Liberal Arts Career Retreat 2017

Liberal Arts Advantage

Walk-in registration available on Saturday from 9:15-9:50 am

* First 150 students to PRE-REGISTER & ARRIVE at the event receive a DOOR PRIZE!        

  • FREE all-day event for career options in the liberal arts, emphasis on Humanities & Fine Arts
  • Open to ALL undergraduate students and recent alumni (within one year grace period)
  • Whether you are a networking all-star or a budding beginner, the keynote experience features an interactive group activity to gear you up for a successful conversation when meeting ANY new person. 
  • Learn the secrets to success from 20+ UCSB alumni on 6 different panels
  • Interactive activities throughout!


Ty Manning
Regional Recruiter, Peace Corps

Raised in Southern California and Southern Oregon, Ty Manning graduated from UCSB in 2009 with a degree in English and a drive to work in social justice. Ty is a  Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in the rural mountains of northern Peru from 2011 - 2013, working on community health promotion. After returning from Peru, he continued his career in public service and now works as a recruiter for the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated change-makers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side-by-side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. Ty helps place Americans in communities in developing countries around the world!






IMPROVing Your Networking

Learn the secrets to networking success through an interactive workshop hosted by local professionals! Forget those exhausting keynote addresses of the past...this keynote is an EXPERIENCE that you will never forget.









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Alumni Panels I - Strategy

Strategies To Sell Yourself: Strengths Of Liberal Arts

Articulate the core skills you've gained and connect them to your job target to sell yourself as the most qualified one for the job.
Panelists: Tye DeGrange (History) - CEO & Founder, Round Barn Labs; Markell Morris (Sociology) - Owner, Futures In Motion, Inc.; Cathy Segovia (Communication) - Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise

Improving At Improvising: The Value Of Saying "Yes!"

Learn how your ability to demonstrate adaptability and lifelong learning can keep you relevant in your field, no matter what lies on the road ahead.
Panelists: Diane Byun (English) - Volunteer Coordinator, SB International Film Festival; Ryan Mandell (English) - Jr. Account Executive, Surf Media Communications; Melissa Walker (English) - Noozhawk & Marketing Consultant, Santa Barbara City College

Changed My Mind: Career Paths That Twist & Turn

Hear from various professionals about how they managed to thrive within career transitions against all odds.
Panelists: Nancy Hernandez (Feminist Studies) - Design Studio Manager, Sonos Inc.; Joe Sabado (Political Science & Asian American Studies) - Executive Director of SIS&T/Associate CIO of UCSB Student Affairs; Eric Wilder (Geography) - Career Counselor & Coordinator, UCSB Career Services

Alumni Panels II - Industry

Non-Tech Careers In The Tech Industry: Your Liberal Arts Advantage

Add value to companies across various industries by supplementing your broad educational foundations with cutting-edge technical skills.
Panelists: Erin McGrath (History & Global Studies) - Linguistic Director, Inbenta USA; Katelyn Surak (English & Communication) - Sr. Manager of Training & Enablement, Appfolio Inc; Jacob Tell (Film & Media Studies) - CEO & Founder, Oniracom

Careers In Service: Helping In A World Of Need

Learn first-hand about the challenges and rewards of careers that serve our human needs.
Panelists: Jan Campbell (English) - Senior Vice President, SB Foundation; Ty Manning (English) - Regional Recruiter, Peace Corps; Steve Ortiz (Spanish) - Vice President, United Way of Santa Barbara County

Careers In Arts & Media: Entertaining And Engaging Our Audiences

Discover how you can apply this perspective to meet consumer needs across a variety of industries.
Panelists: Darla Bea (History of Art & Architecture) - DJ & Radio Personality; Digital Marketing Specialist, Oniracom; Ginny Brush (Art) - Arts Administrator, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission (Retired); Tim O'Neil (Film & Media Studies) - Founder & Creative Director, MENTALiTY; Michael Westmore (Art) - Major Hollywood make-up artist


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For more information, please contact:

John Coate
Assistant Director, Career Services
(805) 893-4412