How to Change Careers: Tech for Good

Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm

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Phase Two 5877 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Are you passionate about both technology and doing good? Are you looking to change careers and work in tech? Do you already work in tech, but wish you could be making a bigger impact?

Join Repurpose Your Purpose on August 30th for an in-depth discussion about what it's like to take the leap and land a job in tech, or start your own business, while staying true to your values and making an impact.
One of the biggest issue that holds people back from changing careers is the fear they will have to choose between making good money and doing something meaningful. When it comes to tech, often the biggest role models and most famous entrepreneurs have great tech and business acumen, but lack the will to improve society. But does it have to be that way?

Meet four successful professionals and entrepreneurs who changed careers and merged their commitment to making a difference with their passion or interest in technology.

The best part? You don't have to be a "techie" to do it. Repurpose Your Purpose is a program to help you figure out what to do professionally and support you while you go for it! Founder Aurora Meneghello's career advice has been featured on CNBC, Glassdoor Blog, Bustle Magazine, and more.

Come ready to:
- Learn how to find a fulfilling career that works for you
- Learn from successful career changers who already took the leap - and landed successfully
- Connect with like minded professionals and entrepreneurs

- How to OVERCOME your fear of having to choose between money and purpose
- How to LEVERAGE the skills and experience you already have to work in TECH
- How to think BIG, and make the impossible POSSIBLE
- How to look for and find COMPANIES that value more than just making a profit

These four panelists all took a big leap and made dramatic career changes. Feel inspired, get new insights, and find a community of Repurposers to pursue your dreams with.

Psst: This is NOT going to be your typical panel discussion

Meet the panelists:

LISA MAE BRUNSON - Founder of Wonder Women Tech and Commissioner for Technology and Innovation for the City of Long Beach, Lisa Mae is a Visionary. She launched her global visions with zero budget, citing "fearless asking" and leveraging relationships as main resources. Winner of the 2016 Long Beach Post's 40 under 40, one of Medium's 100 Women in Tech and Founders to Follow on Twitter, Author & Social Innovator committed to impacting humanity on a global scale, her Wonder Women Tech Conference is now hosted across multiple cities and in Europe.

AMANDA BENDER is a Senior Enterprise Account Executive at PowerToFly, and the leader of its West Coast outreach. Never one to take a break, she also has a company to help people get sh*t done. She recently worked for a Saas startup, where she grew the company from $1 million to $12 million in ARR in less than two years. She is passionate about women, connecting people, making data-driven decisions and behavioral economics. Amanda has a psychology degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Masters of Science degree in clinical psychology.

BRETT HEEGER is an attorney who supports a wide range of client companies get started, manage relationships and contracts, and accommodate investment. A Harvard Law graduate, he chose to focus on working with tech companies, startups, and social impact enterprises, including worker-owned organizations and co ops. Brett works hard to help clients use legal tools to support all of their goals, from profit and growth, to impact and inclusion. His law firm, Gartenberg Gelfand Hayton LLP, is a boutique, full-service, corporate and securities firm serving clients in Southern California and around the world.

KRYSTINA NGUYEN serves as the Director of Strategic Marketing for SonoSim, a health tech company dedicated to transforming medical care through ultrasound education and training. Previously as a consultant, she advised small agencies to Fortune 500 companies in digital marketing to Millennials. Passionate about social issues, she served in the US Peace Corps in Cameroon and as a project manager at the NGO of Oxfam America, backstopping a $22M portfolio in West Africa including projects responding to the Ebola crisis and gender inequality. She holds an MBA from Duke University and graduated with a Business Administration degree from USC.

Arrive and mingle between 6:30 and 6:55 pm, panel starts promptly at 7 pm, followed by audience Q&A. Then stay for guided group activities to get you started on your journey to use what you already know to do something new!

Psst: There is FREE parking at Phase Two!

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