruiting foundations, place top talent through retained search, and provide recruiting leadership training and development. We’re passionate about building inclusive teams, sustainable recruiting cultures, operations for scale, and iconic employer brands.

Formerly, Adam was the Head of Recruiting of Pinterest overseeing University, Executive, Tech and Business Recruiting. Over the last 4 years, he’s helped scale Pinterest from 250 to 1500+ employees worldwide.

Prior to Pinterest, Adam spent 3 years at Facebook where he was a Director of Recruiting overseeing global University Recruiting and Recruiting Operations. He built a team and program that ramped to over 400 technical new grads and 900 intern hires per year.

Prior to joining Facebook, Adam spent 7 years at Qualcomm as a Director of Staffing where his responsibilities responsibilities included Head of APAC recruiting, Global Campus Recruiting, Recruiting Brand, and HR Data Analytics.

Adam started his career as an intern and then eventually the Campus Recruiting Manager for Trilogy Software in Austin, TX and later in Bangalore, India. He also served as a Marketing Manager years with the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and was a founding member of

Adam graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in Communications and Psychology. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three daughters.

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Chi-Chi Egbo

Campus Engagement Specialist,
Ryerson University
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Carrie Sweeney

Retail Partnerships Manager,
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Caroline Cunningham

Sr. Manager for Early Career Talent Acquisition,

Caroline Cunningham is a Sr. Manager for Early Career Talent Acquisition at Intuit. In this role, her team is responsible for Early Career hiring for Software Engineering and Data Science. Prior to Intuit, Caroline was at GE Digital where she built and rolled out their University Relations and Diversity Recruiting strategy. She also spent several years at Chevron where she worked in similar progressive leadership roles in the university relations and diversity spaces. Caroline has 20+ years of staffing experience and has worked in a variety of industries and major corporations including Johnson & Johnson, NorthBay Healthcare, consumer distribution and non-profit services. Caroline is an active member of NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) where she has participated on and lead numerous committees and also served as a member of the Board of Directors. She has presented at several national and regional conferences and events on a variety of topics related to recruiting and talent acquisition. She holds a bachelors degree from Occidental College and is PHR
(Professional in Human Resources) Certified. In her spare time, she is a volunteer host family and student interviewer for Youth for Understanding (FYU) and enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage daughters.

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Buddy Henika

Senior University Relationship Manager,
Quicken Loans Family of Companies

Buddy has been at Quicken Loans since 2015 within the talent acquisition team. He spent his first year
with the company as a recruiter where he recruited for multiple types of full time roles as well as
internships. Over the past three years, Buddy has focused in the university space and building
relationships with colleges and universities. While building these relationships, he has worked to identify
top talent within the various universities to bring back to Quicken Loans. Currently, he primarily works
with schools in the Metro Detroit and Northern Michigan areas as well as Ivy League hiring efforts.
Buddy is the 2018 recipient of the Don Hunt Service Award. Which recognizes a member of the Michigan
Co-op and/or Internship community for significant contributions in promoting and sustaining the
cooperative education and internship philosophy in Michigan.

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Brooke Simpson

Recruiting Manager,

I’m a PNW native that’s passionate about coffee, inclusion, travel, and politics. I’m currently at Microsoft where I’ve had the incredible opportunity to manage a team of campus recruiters for the past few years. We’re focused on hiring diverse talent from universities across North and South America that will help Microsoft empower the world through our products and services. Prior to returning to Microsoft as a boomerang, I managed a team of industry recruiters for Amazon’s Worldwide Advertising team. That said, I’ve always had a passion for university recruiting and I love utilizing my platform to support the non-traditional candidate, the underdog, and those that don’t think they can work at a big company like Microsoft or Amazon. Shout-out to all of the road warriors, passionate recruiters, and incredible people working in talent acquisition.

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Blane Shields

Customer Success Director,
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Corey Twitty

Talent Acquisition Manager - University Recruiting,

Corey Twitty is the Head of University Recruiting at Lyft. Formerly, Corey was a Talent Acquisition Manager at Intuit, where he leads University Recruiting for all business roles. During his time at Intuit, he has worked to champion diversity and currently facilitates workshops across the company on what it means to lead inclusively. Before joining Intuit, Corey spent 8 years at Target Corp. He began his career in their Global Sourcing Department as a Business Analyst where he acted as the liaison between Target and overseas vendors. Soon after, he transitioned into Talent Acquisition where he found his true passion of University Recruiting. During his tenure on the team, he built long lasting diversity programs, and was critical in scaling the team’s growth. Corey attended Connecticut College (Go Camels!) and graduated with a degree in Sociology based Human Relations.

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Jason Weingarten

Co-Founder & CEO,

Jason Weingarten is the co-founder and CEO of Yello, a talent acquisition platform built for enterprise and fast-growing recruiting teams to strengthen employer brand, drive hard cost savings and maximize ROI. Weingarten’s vision for reinventing the way enterprise companies acquire top talent has helped Yello grow an impressive client roster; the software powers recruitment initiatives for hundreds of the world’s leading brands. Weingarten and co-founder Dan Bartfield previously founded a company to help college students find jobs online, which was sold in 2008. Weingarten’s serial entrepreneurship and business savvy has been noticed by investors, with funding rounds exceeding $46M, led by investors JMI Equity, First Analysis and Argentum.

