Top Ten Pacific Alumni to Follow On Linkedin 2020

Introducing This First-Ever Top 10 Pacific Alumni to Follow On LinkedIn

We asked the question “Who are you following on Linkedin for inspiration and learning” at The University of the Pacific Alumni Official Group with 5,300+ members. We also separately asked 700+ active Alumni for nominations. A total of 62 were nominated and 22 responded to our Google form. 

What They use LinkedIn for

  • Connecting with Pacific students & alumni, learning from alumni and non-alumni subject-matter experts who focus on things I’m passionate about in their work
  • I use LinkedIn to explore and share new ideas, keep in touch with colleagues, and build new and meaningful relationships across disciplines.
  • Connecting with students, alumni & employers to facilitate opportunities to engage, land internships, launch careers, expand networks. Personal / Professional branding.
  • I used LinkedIn to keep track of my friends and colleagues in their professional endeavors. I like to provide support where I can and make meaningful connections between different people in my network to drive careers. I also used LinkedIn to showcase my own achievements, such as the upcoming publication of my first book “The Future of Governance in Space,” available April 2021.
  • I use LinkedIn to keep in-touch with my network, learn new topics, and find new opportunities. I use LinkedIn daily because I enjoy the updates from the many leaders, students, and professionals in my SHPE familia across the Nation; former classmates, professors and current students (who reach out to me) from University of the Pacific and San Joaquin Delta College; individuals and speakers I have met at conferences and professional events; authors of articles I come across and enjoy; and, leaders from medical device companies that inspire me.

“Connecting with students, alumni & employers to facilitate opportunities to engage, land internships, launch careers, expand networks. Personal / Professional branding.”

Margaret Roberts

Here's What we learned from their favourite or most successful.

  • Personal advice to your younger self to relate to the younger generation.
  • Life stories coming in full circle.
  • Career highlights
  • Passion to serve and support
  • Women in Tech
  • Demonstration of commitment
  • Advice from Someone who’s been there
  • Writing articles that you are passionate about
  • Celebration of an award
  • Interview iconic leaders

“The first article I posted was quite a project because I haven’t ever gone through the process before. It was a major success and encouraged me to keep writing LinkedIn articles about topics that I am passionate about. Future articles that I wrote led to people from Google, Playstation, and Xbox reaching out to me.”

Jasmine Granados

Without further ado, I am excited to announce the final results!

Josh Morgan

Josh Morgan

Director Of Marketing & Community Relations/PIO at Sierra College

 

What I use Linkedin for:

Sharing my experience and learning from others.

Number of Followers:

2,260

Industry:

Marketing 

Who am I:

A lifelong learner who was worked with incredible teams on worldwide stages.

What I do:

Director of Marketing, Sierra College

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Practical experience with a learner’s heart.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Margaret Roberts

Josh’s Favorite Post

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Check out Josh’s post here

Dear 19 year old, on academic probation, me,

Keep working. Don’t freak out. In 20 or so years they’ll have you back to lecture on business strategy and communications.

To everyone who may have a few mis-starts with college, don’t worry, it’s a marathon not a sprint.

#HigherEd

2. Jose M. Hernandez

2. Jose M. Hernandez

Speaker and President and CEO at Tierra Luna Engineering, LLC

What I use Linkedin for:

Connect with people of similar interest.

Number of Followers:

5,429

Industry:

Aerospace 

Who am I:

A staunch promoter of STEM careers. I believe anyone can reach for their own stars with a plan, education, hard work and perseverance.

What I do:

Work on aerospace related projects as a consultant.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I post cool stuff about space exploration.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Daniel Goleman – A fellow Stocktonian who is an author, psychologist and writes about social emotional intelligence. Learn about SEI.

Chris Callahan – New President of the University of the Pacific , stay in touch with the daily operations of Pacific NASA – Stay in touch with what NASA is doing or planning to do in space.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/jose-m-hernandez-61879461_full-circle-activity-6721936224468246528-HIzC

My favorite as it show how I come full circle in life!

3. Jordan R. Turner

3. Jordan R. Turner

Associate Attorney at Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking, remaining in contact with law school and undergraduate peers, updates on the area of law that I work in, seeking and providing professional advise from connections and peers, and providing a sliver of my professional life to my connections.

Number of Followers:

1,426

Industry:

Legal

Who am I:

I am a firm believer that a healthy, equitable, and empowering workplace is a major key for individual happiness and general productivity.

