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Paths to Professionalism

Do you think your destiny is determined by your major? ArePaths you worried you only have one career path to follow? Not sure what you want your career to be in? Find out from a panel of professionals just how straight or curvy your path can be. 

Each Spring, for over 25 years, this event has been a popular annual learning experience. (It's one that you don't want to miss out on!). School of Management students lead the way through their leadership in hosting the event, moderating the energetic panel of professionals, and awarding raffle prizes.

What you can gain by attending:

  • Get answers to your career questions
  • Network with panelists and make connections with alumni who recently entered the working world
  • Get a realistic view of the job search environment
  • Gain tips in preparing for the Cal Lutheran Career & Intern Expo

All Cal Lutheran students are welcome to attend. Those attending are entered into a raffle to win School of Management swag!

Paths to Professionalism 


Watch Past Events

2023 Event


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Student Hosts

Moderator: Sharon Sanders 
Moderator: Grayson Hatter 
Moderator: Andrea Villasenor 

Jay Bakerink

 Emmy® nominated Producer, President & Co-founder, Haylett Entertainment and Marketing

Phoenix Ha

 CEO, AdBeacon

Sophie Harlan

 Director of Football Operations, LA Rams

David Harrington

 Partner & Wealth Advisor, Hillcrest Financial Group

2022 Event

  • Jonathon Dong, Financial Reporting Analyst, The Walt Disney Company
  • Celeste Gehring, Owner and Entrepreneur, Visionary Building
  • Ted Glick, Vice President of Premium Hospitality, Washington Commanders (NFL)
  • Jackie Jones, Executive Marketing Director, Salesforce Practice at Slalom


Student Hosts

Event Host: Ryan Douglas (Co-President, Sports Management Club)
Panel Moderator: Andrea Linette Villasenor (Co-President, Women in Business Club)
Raffle Coordinator: Brissa Castaneda (Co-President, Women in Business Club)

2021 Event

  • Rob Machado, President and COO, Mars City Design
  • Marc FrancoisBusiness Administration Alumnus '09, Vice President of Development, SeaGlass Hospitality
  • Gabby Ramirez, Business Management Alumna '11, Senior Accountant, PBS Biotech


2020 Event


2019 Event

  • Warren Spieker, Managing Partner, Continuing Life
  • Karen Boublis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Founder and Principal Consultant, HR Business Solutionz
  • Daren Dickerson, Chief Financial Offer, Shield Heathcare


2018 Event

  • Grace Martinez, MBA Deputy of Operations for Advanced Electronic Warfare Technologies, Naval Air Warfare Center, Pt. Mugu
  • Alan Cohen, MBA - Chief Marketing Officer, Consultant
  • Payal Kamdar, GISP, PMP, OCP, Six Sigma Green Belt, CSM -  CEO and Founder, VSolvit, LLC


Watch 2016 and 2017 Paths to Professionalism events

2017 Panelists
  • Primo Custodio -  Vice President, Human Resources, Operations and Technical Services (rt. 2016), NBCUniversal
  • Cynthia Kiefer -  President and founder,
  • Jim Howard -  Managing partner and founder, Progression REI


2016 Panelists
  • Susan Smuck, Human Resources Professional and Chair of Cal Lutheran Board of Regents
  • Sabina Shaikh, V.P. Worldwide Strategic Alliances, Salesforce
  • Sue Coakley, Marketing Leader, Acquisition & Retention, Symantec Corp.