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Dara Patton

Associate Director of Employer Relations,
UC Berkeley

Dara Patton is the Associate Director of Employer Relations at the University of California, Berkeley Career Center and has worked at the Career Center for 20 years.  She manages the 7-person employer relations team which includes oversight of all employer recruiting services, including on-campus interviews, career fairs, the Berkeley Circle Employer Partnership program, the Handshake career management system, and a wide variety of other employer and alumni engagement programs.  A significant portion of her time is spent consulting with employers about optimal strategies for building their brand on campus. Prior to joining the Employer Relations team in 2011 Dara was Assistant Director for Counseling, providing guidance and programming for students pursuing business-related careers.  Before starting her career in higher education, Dara worked in Human Resources development for a manufacturing company and as a recruiter and account executive for a technical staffing agency. Dara has a MS in Counseling from San Francisco State University and BA in Psychology from UC Irvine.

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Thomas Hughes

University Recruiting Lead,

Former elementary school teacher turned lawyer turned university recruiter, has turned his experience into driving large, scalable university programs in an innovative and inclusive manner into a passion - from creating software engineering apprenticeship programs at both Uber and Lyft to finding new ways to partner with universities like HBCU's & HSI's that bring the world's best and diverse early career talent to the ride-sharing industry.

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Gaurav Verma

SVP of Customer Success,

Gaurav Verma leads Customer Success at HackerRank. Throughout his career, Gaurav has held leadership roles in enterprise software companies including product planning and management, marketing performance management, brand strategy, persona-based marketing for products and industry solutions, marketing communications, demand generation, sales and partner enablement and competitive analysis. Gaurav regularly serves as a spokesperson to press, analyst communities and at industry events. He has authored several articles and is quoted in leading industry publications.


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Donna Ganske

Recruiting & Systems Lead,

Donna Ganske is currently the Recruiting & Systems Lead managing recruiting technology and analytics for Talent Acquisition & Attraction at Kiewit. She also oversees Kiewit’s University Recruiting team in Canada.  In these roles, she is able to bring various aspects of recruiting together to give insight and initiate forward-thinking and innovative business decisions. Prior to her current role, Donna worked as a University Recruiter allowing for hands on experience that gives context to improving processes and analytics. With her passion for recruiting and data, she believes that there is no problem so big that can’t be tackled with the right team and insight.

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Ed Park

Sr. Director Product Management,
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Garrett Lord

Co-founder and CEO,

Garrett Lord is the co-founder and CEO of Handshake, the leading college-to-career network helping today's students launch meaningful careers. Handshake aims to democratize opportunity for all students - no matter where they go to school, what they major in, or who they know. While a student at Michigan Tech, Garrett gained experience at both Los Alamos National Labs and Palantir. In 2014, Garrett and his fellow classmates launched Handshake. Today, the Handshake community helps 10 million students and young alumni from 700+ universities connect with 250,000 employers nationwide - including 100% of Fortune 500. Garrett is a Detroit area native and current San Francisco resident.

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Gelila Asnake

University Recruiting Lead,

Currently leading the University Recruiting Team at Quora and was previously at Coursera, where she discovered her passion for connecting early career talent with amazing technical opportunities. She leverages data to inform her campus recruiting strategies and is continually looking for opportunities to improve recruiting processes to ensure excellent candidate experience. Outside of work she is mastering the art of parenthood and enjoys discovering new cultures and languages through travel.

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Steven Huang

Head of Diversity & Inclusion,

Steven Huang left his career as an actuary to join Facebook as their first HR analyst. As an early pioneer of bringing advanced quantitative discipline to the HR field, he built the people analytics strategies at both Facebook and Square. He has become a champion of using data modeling to solve HR's most pressing problems. Steven joined Culture Amp, an employee feedback platform, as an early employee in 2015 to advise customers on a wide range of topics including organizational design, performance management strategies, and talent acquisition metrics.

He currently holds the position of Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Culture Amp. He has designed and deployed an internal D&I function, as well as open-source tools to contribute to the D&I movement, such as the Culture Amp and Paradigm Inclusion Survey. He has a B.S. in Business from Babson College.

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Geni Harclerode

Director of Employer Recruitment and Engagement,
Northwestern University

Geni Harclerode is the Director of Employer Recruitment and Engagement for Northwestern University’s office of Career Advancement. In this role she leads employer development strategy and oversees the Employer and Strategic Outreach Team. Her team manages a portfolio of thousands of organizations spanning diverse industries and experience needs. Geni has been in career services and employer relations management for 15 years and has contributed to conversation on early career development in outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, US News and World Report and CNBC. Prior to Northwestern, Geni was the Assistant Director of Experiential Learning and Employer Development for the University of Michigan’s University Career Services.Geni has previously served as the Vice Chair for the Hire Big Ten Plus Consortium, and currently chairs their Employer Relations Knowledge Community. She is a past presenter at National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers (MwACE), and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). She taught graduate courses at Eastern Michigan University's Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Geni holds a BA in Women’s Studies and an MA Higher Education Administration, both from the University of Michigan.

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Jamie Lewis

Early Career Programs,
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Jamie Lewis leads early career programs at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative where she's focused on building processes and programs that create equity, access and opportunity for individuals starting their career journey. She has held other senior roles in the university recruiting space at places like Facebook, Qualcomm, and Aramark which have been recognized for having best in class internship programs. Jamie holds a BS/BA in Business and Psychology from North Carolina State University.