Thus, my goal is to apply my skillset and strengths towards ensuring that companies and places of employment are as equitable as they can be under present circumstances. That requires counseling companies and employees on how best to avoid violations of the law, as well as what to do when disputes arise.

What I do:

I am a labor and employment attorney, representing companies / employers in all areas of employment and business litigation. It is my job to ensure that my clients do not violate state and federal labor and employment laws, and to defend them when they are accused of such violations.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I am highly engaging on LinkedIn. I am connected to many different people in different industries and locations throughout California, and I’m intentional about networking with my connections no matter the stage in their respective careers.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Chinwenwa “Chinwe” Ohanele

Mukhaye Nangalama

Edwin Lindo

Cameo Davis

Shannel Hawkins

Nchekube Onyima

Anthony Young

Quentin Graeber

Gerald Jones, Jr.

Dr. Jhoanna Amigable

My favourite or most successful post:

My favorite post came about 3 years ago when I posted a picture of myself and San Diego County Superior Court Judge Randa Trapp at my attorney swearing-in ceremony!

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6344943413095333888-nN8a

4. Mario Enriquez

4. Mario Enriquez

Director of Domestic Programs at LGBTQ Victory Institute

What I use Linkedin for:

Professional networking and one-on-one support/networking/mentoring.

Number of Followers:

4,215

Industry:

Nonprofit

Who am I:

An eternal optimist who for the past decade, have had a strong record of public service and youth leadership development.

What I do:

I focus my work around leadership development, storytelling, and at the Victory Institute, I inform the nation’s network of LGBTQ elected and appointed leaders.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Love to share resources, ideas, and engage with like-minded individuals who want to give back to their communities.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

President Obama, Arianna Huffington, Tony Robbins, Dave Kerpen are just a few. I love to hear about the successes of trailblazers in various industries. They have so many interesting stories and layers to who they are as leaders.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6257283151970725888-KTrx;

A continued passion for serving young people and always finding ways to stay connected and support the next generation of leaders.

5. Annie Saya

5. Annie Saya

Leadership Recruiting, Software Engineering (SWE)

What I use Linkedin for:

Hosting virtual events for my roles, my company, and sourcing for candidates.

Number of Followers:

1,213

Industry:

Tech Recruiting

Who am I:

I love connecting people to their strengths and passions by connecting with them outside of an interview setting and learning more about them.

What I do:

Recruit for Software Engineering Leaders

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Learn about how and what Facebook is working on that would impact your user experience, but also the elections, Bay Area technology, social media, and how you stay connected with your friends and family.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Austin Lenz (also a recruiter), Nate Hircsh (our recruiting manager)

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/annie-saya-0a610484_jadapinkettsmith-womenintech-leadtogether-activity-6610034852819537920-o7uW

A Women in Tech conference I was able to attend through work!

6. Lyndon Huling

6. Lyndon Huling

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | Talent Acquisition | Leadership Recruitment | Outreach & Community Engagement

What I use Linkedin for:

I used Linked in for a few reasons:

1) Recruiting diverse talent for leadership roles at UC Davis & UC Davis Health.

2) Raising awareness about diversity, equity and inclusion best practices in HR, higher education and healthcare.

Number of Followers:

3,393

Industry:

Human Resources/Talent Acquisition/Diversity

Who am I:

I am passionate about redefining Human Resources practice through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens. We need to redefine the status quo to ensure we are advancing inclusive excellence.

What I do:

I recruit diverse leaders to join UC Davis and I promote DEI initiatives across the organization through advocacy and education.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Not only will you learn about awesome career opportunities at UC Davis, but you’ll also hear about outreach opportunities and see great posts about diversity, equity and inclusion best practices in higher education and healthcare.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Hector Escalante

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6669424278359932928-qQ3B –

This was a popular post because it demonstrated the commitment our organization has made cultivating a diverse student body. While it didn’t relate directly to recruitment, it highlighted our mission and vision and how we are operationalizing those values as an institution.

7. Joshua Foster

7. Joshua Foster

Senior Manager, Modeling and Analytics at PwC

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking.

Number of Followers:

2,287

Industry:

Financial Services

Who am I:

I’ve spent the last 11 years exploring the fields of statistical model development, validation, and risk management but the most fulfilling part of my professional life has been building the knowledge, capabilities, and confidence of the colleagues who I’ve worked with and those who have worked for me.

