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!

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
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Scott “Skottie” Miller has been working in technical industries for over thirty years, namely for aerospace and entertainment companies. He currently serves as a Technology Fellow for Infrastructure and Architecture at DreamWorks Animation. This role allows him to focus on researching forward-looking strategies that can be implemented as new systems to improve the movie-making process. In 2016, DreamWorks was bought by NBCUniversal, which is currently an ongoing merger. Miller said  that is one of the reasons the animation studio did not have a blockbuster movie release in 2017. What do you… Read more
Computer & Information Technology
Robert
Robert Sheldon is currently a Concert Band Editor for Alfred Publishing Co., Inc, a music publishing company based in California. Throughout this career, Mr. Sheldon has also attained great success as a composer, and is even recognized as one of the most performed composers of wind band music today. He has been asked to guest-conduct performances of his own compositions on the world’s most prestigious platforms, such as New York’s Carnegie Hall.  Nevertheless, Mr. Sheldon claims his ‘first love’ in terms of his professional life, has always been to teach! He has enjoyed an illustrious, 28… Read more
Education
Soma
Soma Mei Sheng Frazier is an East Coast Native living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she presently serves as a 2017 San Francisco Library Laureate and final judge of the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Texan father, she was raised in a biracial household in rural New Hampshire. From a young age, Soma found community and solace in literature. At the age of 18, she moved to California to attend Pomona College. Her award winning fiction chapbooks, Salve (Nomadic Press) and Collateral Damage: A Triptych (RopeWalk Press), have earned praise… Read more
Other Professional Services
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“If where you’re going in your career tends to scare you a little bit, chances are you’re going in the right direction.” Jennifer Fiorenza is the Vice President for the Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle Division at Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR, a firm which is currently one of the top PR companies for both national and international coverage. Growing up, Jennifer was a social butterfly and soon found a passion for fashion. Being the first of her family to attend higher education, Fiorenza continues to prove her success with an extensive background and understanding of the industry.… Read more
Marketing and Advertising