How to Change Careers in Los Angeles
Thank you to everyone who came to Tech for Impact! We are already working on the next great event, in the meantime, enjoy the recording of the panel below. Psst...my events always have an interactive component with the audience, but I don't record that to protect people's privacy + you wouldn't enjoy it nearly as much from home 😉
What if you could use technology to have an IMPACT on what you care most about? What if technology changed your life? And what if you discovered yourself to be so much more than you ever thought possible…. We'll talk about this and more on March 28 at TECH FOR IMPACT!
Join Repurpose Your Purpose on Thursday March 28 for TECH FOR IMPACT - an in-depth discussion about what it's like to live your values and create a career that works for you while making a difference in the world.
From choosing to leave the safe path in order to use one's talents for good, from discovering being a real PRINCESS (what?!?!) to helping people who are most in need, from creating community to making technical skills more widely available, from embracing all the learning that comes from emigrating to tackling big problems for the city of LA, these career changers embraced their PURPOSE and are using TECH FOR IMPACT.
The best part? They didn't all have to be "techies" to do it. Repurpose Your Purpose is a program to help you choose what to do professionally and support you while you go for it. Founder Aurora Meneghello's career advice has been featured on CNBC, Glassdoor Blog, Bustle Magazine, and more.
ARE YOU READY TO REPURPOSE YOUR PURPOSE?
No BS, no fluff, come ready to:
- DISCOVER how to find a fulfilling career that WORKS FOR YOU
- LEARN FROM SUCCESSFUL CAREER CHANGERS who already took the leap - and landed successfully
- CONNECT with like minded professionals and entrepreneurs
- EXPERIENCE an environment where you can use your MIND and your HEART to choose what to do next
PANEL TALK + AUDIENCE Q&A + START EXPLORING TECH for IMPACT:
- How to CONNECT with what truly lights you up
- How to LEVERAGE the skills and experience you already have in order to make an IMPACT
- How to think BIG, and make the impossible POSSIBLE
- How to FEEL THE FEAR and DO IT ANYWAY
Our four panelists all took a big leap and made bold career changes. Feel inspired, get new insights, and find a community of Repurposers to pursue your dreams with.
Psst: This is NOT going to be your typical panel discussion.
And for those of you who have been coming to these panels…I have a special treat! For the first time, a Repurposer (a graduate of my program) will appear on the panel. How cool is that?
Meet the TECH FOR IMPACT panelists:
PRINCESS SARAH CULBERSON OF SIERRA LEONE was adopted one year after her first birthday by a loving, white West Virginia couple and raised in the United States with little knowledge of her ancestry. In 2004 Sarah took the journey to Sierra Leone to meet her birth father and family and discovered she was considered a mahaloi, the child of a Paramount Chief, with the status of a princess. After going to Sierra Leone and seeing the aftermath of an 11 year civil war she co-founded Sierra Leone Rising, a non-profit to support the community. Sarah shared her story in a book she co-authored titled, "A Princess Found". Her story has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, BBC radio, LA Times, Singapore News and many other media outlets. Her passion for education does not stop with Sierra Leone; as Director of Outreach at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles, Sarah works daily with middle and high school students.
JUAN SEBASTIAN VASQUEZ tackles big problems with creative solutions as Data Programs Manager at the Office of Finance for the City of Los Angeles. His role merges data analysis and visualization, storytelling, a wide network of web tools, partnership building, and a wealth of public speaking and project management. Last year he also started his own business during his free time offering freelance professional and educational data-centric services to clients such as General Assembly, First 5 LA, and Annenberg Tech.
KAYLA MCCULLEY is Trilogy Education's Corporate Events Outreach Manager - West. Trilogy Education partners with the world’s leading universities to help companies bridge the digital skills gap and Kayla connects tech industry professionals with top talent throughout the West region. She leveraged all her experience in relationship building, event management, digital communications, program management and alumni relations to change careers herself and is the first Repurposer (a graduate of Repurpose Your Purpose's Group Program) to appear on one of our panels.
EMMA YEE believes product managers are responsible for making the world a better place by building software that improves users lives, even in the smallest way. She loves data and working in agile environments (which produce feedback quickly). She has applied analysis to her own life to the point that she's extremely efficient - her teams vary from 15-17 total engineers, 2-3x the average team size of a PM. She also takes care of the big picture, driving strategy and launching large, complex projects, because "without the big picture there would be no needle to move."
We are meeting at PhaseTwo Coworking Space. Arrive and mingle between 6:30 and 6:55 pm, panel starts promptly at 7 pm, followed by audience Q&A. Then stay for guided group activities to get you started on your journey to use what you already know to do something new!
Phase Two address is 5877 Obama Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016, parking is FREE, but finding the parking lot can be a bit tricky if you have never been there before. I recommend you give yourself 15 min to find it - follow my detailed instructions and see photos here.
Repurpose Your Purpose is supported by amazing individuals and organizations. For our March 28 event, TECH FOR IMPACT, we are excited to by joined by the following community partners:
Equallet's mission is to close the gender gap, one transaction at a time. "We believe that there is power in doing business with women. By supporting the growth and success of Women-Owned Businesses, consumers can help to accelerate job creation and advancement opportunities for women. As more women advance to decision-making positions they help to enact equal pay, implement gender fair policies and hire more diverse teams FASTER."
LA Tech4Good: With over 3,000 members, this meetup group hosts some of the best speakers and events to discuss how to leverage technology for social impact in the greater Los Angeles area.
SheCatalysts is a Los Angeles based organization whose mission is "to inspire and empower visionary women in the pursuit of creating a sustainable impact in their organization and life through a supportive sisterhood."
TechniGal LA is a group dedicated to influencing girls ages 13 and up to take interest in the industry/world of technology, by introducing them to the all the possibilities of the tech industry, no matter what their interest may be (programming, design, law, business management, etc.). This group also welcomes women of all ages, and all levels of experience! They host Hack Nights, offer mentorships, classes/resources, and fun networking events of all kinds! They are all about promoting and celebrating girls and women who shine in the tech industry, and influence other girls to defy the odds and do the same! Like a true TechniGal!
Twenty Ten Talent is a pioneering digital platform dedicated to helping black women accelerate their careers. From their HQ in Los Angeles, they work with clients and partners across the United States, Great Britain and Africa. Twenty Ten Talent partners with industry leading organizations, academic institutions and corporations who are committed to championing diversity, inclusion and equity.
Women's Voices in Tech is an organization dedicated to training, mentoring and inspiring women to excel in technology careers through training and producing insightful events featuring highly successful individuals in the areas of technology and entrepreneurship.