What I do:

I lead a team that develops Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) and Dodd-Frank Act stress testing models, Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) reserving models, and more general credit loss models for large bank credit portfolios for submission to the regulators to assess whether firms have sufficient capital to weather both expected and possibly adverse economic conditions.

In addition, I lead teams that specialize in the development and assessment of clients’ internally-developed loan loss reserve, residual value, credit loss, and fair lending compliance models through empirical and statistical testing and validation.

And finally, I develop and implement statistical and analytical testing for high profile litigation cases brought against some of the largest banks in the world. This often involves developing statistical models for detecting discrimination in underwriting, APR pricing, net revenue, dealer markup, and broker compensation for multiple clients of the US banking industry.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I have created a relatively large network of financial services professionals from across the East Coast (including NYC and Washington DC) and can serve as a connection between parties.

In addition,I plan to increase the number of posts (both written and re-shared) related to risk and regulatory compliance, machine-learning, and advances in financial modeling for the financial services sector.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Steven Goulart, Former Pacific Regent and CIO Metlife

Anne Milne, Pacific Regent, Managing Director at Bank of America

Norman Allen, Pacific Regent, CRO Woodruff Sawyer

Kyle Kennedy, Senior Economist, Federal Housing Finance Agency

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/mrjoshfoster_graduating-into-a-recession-advice-from-activity-6678668448844787712-bCZh

8. Jasmine Granados

8. Jasmine Granados

Games UX Researcher

What I use Linkedin for:

To stay connected with colleagues and updated on recent research in the fields I am interested in. I also have recruiters reach out to me for job openings weekly.

Number of Followers:

347

Industry:

User Experience Research

Who am I:

My name is Jasmine Granados. I am a 2016 graduate from UOP and a current graduate student at the Wichita State University where earned my M.A. in Human Factors Psychology. I will graduate with my Ph.D. May 2021. My goal is to gain enough experience to earn a job as a UX researcher and help make games more user-friendly. I am extremely passionate about increasing the accessibility of games because it will lead to a better experience for all gamers.

What I do:

I have interned at a UX consulting company in Austin, TX and at NASA remotely. My dissertation research will focus on improving the experience of Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing gamers. If you would like to know more about the specific projects I’ve worked on, look at my resume, my projects section on LinkedIn, or send me a message!

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I write articles when relevant topics that are important to me pop up. I also share articles and post quite frequently.

LinkedIn is a great way to connect to people who share similar interests and for recruiters to reach out. I am happy to connect with other alumni from UOP!

Who I follow on Linkedin:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alejandra-sanchez/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordanlamb11/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-hernandez-7391194a/

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/6-key-differences-between-traditional-ux-games-jasmine-granados/

The first article I posted was quite a project because I haven’t ever gone through the process before. It was a major success and encouraged me to keep writing LinkedIn articles about topics that I am passionate about. Future articles that I wrote led to people from Google, Playstation, and Xbox reaching out to me.

9. Marshea Pratt

9. Marshea Pratt

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Leader | Coalition Builder | Connector | Trusted Advisor | Mentor

What I use Linkedin for:

Connecting with Pacific students & alumni, learning from alumni and non-alumni subject-matter experts who focus on things I’m passionate about in their work.

Number of Followers:

1,184

Industry:

Education

Who am I:

I am self-motivated, reliable and inclusive leader who is known for speaking truth to power. I use my knowledge and skills to help build trust, uplift, empower, unify and serve our collective community.

What I do:

Alumni Volunteer Management, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advocacy, Student Club/Org Advising

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I’m connected to amazing people who are doing transformational work in this world that could be a great connections for others who choose to follow me.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Chinwe Ohanele – Innovative attorney and entrepreneur,

Mahrukh “Maya” Hasan – Subject-matter expert in International Relations, Advocate for women’s rights,

Ryan Bowling – Comm/Marketing Pro – great insights,

Mathilde Patmon – recruiter in the tech space, provides great opportunities to learn and grow (networking, jobs, etc.), Mario Enriquez – an energetic optimist and advocate for DEI, LGBTQ+ rights, future elected official,

Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi – DEI subject-matter expert, transformational leader in the Higher Ed space, Lyndon Huling – works in HR at UC Davis with a DEI emphasis, shares lots of great content and job opps,

Margaret Roberts – she knows everyone and everyone knows her, subject matter expert in all things career and job search,

Michael Orozco, Jr. – works at Netflix and doing great work in the recruiting space and within employee resource groups (ERGS), also part of Techqueria – conferences/network for Latinx folx in tech. Jordan Turner – rising star in the legal field

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/marsheapratt153_uoproud-activity-6713506587018964992-1L4p

This post reached over 1,700 people. It celebrates an award recently earned by a student org I am a co-advisor for at Pacific – Alpha Phi Omega – Alpha Alpha Xi Chapter. Very proud of the students for earning this recognition.

