Alumni Career Speaker Series


The Westmont College Alumni and Parent Relations Office offers a free, monthly career speaker series to help alumni build a successful career and job search strategy. The series features the nation’s top career experts and authors who share their research and advice. To access the webinars, go to and register as a New User with an email address. After the initial registration, you may log in thereafter as a Returning User.

Subscribers will have access to live webinars as well as recordings and PDFs of archived presentations. Live webinars are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 5-6 p.m. PST. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions in real time.

December 3: John Kador - "Master the Art & Science of Interviewing"

john kadorStudies show the average job seeker will go through 16 interviews before getting a job offer! Join John Kador, author of 301 Best Questions to ASK on Your Interview, to learn how you can maximize the opportunities you get. You will walk away with a strategy that gives you more confidence and control of the interview process.

You will learn:
1. How to wow interviewers when asked, “"Is there anything you'd like to ask us?"
2. The behaviors hiring managers are looking for in candidates.
3. Dozens of questions and simple research exercises you can use at an interview to make you more memorable than your competitors.

January 7: Los Ellis - "Grab Your Keys and Drive Your Career"

Los EllisYour leadership skills are the key to helping you reach that next step on the corporate ladder. In today’s lean organizations, everyone is expected to step into a leadership role of some kind. To do that, sometimes you need to rebrand yourself! Join Los Ellis, author of Keys to Life Business Success, to learn how to expand your leadership skills, get noticed and gain the appreciation of those with whom you work.

You will learn:
1. How to recognize the moments when you should take a leadership role.
2. Proven strategies to show others your capabilities while taking charge of situations.
3.      Enormously effective yet simple techniques to rebrand yourself.

February 4: Mike Fishbein - "Proven Strategies to Build a Network That Works For You"

Mike FishbeinWho has the time to build a network? Nobody! But today, more than ever, having a carefully cultivated professional network is the key to getting a job faster, with less effort, and without the added anxiety of potential loss of income. Join Mike Fishbein, author of How to Build an Awesome Professional Network, to learn how you can utilize social media strategies to not only build your network, but engage it.

You will learn:
1. How to identify the right people in whom to invest your time.
2. Effective ways to build a professional network that will be cheering for you when you need it.
3. Easy ways to keep your network thinking about you 

March 4: Jay Block - "Stuff Your Resume With Keywords To Highlight Your Experience"

Jay BlockWith the average job posting getting hundreds of applications, your resume is going to have to scream “ PICK ME!” Jay has extensively researched automated resume software and has come up with techniques to significantly increase your chances of getting your resume on the desk of a hiring authority.

You will learn:
1. Powerful techniques to load your resume with the right keywords to attract companies to you.
2. Suggestions concerning the top words and phrases that can put your resume on hiring managers’ desks.
3. Strategies to get your resumes the right opportunities and turn interviews into a job offers.

April 1: Tom Rath - "Use Your Strengths to Create a Rewarding and Satisfying Career"

Tom RathYou deserve to be happy. You deserve to love to get up and go to work – EVERYDAY! Best selling author, Tom Rath, has used the extensive, global research of the Gallup organization to identify simple techniques you can instantly adopt that will move your career toward the things at which you are destined to be great, and those that will make you happiest.

You will learn:
1. How to identify what you do best and find opportunities to support your strengths.
2. Simple ways to build an action plan that will take you out of the rut and into your future.
3. Strategies to use your strengths to gain the respect of your employees and colleagues.

May 6: Beth Bridges - "5 Steps to Building a Powerful & Profitable Network"

Beth BridgesYour chances of attaining your dream job will improve drastically when you have a plan. Because networking is a principal way job seekers are getting jobs today, you need to have an active, written strategy – one you can refer to frequently. Join bestselling author Beth Bridges and learn her 5 part networking success plan.

You will learn:
1. How to pick and choose the right events that will support your networking strategy.
2. The five-part networking success plan that will help you build a powerful network.
3. Effortless ways to be a resource to your network so they will spend time to support you!

June 3: Carole Martin - "What You Don’t Say In An Interview Could Hold You Back"

Carole MartinThere is a good chance you are the best candidate for the job, but what if you can’t articulate that? Interviews unfortunately favor individuals who can not only listen and understand the questions being asked, but are able to quickly formulate good responses. You can learn how to increase your confidence and dramatically improve the impressions you make in interviews when you join Carole Martin, author of Boost Your Interview IQ.

 You will learn:
1. Skill building exercises you can do to prepare yourself for interviews.
2. How to build a personal narrative that showcases your skills, knowledge and personality.
3. How to recognize and respond to “tricky” behavioral questions and leave the interviewers wowed.