Meet the Professionals Event MtP’21: What comes next?

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Friday, May 14, 2021
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. PDT




Brought to you by WWU Marketing Alumni in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association

Welcome to the first virtual Meet the Professionals event. MtP is a continuing effort to connect current students with alumni to benefit both our students and to increase alumni engagement. We aim to build sustainable relationships between professionals and students.

The event will be held via Zoom on May, 14th 2021 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. The evening will include an introduction from the department chair and several breakout sessions for students to ask questions and connect with different professionals from different industries. Open positions in these firms will be presented by the panelists. Please RSVP to access the Zoom link and meeting password. You will receive additional information about the event logistics closer to the event.

Let’s create a community where prospective students become active alumni. We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Break Out Rooms

Digital Room
Angie Bersin, Nordstrom, Senior SEO Specialist
Emily Mo, glassybaby, Digital Marketing Manager
Miriam Bornstein, Redfin, SEO Marketing Channel Manager

Branding & Advertising Room
Cara D’Amato, BreadnButter, Digital Producer
Prestin Mo, Sesame Communications, Production Artist
Bonnie Perez, Microsoft, Account Manager

Marketing Research Room
Kelsey Pedersen, SAP Concur, Director, Global Digital Marketing Analytics
Sydney Rue, Rogers Communications, Director
Maddie Alkire, New Engen, Inc., Media Services Associate

Sustainability Room
Karen Tempkin, Nimbletwist Consulting, Business and Corporate Sustainability Consultant
Kendall Whitney, Seafood Producers Cooperative, Marketing Manager

Social Media Room
JP Ward, Paid Media Consultant
Zach Ortega, IBM, Social Data Analyst

UX Room
Natasha Elwin, Microsoft, Digital Experiences | UX | Design Strategy
Rachel Waite, Microsoft, Senior Design Research Manager

Entrepreneurship Room
Paul Burke, Coliving Circle, EIR at Sidekick Digital
Cory James, NEKO: A Cat Café, Co-Owner
Andy Karuza, FenSens, Chief Executive Officer
Darragh Simm, Microsoft, Marketer | Camptails, Owner

Strategic Marketing Room
Courtney Stearns, Microsoft, Senior Business Program Manager
Chris Rue, Seattle Sounders FC, Senior Business Analyst
Jason Wilson,, Director of Marketing
Joe Sturgeon, Zillow Group, Senior Partner Engagement Specialist

Product Marketing Room
Karisa Gurtiza, Amazon, Product Marketing Manager
Tony Canedo, PACCAR Parts, Leadership Development Participant
Rahim Khoja, Rogers Communications, Senior Product Manager

Consulting & Event Planning Room
Bill Miller, TD Partners, Partner
Kaylee Gilbert, Event Producers, Conference Experience Manager
Katie Fitchitt, Comscore, Inc, Client Success Lead
Brenda Ssaaka, Smartsheet, Senior Solutions Consultant

Questions and Accommodations

Contact the WWU Alumni Association for this event. Feel free to call at (360) 650-3353 or email at if you have any questions or comments.

There will be auto-captions available for this event. To request closed captions, please mark the request on the registration form. Advance notice of three days to one week is appreciated.