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Doug Dean

Partner & Creative Director,
Wall To Wall Studios

Doug Dean is Partner and Creative Director of Wall-to-Wall Studios, where he shares the belief that an emotional connection can become the currency of the challenger brand. In addition to building brands, Doug keeps himself busy doing work for the music industry by designing albums for Warner Brother Records, Republic Records, BMG and more. Doug’s work has been recognized by Graphis, Communication Arts, Print Regional, CASE Circle of Excellence, ADDYs and AIGA.

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Jeffrey Moss

Founder and CEO,
Parker Dewey LLC

Jeffrey Moss is the Founder and CEO of Parker Dewey LLC, a company focused on addressing the challenges associated with college-to-career transitions through Micro-Internships. Prior to founding Parker Dewey, Jeffrey spent most of his career as a venture capital investor focusing on the education and technology sectors. In addition, Jeffrey was Chief of Enterprise Growth at Educational Testing Service (ETS) where his efforts focused on the use of assessment to drive equity in education and employment. Jeffrey currently serves on the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Alumni Board and the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts Dean's Advisory Council.  Jeffrey's other relevant Board responsibilities have included: Chairman of the Board of Workstream (Nasdaq: WSTM), a software provider for human resources departments; OneGoal, a non-profit focused on college accessibility and persistence; the Chicago American Marketing Association; and the Illinois Venture Capital Association.

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Jess Gould

Senior Program Manager,
Quicken Loans

Jessica began her career with Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans 4 years ago as an Intern. Her background is in Training and Development but she has spent the majority of her career in the University Talent Programming space – building out internship programs and externships. She specializes in building relationships with candidates from programs like the Quicken Loans Family of Companies Winternship, engaging them pre, during, and post externship by facilitating business area and mentor match-ups, professional development opportunities, networking events, exposure to the city of Detroit, and then retaining this talent for future internships or full-time employment. Jessica has launched many successful Internship initiatives such as a Ted Talk platform for our Interns, improv-based public speaking workshops, and our first Technology Internship Program that creates a future full-time pipeline for Software Developers and Engineers. She is an avid goal setter, loves her dogs (both named Cooper), and she has a weakness for sweet potatoe fries and pizza.

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Kaci Kelly

Talent and Employer Engagement Manager California,
University of Notre Dame

Kaci Kelly works for the Center for Career Development at the University of Notre Dame as the Talent and Employer Engagement Manager for California. She currently resides in Los Angeles and builds relationships with California employers to inform Notre Dame students of the amazing opportunities throughout the state, and to help students line up their internships and full time jobs.

Kaci received her B.S in Business Administration (Management) from California State University San Marcos, and her M.A in Management from the University of Redlands. Kaci spent six years working in industry for Northrop Grumman in San Diego where she provided logistical support for an unmanned surveillance aircraft, and worked in a project management role focusing her activities on engagement, staffing, onboarding, and operations as the Enterprise Integration Lead for the Common Mission Management System (CMMS) Enterprise.

Kaci grew up in Southern California with a family who loves the mission and vision of the University of Notre Dame! A Notre Dame football game is never missed in the Kelly Household! Her enthusiasm and passion for building relationships continues to be a common theme throughout her life as she loves to surround herself with family, friends, and colleagues. Kaci believes that opportunities in life are endless and that you create your own destiny!

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Kelly Carder

University Relations Sr. Specialist,

With 10+ years of experience advising and coaching young people in the university space, Kelly now serves as the University Relations Lead for one of North America’s largest construction and engineering companies. In this role she collaborates with recruiters and senior operations leaders to create strategic university relationships.  Becoming an employer of choice in a competitive market demands relationships with students and university leadership of depth and quality. The demand for talent must incorporate an awareness of the educational needs of faculty and students. With over 150 university partners and 30+ business units, Kelly has successfully utilized analytics to streamline campus relationships across the business, restructure corporate funding for university programs, and drive the organization to engage with new programs of mutual benefit to the university and recruiting.

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Kim Holmes

Sr. Principal Talent Acquisition, Events & Diversity Recruiting,
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Lauren Taft

Manager Technical & University Recruiting,

Lauren started her career in athletic sales which led her to student coaching and found her way to university recruiting. Lauren's passion for student and program development helped her cultivate programs at Zendesk. She developed and continues to grow the Zendesk university program globally.

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Noah Diffenbaugh

Kara J Foundation Professor and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow,
Stanford University

Noah Diffenbaugh is the Kara J Foundation Professor and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University. He teaches classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate classes include “The Global Warming Paradox”, and first-year Introductory Seminar, and “Climate and Society”, an overview course that draws students from across campus.

He is currently a member of the Climate Safe Infrastructure Working Group for the State of California, and has provided scientific expertise to the White House, the Governor of California, and U.S. Congressional offices. He has spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Milken Global Summit, and the Commonwealth Club of California, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Wired Magazine.

