Spotlights

These are the career stories of diverse individuals working in a variety of careers. Watch or read about what inspired them to pursue their career, what they were like growing up, what they love most about their career and more!

Janay Coplon E! Networks
Gladeo League reporter Courtney Tate interviews Janay from E! Networks Busy Tonight. She shares with us how she got into the business, how she climbed the ladder and shares wise words with future producers out there! 
Entertainment, Media & Sports
Jason Ray
Jason Ray is a Senior Producer at Vive Studios, a software publishing subsidiary of Taiwanese smartphone company HTC that is known for its virtual reality headset and connections with Valve’s digital video game distribution platform Steam. Ray received degrees in Economics and Microbiology from San Jose State University in 1992 while working as a Quality Assurance Manager and Associate Producer for Strategic Simulations Inc., a company that notably developed games based on the Dungeons and Dragons and Warhammer 40,000 universes for systems including the MS-DOS, Commodore 64, Nintendo… Read more
Entertainment, Media & Sports
Moises Young
Moises Young, the youngest child of a working class couple, was destined to be an engineer. Young’s proficiency in math and science led him to earn a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in engineering management, both from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. The Queens borough native is a project manager for the engineering company, AECOM, with 17 years of engineering experience focused on the transportation field of engineering. His father, an immigrant from Panama, worked in the banking industry, and his mother, an immigrant from the Philippines, worked as a… Read more
Engineering
Tamika Lamison
Watch and listen to Tamika's story on how she became a producer. 
Entertainment, Media & Sports
Alexxis Jackson Director of Photography
Alexxiss Jackson grew up in Detroit, Michigan and graduated with a duel Bachelor of Arts in Film/Video Studies and English from the University of Michigan. As a Director of Photography, she heads the camera, lighting and grip departments on a variety of productions, including films, commercials and music videos — which she also directs. Among her responsibilities are aspects of production like camera movement, camera angles, lighting, setting up shots and working with the Director to tell a story visually. Her work has been recognized at least 20 times from a number of international bodies,… Read more
Entertainment, Media & Sports
Ismael Villarreal
Ismael Villarreal is a design engineer for AdelWiggins Group, a small aerospace company based out of Commerce, CA.  AdelWiggins Group produces custom-designed products for fuel distribution systems, such as hoses, clamps and connectors.  They primarily sell their products to Boeing and Airbus, but also work with manufacturers like Embraer in Brazil and Leonardo in Italy. Villarreal, who has been at the company for about a year, works on mechanical components either by adjusting existing designs or creating brand new products. Because AdelWiggins is a smaller company, he said designers often… Read more
Engineering