Gaucho Professionals Expo

The Virtual Gaucho Professionals Expo
October 12-23, 2020

Facing a pandemic and the prospect of businesses closed or barely surviving, it’s more important than ever to help one another find that first job, advance in a current career path, or make a transition to a new field. At UCSB Alumni, our priority is to help graduates and alumni stay on track.

This year's Virtual Gaucho Professionals Expo will take place over 2 weeks. You’ll participate in career sessions led by industry veterans from technology, finance, entertainment, environment, and more. Be part of our new “Gauchos In…” initiative, a tailored program of events and opportunities where we’ll connect you with alumni in your field for networking and career conversations.

You’ll find topics relevant to your career status, from graduate school offerings to job search skills to interviewing and negotiating. Learn from some of the most accomplished experts in your field and connect with your peers for job leads, support and new opportunities.

Improve your professional prospects EXPOnentially.

Register For the Expo 

Keynote Speakers

Peter Rupert

The State of the Economy During COVID-19

Monday, October 12, 2020
6:00 p.m.

Dr. Peter Rupert,
Professor of Economics and Director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project

Dr. Peter Rupert, Professor of Economics and Executive Director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project (EFP), will distill data from the changing pandemic landscape and offer insights into the scope of COVID-19’s impact on the economy.

Your Job Search During COVID-19

Monday, October 19, 2020
12:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Dana Manciagli '82,
President and Founder of Job Search Master Class

Has the global health crisis impacted your job search or employment status? Join Dana Manciagli ’82, President and Founder of Job Search Master Class who will offer concrete tips to help you maximize your job search, identify job leads, and remain positive during times of change.

Breakout Sessions

Check back for the most updated details on speakers, session dates/times, and registration information


Join us for a conversation with a Gaucho venture capitalist and two Gaucho-founded companies that he helped to fund.

Arvind Gupta

Arvind Gupta '97
Founder/Venture Advisor, IndieBio

Damien Kudela

Damien Kudela, PhD '15
Founder/CEO, Cayuga Biotech

Melanie Matheu

Melanie Matheu '01
Founder/CEO, Prellis Biologics

Andy Ogawa

Andy Ogawa '95
Moderator, Managing Partner, Quest Venture

Hear about innovative advances in the CBD and cannabinoid science arena. Christopher will share his journey from co-founding The Honest Company to now working at the intersection of beauty, wellness, and healthcare.

Christopher Gavigan '97 - Founder/CEO, PRIMA and Co-Founder, The Honest Company

Meet UCSB alumni working in the tech industry, as they share their professional journeys and offer insights into where the field is going and the challenges that lie ahead.

Sandeep Gupta

Sandeep Gupta '91
VP and GM, Amazon Fire TV

Hong Tang

Hong Tang, PhD '03
Venture Partner, Tsingyuan Ventures

Lewis Thompson

Lewis Thompson '96
Moderator, Group Vice President, Oracle

Join Gaucho alums as they share their professional journeys and offer insights into their experiences of starting a technology company.

Chuck Goetschel

Chuck Goetschel '89
Co-Founder/CEO, Rallio, Inc.

Jay Freeman

Jay Freeman '03
Co-Founder/CTO, Orchid

Yulun Wang PhD

Yulun Wang PhD '88
Chairman/Founder/Chief Innovation Officer, InTouch Health

Bei-Jing Guo

Bei-Jing Guo '95
Moderator, Founder/Angel Investor

Join Gaucho alums as they share their professional journeys and offer insights into their experiences of starting a biotechnology company.

Bradley Patt PhD

Bradley Patt PhD '93
Chairman/CEO, TheraCEll, Inc.; Founder/CEO, DermOQ, Inc., Co-Founder/Chairman, HyVIDA Brands, Inc.

Brenton Taylor

Brenton Taylor '03
Executive Vice President of Engineering, Inogen

Todd DeSantis

Todd DeSantis '92
Co-Founder/VP of Informatics, Second Genome

Dr. Beth Pruitt

Dr. Beth Pruitt
Moderator, Director, UCSB Center for BioEngineering and ME/BSME/MCDB Professor

Is grad school right for you? What program should you consider? How do you get started? Join this session and discuss taking the next leap in your academic/professional career.

Fernando Pena '10 - Director of Admissions and Recruitment, San Francisco State University

Not sure what to do when the tenure track is not right for you? Join us for a lively discussion as a panel of doctoral alumni share their paths beyond the academic ladder.

Anna Sandoval Giron

Anna Sandoval Giron MA '99, PhD '05
Research Sociologist, US Census Bureau

Arturo Gonzalez

Arturo Gonzalez, PhD '97
Director and Global Head of Policy Advocacy & Research, Facebook

Sarah Kriz

Sarah Kriz MA '03, PhD '06
Lead Cognitive Psychologist, MITRE Corporation

Chris Martin

Chris Martin, PhD '99
Co-Director of Science, Kavli Foundation

Brooke will be sharing recruiter tips and tricks for your next job search. From how and where to apply for jobs, to how best to build your resume and prepare for interviews, this session for young professionals will help you position yourself for your next role.

Brooke Salyer '11 - Agency Partnerships Lead, Snap Inc.

In partnership with the UC Alumni Career Network, Markell joins a panel of UC alumni to discuss preparing for a career change, identifying opportunities and leveraging your strengths to successfully pivot to a new industry or field.

Separate Zoom registration required. Register to join live or to receive a link to the webinar recording.

Markell Morris '93 - Owner, Futures in Motion, Inc.