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49er Industry Chats

Industry ChatsShare your industry perspective with fellow 49ers. We invite alumni professionals to share their observations on how COVID-19 has impacted their field. How will your industry need to evolve? How should new graduates prepare?

If you are open to hosting a 30-minute webinar or submitting a five-minute video clip, contact Cynthia Saavedra at



Upcoming Industry Chats 

Join us for any of our 49er Industry Chats. Explore career paths, gain industry insight and hear directly from prominent alumni executives and experts on what they have learned throughout their careers and through COVID-19.

Explore our current line up and register today!


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. PST

The Power of Networking

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Yesmean Rihbany '75


The Rihbany Group

Yesmean Rihbany brings over 30 years of experience in leadership and organization development. She has consulted for a wide variety of businesses, as well as served in senior leadership roles at Western Digital and EarthTech/Tyco. Rihbany is deeply committed to supporting others grow professionally, and in her Chat, she will provide key strategies and techniques to build and leverage your network to further cultivate your career. 



Tuesday, June 9, 2020

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. PST

How to Survive and Thrive in Real Estate:

What 35 Years of Professional Experience and a Recent Acquisition Can Teach You 

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Brian W. Doyle '87

Area President, West

Taylor Morrison

On February 6, 2020, Taylor Morrison acquired William Lyon Homes, one of the largest western homebuilders. The combination of the two companies creates a company that is in the top 5 nationally in terms of annual homes delivered.  In this transaction, Mr. Doyle transitioned from the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of William Lyon Homes to now Area President for the West of Taylor Morrison Homes. Mr. Doyle oversees the operations of the company’s five divisions in California, Oregon and Washington to drive operational excellence and growth.



Thursday, June 11, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. PST

How to Further Your Engineering Career During a Recession

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Matt L. Mamaril, PE '09

Electrical Engineering Supervisor

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Matt Mamaril graduated from Long Beach State with a BS in Electrical Engineering, entering the workforce during the peak of the last recession.  During this Chat, Mamaril will share his professional experience and advice on how to find career and growth opportunities during challenging times.  Mamaril has engineering experience in the private and public sector across various industries, including industrial telecom, power, and fire protection. 



Thursday, June 18, 2020

11:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. PST

Change Your Habits, Change Your Life

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Vincent Calles '13

Independent Financial Advisor

For the last six years, Vincent has used his experience to build a family business in the financial industry. From his upbringing in Watts to graduating with a Philosophy degree to being temporarily disabled, Vincent will talk about ways to keep your life and finances on track.



Save the Date


June 17  3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.                                                                                                         

Stephanie Davis ’02, MA ’12, Communicative Disorders – Speech/Language Pathologist

Miller Children’s Hospital Outpatient Rehab Therapies


June 24  11:00 a.m. -Noon                                                                                                   

Adriana Fernandez '04, Liberal Studies

Elementary/Dual Language Teacher


June 22  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

caryn desai ’86                                                                                                    

Artistic Director/ Producer, International City Theatre

Looking Ahead to a Career in the Theatre for Actors, Directors, Designers & Arts Administrators


June 29  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.                                                                                                         

Dr. Richard Findlay ‘79

Community Clinical and Health Psychologist

The Importance of Working in the Field to Supplement the Education Process