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Beyond the Beach: Career Planning

Published February 2, 2018

Attend our career planning panel and hear from alumni who work with young professionals and understand successful workplace behavior. Our alumni panel will discuss key skills and explore important topics for those that want to chart a course for their career path.

Beyond The Beach is a life skills series designed for recent graduates and all alumni. Alumni and friends are invited back to campus to share their expertise for personal and professional development.


Diane Lee

Diane Lee '83

Journalism, Public Relations

Business Etiquette Consultant, Training Specialist at Disneyland Resort

Diane Lee is a proud member of the Long Beach State Alumni Association holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, specializing in Public Relations and a minor in Business-Marketing. After her college graduation, Diane made a marketing career in Maui, Hawaii specializing in the consumer food product industry.   Diane expanded the production and distribution of many local Hawaiian brands throughout the Pacific Rim and Western United States achieving millions in annual sales for her clients. 

Today, Diane is a master training facilitator for the Disneyland Resort.  When she is not training trainers, new recruits or tour guides, Diane serves as a VIP hostess for high profile guests, dignitaries and corporate partners.   In 2011, Diane took her work into the L.A./Orange County community and became a certified trainer at the Protocol School of Washington.  She enjoys serving as a business etiquette consultant, trainer and speaker under the banner of Street Smart Etiquette.


Raymond Cervantez

Raymond Cervantez 


Vice President at Farmers & Merchants Bank

Raymond Cervantez is a Vice President and Branch Manager for Farmers and Merchants Bank of Long Beach.  He began his career in banking, working as a part-time teller during his undergraduate years at CSULB. He attributes his success in his career to the life-lessons he learned at CSULB and the leadership skills he gained as a member of Delta Sigma Chi Fraternity.  As a longtime resident of Long Beach, he is currently part of an intensive 10-month program with the Leadership Long Beach Institute, where he is engaged with other community leaders to make Long Beach a better city.


Thomas Wong

Thomas Wong ‘81

Materials Engineering

Aerospace Business Consultant

Thomas Wong is a CSULB alumnus, class of 1981 with BS Engineering and 30 units of MS engineering classes from CSULB and USC. He has held several technical and management positions during a 15-year career working for Hughes Aerospace from Project Engineer, Sr. Staff Engineer, Section Head, and Assistant Dept. Manager to Scientist. His expertise is in composite materials and processes, and their applications for satellite structures, electronics, military and industrial designs. Thomas has two patents and several Performance Awards. 23 years ago, Thomas continued his career by starting Thomas Wong Consulting specializing in business development, representing several composite materials, and manufacturing companies across several business sectors. Thomas also has extensive experience in restaurant management, real estate development, and stock market investment.


Brandi Morgan

Brandi Morgan '09

Business Management, International Business

Executive Team Leader of Human Resources, Target Long Beach

Brandi has had 8 years’ experience working in Leadership.  Beginning her career while in college interning with Target progressing to her current role as an Executive Team Leader of Human Resources.  When not leading at Target, she is heavily involved in recruiting new talent on campus, teaching classes on leadership and giving back to the community.  She attributes her success to the large involvement during her college career taking part in organizational clubs like SCPD, Junior Mentoring Program and SAM. These organizations have helped her passion for talent development, culture building and team success grow.