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Lisa Carroza

Internship & Employer Outreach Liaison,
Endicott College
Lisa Carrozza is the Internship & Employer Outreach Liaison for Southern Connecticut and New York at Endicott College, located in Beverly, MA. As a remote employee based in Fairfield County, CT, Lisa engages CT and NY-based employers around internship and job opportunities, company site visits, and professional development collaborations.
Lisa received a BA with a double major in Psychology & Spanish from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Social Work from Boston University. As a Social Worker, Lisa worked with court-involved children and families in the Greater Boston area, providing clinical services and emergency interventions for adolescents returning home from psychiatric hospitalizations. Upon moving to NYC, Lisa assumed the role of Manager for the Corporate Workplace Mentoring Program at Big Brother Big Sister of NYC, facilitating programming with Fortune 100 companies such as Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Microsoft. Her career in Higher Education began in the Career Center at Barnard College, Columbia University followed by Western Connecticut State University, and currently, Endicott College. 
Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband Joe and three kids, Matty, Danny and Natalie. Growing up the suburbs of Boston, she is a rabid sports fan and loves to travel, especially anywhere she can use her Spanish skills.
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Liz Wessel

Co-Founder & CEO,

Liz Wessel is the Co-Founder and CEO of WayUp, the go-to platform for millions of early-career professionals to explore opportunities, receive advice, and get discovered by employers. Liz has been featured as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and named one of the 18 Coolest Women in Silicon Valley.

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Melisa Thomson

Senior Manager of Learning & Development, Employee Engagement,
CBS Interactive

As an experienced HR professional, Melisa Thomson is currently the Senior Manager of Employee Engagement on CBS' Learning & Development Team for the Interactive (Tech) Division. She loves applying her knowledge and skill-sets to create and implement high-impact growth programs. Prior to her current role, Melisa worked as CBS' University Relations & Diversity Program Manager, where she was a key member on a dynamic Talent Acquisition and Human Resources team, providing overall leadership to the company's internship program, diversity initiatives, employee resource groups, corporate social responsibility, and company culture.

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Mikaela Rivera

Sr. University Recruiting & Relations Manager,

Mikaela joined Kiewit Corporation just over 7 years ago, and in that time, she has taken on the responsibility of two key HR leadership roles. One as the Senior HR Manager for a division based out of Dallas, TX, and the other being the role she is currently in overseeing all University Recruiting & Relations for Kiewit. With the transition from a decentralized HR model to a centralized HR model, this role is the first of its kind for the company, and she has been more than successful in the challenges that have faced her in this role. Her team is directly responsible for all of the New Grad and Intern hiring, which is over 1,300 hires across the US and Canada per year. She has been able to decrease the cost of travel on her team by 19% as well as Cost per Hire down by 10% . This is through leveraging analytics to tell a story and driving for overall efficiency in our selection process. To manage an operation of this size with efficiency and great quality is not easy, and Mikaela has been able to accomplish both. Her leadership, not only of her team, but her peers and managers, has led to lower turnover and growing early career personal to have a greater impact to the organization. She continuously coaches her team on how to grow personally and professionally in their career. Many of her employees said that their reviews and coaching moments are the best they have had, and that Mikaela truly cares about them as people and employees. Throughout her career, the road has always led back to Recruiting. She is truly passionate about the ability to identify and select top talent for her organization that not only aligns with the culture but that will also be able to contribute immediately to their team.

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Mike Kozak

Director of Digital Strategy,
Wall To Wall Studios

Mike Kozak is Director of Digital Strategy at Wall-to-Wall Studios where he works to bring brands to life in the digital space through compelling experiences. Mike has worked with clients across industries, including higher education, tech, nonprofits, B2B and more. 

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Naomi Thalenberg

Global University Program Brand Manager,

Naomi Thalenberg is the brand manager of SAP’s global, signature internship program, SAP Internship Experience Project.  After studying journalism and multimedia storytelling in her undergraduate studies, she began her career as an editorial assistant in Seattle and has since owned content channels for startup, higher education, and enterprise organizations. She’s passionate about the future of storytelling, all things content strategy, and most recently graduated from the University of Washington’s Communication Leadership program. When she’s not helping recruit the next generation of SAP’s global talent, she’s either hiking or backpacking in the Pacific Northwest.

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Paul Sledd

Recruiting Lead,
BCG Ventures

Paul Sledd is a recruiting and human resources leader whose experience spans three Fortune 50s, two start-ups, and currently BCG Digital Ventures. Throughout the journey, his most significant impact occurred in university recruiting, cultural programs, and buildouts for experienced sourcing, recruiting, and research teams. Paul is a technology enthusiast with interests in software, hardware, manufacturing, and data science, yet his favorite combination of all of these is the humble pinball machine.

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Sirrah Williams

Campus Recruiting,

With over 10 years of experience working in the technology, higher education, and psychotherapy sectors, Sirrah continues to pursue her passion for people and creating a more inclusive tech space. At Square, she has worked in campus recruiting for three years, while also serving in Employee Resource Group leadership for Women@Square, Black Squares Association and Veterans@Square.

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Wade Morgan

Account Executive,

Originally from New Jersey, Wade has a passion for helping people & organizations with big dreams for the future achieve their potential. Whether through his work as a member of the Stanford Men's Basketball Team, a member of LinkedIn's Business Leadership Program, or his current work as a founding member of the sales team at Airtable, he loves breaking down complex systems & problems to help people achieve more. His passions also extend into providing guidance for early in career talent and creating opportunities for implicitly or explicitly excluded communities.

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Tigran Sloyan

Co-Founder & CEO,

Tigran Sloyan is the CEO of CodeSignal, an automated-technical assessment platform that enables large and small companies to go beyond resumes and evaluate engineering candidates based on their skills and not the school they went to or the companies they’ve worked at.

