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Career Chats: Insights into Creative Professions

Organized by the Office of Career + Professional Development, Career Chats: Insights into Creative Professions provide Art Center students with an exclusive opportunity to meet industry leaders in a variety of fields.

At these presentations, students can identify potential job markets, gain insight into specific fields and receive career advice from visiting guests.

Career Chat Guest Speakers who were here in Summer 2014:

Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz
Gorden Wagener, Head of Design

Joe Maloney, Vice President, Product & Design
Joe Harte, Business Evangelist

Spring 2014:

Michael Gough, VP of Product Experience

Dan Marusich, Director, iTunes Interactive & Video
Yanira Rodriguez, University Relations

Digital Kitchen
Alaa Mendili, Creative Director
Tai Hubbert, Recruitment & Outreach

Tim Anness, Director, Advance Design
Winnie Cheung, Design Manager
Nick Malachowski, Advance Concept Design Manager
Lisa Hornung, Placement Manager

Denise Burchell, Senior Interaction Designer
Magen McAfee, Recruiting

Laura Lydon, Creative Operations Coordinator
Lauren Dixon, Design Operations Coordinator


Program Participants

Speakers have included:

  • 180; Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Abercrombie & Fitch; Columbus, Ohio
  • Adidas; Portland, Oregon
  • Airstream; Jackson Center, Ohio
  • American Greetings; Cleveland, Ohio
  • Anshen + Allen Architects; San Francisco, California
  • Apple; Cupertino, California
  • Applied Minds; Glendale, California
  • Aquarium of the Pacific; Long Beach, California
  • Aria Group; Irvine, California
  • Arnold; Boston, Massachusetts & New York, New York
  • ASC; Southgate, Michigan
  • Astro; Palo Alto, California
  • Avery Dennison; Pasadena, California
  • B-Reel; Venice, California
  • Big Stage; South Pasadena, California
  • Blind; Santa Monica, California
  • BMW Group/DesignworksUSA; Newbury Park, California
  • Boombang; Los Angeles, California
  • Boyd Communications; Los Angeles, California
  • Bradshaw International; Rancho Cucamonga, California
  • BRC Imagination Arts; Burbank, California
  • Callison Architecture; Seattle, Washington
  • Careers for Social Impact; Adlai Wertman
  • Cartoon Network; Atlanta, Georgia
  • Clean Agency; Pasadena, California
  • Clif Bar; Berkeley, California
  • Colors Materials & Trends Exploration Laboratory (CMTEL); Panel Discussion
  • Colourmovie; Los Angeles, California
  • Communication Arts; Boulder, Colorado
  • Concept Design Productions; Monrovia, California
  • Continuum; Boston, Massachusetts
  • Country Music Television; Nashville, Tennessee
  • Crispin Porter Bogusky; Boulder, Colorado
  • Curry Design; Los Angeles, California
  • Dave Muyres — Sustainable Mobility; Los Angeles, California
  • David Shannon — Illustrator; Los Angeles, California
  • designafairs USA; Mountain View, California
  • Diana Koenigsberg Photography; Los Angeles, California 
  • Disney Consumer Products; Burbank, California
  • Disney Destinations Marketing; Glendale, California
  • Display Boys; Irvine, California
  • DNA Studios; Los Angeles, California
  • Doremus; New York, New York
  • DreamWorks Animation; Glendale, California
  • DreamWorks SKG; Glendale, California
  • East/West Literary Agency; Santa Monica, California
  • Edgar Arceneaux — Artist; Pasadena, California
  • Electronic Arts; Los Angeles, California
  • Estylo; Los Angeles, California
  • Fisker Coachbuild; Irvine, California
  • Fitch; Ohio & California
  • Focus Features; Universal City, California 
  • Ford Motor Co.; Irvine, California
  • Fox Networks; Los Angeles, California
  • Fox Sports; Los Angeles, California
  • Friend & Johnson; San Francisco, California
  • frogdesign; San Francisco, California & Seattle, Washington
  • Gad Shaanan Design; Montreal, Canada & San Diego, California
  • Gee + Chung Design; San Francisco, California
  • Gensler; Santa Monica, California
  • George P. Johnson Company; Torrance, California
  • Globo TV Networks; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • GOOD; West Hollywood, California
  • Ground Zero; Los Angeles, California
  • Guest Informant; Woodland Hills, California
  • Gulfstream Aerospace; Savannah, Georgia
  • Hallmark Cards; Kansas City, Missouri
  • Harcourt Brace; San Diego, California
  • Herbst Lazar Bell; Lake Forest, California & Chicago, Illinois
  • Hunt Design Associates; Pasadena, California
  • Hyperion Books for Children; New York, New York
  • Idealab; Pasadena, California
  • IDEO Product Development; San Francisco, California
  • Imaginary Forces; Hollywood, California
  • Industrial Light & Magic; San Rafael, California
  • Intervisual Books; Santa Monica, California
  • J.D. Power & Associates; Westlake Village, California
  • Jakob Trollback & Company; New York, New York
