Valerie Alexander ’93, JD ’95
Valerie Alexander is a nationally recognized speaker, author and corporate trainer on the topics of happiness, happiness in the workplace and the advancement of women. She is a former securities lawyer, investment banker, screenwriter and director, and is the founder and CEO of Goalkeeper Media, maker of the Happy Couples Bot. Valerie’s books include Happiness as a Second Language, Success as a Second Language, and How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having “Female Brains”). She is an alumna of Trinity University and UC Berkeley, and was Trinity’s 2016 Commencement Speaker. Valerie and her husband, writer-producer Rick Alexander, live in Los Angeles, California with their ill-mannered German Shepherd, Pepper.
Health & Lifestyle Coach for Women
Lara Dalch is a health and lifestyle coach to smart (and busy!) women – who crave practical tools for feeling vibrant, alive, and gorgeous again – so they can live the life they really want. As a former entertainment marketing executive and busy entrepreneur, Lara understands the challenges of balancing good health with a crazy schedule and is passionate about helping women harness the power of good health to fuel their extraordinary lives through a practical, “whole life” approach to health. Get Lara’s free guide to discover your unique way of getting in your own way when it comes to eating healthier, exercising more, getting more sleep, and kicking the habits that have gotten you out of shape and out of sorts.
Vera Fishman ’04
Vera Fishman is a Sr. Career Consultant at Lee Hecht Harrison – the world’s leading talent development and transition company. Vera specializes in helping people develop their professional confidence through development of their professional brand, job search strategy and marketing collateral. Vera draws on her background in marketing and community building roles throughout Silicon Valley in both corporate and non-profit settings. Originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia, Vera holds a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley and a Professional Coach Certification from International Coach Academy.
Ainka J. Fulani ’94
Ainka Fulani is a proud Cal Alumna, Holistic Coach, and the owner of BreakThrough. She supports people in pursuing a healthy and happy lifestyle, and works with individuals and organizations to create processes that support learning and excellence. Ainka is a certified Life Performance Coach® and has designed and delivered workshops for numerous organizations including Kaiser Permanente, Whole Foods, Plus One Management, IvyExec.com, INROADS, Inc, the University of California, Berkeley, the National Black MBA Association and the National Association of Women MBAs.
Oscar Garcia ’92
Founder and Chief Engagement Officer, Aspira
Oscar Garcia is the founder and Chief Engagement Officer of Aspira, a community relations, economic development, and training firm that empowers, engages, and educates its clients. Oscar’s career journey includes business development roles at five startups and co-founder of a nonprofit. He also served as Chamber President and CEO of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, a TV host of the Silicon Valley Business Show, and a community relations manager at LinkedIn. He has received various awards recognizing his leadership and community work, including the La Familia Award from the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and the NFL Hispanic Heritage Award from the San Francisco 49ers. He was also nominated Chamber Executive of the Year by the Western Association of Chamber Executives.
Founder, Walk of Life Leaders
Shannon Houde is the founder of Walk of Life Leaders, the first international leadership and team development consultancy focused on the impact agenda - environmental, sustainability, social enterprise, impact investing, international development, and corporate responsibility. Shannon has mentored, coached and trained more than 700 professionals, inspiring teams to reach peak performance. As an ICF certified executive coach and selected member of the Forbes Coaches Council, Shannon pushes the boundaries of personal growth through designing innovative learning frameworks and collaborating across her global network.
Anna Graham Hunter
Career Happiness Coach, annagrahamhunter.com
Anna Graham Hunter is a Career Happiness Coach who helps professionals create their dream careers. Having spent 25 years in a variety of careers—including education, journalism, politics, lobbying, nonprofit management, management consulting, and executive coaching—Anna now devotes herself full-time to making career happiness a reality for others.
Co-Founder & CEO, MovingWorlds.org
Mark is co-founder and CEO of MovingWorlds.org, a global platform that helps people volunteer their expertise with social impact organizations around the world, on their own or through corporate-sponsored programs. Since its launch in 2011, MovingWorlds.org has already helped unleash over 2 million dollars worth of professional skills to social enterprises around the world and is the founder of the term, Experteering.
Founder and Coach, Quarter Life Joy
Joy coaches professionals to architect a career and life that serves their unique goals and strengths. Her specialty is identifying and building key habits, patterns for peak performance, and instincts for confident decision-making. Through mixed methods of coaching, strategy, and depth work, she commits to empower individuals to create the life and impact they envision. She contributes to platforms including Forbes, The Muse, Time, Career Contessa, and more. Joy has successfully coached hundreds of professionals and leaders all over the world and in the US.
Founder, CS Advising
Robin Reshwan is the founder and President of CS Advising and Collegial Services. She and her team enable thousands of professionals to advance their careers through their advice, career coaching and recruiting efforts. Robin’s career tips are used by media outlets such as U.S. News, Yahoo, Business Insider, Fast Company, and Monster. She is a recommended professional development coach for groups, educational institutions and alumni associations including Stanford University and University of California, Davis. A Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW), Robin has been honored as a Professional Business Woman of the Year by the American Business Women’s Association. You can follow her on LinkedIn, Twitter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roya Soleimani ’07
Corporate Communications Manager, Google
Roya Soleimani is a Corporate Communications Manager at Google where she focuses on the company’s People Operations, Diversity, Culture, Computer Science Education, and Philanthropic efforts. Roya is also a lead Google Trends analyst, highlighting trending topics across Google on radio and media across the country. Roya regularly speaks on personal branding and effective communications, and also serves as an advisor and operational partner at PejmanMar Ventures, helping early stage startups with their messaging and communications strategies.
Carrie Swing ’94
Carrie is a Berkeley native consulting in social media marketing strategy. With degrees in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Golden Gate University, she sees business as an art as well as a series of problems to be solved creatively. An expert on small businesses, since 2001 she has worked with designers, artists, authors and other creatives to embrace new media as part of their marketing mix, including social media, pop-ups and podcasting. Known for talking too much, her Instagram classes regularly sell out and she enjoys speaking to groups on branding and marketing. She thinks outside the box and her motto is “make business fun”.
Brie Weiler Reynolds
Director of Content and Community, FlexJobs
Brie is a career advisor and the Director of Content and Community at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting, flexible schedule, and freelance job listings. She aims to provide practical information and resources to help people overcome their roadblocks and discover career happiness. With a background in human resources and career advising, Brie has 10 years experience working with job seekers and employers, and she offers career, hiring, and work-life balance advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media.
Kaplan Test Prep
Dennis is a ten-year veteran Kaplan GMAT, GRE and SAT teacher and is currently working as the associate director of Kaplan’s Pre-Business and Pre-Graduate Programs where he is tasked with developing Kaplan’s GMAT and GRE courses. Dennis is a veritable test prep coach and is rated highly by 99.2% of the 2,000+ students that he has supported.