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School of Communications Hosts Fifth Annual Communication Careers Week

ST. LOUIS (November 11, 2019) – Many people go to school with a specific career outcome in mind and are surprised to find that the industry they enter presents opportunities to use their skills in ways they hadn't considered. The theme of the fifth annual Communication Careers Week focuses on career paths that may not be top of mind or that students may not be aware exist.

Alumni and the entire Webster community are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, Nov. 12 features the panel discussion, "Hidden Careers in Communication and Media" from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Sverdrup Media Commons, Room 112. A reception follows. A panel of six guest speakers explore the wide range of career opportunities available to communication students.

Their communication positions span commercial real estate, healthcare, education, entertainment and talent acquisition, entrepreneurship, and innovation and economic development.

Jose Artiaga IV, Senior Operations Manager, Cushman & Wakefield
Bob Davidson, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, SSM Health (MA Media Communications 2002)
Erika Ebsworth-Goold, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives, Washington University
Sean Lashley, Senior Vice President & Partner, FleishmanHillard
Rachel Lee, Founder, Lead Editor, Heartwork Videos (BA Video Production 2007)
Gilberto Pinela, Communications Manager, Cortex Innovation Community (MA Media Communications 2017, BA Media Communications 2015)

Wednesday, Nov. 13 features alumni and working media producers discussing how they found their way into the industry, the surprising opportunities they found there, and how they learned to apply their skills in a 21st century marketplace.

Panel Discussion - 2 p.m., Sverdrup Media Commons, Room 112

John Launius, Executive Vice President of Vidzu Media (BA Video Production 2014)
Sean Barber, Multimedia Manager, Premium Retail Services (BA Video Production 2012)
Alison Stabenow, Advanced Visualization Specialist, National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency (BA Animation 2015)
Dave Callahan, Multimedia Specialist, National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency (BA Video Production 2004)

Speaker - 3 p.m., Sverdrup Media Commons, Room 112

Chris Frome, Senior Director of Event Presentation, St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and Enterprise Center (BA Media Communications 1995)

A networking reception with professional organizations, resume review, professional head-shot photo booth, and more follow from 4 to 6 p.m. the Sverdrup East Lobby.

Professional associations include:

  • Audio Engineering Society (AES)
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • St. Louis Ad Club
  • St. Louis Press Club
  • Venture Cafe

Thursday, Nov. 14, features the annual Internship Expo. More than 30 companies and organizations with internships available for spring and summer 2020 represented. Students can learn about the organizations and opportunities, practice their pitches, and receive professional feedback.

The Internship Expo is in the Sverdrup West Lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Guest speakers will be visiting classes throughout the week. Some of the highlights include Bob Cohn, veteran journalist and editor emeritus of the Jewish Light, News Channel 5's PJ Randhawa, Kathy Torre Stewart, niece of MLB Vice-President and Hall of Famer, Joe Torre, the daughter of MLB player Frank Torre, and record producer/composer Jason "Jay E" Epperson.

Be sure to check @webster_soc on Instagram and Twitter for updates on what's happening. Major events will be live streaming at

More information is available on the SOCHub. Be sure to use the hashtag #SOCareersWeek on social media.