Gaucho Professionals Expo

Coming to the Bay Area in Fall 2020

The first Gaucho Professionals Expo was held on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. This half-day conference-style event featured an alumni keynote speaker, industry and career roundtables, resume reviews, professional headshots, and plenty of opportunities for Gauchos to connect professionally.

Check out the details below and stay tuned for more details about the Fall 2020 Gaucho Professionals Expo coming to the Bay Area!


  • 12:00-1:00: Registration and career activities:
    • Professional headshots with Brandon James '12 and Stefan Le '16, C2R Productions
    • Visit sponsor tables
    • Resume consultations with alumni volunteer career coaches
  • 1:00-1:45: Opening remarks, keynote talk, and Q&A
  • 1:45-2:00: Break/transition
  • 2:00-4:45: Participate in roundtables and career activities (four rotations, 30 minutes each)
  • 4:45-5:00: Wrap-up

Keynote Talk: Building Your Brand

Laurel Mintz ‘01

Founder: Elevate My Brand

Laurel Mintz graduated from UCSB in 2001. With a J.D/M.B.A from Rutgers University, Laurel's background has uniquely prepared her to run a successful agency. Inspired by the innovative consulting work she executed early in her career with prestigious brands like Le Bec Fin, Public House Restaurant Group, Bassett Furniture and Julie Hewett Cosmetics, Laurel knew she wanted to play bigger. A decade later, Laurel has created an agency family serving both startups and blue chip global brands like Facebook, Verizon Digital Media Group, PAW Patrol and Zendesk. Laurel's favorite saying is FIOGID. Figure it out, get it done. And that's exactly what's brought the agency top talent and accolades since 2009.


More roundtable topics to be announced.

Is Grad School Right For You?

Fernando Peña
(UCSB BA '10, USC M.Ed. '14)
Director of Recruitment, Claremont Graduate University

Gender Equity & Company Culture

Kasey Edwards '07
CEO, Helpr

Switching Career Paths

Shannon Philip
(UCSB BA '00, Pepperdine '10)
Co-Founder and Coach, Shinebright Career and Life Coaching

Non-profits & Education

Irene Quevedo '03
Executive Director/CEO, Operation Jump Start

So You Want To Work At Google?

Tom Jevens '87
Former Sr. Corporate Counsel, Google

Careers and Current Topics in Law

Michael Murtagh '06
Associate, Sullivan and Cromwell LLP

Shauna Woods '10
Attorney, Kendall Brill and Kelly LLP

Job Searching, Interviewing, Negotiating and More

Ally Westover '09
HR Business Partner: Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products


Lauren Goodman '05
Sr. Mgr., Digital Marketing Strategy & Social Media ABC Television Network


Lauren Menzer '15, '18
Manager, Sustainability: Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Julie Castro '10
Strategic Partnerships, Chai Energy

Tickets and Other Details

  Ticket Price:
Classes of 2014-2019 (will be verified by the Alumni Affairs office); $20
Classes of 2013 and earlier $30


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Discounted self-parking will be available at the venue for $5. Light snacks will be served between 1:45pm-3:30pm. Coffee, tea, and water will be available throughout the event.


Gaucho Network Group: Buy your ticket early and gain access to our exclusive networking group on - UCSB's online site for Gauchos to connect professionally. Once you buy your ticket and sign up for Gaucho Network, you'll be added to the Gaucho Professionals Expo group. See who else is coming and get a head start on your networking! Let everyone know what expertise you have to share, what projects you’re working on, or where you may need some help from the Gaucho community. Click here for more information about Gaucho Professionals.