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Foreign Relations Summer Series: Career Lessons from the Great Recession

  • 25 Jun 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Online

Foreign Relations Summer Series hosted by PCFR Young Professionals

It’s summertime, and PCFR is keeping you informed and engaged with the global community in Phoenix. Now in its third year, the Foreign Relations Summer Series hosted by PCFR Young Professionals will begin with a virtual panel discussion on June 25th. Sign up today to stay connected from wherever you are. We will be announcing the next events throughout the summer season.

Career Lessons from the Great Recession

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Cost: Free

Zoom Meeting

Navigating a global economic downturn is challenging for any career, but for young professionals, the effects can be profound. As we enter the economic aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, come learn from a panel of PCFR members who came out ahead and built global careers after enduring a tough job search during the 2008-2012 Great Recession. The event is virtual, but the connections are real. Join by Zoom. Cameras on or off--it’s up to you.

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Brian D. Hall

Brian is a brand strategy consultant at Infinity Brand Strategy and a marketing leader at ChargePoint, the biggest company in electric vehicle fueling. After getting his MBA in 2009 he managed brands including Steinway & Sons, Pillsbury, Fiber One, Maytag, KitchenAid, Dial, SweetLeaf and Kolbe. He can prove he is a Millennial because he loves indie music festivals, fuels his car with solar power, and joined Facebook when it was only available to college students.

Sentari M. Minor

Sentari M. Minor is a social impact advocate and passionate relationship builder. As Regional Director of Gen Next, Mr. Minor oversees the development and engagement of accomplished and purposeful leaders in Phoenix and San Francisco to ultimately drive generational change. A Phoenix native and alumnus of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, he is a member of Class IV of the American Express Leadership Academy through the Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Nonprofit Innovation. Mr. Minor speaks nationally on governance, leadership, and the concepts of venture philanthropy, nonprofit capacity building, social entrepreneurship, and engaging CEOs in social and political dialogue. When he’s not busy changing the world, he enjoys fitness, reading, and spending time with his loved ones.

Jonathan Gelbart

At the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, Jonathan manages educational initiatives for students and young professionals that further the Institute’s mission to promote civic engagement, civil discourse, and civics education. In 2018, he ran for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, the state's highest elected office for education. His platform focused on innovation and reimagining what public education should look like to prepare students for the 21st century. #ReplaceTheModelT

Before that, over the course of more than three years with BASIS.ed, Jonathan managed the opening of 15 new campuses nationwide for the top-ranked BASIS charter school network. And before that, he was a financial analyst and associate for a small investment firm. Jonathan graduated from Stanford University in December of 2011 with a co-terminal master's degree in civil engineering and a bachelor's in international relations.

Mary Foote

Mary Foote serves as Director of Strategy and Engagement for the Partnership for Economic Innovation and Managing Director for Pipeline AZ. She has been in economic development for more than ten years, focusing on foreign direct investment, tax incentives, business attraction and retention, innovation ecosystems and workforce development. She has been a frequent speaker and had the opportunity to support international investment on behalf of the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank. Mary is actively involved in her community through board participation and volunteering. She is a former PBJ 40 Under 40, and as an active alumna, oversees Valley Leadership’s Jobs and Economy initiatives. She lives in Phoenix and is currently quarantining with her pitbull-mix, Hayden.


Spencer Morgan

Spencer Morgan is a transformational leader and public policy advocate. A graduate of Arizona State University with a BS in economics, Spencer is continuing his studies as a 3L at ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law where he is focusing on legislative theory and public policy. Spencer works as a policy extern with the Arizona Center for Economic Progress and is engaged with several community organizations including serving as a Fellow for PCFR and as the Board Vice-Chair for the Mesa Historical Society. In 2012, Spencer was nominated to the US House of Representatives. He was recently awarded a Level 1 in Wines by WSET and in his limited free time he enjoys backpacking, cooking, and cycling.

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