Tigran is also the founder of the #GoBeyondResumes movement that brings together engineering, recruiting and career services leaders to create a mindset shift in the industry about how we approach recruiting and how we measure talent. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of education, assessment and recruiting and how these industries interact and influence each other.

Tigran holds bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) and has previously worked in Product Management and Engineering roles at companies like Google and Oracle. Between 2003 and 2007, Tigran was awarded 5 medals at the prestigious International Mathematics Olympiad that brings together more than 500 top young mathematicians from all over the world.

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Steve Scordo

Employer Development Consultant,
George Washington University

Steve Scordo serves as GW's Center for Career Services Employer Development Consultant working directly with top employers seeking to recruit from GWU. Steve has over 17 years of experience building university-wide employer partnerships having previously worked at the University of Phoenix and the University of Maryland. Steve holds a bachelor's degree from James Madison University.

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Stella Ashaolu

Founder & CEO,

Stella is the Founder and CEO of rising ed-tech venture, WeSolv, in addition to serving as an advisor on workforce & diversity strategy for leading organizations. Stella maintains an unwavering focus on customer and user acquisition via value creation, a strategy she applies to WeSolv and client engagements. 

Stella has 10+ years of experience in business growth strategy, business development, and operations. Her industry/category specialties span the financial services, technology, education, and heavy manufacturing & utility industries.

Stella holds a BS in Political Science and emphasis in Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated among the top of her class from the Full-Time MBA Program at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.

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Staci Fowler

Managing Director of Employer Services,
George Washington University

Staci Fowler serves as GW's Center for Career Services Managing Director of Employer Services and lends support in attracting top employers to recruit from GW and building university-wide employer partnerships. Staci has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education, marketing, communications, and recruitment at organizations such as Bloomberg L.P., Northrop Grumman, PBS, and the U.S. Department of Energy. While at PBS, Staci teamed with the White House press staff for President Obama’s Educate to Innovate STEM program. Staci holds a master's degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.

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Adam Grant

Campus Commandos

Engaging college students early on in their career path is a core objective of many HR Departments. Adam will talk about little-known tips top internship programs are using for their Student Ambassador Programs, including how to change the traditional process for finding student ambassadors, keeping them motivated for consistent results, and how to apply solutions internally without added costs. His client work has yielded impressive success, including a record breaking amount of applicants for Volkswagen Grad Program and helping a Fortune 50 beverage company reduce costs by $200K while increasing student reach by 50%. His tips have been captured in Forbes, Inc, and Huffington Post, and they will work for you!

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Anthony Rotoli

Director of Talent Aquisition,

Anthony is energized by two things, about equally: The tech industry, and recruiting fantastic talent. He loves finding the very best people and watching them change the world everyday. Anthony currently leads talent at Karat, a startup with a mission to engineer the world's most predictive technical interview, and use it to remove bias from the hiring process. Prior to Karat, he recruited early career talent at Microsoft, owning a broad range of university relationships (CMU, Berkeley, UCSD, Duke, among several others).  Anthony’s passion for the HR and Talent space emerged through studying Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University - after which he spent several years solving complex labor and employment relations challenges at one of the nation's largest transportation companies.  When he’s not busy recruiting (as if that ever stops), Anthony lives on a micro-farm just east of Seattle with his partner, three kids, and two adorable pups. 

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Colleen Neary


Colleen is a Recruiter at Thumbtack, recruiting for the G&A and Software Engineering teams. She built Thumbtack’s University Recruiting Program from ground up, hiring over 65 New Grads and Interns and earning the program the #2 spot on Forbes’, “6 Awesome Tech Companies to Intern For—According to Interns Themselves.” She learned the grit, scrappiness, and self-discipline necessary to be successful in the industry from her internship and mentor at Nest (then a stealth-mode startup), and shown what it takes to on-board stakeholders and streamline hiring process at Apple. She’s looking forward to sharing her learnings and experiences with you!

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Elizabeth Ames

Women in Product

Elizabeth is an advocate for advancing women in technical roles in industry and academia. Prior to becoming the CEO of Women in Product, she was the ​Senior Vice President, Programs, Marketing, & Alliances at the Anita Borg Institue where she was responosble for ABI's global communities of women technologists and programs for organizations focused on improving their diversity and inclusion. In addition, she leads the strategy, alliances and marketing teams. Prior to ABI, she held management positions in marketing and strategy at Apple, Verifone, Netcentives, Vontu, Certive, Plastic Logic, and RETHINK Partners, where she was Founder and CEO. Elizabeth received her BFA from the Hartford Art School and her MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.

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Lexi Butler

Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech

Alexandria Noel Butler, affectionately known as Lexi B, is considered one of Silicon Valley’s candid and prominent voices. Her thought provoking advice and opinions on how to create a more equitable work environment stem from her own experiences working in some of the most popular tech companies. In 2013, she founded Grown Up Truth, an online magazine dedicated to the new college graduate experience. This platform not only inspired young professionals but also experienced leaders that used this knowledge to better support their young adult workforce and how to guide them. In April 2017, Lexi B founded Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech, a community that supports Black women in tech companies and tech related
professions. This 3,800+ international community spans over 72 countries and has partnered with organizations such as Phenomenally, Instagram, Youtube, Linkedin and Slack. Lexi’s main mission is to inspire people to create their desired life journey by understanding their purpose and life goals. In her own words, “People deserve to live the life that caters to their strengths
and passions. When they truly understand what they need and what they offer, they can then implement tools to create their own path and thrive.”

