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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 Ilana Tel-Oren at



Upcoming Industry Chats 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. PST

Measurements for Success and How to Excel in Corporate America

Gary Bronson

Gary Bronson ’87

Management Consultant and former IT Executive

During the past 34 years, Gary Bronson has worked in five different industries, participated in 10 major mergers/acquisitions, served as an officer in two Fortune 100 companies, Outsourced/Insourced/“College Sourced" IT Services, and more. Most recently Gary served as a VP of Global IT Operations for FedEx. He currently provides consulting related to all aspects of IT Management and Supply Chain Services. An alum of Long Beach State, Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance.


Thursday, February 4, 2021

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. PST

Front Row Seat to History: A behind-the-scenes view of the presidency of George W. Bush

Eric Draper

Eric Draper '01

Owner, Eric Draper Photography

Eric Draper served as President George W. Bush’s chief White House photographer for the entire eight years of his presidency. Draper was named Special Assistant to the President, and is the first White House photographer to be named a commissioned officer to a U.S. president. Also during his tenure, Draper directed the photographic and archival conversion of the White House Photo Office from film to digital and took nearly 1 million photos documenting the presidency. Prior to joining the White House, Draper was West Regional Enterprise Photographer for the Associated Press. In eight years with the AP, Draper covered an array of domestic and international news and sports. Draper has also worked as a staff photographer for The Seattle Times, the Pasadena Star-News and the Albuquerque Tribune. Draper is currently a freelance corporate, and editorial photographer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico where he lives with his wife and three dogs. He is an obsessive LA Laker fan.


Monday, February 8, 2021

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. PST

A Career in Sports & Entertainment: Selling events at the Grandaddy of them All

Monique Rodriguez

Monique Rodriguez ‘14

Director of Sales, Rose Bowl Stadium

Monique Rodriguez is currently the Director of Event Sales for the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA. She has been in the sports and entertainment industry for over 10+ years, beginning her career in stadium Event Operations, transitioning to selling events in 2011. She has sold events for American Golf, Lucky Strike Entertainment and the Rose Bowl Stadium’s most elite clientele such as Amazon, Disney, Upfront Ventures, Nike, Target, NFL, AEG Goldenvoice and MLS to name a few. She has received several accolades in her industry such as top 40 under 40, Supplier of the Year, and most recently featured as a woman "Trailblazer: Rewriting the Narrative" in Voyage LA Magazine.


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