Audio Series

Career Conversations

Frank conversations to help you navigate changing times.

Moderator Michaela Gormley, ’09, returns for this ongoing series of candid conversations with career experts on topics to keep you focused on your career growth and professional success. Going beyond resumes, interviews or cover letters, each Career Conversation brings a unique perspective on relevant topics for you and your professional development.

NEW EPISODES, PLUS A NEW FORMAT! Listen to all episodes on Spotify.


About Host Michaela Gormley, ’09

Transitioning into Leadership

with Catherine Bachy

Transitioning into your first leadership role can be an exciting, nerve-racking experience. Leadership coach Catherine Bachy walks you through some of the most common questions and concerns about this important step, and shares some qualities and skills you can develop to be a better leader.


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About Catherine Bachy

Navigating Career Transitions

with Helen Chung

Our work informs our sense of self. Changing careers — or even jobs within a career — can affect how we see ourselves. When we go through a career transition, we are likely asking ourselves questions about who we are, who we are becoming, and who we want to become. Leadership coach and educator Helen Chung walks us through the intense, sometimes unexpected emotions that can come with a job or career change.


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About Helen Chung

Managing Your Work/Life Environment

with Rosemary Simmons

Feeling overwhelmed and dissatisfied with your work may be a symptom of an imbalance between your work and your self. Psychologist Rosemary E. Simmons shares helpful tips of taking care of your priorities, being true to your values, and juggling competing demands.


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About Rosemary Simmons

Season 1 Episodes

Don’t Build Your Network, Build Your Relationships

with Aleenah Ansari

Developing your authentic personal brand is key to building relationships. Aleenah Ansari highlights how to use storytelling to create your brand and help you communicate your story and value to successfully navigate your job search now or in the future. Whether you are on a specific career track or breaking into a new industry, this conversation will help you hone your storytelling skills.


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About Aleenah Ansari

Emotional Divestment in the Workplace

with Yejin Lee

Are you too emotionally invested in your job? Equity and justice coach/consultant Yejin Lee explains the importance of finding the right questions to ask yourself as you think about your relationship with work, especially for people of color navigating inequity in the workplace. These strategies can help you find your focus, reduce harm, and center your path to personal and professional success.


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Social Change Ecosystem Map — This framework is referenced several times in Yejin Lee’s talk.

About Yejin Lee


Combatting Ageism in the Job Market

with Elizabeth Atcheson

In this discussion, Seattle career coach Elizabeth Atcheson reveals what ageism looks like in the hiring process and how to combat the stereotypes of an “older” worker. Whether you are 40 or 60, you will find helpful advice on how to harness your existing power as an experienced worker, use your network to get into interview pools, and land that role that you want.


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About Elizabeth Atcheson


Music by Lesfm from Pixabay

More Career Connections for Huskies

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