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Wahab Owolabi


A passionate builder of communities and networks, Wahab Owolabi is the Founder of URx & Producer of the URx Conference. Wahab built the University Recruiting and Talent Programs function at Rubrik. Rubrik became an employer of choice amongst top engineering students and ranked in the top 10 of Linkedin's Career Launching Startups. Prior to Rubrik, Wahab was a Talent Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, building a network of top university talent and supporting portfolio company recruiting efforts. Previously, Wahab worked at both Stanford University and Carnegie Mellon University helping technology companies recruit university talent and helping students launch amazing technical careers.  

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Saqi Mehta

Global Lead for Early Talent & Diversity Recruiting,

Saqi Mehta has 15+ years experience in higher ed, talent aquisition and D&I at organizations like Harvard, HBS, MIT, Disney, Square, and Tufts. She currently is the Global Lead for Early Talent & Diversity Recruiting at Cloudera. Saqi has served on the board of National Tech Diversity Magazine and written for Huffington Post, the Daily Muse and Blavity amongst other publications. She was a co-Founder of ReigningIt ( which brings awareness to women in STEM by profiling other womens' stories. In any non-typing free time she is an art, interior design, and travel enthusiast.

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Garrett Lord

Co-founder and CEO,

Garrett Lord is the co-founder and CEO of Handshake, the leading college-to-career network helping today's students launch meaningful careers. Handshake aims to democratize opportunity for all students - no matter where they go to school, what they major in, or who they know. While a student at Michigan Tech, Garrett gained experience at both Los Alamos National Labs and Palantir. In 2014, Garrett and his fellow classmates launched Handshake. Today, the Handshake community helps 10 million students and young alumni from 700+ universities connect with 250,000 employers nationwide - including 100% of Fortune 500. Garrett is a Detroit area native and current San Francisco resident.

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Bernard Uy

Co-Founder / Creative Director,
Wall-to-Wall Studios: A Brand Design Agency

Trained as a graphic designer, Bernard co-founded Wall-to-Wall Studios in Pittsburgh, PA in 1992 and returned home to launch the second office in Honolulu in 2005.

The agency ( specializes in growing brands through an integrated approach to design, advertising, online and environmental experiences, collaborating with local and national clients in the arts, education, hospitality, real estate, development, retail and technology. Wall-to-Wall Studios has long been known for its approach to using humor, wit and emotion to forge connections between a brand and their audience.

Bernard has been actively involved with the AIGA, the professional association for design as past President of both Pittsburgh and Honolulu chapters. He has taught communication/graphic design as an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon, Chaminade University of Honolulu and as a visiting professor at the St. Gallen School of Design in Switzerland.

In 2009, he was named  “Advertising Man of Year” by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of Hawaii. He spends most mornings thinking about lunch.

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Nadia Abouzaid

Head of Campus Engagement,

Nadia Abouzaid works in talent management at Jopwell and was previously a vice president and head of banking analyst recruiting at Barclays Investment Bank in New York City. She holds a B.S.B.A in Human Resources and Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.S. in Human Resources Management from New York University.

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Adam Braun

Co-Founder & CEO,
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Miki Johnson

Job Portraits

An anthropologist at heart and a journalist by training, Miki Johnson brings over a decade of storytelling, marketing, and visual media experience to her work helping companies better communicate with candidates. In 2014, with her husband and photographer Jackson Solway, Miki founded Job Portraits, an SF-based employer branding agency that uses authentic storytelling to help startups build a long-term recruiting advantage. Since then, Job Portraits has helped 60+ high-growth startups increase candidate response rates, cut screening call times, and improve hiring team satisfaction. An experienced facilitator, Miki also hosts a monthly gathering of Bay Area Diversity & Inclusion leaders.  

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Frank Dawson

Dean of Career Education,
Santa Monica College

Frank Dawson is the Dean of Career Technical Education, and a former Professor and Chair of the Communication and Media Studies Department at Santa Monica College (SMC). Frank leads the development of credit/non-credit Career Technical Education certificate and degree programs, and contract education and international training activities that address the needs of global businesses and emerging industries.

Frank developed the curriculum and Associates degree for SMC’s Promo Pathway, a year-long training program in the area of marketing, on-air promotions, and creative services. Promo Pathway has been recognized by the Aspen Institute’s “Future Skills for America” initiative as a model for industry/education/community partnerships. He now serves as Project Director for SMC’s role in the LA HI-TECH Regional Consortia. The Consortia membership includes 8 Community Colleges and 30 High Schools, and is committed to launching Digital Media and Computer Science Career Pathways for High School students that will align directly with Community College Career Pathways. LA HI-TECH has been recognized by the Obama Administration’s “TechHire” initiative as one of the 21 City model Industry/Education partnerships that is addressing the nation’s critical Skills Gap shortage in the Technology sector.

Frank Dawson was born in New York City, and earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University. He earned a Master of Science degree in Television and Radio from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, where he has been inducted into the school’s professional gallery of distinguished alumni.

