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What is the UC Davis Global Career Development Series? 

The UC Davis Global Career Development Series is an ongoing event series hosted by the Global Learning Hub with the purpose of providing all students with additional global professional development resources and opportunities. This series will feature workshops, info sessions, panels, and webinars with a particular focus on global career development. Events are open to all. Learn more and register below for individual events or browse the archives for previously recorded events.

Schedule of Events

Exploring Global Careers: Careers in Business & Entrepreneurship 

  • Date/Time: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 4–5:15 p.m.
  • Organizers: UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association, UC Davis Global Affairs
  • Register

The Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) is committed to supporting the professional development of Aggies no matter where in the world they are. CAAA has partnered with Global Affairs to present the Explore Global Careers Series. Join us for this interactive panel to ask questions and learn from leading professionals about what it takes to build a successful career in business or entrepreneurship in their region of the world.

  • Moderator
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Brian Sway | Business Transformation Consultant
    Brian is an advisor to public and private organizations on transformation. He has served as an executive in California state government and for a global information technology and business process management firm. Brian has founded 7 businesses and non-profits, including 2 cooperative corporations. Public service is his passion. He has helped to organize water, sanitation, literacy, and health projects around the globe. Brian served in the US Peace Corps, South Africa (2018-2019), where he leveraged his business expertise to aid in the fight against HIV. The US State Department recognized his efforts with the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy. Brian is a UC Davis alumnus and is the 2020 Cal Aggie Alumni Association Emil Mrak International Award recipient. 
  • Panelists

  • Noemi Danao-Schroeder | Vice President, DAI
    Noemi Danao-Schroeder is a Vice President at DAI, responsible for the company’s billion dollar portfolio of US government-funded global projects. Her 30 plus years in international development started as a volunteer in rural Paraguay, and includes Executive Director and Country Director positions for non-governmental organizations in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Ecuador. More recently, Ms. Danao-Schroeder has led large-scale projects for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), including a $34 million justice and human rights project in Honduras, a global initiative of USAID and NASA to use geospatial information for climate change decision-making in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and mobilizing private sector investment to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Danao-Schroeder lived in Latin America for over 20 years, and her work and travel spans more than 50 countries around the world. She received a BA from UC Berkeley and earned her graduate degrees from UC Davis, with an MS in Community Development and an MBA from the Graduate School of Management. She currently resides in the Washington DC area with her family.

    José Palma | Founder, Acción Climática, UC Davis Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow
    José Palma is passionate about climate change, biodiversity protection, and sustainable development. He is a lawyer from the University of Chile and holds a master's degree in public policy and administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science, with a special emphasis on climate change. Mr. Palma is the founder of the Latin American Climate Action Network, a non-profit association promoting climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies in the region. The network was created in the context of COP25 in Chile and currently has more than 30 member organizations.

    Elizabeth Yang | Online Business Strategist & Monetization Expert & Founder, Better With Company
    Elizabeth Yang is an online business strategist and monetization expert helping service entrepreneurs grow online with consistent revenue in repeatable marketing and sales systems with their teams. She’s the CEO of Better With Company, a high-touch business coaching and consulting agency. She specializes in high ticket sales and lead generation, high performance, leadership, and talent optimization. She has 10 years of experience in innovation and product marketing with Fortune 10 companies.

    Elizabeth champions diversity with inclusive selling to maximize visibility and impact that converts. Happy sales start with the human connection to becoming the first choice for your ideal customers, nurturing and closing faster. She’s also the founder of Hmong Women Take on the World, a Global Online Leadership Summit that brings hundreds together to globally celebrate women and girls across 8 countries. 

    She enjoys helping clients become better leaders building winning teams and achieving organic sales growth with better customer experiences and communities. She's trained in Neuro-Linguistics Programming (NLP), Tiny Habits, Gallup's Builder Profile 10 Talents, and Predictive Index.

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Previously Recorded Events

Exploring Global Careers: Global Health 

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 10–11:15 a.m. PST
  • Organizers: UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association, UC Davis Global Affairs, UC Davis Health Professions Advising
  • Watch on YouTube

CAAA has partnered with Global Affairs and Health Professions Advising to present Exploring Global Careers: Global Health. Join us for this panel to ask questions and learn from leading professionals about what it takes to build a successful global health career in their region of the world.

