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How to Make It in DC

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Navigating the professional landscape of DC requires tenacity and connections. Whether you are launching your career, building your network or changing professions, conversations with objective experts and mentors can provide tremendous benefits.

Join us for the 2nd annual How to Make It in DC, an evening of “table talk” — small group discussions with professionals willing to answer your questions and provide guidance. The following UW alumni and friends will offer professional insight in the areas noted below:

Campaigns/Hill Staff
  • Jeff Bjornstad, ‘92 - President of Federal Affairs and Strategic Communications, Washington2Advocates
  • Christy Gullion - Director of Federal Relations, University of Washington
  • Jessica Lawrence-Vaca, ‘03 - Senior Vice President at McKeon Group
  • John Amaya, ’01, ‘05 - Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Allen Shimada, ’78, ‘85 - Fisheries Biologist, NOAA, National Marine Fishery Service
  • Dale Learn, Esq., ‘93 - Vice President/Principal, Federal Government Affairs, Gordon Thomas Honeywell et al
  • Dawn Yamane Hewett, ‘00 - Deputy General Counsel for Strategic Initiatives for Department of Commerce
  • Elizabeth Becker, ‘69 - retired New York Times correspondent, former Senior Foreign Editor of National Public Radio and author
  • Dr. Sheila Brooks, ‘78 - Founder, President and CEO of SRB Communications, LLC
  • Bryan Monroe, ‘87 - Verizon Chair and Professor at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication/Former Editor, CNNPolitics.com
  • Ellie Canter, ‘12 - Director of Programs, Turning the Page
  • Michael Yaguchi, ‘85 - Director, Veterans Affairs Projegrams, SRA International 
Learn more about these mentors.
When: Tuesday, December 8
6-8:30 p.m.
Where: CASE Headquarters
Multi-purpose room (1st floor)
1307 New York Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Cost: $10 - Refreshments included. 


Upon arrival, you will be given a schedule indicating which industry tables you will visit. Assignments will be based on preferences provided during your online registration.

Questions? Contact Molly Schachter.

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Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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