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Kimberly Brown

Associate Director Employer Outreach,
Princeton University

Kimberly is responsible for supporting the implementation of an outreach strategy designed to significantly expand the career center’s employer relationships across several industry verticals, cultivating dynamic career networks and meaningful connections between students, alumni, employers and the University’s various stakeholder groups. She also coordinates the efforts of a cross-functional team working to source opportunities for students in industries of high interest by reviewing preference data and existing employer databases to identify gaps, research industry hiring trends and find recruiters and alumni champions within these areas. 

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Miranda Sulley

Director of Operations,
Hackbright Academy

Miranda is passionate about connecting people to their dream jobs. This desire motivated her professional work in both higher education and people operations. While working in technical recruiting at two of the Bay Area’s leading companies, she realized that engineering pipelines were severely lacking female candidates. As Director of Operations at Hackbright Academy, Miranda solves for this issue first-hand by building corporate partnerships to ensure women are getting hired in technical roles at top companies.

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Mike Swift

Co-founder & CEO,
Major League Hacking
Meet Swift – the co-founder and CEO of Major League Hacking (MLH), the largest community of young technical talent in the world.  Each year, nearly 100,000 students attend MLH events on campus to learn new skills and network with the most innovative companies in the world.   Swift has made it his mission to enable developers by helping them get the tools and resources they need to turn their crazy ideas into reality.  Swift previously founded Hacker League (acquired by Intel in 2013) and was formerly a developer evangelist for SendGrid.
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Saqi Mehta

Associate Director Employer Relations,
Tufts University

Saqi Mehta is passionate about all things education: specifically women in tech. She spent the past 5 years in the startup scene in Silicon Valley, leading the University Recruiting team at Square. She recently returned to higher education and is now Associate Director of Employer Outreach at Tufts University. Saqi serves on the board of National Tech Diversity Magazine and writes for the Huffington Post, Daily Muse and Blavity amongst contributions for other publications. Her proudest accomplishment to date is being Co-Founder of ReigningIt ( which brings awareness to women in STEM by profiling other women's' stories. In any non-typing free time, she is an art, interior design, and travel enthusiast.

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Moira Kolasinski

Associate Director Employer Relations,
Santa Clara University

Moira brings to the Career Center nearly 10 years of experience working in career development in higher education, providing career counseling to students of all majors, as well as developing programs and events to facilitate professional development and connection to employers. In addition, Moira has extensive experience consulting with Silicon Valley employers on topics including on-campus recruitment, branding and internship development. Prior to her work in career development, Moira held a variety of human resources roles in both corporate and educational settings. Moira is passionate about preparing students for the world of work. Her inspiration for her work comes from creating programs and resources that generate moments of personal and professional discovery for students in their career journey. Moira has her BA degree in Psychology and an MA in Counseling Psychology with a Career Development Emphasis.

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Richard Murby

Hackathons Lead,
Richard leads hackathons and business development at Devpost, which powers most of the world's hackathons and helps developers find fulfilling work. Richard has been working on hackathons since 2006 and is passionate about the unique opportunities these events create for their attendees to learn and grow.
During his career, he's been a line cook, developer, and diplomat. He started out in Wales but now lives in Queens, NYC.
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Kamrin Klauschie

Director of Partnerships,
Learners Guild

Kamrin Klauschie is an aspiring social entrepreneur working at the intersection of education, community, technology, and social impact. She is passionate about growth mindset, experiential education, and unleashing latent human potential. Currently, Kam is the Director of Partnerships at Learners Guild, an inclusive and accessible 8-month technical training program for aspiring software engineers in Oakland. Before the Guild, Kam was the Senior Career Developer at Dev Bootcamp in San Francisco, where she built community and awareness around apprenticeship programs for engineers from non-traditional educational backgrounds. In a past life, she supported Leila Janah, Founder, and CEO of Sama, a family of non-profits improving access to dignified work, critical medical care, and digital training for those who live on less than $1 a day. As the first Community Manager at AngelHack, she ran hundreds of hackathons across Asia and the Middle East. When she graduated from college, Kam lived in Hyderabad, India as an IDEX Fellow in Social Enterprise testing and evaluating the viability and impact of low-cost tablet technologies in low-income schools. She is a StartingBloc fellow and the co-founder of TEDxUCIrvine. She loves tomatoes, traveling, reading, writing, running, and a good game of soccer.

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Tarsha McCormick

Head of D&I,

Tarsha McCormick is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion for ThoughtWorks North America. Tarsha joined ThoughtWorks in January of 1999 as a Recruiting Specialist when the company was a small startup with a group of less than 100. Today ThoughtWorks has grown to over 3500 employees globally in 34 offices spread across 13 countries on 6 continents.

She was instrumental in helping to build, grow, and lead various aspects of their People organization including recruiting, benefits, HR operations, and talent management. Since moving into the Head of Diversity and Inclusion role in January 2015, Tarsha is responsible for driving the strategic thinking and work related to making ThoughtWorks more diverse and inclusive, and advocating for change in the I.T. industry.

After earning a B.A. in Political Science from Illinois State University, Tarsha worked in the social services industry for 4 years before making a transition into human resources, which married her love of people, law, and education. In addition to her 18 years of human resources experience, she holds an MBA with a focus on Human Resources Management. Born and raised in Chicago, she has called Atlanta home since 2010.