  • Moderator
  • Paige Dougherty, MS | Client Services Manager, Novartis

    Ireland

    Paige earned her bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at UC Davis. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked at the California National Primate Research Centre studying the impact of viral infection on neurodevelopment. Paige moved to Ireland in 2018 and pursed a variety of interests before completing a master’s in immunology with a focus in immunotherapeutics at Trinity College. She currently works at Novartis in medical communications.
  • Panelists
  • Jaden Bendabenda, MBBS, PhD | Technical Officer – Nutrition, World Health Organization

    Switzerland

    Dr. Jaden Bendabenda is an Epidemiologist with a background in Medicine. He has a PhD in International Health from Tampere University in Finland, postgraduate training in International Nutrition from the University of California, Davis, and a Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Malawi. He has vast experience in child health with a focus on research and health systems strengthening. He currently works as a Technical Officer at World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva. His current role focuses on child undernutrition – formulating global guidelines, policies, training tools and supporting Member States in the management of undernutrition and integration of nutrition in health systems

    Jim Creighton, MD, JD, MPH, MBA | Family physician and Public Health Specialist

    Puerto Rico

    Dr. Creighton graduated from UC Davis School of Medicine in 1987. He received his MPH and MBA from University of Hawaii and his Law degree from UNC, Chapel Hill. He served as the Peace Corps Regional Medical Officer for both west and Southern Africa and as the CDC country director in Lesotho. Dr. Creighton founded Akagera Productions and created and produced the TV series “Mutoni” to promote health issues in Africa.

    Leah Zilversmit Pao | Emergency Public Health Epidemiologist, Division of Global Health Protection, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    United States

    Leah Zilversmit Pao is a UC Davis alum and Epidemiologist. She works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she provides epidemiologic support for international emergencies and pandemics. Dr. Pao has previously worked at the Department of State as the Deputy Refugee Coordinator in Nepal for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and served in the Peace Corps in Lesotho. She received her Master of Public Health from Emory University and a doctorate in Epidemiology from Tulane University.
Photo of stethoscope and globe over computer keyboard. Text reads: Exploring Global Careers, UC Davis Alumni and Affiliate Relations, UC Davis Global Affairs, UC Davis Health Professions Advising, Global Health Careers, Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 10:00-11:15 a.m.

Global Opportunities: Life After College

  • Date/Time: Thursday, October 21, 2021, 3–4 p.m. PDT
  • Organizers: UC Davis Global Learning Hub, UC Davis Internship and Career Center
  • Watch on YouTube

This session led by the Internship and Career Center and the Global Learning Hub provides an overview of a few global opportunities you may want to consider after graduation. Learn about job search tips and tools, international graduate school fellowships, teaching English abroad, federal job opportunities as well as current resources available at Davis to continue to learn more about additional opportunities after graduation. 

Presenters

  • Paula Levitt, Assistant Director, Global Learning Hub
  • Ken Barnes, Assistant Director, Internship and Career Center

Exploring Global Careers: Green Careers Panel

  • Date/Time: Thursday, October 14, 2021, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. PDT
  • Organizers: UC Davis Global Affairs, Cal Aggie Alumni Association
  • Watch on YouTube

The UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association has partnered with Global Affairs to present Exploring Global Careers. Join us for the first panel of this series to network with and learn from leading professionals about what it takes to build a successful green career in their region of the world.

  • Moderator
  • Adam Gromis | Global Lead on Sustainability Policy, Uber

    United States

    Sustainability and cross-disciplinary engagement are running themes throughout Adam's work experience in the nonprofit, government, and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Uber, he worked for five years helping investors build impact investing portfolios with positions at Goldman Sachs Wealth Management, Imprint Capital, and the Global Impact Investing Network. Before impact investing, he spent seven years engaged in efforts to commercialize zero emission vehicle technologies with positions at the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the California Air Resources Board, and UTC Fuel Cells. He holds an MBA from NYU Stern, an MPA from NYU Wagner, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and materials science from UC Davis. Adam is proud to sit on the board of Veloz, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating the shift to electric cars through public-private collaboration, public engagement and policy education innovation.
  • Panelists
  • Ana Lepure | Energy Efficiency Policies Consultant

    Mexico

    Ana Lepure is a national councilor in Mexico for climate change appointed in 2017 representing the interests of civil society before the Interministerial Commission of Climate Change of the Mexican national government. She works as a consultant for the International Energy Agency (IEA) supporting the Energy Efficiency for Emerging Economies Programme (E4) in Mexico and the Latin American region. In the latest years, Ana has been involved in the design and implementation of energy efficiency policies across a range of sectors and themes, working very closely with government agencies, at national and subnational levels, and relevant stakeholders including research centers, industry associations, financial institutions, as well as international organizations in Mexico and other Latin American countries. 

