Career Events & Webinars

Western International University® (West) presents career webinars and live events with guest speakers on relevant career development topics. If you are unable to attend an event in person or online, choose a recorded session below and engage in hot topics like entrepreneurship, social media, and career goals.

Professional career coach Lindsey Fisher presents an informative session on personal branding, the foundation of career development. You’ll:

  • Learn what a personal brand is.
  • Identify the personal characteristics associated with your brand.
  • Develop your personal brand statement.
  • Learn how to incorporate your brand into your career marketing strategies.
  • Learn how to evaluate and enhance your online presence.
  • Identify branding resources in the West Career Guidance System.

The hackers are out there—what can you do to protect yourself? West alumnus and government Cyber Security Specialist Ashley Matteson discusses Internet safety and protecting your information, providing simple steps that you can take to protect your privacy. According to Ashley, "Education is the key to being safer in our cyber world."

Globalization has come to your workplace, neighborhood schools, the mall, what you drive, wear, and eat, and even the television programs you watch. But what does this mean for education and helping all of us become prepared for success in the 21st century workplace? West Professor and Business Department Chair Liz Matthiesen-Jones relates the 10 skills that research has shown that employers want and need today and for the future—regardless of the specific profession or industry.

Sought-after speaker, trainer, author and media contributor Isha Cogborn gives practical advice about identifying your personal "unfair competitive advantage" and how to put it to work for you. Click here to download the presentation handout.

West Provost Dr. Benjamin Pryor moderates a panel discussion with West faculty, covering their personal career paths, industry trends, and how their areas of study can prepare students for a specific career track.

Kathryn Scahill, National Certified Counselor and Associate Director of Career Counseling offers tips on gaining experience for your desired career when you don’t have the work experience needed.

Kathryn Scahill, National Certified Counselor and Associate Director of Career Counseling explains how to develop a personal elevator pitch for use when networking in both business and social situations.

West Professor and Department Chair for Business, Rob Wengrzyn, presents an informal but intriguing discussion about what it takes to be a true leader and why good managers are not necessarily good at leading.

Author Clare Levison shares stories and strategies to challenge the way you think about money from her new book, Frugal Isn't Cheap. Spend Less, Save More and Live Better.

MBA professionals and local business community members discuss their experience as MBA students, what they learned, what they look for in hiring, and benefits of an MBA in various fields. Guest panelists include:

Julie Jakubek, The Julie Jakubek Agency, Allstate Insurance Company
Michael Gorbitz, President, Alberta Oats Milling,Ltd.
Debra J. Stevens, Director of Marketing and Communications, Phoenix Children's Hospital
Chris Filandro, CIO, Meritage Homes &West Faculty
Dan Ernest, Controller, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Aram Chavez, Lecturer, Arizona State University College of Technology and Innovation
Panel Moderator: Dr. Lisa Klein Pearo, Business Program Chair, Western International University

Dr. Jimmie Flores, West Program Chair of Informatics, presents on Aligning IT with Business to Make Bottom Line Sense.

Dr. Jennifer Lee, West Program Chair of Behavioral Science, presents on the Psychological Effects of Social Media: Relationship Tie Strength and Personality Differences.

Dr. Lisa Klein Pearo, West Program Chair of Business, presents on the Value of Listening and Using Social Media to Understand Your Customers and Competitors.

Career coach Kathryn Scahill, National Certified Counselor and Associate Director of Career Counseling, presents on Putting Your Career in Motion through Goals and Actions.

Dr. Lori Wieters, West faculty, presents Entrepreneurship: Is it for you? Dr. Wieters has extensive experience in employee and leadership development both in small and large organizations. She is also a university professor and executive coach.