Communication Careers Week Hosted By School of Communications

Nov. 11, 2019

School of Communication Hosts Communication Careers WeekEric Rothenbuhler, the dean of School of Communications introduced a panel with the Unabridged Media Company at the 2018 events.

Communication Careers Week is five days of engaging events held Nov. 11 – Nov 15 that bring together students, alumni, faculty, staff, and industry professionals. It provides opportunities for students to expand their knowledge of the ever-changing landscape of the communication industry by gaining insights from alumni and working professionals.

It gives students opportunities to network and to discuss their career interests, as well as areas for possible future exploration. It includes a panel discussion, an internship expo, alumni guest speakers in classes, and more.


2019 Schedule of Events

Monday, Nov. 11 Guest speakers visiting classes throughout the day


Tuesday, Nov. 12 Hidden Careers in Communication and Media Professional Panel | Sverdrup 112 1:30-3 p.m.

A panel of six guest speakers explores 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. A reception will follow this event. 

Jose Artiaga IV senior operations manager, Cushman & Wakefield
Bob Davidson vice president, Marketing and Communications, SSM Health 
Erika Ebsworth-Goold executive director, Strategic Initiatives, Washington University
Sean Lashley senior vice president & partner, FleishmanHillard
Rachel Lee founder lead editor, Heartwork Videos 
Gilberto Pinela communications manager, Cortex Innovation Community 

Wednesday, Nov. 13 Build Your Network | East Lobby Sverdrup 3-6 p.m

Students will have an opportunity to visit with academic and career advisors, have a LinkedIn photo taken, and to have their resumes reviewed. Representatives of professional organizations will be on-site for networking and advice. Alumni and working media producers will discuss how they found their way into the industry, surprising opportunities, and how they learned to apply their skills in a 21st-century marketplace. Refreshments will be served.

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

John Launius executive vice president of Vidzu Media 
Sean Barber multimedia manager, Premium Retail Services 
Alison Stabenow advanced visualization specialist, National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency
Dave Callahan multimedia specialist, National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency 

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

Chris Frome senior director of Event Presentation, St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and Enterprise Center 

A networking reception with professional organizations, resume review, professional head-shot photo booth, and more follow from 4 to 6 p.m. in 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 Internship Expo | West Lobby Sverdrup 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

This Internship Expo will feature 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. Students can meet with representatives of media companies, agencies, and other organizations, seeking media and communication interns.

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.

Friday, Nov. 15 Guest speakers will visit classes throughout the day

For more information visit @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.

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