    Anna Warwick Sears, Ph.D. | Executive Director, Okanagan Basin Water Board

    Canada

    Dr. Anna Warwick Sears is the Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, a collaborative local government agency focused on water science, management and sustainability of the Okanagan watershed in British Columbia. Raised in B.C., she received a PhD in population biology at the University of California, Davis. Before returning to Canada in 2006 to work for the Water Board, Dr. Sears was Research Director of a watershed NGO in California. Dr. Sears is passionate about using science to solve real-world problems and building bridges with community stakeholders.  She also currently serves as a member of the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control, appointed by the International Joint Commission.

    Kirin Tsuei | Co-Founder and CTO, Sophie's BioNutrients

    Singapore

    Kirin is a UC Davis alum, with a Singapore-based alternative protein company that uses fermentation technology to transform microalgae into high-protein food. The process uses very little land, water or energy, making it a sustainable technology that can help address food insecurity from climate change and population growth. Kirin has worked with multinational companies in the US such as Mead Johnson and Novartis. He also has work experience in China, Taiwan and New Zealand.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Germany

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PDT
  • Organizers: UC Davis Global Learning Hub
  • Watch on YouTube

Undergraduate research is a great way to support your career preparation. As part of Undergraduate Research Week and the Global Career Development Series, the Global Learning Hub is hosting an info session with two of our partners in Germany that offer research internship programs. Hear about options for virtual and in-person research, fully-funded opportunities, as well as research projects where you can apply for a scholarship. STEM opportunities will also be discussed, as well as other fields like entrepreneurship, psychology, and music.

The presentation will be focused on undergraduate student opportunities through the DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service and Humboldt Internship Program in Berlin and will include information about application details, funding, research internship examples, program benefits, and more.

How Graduate School Can Boost Your Global Career: Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) Spotlight

  • Date/Time: Tuesday, June 15, 4 p.m. 
  • Organizers: UC Davis Global Learning Hub
  • Watch

Did you know that international education is a field that you can study at graduate school? Hear from MIIS students and alumni to learn about why they selected their global grad program, and explore their career interests in the international/global field. MIIS offers in-person and virtual globally-focused graduate degrees. UC Davis students who have participated on global programs are eligible for a $10,000 automatic scholarship. Come to this Global Career Development Series event to learn more.

Teach English in Spain!

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, March 10, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Organizers: UC Davis Global Learning Hub, North American Language and Culture Assistants Program
  • Watch on YouTube

The North American Language and Culture Assistants Program (NALCAP) is an educational outreach initiative of the Spanish Ministry of Education through the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain. NALCAP offers grants to American college students and graduates, who are native speakers of English, with the opportunity to be an English teaching assistant (TA). Once in Spain, students will partner with elementary and secondary schools to provide backing to language programs as TAs under the supervision and guidance of teachers of English as a World/Foreign Language. Positions are offered all across Spain—running from October 1 – May 31 for most assignments. NALCAP recipients receive a monthly stipend to cover living expenses of 700–1000 euros and medical insurance.

LinkedIn: Maximizing Your Global Career Search

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, January 27, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Organizers: UC Davis Global Learning Hub
  • Watch on YouTube

LinkedIn is a powerful tool for advancing your career and connecting to professional opportunities. Building a compelling profile was an important first step, but it’s just the beginning! If you haven't started your LinkedIn profile yet or it needs a refresh, watch "Build Your Global Professional Brand Through LinkedIn". To gain advanced tips for putting your shiny new LinkedIn profile to use, join us for the next session in our LinkedIn Series. In this interactive workshop, special guest Ellison Weeks from LinkedIn will teach you how to:

  • Use LinkedIn’s robust job search tools
  • Grow your network with professionals across the globe
  • Effectively engage with your network through compelling outreach and follow-up
  • Improve your interview skills
  • Maximize your presence on the platform

Global Career Development Series: Global Career Panels

November 17-20, 2020. Cal Aggie Alumni Association has partnered with Global Affairs to present the Global Careers Panel Series. There will be six different panels offered during this week. Learn from leading professionals about what it takes to build a successful career in their region of the world.

