Professional Development Summit 2022

Unlock Your Professional Potential
February 12-26, 2022

Session Schedule

Adoptee Perspectives: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion
Saturday, February 12 | 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET

Join us for an informative afternoon with industry experts! Our panel of AAPI adoptee DEAI Leaders will share their insight on gender/race dynamics, accessibility, toxic vs. supportive workplaces, and the impact of their identities as AAPI-adoptees. We welcome all who are curious about finding inclusivity to attend this empowering event.

Hannah Matthys, Ph.D. | EDI Officer, State of Colorado Department of Labor and Employment; Founder, BeBrave Diversity
Joshua Kayes | Lead Consumer Service Analyst, Benchmark Digital; LGBTQ+ and Disability Advocate
Jen Mehltretter | Education Program Manager, Optica

Moderator: Kara Dewhurst | Environmental Planner, Anchor QEA; Researcher, Adoptee Hub

Young Professionals: Starting Your Career
Saturday, February 12 | 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET

Sit down with four young professional AAPI adoptees and learn about their careers, navigating the transition from college to becoming a working professional. We’ll discuss mentorship, challenging work environments, and how our identities as adoptees shape these topics. For those who are thinking about their early career steps, this conversation is not one to be missed!

Aidan Curran | Digital Media Specialist, Center for Online Learning at the University of Dayton
Vanessa Shu | 5th Grade General Education Teacher
Caroline Shaver | Graduate Fellow at University of Delaware in Art Conservation 

Moderator: Kara Dewhurst | Environmental Planner, Anchor QEA; Researcher, Adoptee Hub

Professional Development 101
Sunday, February 13 | 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET

Todd Knowlton | Director of Learning and Talent Development, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Curious about career development? Expand your professional toolkit and clarify your planning steps; from your earliest interests, to gaining meaningful experience and exposure, to boosting job-specific skills and cultivating mentors. In this experiential session, attendees will learn about career mapping and practice their own career planning.

Telling Your Story
Saturday, February 19 | 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET

Jordan Brown Kang | Strategic Project Manager, The Clorox Company

Everyone has a story to tell. Join us as we discuss why our stories are important, how we can tell our stories in an authentic way, and how those stories make us unique and powerful. In this workshop, you’ll learn what it means to build a personal brand, how that personal narrative shifts over time, and practical tools to help you reflect on your values, your narrative, and how to leverage those aspects in your career.

Let’s Talk Adoption: Challenges in the Workplace
Friday, February 25 | 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET

Alice Thompson | Founder, Alloy Consulting; Senior Executive of DEI, Trupanion; Adjust Lecturer, Georgetown University

Join DEAI expert Alice Thompson (Alloy Consulting) as she leads this large group facilitation to discuss (1) navigating complex situations in the workplace, (2) approaching personal and professional career transitions, and (3) identifying and building supportive and healthy work environments. Attendees will have an opportunity to practice actionable steps in break-out sessions to learn how to advocate for themselves and discuss challenges with their peers. This event is for adoptees only.

Career Development: Gaining Experience & Exposure
Saturday, February 26 | 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET

Kyle Johnson | Founder and Executive Director, Karen Football Association and TAKA FC

Unsure about your career path? Curious about how to transfer your skills or get started in a new role? Building successful relationships are key to building a successful career. This workshop employs entrepreneurial thinking to explore how we can leverage our experiences into new ventures and seek out supportive relationships that can help us to thrive. Learn tools to help you navigate transitions, hybrid forms of communication such as cold-calling and cold-emailing tips, and how to identify and reach out to mentors.