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!

Lisa Andrews
“School counseling is amazing...you have the power to completely change  the trajectory of a child’s life.”  Lisa Andrews is a school counselor working in the Pomona Unified School District in California. Throughout her career, Ms. Andrews has dedicated herself to servicing the most vulnerable of our society by empowering them to change  for the better. As a growing leader in the field of school counseling, Ms. Andrews has been invited to speak at conferences and multiple school counseling training programs. She is especially passionate about pushing boundaries and questioning current… Read more
Education
Chrissi Hernandez
Chrissi Hernandez is a creative director and travel blogger living and  working in Los Angeles, CA. Her younger, illustrator self started out designing bohemian prints for Scanty, a small loungewear company. For the last six years she has been sharpening her digital skills, art directing for thredUP and Sephora in foggy San Francisco and freelancing for smaller companies in sunny southern California. When she's not designing, she's traveling across the globe. Chrissi is passionate about exploring, whether that means visiting a new city or country (Croatia is a recent favorite), or discovering… Read more
Architecture, Art & Design
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Jo Kwon has been a reporter for CBS 2/KCAL 9 since July of 2017. However her experience in journalism, working for print, radio, and broadcast outlets, goes back more than a decade. She started with a newsroom internship at The Cambrian and various local TV news stations in 2002 while studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Kwon said writing for a newspaper taught her that she wasn’t a fan of writing for print, but also that print is the “best foundation for a great storyteller/reporter” because of the detail… Read more
Entertainment, Media & Sports
Ernest Li
  Ernest is a Los Angeles native with a mild addiction to coffee. In his decade-long career as a product designer, he’s helped build award-winning websites and apps for a diverse range of companies like Thrive Market, Hulu, and Change.org. With degrees in biology and music, Ernest’s path to his current profession was a bit unconventional. He discovered his interest in design after his first job, and since then has continued to seek out new challenges to keep learning and growing as a designer. Ernest is currently freelancing, teaching at General Assembly, and mentoring new designers… Read more
Architecture, Art & Design
Paul Schmick
During 9/11, Paul J. Schmick was working as a District Manager for a telecommunications firm in New York City. After working in Ground Zero’s harsh conditions led to a family member’s diagnosis with lung disease, Paul felt an urge to serve his country. Looking for a place to start, Paul pursued a low wage job in the private security industry to gain experience.  While working his way up from his weekend part-time security job, Paul pursued a role within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. On March 17, 2008, Paul was sworn in as a Transportation Security Officer for the U.S. Department… Read more
Computer & Information Technology
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Paul Tanpitukpongse is an engineer-turned-patent attorney currently working with Meunier, Carlin & Curfman LLC, a legal firm located in Atlanta, GA. A self-described ‘tinkerer’, Paul participated in the automotive club, science fairs and engineering competitions in high school. These extra-curricular endeavors coupled with strong STEM skills led to his first career as an engineer. As an advocate for continual learning and following one’s passions, Paul decided to then  pursue a career in the legal field.. He has found success as a practicing patent attorney for five years now. Can you… Read more
Legal