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JMC 50th Anniversary Career Courses

Friday, October 13, 2017 1:30 am

Location: Case Hall

As a part of its Gala Weekend, James Madison College’s Career Services Office is proud to present three “Career Courses” aimed at engaging current students and graduates on a handful of career-related topics. 


Students Register Online Here


Registration and Light Refreshments

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. 

Club Spartan (3rd Floor Case Hall) 

Session A: Being a Public Servant in a Partisan Era

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. 

339 Case Hall

This panel will draw insights from a number of Madisonians who have built prominent careers in the public sector on both sides of the aisle and outside of partisan boundaries.  Attendees can expect a robust discussion on the skills that have helped panelists succeed in their varied roles in state and federal government and tips on what it takes to run for elected office in today’s political environment.


·       Sen. Jim Ananich (PR ’98), Michigan State Senator, Senate Minority Leader (Former State Rep. and City Council Member)

·       Beth Kuhn (Urban ’84), Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment

·       Raymond Orzel (IR ’87), Senior Special Agent, Department of Treasury/Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)

·       Matthew Schneider (IR ’96), Deputy Attorney General, Office of Bill Schuette (Former OMB Staff under President Bush and Former COS for Court Administrator Young)

·       Jamal Ware (PTCD ’98), Senior Advisor Majority Staff, U.S. House Homeland Security Committee (Former U.S. House Intelligence Staff and Communications for Congressman Hoekstra)

·       Bethany Wicksall (IR/PTCD ’98), Deputy Director, (Nonpartisan) Michigan House Fiscal Agency

Session B: Shifting Gears: Professional Re-Branding

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

331 Case Hall

Thinking of switching gears or heading in a career direction you’d never planned on until recently? This session will focus on what comes along with a professional pivot, including how to pitch your skillset in a new field and leverage the Madison network to make valuable professional connections.


·       Kanza Khan (IR ’14), Case Analyst, Integrative Neurology, PLLC

·       Kizzi Montgomery (SRP ’01), Healthcare Analyst, UAW-Ford National Programs Center

·       Jessica Tramontana (SRP ’04), Senior Account Executive, Martin Waymire

Session C: The Value of a Career Mentor

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. 

342 Case Hall

As many Madison graduates know, a go-to advisor or group of gurus can be the support system essential to propelling you forward in your career.  This session focuses not only on the value of a career mentor, but on practical strategies you can use to seek out and connect with professional mentors in your field. 


·       Josh Berg (PTCD ’03), Investment Manager, General Motors Ventures

·       Kayla Roney-Smith (SRP ’12), Executive Director, Hazel Park Promise Zone and College Access Network