  1. Argentina, Brazil, Chile – Panelists and Recording
  2. Asia Pacific and Canada – Panelists and Recording
  3. Colombia, Mexico, Peru – Panelists and Recording
  4. Africa – Panelists and Recording
  5. Asia – Panelists and Recording
  6. Europe – Panelists and Recording

Build Your Global Professional Brand Through LinkedIn

  • Date/Time: Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Organizers: UC Davis Global Learning Hub, LinkedIn
  • Video: Watch on YouTube

In this workshop, you will learn how and why to create a LinkedIn profile that brings your global experiences and personal career story to life. This session will offer specific tips on tailoring each section of your profile, and will particularly highlight ways to make your global transferable skills more prominent for potential employers. Ellison will share specific examples of profile phrases and languages that will help you build or enhance your profile. After this session, you will have all of the tools to begin or update your profile for a global audience.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Germany

  • Date/Time: Monday, October 12, 2020, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PST
  • Organizers: UC Davis Global Learning Hub
  • Video: Watch on YouTube

Undergraduate research is a great way to support your career preparation. As part of Undergraduate Research Week and the Global Career Development Series, the Global Learning Hub is hosting an info session with two of our partners in Germany that offer research internship programs. Hear about options for virtual and in-person research, fully-funded opportunities, as well as research projects where you can apply for a scholarship. STEM opportunities will also be discussed, as well as other fields like entrepreneurship, psychology, and music.

The presentation will be focused on undergraduate student opportunities through the DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service and Humboldt Internship Program in Berlin and will include information about application details, funding, research internship examples, program benefits, and more.

Teaching English Abroad

  • Date/Time: Friday, October 9, 2020, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. PST
  • Organizers: UC Davis Global Learning Hub
  • Video: Watch on YouTube

Are you considering teaching English abroad after graduation? Did you know that there are private and government sponsored programs that hire English teachers? Teaching English abroad offers opportunities to gain work experience in another country, build your professional network, and engage with local communities in a meaningful way. You will help your students learn and grow, all while living abroad and immersing yourself in the local culture. Hear from UC Davis alumni who taught English in Europe and Asia, and learn about their experiences, including program selection, application process, finances, and career advancement.

Making the Most of GoinGlobal—Expert-Created Resources to Fast Track Job and Internship Searches at Home and Abroad

  • Date/Time: Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Organizers: UC Davis Global Learning Hub, GoinGlobal
  • Video: Watch on YouTube

As a UC Davis student or alumni, you can access GoinGlobal for free. Join this online demo with the president and founder of GoinGlobal to learn how this unique tool can enhance and support your career pursuits across town and around the world. The one-hour training will cover how to navigate the millions of global internship and job postings in the GoinGlobal database and will demo other career development resources. We will learn how to find online and remote opportunities and explore GoinGlobal’s constantly updated country and city career guides featuring information such as professional networking groups, country-specific resume guidelines, interview and cultural advice, industry trends and more!

Peace Corps—Helping You Prepare for Your Global Professional Future

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Organizers: UC Davis Global Learning Hub, Peace Corps
  • Video: Watch on YouTube

Peace corps sends US citizens to over 60 countries that have requested help and we work at a grass-roots level in local communities for 27 months. We work in areas such as: education, environment, health, agriculture and development. Volunteers receive transportation to and from the country, monthly living stipend, vacation and health benefits and significant training. After serving in the Peace Corps, volunteers receive a readjustment allowance of over $9,000, lifetime eligibility for certain graduate school fellowships and one year of preferential hiring for federal positions, but most importantly, they have received a life changing experience that develops leadership skills and opens doors professionally and academically. Join this virtual event to learn how the Peace Corps can help you prepare for your professional future!

Marketing Your Global Experiences

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Organizers: UC Davis Internship & Career Center,  UC Davis Global Learning Hub
  • Video: Watch on YouTube

You’ve traveled, worked on global projects, developed comprehensive skills, and learned more than the average student. Let’s talk about marketing those experiences. Join Ken Barnes from the Internship and Career Center and Bineti Vitta from the Global Learning Hub for a conversation on developing a resume and marketing plan that highlights your hard work and global awareness.

Going Abroad for Graduate School, Panel

Hear from panelists who pursued graduate degrees abroad in Europe and Asia. Learn about their experiences navigating school selection, application, finances, academics, and daily life.

  • Date/Time: Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 12p.m. – 1p.m.
  • Organizers: UC Davis Global Learning Hub
  • Video: Watch on YouTube

Are you considering graduate school? Did you know that many universities overseas offer graduate degree programs in English? Attending graduate school is a big decision and investment, but going abroad offers unique cultural experiences and opportunities that you may not find in the U.S. Hear from panelists who pursued graduate degrees abroad in Europe and Asia, and learn about their experiences, including school selection, application, finances, academics, and daily life.


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