  • Jennifer Steinkamp — Artist; Los Angeles, California
  • JKL Components; Pasadena, California
  • Johnson Controls; Holland, Michigan
  • Johnson & Johnson; New York, New York
  • Keck-Craig; Pasadena, California
  • Kelton Research; Rochester, Minnesota
  • KILLSPENCER; Los Angeles, California
  • Klasky Csupo; Hollywood, California
  • Koplin Del Rio Gallery; Culver City, California
  • Landor Associates; Washington & California
  • LDM Technologies; Auburn Hills, Michigan
  • LeBasse Projects; Culver City, California
  • Lego Systems; Billund, Denmark
  • Let There Be Dragons; Los Angeles, California
  • LinkedIn, Mountain View, California
  • Los Angeles Magazine; Los Angeles, California
  • Louey/Rubino Design Group; Santa Monica, California
  • Lucasarts; San Francisco, California
  • Lucasfilm Animation; San Francisco, California
  • Lunar; Palo Alto, California
  • Mattel; El Segundo, California
  • MCG Architecture; Pasadena, California
  • Metadesign; San Francisco, California
  • Michael Osborne Design; San Francisco, California
  • Microsoft; Redmond, Washington
  • Mike Murphy - Animation Director; Los Angeles, California
  • Movado Group; Paramus, New Jersey
  • MTV Networks; New York, New York
  • NBBJ; Marina del Rey, California
  • NBC Entertainment; Burbank, California
  • Nestle; Vevey, Switzerland
  • Net Impact; San Francisco, California
  • Neutrogena; Los Angeles, California
  • New Balance, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • NFL Properties; New York, New York
  • Nike; Beaverton, Oregon
  • nonobject; Palo Alto, California
  • NSA; Fort Meade, Maryland
  • 02 Studios; Thousand Oaks, California
  • Oddworld Inhabitants; San Francisco, California
  • Oishi; Los Angeles, California
  • Patagonia; Ventura, California
  • Paul Keye & Partners; Los Angeles, California
  • PDI; Palo Alto, California
  • Pentagram; San Francisco, California
  • P&G (Procter & Gamble); Marysville, Ohio
  • Pixar; Emeryville, California
  • Phuuz Entertainment; Universal City, California
  • Polaris industries; Medina, Minnesota
  • Professional Organizations (AIGA, APDA, IDSA, SEGD, SILA)
  • Razorfish; Los Angeles, California
  • Reebok; Stoughton, Massachusetts
  • Rhythm & Hues Studios; Los Angeles, California
  • RKS Design; Thousand Oaks, California
  • Roz Goldfarb Associates; New York, New York
  • RTKL Associates; Los Angeles, California
  • RTT; Pasadena, California
  • Saatchi & Saatchi LA; Los Angeles, California
  • Salomon Huerta — Artist; Los Angeles, California
  • SEW; Los Angeles, California
  • Sherpa Technologies — Compulsion; Pacific Palisades, California
  • SHR Perceptual Management; Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Sid Lee; Montreal, Quebec
  • Smart Design; New York, New York
  • Social Entrepreneurship; Mateo Neri & Bobby Chang
  • Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles
  • Sony Design Center; San Francisco, California
  • Sotto Studios; Los Angeles, California
  • Source; Chicago, Illinois
  • Storyboards; Venice, California
  • Target Corporation; Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Target Stores; Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • TBWA/Chiat/Day; Playa del Rey, California
  • Teague; Seattle, Washington
  • Teague Product Studio; Redmond, Washington
  • Tesla Motors, Hawthorne, California
  • The Coca-Cola Company; Atlanta, Georgia
  • The Franklin Mint; Franklin Center, Pennsylvania
  • The_Groop; Los Angeles, California
  • The Hettema Group; Pasadena, California
  • The Phelps Group; Santa Monica, California
  • The Richards Group; Dallas, Texas
  • The Understanding Business; San Francisco, California
  • The Understanding Lab; New York, New York
  • Thomson Consumer Electronics; Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tokyopop; Los Angeles, California
  • Tool of North America; Los Angeles, California
  • Troika Design Group; Hollywood, California
  • Turner Duckworth; San Francisco, California
  • Twisthink; Holland, Michigan
  • Universal Studios; Universal City, California
  • Virgin Records; Beverly Hills, California
  • VIVmag; Westlake Village, California
  • Vode; Sonoma, California
  • Volkswagen of America; Simi Valley, California
  • Walt Disney Feature Animation; California/Florida
  • Walt Disney Imagineering; Glendale, California
  • Weber Shandwick;  Los Angeles, California
  • WEST: Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine; Los Angeles, California
  • West Office Exhibition Design; Oakland, California
  • WET Design; Sun Valley, California
  • Whiskytree; San Rafael, California
  • Wieden & Kennedy; Oregon & Japan
  • WongDoody; Culver City, California
  • Working in the Digital Space — The Insider's View; Panel Discussion
  • Young & Rubicam; New York, New York
  • Ziba Design; Portland Oregon

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