Career Management Series

Join us for a webinar series!

UW Professional and Continuing Education and UW Alumni Association are collaborating on a free, four-part webinar series focused on career development.

Thursdays, Oct. 29 – Nov. 19, 2020 | 4 p.m. PDT/PST

Special perks for UWAA members! Sign up for exclusive post-event workshops. Details below.

Managing your career is not done only while looking for a job. Career builds at all times, and luck favors those who are strategic and think of their skills and goals on a regular basis. This webinar series brings together the expertise of two veteran coaches to help you take action for your own careers. Matt Youngquist is a highly experienced career coach has helped thousands find their dream job. Kathryn Saxer works with clients to un-funk their careers and identify what is keeping mid-career managers from becoming executives.

Meet the Career Coaches

Matt Youngquist is the founder and president of Career Horizons. A recognized career coaching expert and LinkedIn trainer in the greater Seattle area, he has personally assisted more than 11,500 clients across the Pacific Northwest strategically manage their careers, explore their occupational options and market themselves successfully to new opportunities.


Kathryn Saxer has thousands of hours of experience coaching mid-career professionals and is certified with the International Coaching Federation. Pragmatic and action-oriented, she focuses on eliciting change using evidence-based coaching methods as well as her own career transitions from journalism, to business, to self-employment.


Strategies and Tactics to explore your next career

Speaker: Matt Youngquist
Thurs., Oct. 29, 2020 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT

It is estimated that professionals have 3-4 careers in their lifetime. Much of it depends on chance and what opportunities you get. For the rest, Matt Youngquist has tactical and strategic advice on how to be strategic about making you attractive for these opportunities. He also finds that professionals at crossroads and looking for pivoting their career have few strategic templates and methodologies to think about their possibilities. Whether you are a recent graduate, or have decades of experience, you’ll find much to learn in this talk.

But First, Let Me Take a Selfie: Tips for Taking Headshots Using Your Phone


Speaker: Tara Brown
Thurs., Oct. 29, 2020 | 5:00-5:30 p.m. PDT

Need to update your headshot, but stuck at home with no photography skills? UWAA’s event and portrait photographer Tara Brown, ’06, is here to share tips and tricks to make your headshot look professional using your phone camera. Join the 30-minute bonus webinar to get the tools you need to look LinkedIn-ready!

Tara Brown is offering retouching edits for $30 for attendees who want to send in a photo.

Maximize Your Career in Your Current Organization

Speaker: Kathryn Saxer
Thurs., Nov. 5, 2020 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST

All open job descriptions receive 100s of applications. However, once you are inside an organization, there are many opportunities to grow from working with other teams to learn new skills, building connections who will vouch for you, developing mentors and “managing up”. Kathryn Saxer brings her wealth of experience working with employers and clients to highlight both common errors and a myriad of overlooked chances to shine and truly maximize this “foot in the door” opportunity.

How to Network When You’re Not Networking

Speaker: Kathryn Saxer
Thurs., Nov. 12, 2020 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST

“Networking” makes us all react in different ways. Leadership coach Kathryn Saxer expands our way of thinking about networking and to change our mindset. Kathryn walks us through the lifecycle of our career as career management and luck management and offers analogies to help shift our mindset to what is authentic to each of us. Networking is what you do not when you’re looking for a job, but at all times, even right now.


Speed Networking Session


Thurs., Nov. 12, 2020 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. PST

Save time and meet fellow industry professionals with a speed networking session. Select your industry at registration, then join the Zoom meeting ready to mingle. Maybe you’ll meet your next co-worker; after all, you already have a UWAA membership in common!

How to Build Your Personal Brand

Speaker: Matt Youngquist
Thurs., Nov. 18, 2020 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST

Building a personal brand isn’t just relevant to freelancers, it is something all professionals should think about. Every element goes into a personal brand, from Linkedin to networking, speaking engagements to social media presence. Matt Youngquist explores focusing on how to differentiate yourself in your field through things like speaking, writing, association involvement. He also delves into topics of integrity and authenticity.

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