Gaucho Professionals Expo

Presented by Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

Saturday, October 26, 2019
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Los Angeles Airport Marriott


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The first Gaucho Professionals Expo is coming to Los Angeles this fall, and the Bay Area in 2020. This half-day conference-style event will feature an alumni fireside chat, industry and career roundtables, networking activities, and plenty of opportunities for Gauchos to connect professionally.


  • 12:00-1:00: Registration and career activities:
    • Professional headshots
    • Visit sponsor tables
    • Resume consultations with alumni volunteer career coaches
  • 1:00-1:45: Opening remarks, fireside chat, 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

Fireside Chat

Christopher Gavigan ‘97

Co-Founder: The Honest Company & Founder/CEO: Prima

Christopher Gavigan graduated from UCSB in 1997 with a degree in Environmental Studies, and also holds an M.A. in Behavioral Psychology from UCLA. With Jessica Alba, he co-founded The Honest Company, where he continues to serve as the Chief Purpose Officer. This year he launched Prima - a science-driven plant wellness brand championing the strong therapeutic potential of hemp cannabinoids/CBD. He is the past CEO of the non-profit Health Child Healthy World and the author of "Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner Greener Safer Home.

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

Social Entrepreneurship: Innovation for Impact

Shelley Iocona '98
Founder, ON ITS AXIS

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
(UCSB BA '06, UC Hastings JD '10)
Associate, Sullivan and Cromwell LLP

Tickets and Other Details

  Early bird registration (before September 30th): Regular registration (after October 1st):
Classes of 2014-2019 (will be verified by the Alumni Affairs office); $20 $25
Classes of 2013 and earlier $30 $50


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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.