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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 is your industry evolving? 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 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PST

Navigating an Emergency Management Career

Anna Burton

Anna Burton '88, MPA '92

Emergency Management Coordinator II, City of Los Angeles, Harbor Department; Los Angeles Port Police, Emergency Management Division

Anna Burton’s emergency management career started with the City of Dana Point, where she coordinated preparedness based on the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Her career includes posts with the Orange County Sheriff's Department Emergency Management Division, City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, Los Angeles World Airports Emergency Management Division and the Port of Los Angeles Emergency Management Division. In her efforts to make communities more prepared for disasters, she has built a network of partners with large and small agencies across the country and around the globe. Anna is a long time member of the Business and Industry Council for Emergency Planning and Preparedness, where she proudly held the position of Vice President to the Public Sector. She is the membership chair for the Earthquake Country Alliance, the agency leading the Shakeout exercise, and is active in the Southern California Women in Homeland Security


Friday, August 14, 2020

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PST

Accountancy in Public Service

Frank Kim

Frank Kim '92, MPA '95

County Executive Officer, County of Orange

Frank Kim has more than 25 years experience as a County employee and was unanimously appointed county executive officer (CEO) by the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2015. He joined the County as a staff accountant and previously served as the County’s chief financial officer. In collaboration with executive management and the Board of Supervisors, Kim was responsible for the County’s $5.6-billion, 23-department, 18,000-position budget. Kim held positions in private industry and higher education before embarking upon his County career.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. PST

Having it All: Bringing Your Avocation to your Occupation

Anna Burton

Robert Burns ’86, Finance, CFP®, AIF

Branch Manager, Senior Vice President/Investments – Stifel

Robert Burns has over 30-years experience working with clients to meet their goals by implementing sound investment strategies based on logic over emotion and structure over prediction. In addition to a Finance degree from CSULB, he holds the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP ®) and the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF ® ) professional certifications. He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of South Orange County and has served as its president. Burns has held various leadership roles, since he and his team joined Stifel in 2008 with the opening of the San Juan Capistrano office. He is a member of the San Clemente Rotary and serves as the community service board member, as well as the chairperson of the South Coast Singer's Stars of Tomorrow vocal competition.


Save the Date

Tuesday, August 25

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

Vicky Durand-Liljestrand '89, Family & Consumer Sciences 

Published Author, 'Wave Woman-The Struggles and Life of a Surfing Pioneer’

Vice President, Liljestrand Foundation


Wednesday, August 26

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PST

Travis McPeak '10 Engineering Manager, Netflix

A Career in Computer Security