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Career Development Sessions

Navigating identity and career as a BIPOC professional

UW Alumni Association and Othello-UW Commons are collaborating on a four-session event focused on empowering BIPOC alumni in their career journeys. Each session features a different BIPOC expert in their field who will touch on topics affecting people of color as they navigate the realities of the modern workforce. Real people, real issues, real talk.

Join us Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 16–25.

$10 series pass for general public; free for UWAA Members and friends of UW-Othello Commons
Choose individual sessions, or join us for all four; a flat fee of $10 applies.


“The Only”

Speaker: Aiko Bethea
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. PT (doors at 5:15 p.m. PT)

What does advancing in leadership look like for BIPOC professionals? How do you thrive in a work environment where you feel like “The Only” in a room? Executive coach and world-renowned speaker Aiko Bethea shares how she has successfully navigated leadership roles as a woman of color and how to carve your own path as a leader. This session will include a moderated Q&A.

About Aiko Bethea: Aiko Bethea is a leader, builder, and connector. Known by many for her collaborations with Brené Brown, she successfully navigated leadership roles in government, philanthropic and corporate sectors including Fred Hutch and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In each sector, she created and served in inaugural roles to meet growing organizational needs and visions for evolving. Aiko is principal and founder of RARE Coaching & Consulting, a consulting practice focused on coaching leaders and organizations to remove barriers to inclusion.


Storytelling as a Career Asset

Speaker: Sylvia Artiga Monreal
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 |5:30-6:30 p.m. PT (doors at 5:15 p.m. PT)
The most dreaded and predictable part of the job interview is when you hear, “Tell me about yourself.” But what if you had a clear idea of how to share your strengths, identity, and potential? Storytelling is how we make sense of the world, and narrative intelligence is the ability to leverage the psychological power of story to change behavior and inspire action. This workshop will discuss storytelling as a key tool to your career journey and provide a framework for developing your own professional narrative.

About Sylvia Artiga Monreal: Sylvia Artiga Monreal (she/her) is a mestiza nerd, L&D professional, and career coach. She created Skilltree Coaching to fulfill her dream of supporting emerging leaders from underrepresented backgrounds. In her spare time, she curates ¿Cómo Se Dice Nerd?, an online space dedicated to celebrating Latinx nerds and our contributions to art, music, and pop culture.


Demystifying DEI Recruiting

Speakers: Ebonee Anderson, and William Wiggins
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. PT (doors at 5:15 p.m. PT)

Get an insider’s perspective from a panel of human resources leaders on how to best navigate the hiring and recruitment processes as BIPOC job seekers. Get helpful hints on how to spot companies that offer holistic hiring practices and industry terminology to add to your vocabulary as you search for your perfect fit. The goal? An employer that does more than talk the talk when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion.

About Ebonee Anderson: Ebonee Anderson is the University of Washington’s DEI Recruiting Consultant. She believes effective diversity recruiting relies on minimizing barriers in hiring and ensuring an inclusive and equitable selection process. At the UW, she helps design, develop and implement Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) focused recruiting and sourcing strategies and programs. She develops candidate screening tools, builds partnerships and uses her background in full-cycle recruiting as a lens for increasing diversity and inclusion to not only attract and hire diverse talent but also to retain, develop, engage and advance employees.


About William Wiggins: William Wiggins is a human resources leader with a passion for providing practical,results-oriented “workforce focused” support to organizations, employees, and their internal management teams. He brings a broad range of experience including Employee Benefits, Compliance, Talent Acquisition and Talent Management, and leading strategic Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives. “I have demonstrated history of promoting leadership development, and leading targeted initiatives towards creating a sustainably multiculturally engaging productive working experience for the organizations I serve.”


Self-Preservation in the Workplace

Speaker: Jodi-Ann Burey
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. PT (doors at 5:15 p.m. PT)

Self-care isn’t all massages and cucumber water. This webinar confronts the real cultural challenges facing BIPOC professionals, while providing useful strategies to balance workplace experiences and authentic self.

About Jodi-Ann Burey: Jodi-Ann Burey (she/her) has a mission to disrupt “business as usual” to achieve social change. Her work centers the experiences of historically underrepresented communities and is grounded in the systemic intersectional approaches needed to address inequities. A true multi-hyphenate, Jodi-Ann is a speaker, writer, conversation curator, entrepreneur and educator. She is also the creator and host of Black Cancer, a podcast about the cancer narratives of everyday people of color, which was recently featured on POPSUGAR and NBC – Dallas. Jodi-Ann is also an affiliate instructor at the University of Washington’s Communication Leadership graduate program. See her talk on why you shouldn’t bring your authentic self to work on TEDx.


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