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Megan Dino

Career Ventures,
Stanford University

Megan brings experience from public and private sectors prior to working in higher education. She most recently designed career programming via employer networking and coaching for over 3,000 College of Business students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, preparing them for positions in financial services, technology, consulting, and marketing. Prior to career services, Megan led the marketing, operations, and guest services teams of a joint venture between the University of Illinois and Fox-Atkins Development, LLC at the UI Research Park. She has also worked in the tech sector overseeing government accounts including NASA, the Department of Energy labs, U.S. Army, and the CDC. Megan earned her Ed.M. in Education Policy and B.S. in Management-Entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Marlene Scherer Stern

Career Education,
Stanford University

Marlene has over 25 years of diverse higher education experience including a variety of roles in career development, experiential learning, and cooperative education. She received a BA from UC Davis and an MA in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University. She has developed many programs and presented at numerous conferences representing her public and private university experiences. At BEAM, Stanford Career Education, she served as an Assistant Dean and Associate Director of Career Ventures.  A few of the signature programs co-designed by Marlene at Stanford include the creation of a student-alumni mentoring program, the Stanford Immersion in Medicine Series Program and Shadowing Alumni in the Real World. She currently has 3 of her own in colleges around the globe and is always up for an adventure, especially those outdoors involving sunsets.

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Hayley Hedgpeth

Assistant Director Employer Outreach,
Princeton University

Hayley assists with the implementation of an outreach program designed to build relationships with employers and alumni and increase the number of opportunities for undergraduate and graduates across a wide range of industries and fields. She also contributes to assessment efforts, data compilation, and analysis to identify and report job market trends, outreach outcomes and impacts on student opportunities for internships and full-time employment.

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Olivia Haas

Creative Director,
Job Portraits

Olivia Haas is currently enjoying her third career. As a creative director at Job Portraits, an SF-based employer branding agency, she uses authentic storytelling and the tools of journalism to help startups build a long-term recruiting advantage. Prior to Job Portraits, Olivia built and ran all university programs for Customer Experience Management (CEM) leader Medallia, traveling the country to (successfully!) translate the story of a B2B SaaS company for both technical and non-technical undergrad and grad students. And before tech? Olivia had a tell-all-worthy career in entertainment, first working on Broadway and then in film and television in Los Angeles. A playwright, actor, and improviser with a B.A. in English from Stanford, Olivia is more than qualified to discuss the experience of being a “fuzzy” in the tech world.

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Syndhia Javier

Associate Director Center for Career Education,
Columbia University

From East to West Coast and around the world, Syndhia forges and nurtures relationships with companies in the tech space connecting them with Columbia talent both on-campus and off. With a close ear to industry and identity-specific student groups, she coaches students through an ever-changing recruiting landscape. As a dedicated employer partner, Syndhia facilitates meaningful connections from large corporations to series A stage startups.  Prior to her time at the Center for Career Education, Syndhia worked in the nonprofit and finance industry.

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Kayleigh Bottini

Technical University Recruiter,

Kayleigh is a Technical University Recruiter at Lyft, primarily leading internship hiring within their Autonomous division. Over the last 7 months, she has helped scale Lyft's internship program across Software Engineering, Product Management, and Data Science. Prior to Lyft, she also contributed to University Recruiting efforts at Zynga and Safeway and built many partnerships with various campuses and student organizations. Originally from Alaska, she graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Management and Human Resources with the intention of breaking into the tech recruiting space.  

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Roselyn Byrd

Incoming Student Lead,
WiBD Lead

Roselyn Byrd is a 1st-year graduate student, USC Marshall MS Business Analytics, and incoming WiBD Sol Cal lead. Rose earned a B.S., Economics from the University of Florida Cum Laude where she had two career-inspiring internships as a Business Analyst Intern for a biotech firm and later as an Economic Development Intern where she worked for the United Nations in Brazil.

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April Zeng

WiBD So Cal

April Zeng is a 2nd-year graduate student, USC Marshall MS Business Analytics, and co-founder of WiBD So Cal. April is a double Trojan having earned her B.S., Business Information Systems at the USC Marshall School of Business with a minor in Enterprise Information Systems from USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. April launched her career with KPMG as an SAP Security Consultant and later an Enterprise Performance Management/Analytics Consultant. She has also interned for Fiji Water and Sony Crackle.

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Lily Salem

Career Strategist MS, Business Analytics Program,
USC Marshall School of Business

Lily earned an MA in Student Counseling and later an MA in Education Leadership at Chapman University where she began her career in career services. Her most recent roles placed Lily in a position to cultivate networks for employer relations and career development partnerships. Lily joined the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business in July, 2016 and co-founded the WiBD So Cal chapter in the summer of 2017. She primarily advises students to drive leadership activities and membership development as well as welcome new employers and professionals that would like to forge a greater relationship with WiBD and USC. 

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Sathya Narayanan

Professor of Computer Science,
California State University Monterey Bay

Dr. Sathya Narayanan is a professor of Computer Science at California State University Monterey Bay. He teaches freshman year seminar, Physics, proseminar and a senior capstone course for CS students. Apart from his teaching and day-to-day responsibilities, Sathya is working to develop and replicate a cohort-based bachelor's degree model build around learning communities of students to address capacity, quality and diversity challenges in CS education. CS++ is a cohort program geared towards incoming freshman students and CSin3 is a high quality, low cost, three-year bachelors program in computer science built in collaboration with Hartnell College. The cohort-based model was selected as one of the top tier innovative ideas in higher education by the state of CA. Sathya currently serves on the Computer Science Strategic Implementation Advisory Panel for the CA Department of Education.