Insight for career advancement and professional development

If you are interested in specific career fields or are looking for general expertise on a variety of topics, join our hosts Sahil Maherali and Margaret Haden for one of the upcoming virtual sessions.

More Sessions Coming Fall 2024

Spring 2024 Sessions

Feb. 27 - Breaking Into Investment Banking

Special Guests:

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Stephany Ohaz

Stephany is an Associate in the Sustainable Investing Group where she invests under the Inclusive Growth Fund, a global growth equity and private equity strategy that seeks to invest in education, workforce development, healthcare, financial services, and communities with the goal to improve the access, affordability, and outcomes for the underserved population alongside delivering market rate returns.

She began her career in the Global Banking and Markets division in 2019 and subsequently held roles within Goldman’s Sustainability and Impact platforms such as One Million Black Women, a $10 billion investment strategy focused on narrowing opportunity gaps for one million Black women in the United States over the next 10 years.

Stephany is a proud Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Texas, San Antonio – GO ROADRUNNERS!

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Guillermo Garcia

Guillermo Garcia is a Private Credit Associate at BlackRock. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2020. Prior to joining BlackRock, Guillermo held positions at Fidelity Investments and TD Securities.

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March 13 at 7 p.m. EDT - Breaking into Consulting

Are you interested in a career in consulting? Join us on March 13 to learn about the different types of firms, the types of projects consultants work on, the day in the life of a consultant, growth tracks, and even more!

Special Guests:

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Jane Azzinaro

Jane Azzinaro is a Senior Manager in Kearney’s Digital & Analytics practice. She coaches clients to understand and operationalize digital enablement to support their operating model and cost transformations. Her functional experience extends beyond the office of the CIO, supporting Legal, Procurement, and HR enabling a holistic view of business impact and change management required to be successful.

She holds an MBA from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a Minor in Leadership Studies from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Jane was initiated at the Omega Theta Chapter in 2010.

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Jonathan Navia
Jonathan Navia

Jonathan Navia is a student at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in the Canfield Business Honors Program and pursuing a second major in finance. He is the company manager of Agua Pura where he manages three domestic locations across San Antonio and Mexico City.

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Darius Nejad
Darius Nejad

Darius Nejad is a senior Information Systems and Management double major at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Having considerable experience in both the public policy and business industries, he plans to utilize the intersection of these two fields to solidify a career in government consulting.

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March 26 at 7 p.m. EDT - Networking Strategies & LinkedIn Tips and Tricks

Join us for a session to set yourself above the competition! Professionals share their insights on how to make networking second nature and use LinkedIn to your advantage. You don’t want to miss this opportunity full of resources and Q&A time.

Laura Rook
Laura Rook

Laura Rook brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her role as the Career Accelerator Program Manager and Instructor for the College of Business at Kansas State University. A proud graduate of Kansas State University, Laura embarked on a dynamic career journey, spending five years at Travelers Insurance in various leadership capacities across multiple locations, including the Kansas City and Dallas field offices, as well as the headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut. Notably, her time at Travelers was highlighted by her instrumental role in co-leading the Technology and Operations Intern Program, where she discovered her passion for mentoring college students and guiding them toward successful career paths.

In 2022, Laura transitioned from the corporate realm to explore opportunities within the nonprofit sector and higher education. During this time, she dedicated approximately six months to assisting a small nonprofit organization in refining their technology and operations strategies before embracing the opportunity to return to her alma mater and join the College of Business at Kansas State University. In the fall of 2023, she assumed the role of Faculty Advisor for the Alpha Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, further deepening her commitment to mentorship and student development. Laura’s return to K-State is marked by enthusiasm and a dedication to facilitating transformative educational experiences for students.

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Sahil Maherali
Sahil Maherali

Sahil graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and minored in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is currently a Career Coach and Lecturer at University of Texas at Austin.

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April 10 at 7 p.m. EDT - Breaking into Product/Project Management

Are you fascinated by the worlds of product or project management but unsure where to start? Do you dream of leading teams, guiding projects to success, and bringing innovative products to life? Join us for an information-packed session designed to kickstart your journey into the heart of product or project management!

April 23 at 7 p.m. EDT - Interested in an MBA?

Discover the gateway to your business school aspirations at our GMAT Information Session! Join us for an insightful evening where you’ll unravel the mysteries of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). TJ Davison, Rochester ’11 will guide you through the intricacies of the exam, offering valuable tips and strategies to help you excel. Learn about the test structure, question types, and delve into effective preparation techniques that will set you on the path to success. Whether you’re a seasoned test-taker or just embarking on your GMAT journey, this session is your key to unlocking the doors of top-tier business schools. Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your career prospects—reserve your spot now!

Hear from our special guest, TJ Davidson:

I’m originally from Washington, D.C., but have moved around a lot in my life. I spent a few years in Geneva, Switzerland as a kid, then moved back to D.C. for high school. I went to college at University of Rochester where I studied cognitive neuroscience and political science, and where I founded the AKPsi Psi Mu Chapter along with 50 of my friends. After college, I moved to Madison, Wisconsin where I began working at Epic, a healthcare software company, as a project manager. Since then, I obtained my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, moved to California and worked as an IT project manager with several healthcare organizations and hospitals, eventually ending up at Stanford Health Care, where I’ve worked for 3 years. I studied for and took the GMAT in 2021, and received a score of 770, which is in the top 1% of all test takers. In 2022, I was admitted to the MBA program at University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where I am now studying with an expected graduation date in May 2025. 

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May 14 at 7 p.m. EDT - Breaking into Accounting

Dive into the world of accounting – a field that forms the backbone of every successful business. Whether you’re aiming for a career in a prestigious accounting firm or planning to navigate the financial strategies of Fortune 500 companies, this session is your first step towards entering the realm of accounting.

May 29 at 7 p.m. EDT - Moving to a New City & Starting a New Job

Stepping into a new job while adapting to a new city can be exhilarating yet daunting. It’s a phase full of opportunities, challenges, and growth. Whether you’re relocating for your dream job, pursuing new adventures, or just starting out your professional journey in unfamiliar territory, this session is designed to equip you with the insights and strategies for a smooth transition.

Join us for an engaging session that aims to demystify the process of moving to a new city and starting a new job. This session is perfect for recent graduates, young professionals, and anyone looking to navigate the complexities of such a significant life change with confidence and ease.

About the Hosts

Sahil Maherali

Sahil Maherali
Career Coach and Lecturer
University of Texas at Austin

Sahil graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and minored in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is currently a Career Coach and Lecturer at University of Texas at Austin.

Margaret Haden
Manager
Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Alzheimer’s Association
Adjunct Faculty – Data Visualization
Utica University
Regional Director – Volunteer Development
Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity

Margaret completed her Master’s degree in Data Science and successfully defended her thesis, “Adolescent Perceptions on the Importance of Contributing to Society” from Utica University in 2019. She completed her undergraduate work at Kansas State University where she majored in Marketing with a secondary major in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and minored in Agricultural Economics.