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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 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. PDT

Achieving Your Wildest Dreams: Transitions from Chief Financial Officer, to Mayor, to Radio Show Host

Wayne Powell

Wayne Powell ’74, ’78

Radio Show Host/Producer, Former Mayor/Councilmember, Retired Chief Financial Officer

After graduation from CSULB, Wayne worked at a “Big-5” CPA firm for five years. He then became the Controller at one of his entertainment industry clients. Wayne retired after a 25+ year career as a Senior V.P. of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. He then was elected and served two terms on the Manhattan Beach City Council, including two terms as Mayor. Concurrently, he was an L.A. County Beach Commissioner for eight years. Wayne transitioned to a radio talk show host when he unexpectedly was offered the opportunity. Five years later, he still enjoys hosting his radio talk show, “Powell to the People”, along with serving on several non-profit boards.


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. PDT

A Conversation with a Corporate Safety & Environmental Affairs Manager

Daniel Guillory

Daniel Guillory, MS ’91, P.E.

Operational Safety and Regulatory Services Section Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Daniel (Dan) Guillory, is an Operational Safety and Regulatory Section Manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) and a registered Civil Engineer in California. He is responsible for identifying and controlling Environmental, Health and Safety risks. Dan determines and promotes the most effective and efficient Environmental, Health and Safety practices to protect Metropolitan employees, the public, and the environment, and facilitates compliance with related statutes and regulations. After completing a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California and an M.S. Civil Engineering from California State University, Long Beach, Dan began his career as a consulting engineer completing environmental site assessment and soil/groundwater remediation projects throughout California.


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