10. Mary J Wardell-Ghirarduzzi

10. Mary J Wardell-Ghirarduzzi

Higher Ed Leader | Keynote Speaker | Leadership Professor | SF Commissioner | Author | Diversity & Inclusion Expert

What I use Linkedin for:

Professional network and thought leadership.

Number of Followers:

4,483

Industry:

Higher Education

Who am I:

My life’s purpose is to uplift people through the beauty and power of a humanizing education.

What I do:

I am an executive woman of color leader, educator, and author who excels at building anchor organizations that will accelerate hope and possibilities for people and communities for years to come.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

My goal is to be a light and a bridge to help others find their voices and fulfill their purpose. I do this through using my platforms to teach, to lead, and share stories that illuminate the parts that often get overlooked.

I care about issues that matter and contribute to the whole and common good. I believe we can all do better through the power of stories that can inform policy, practice, and the decisions we make. Mission-driven people working within mission-aligned organizations.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow anyone that uses their platform to share great ideas, tell necessary stories, and who generally seek to make things better in society.

My favourite or most successful post:

I love this post because there is no one quite like Dr. Angela Y. Davis – the iconic civil rights leader, prolific thinker, renowned author and cherished professor. It was one of my greatest honors to interview her the day after the 2020 national election.

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6730652105461391360/

11. Delia Davila

11. Delia Davila

Category Manager for Digital Medicine Manufacturing at Otsuka Pharmaceutical America, Inc.

What I use Linkedin for:

I use LinkedIn to keep in-touch with my network, learn new topics, and find new opportunities. I use LinkedIn daily because I enjoy the updates from the many leaders, students, and professionals in my SHPE familia across the Nation; former classmates, professors and current students (who reach out to me) from University of the Pacific and San Joaquin Delta College; individuals and speakers I have met at conferences and professional events; authors of articles I come across and enjoy; and, leaders from medical device companies that inspire me.

Number of Followers:

1,635

Industry:

Digital Medicine

 

Who am I:

I am a Latina engineer and passionate about supporting Hispanics in STEM.

What I do:

I am a category manager for critical suppliers in manufacturing digital medicines. It is a role that challenges my engineering, project management, relationship and professional skills everyday. During the pandemic, my team transitioned from Proteus Digital Health, Inc. to Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., and the future looks bright. I never imagined myself working in a space blending the fields of medical device, pharmaceutical, and patient care.

I am also an active volunteer for Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) since my freshman year at University of the Pacific- almost 8 years ago. Today I represent the region as the director for programming specifically for Latinas in engineering. As the Region 1 SHPEtinas Director, I lead my team in creating in-person and virtual conferences and workshops for students and professionals from Northern California to Alaska. I am also a member of two professional chapters: (1) Delta Valley SHPE which includes my hometown, Stockton, and (2) San Francisco Bay Area which has helped me make friends in my new home.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I find it to be a funny question. I share STEM-related content, local opportunities and, above all, positivity.

I use LinkedIn to appreciate, help and bring recognition to others. Add me to your network, and let’s make a welcoming environment.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow Clement Garcia (Class of 2017, School of Engineering & Computer Science), who is currently the President of Delta Valley SHPE Professional Chapter! He often posts on upcoming workshops and volunteer events and shares the amazing accomplishments of his team. I love to re-share his posts to my network! Clement was involved in the restart of the chapter in the summer of 2019, and it continues to grow and create impact. He is definitely a growing leader for STEM for the Stockton community. You can follow him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/clementugarcia/

Regarding influencers, I only follow Simon Sinek (I thought I followed more). I enjoyed his TED talk and book on leadership and how to inspire others, “Start With Why”. He frequently shares video snippets from his talks, and I often find myself privately sharing them to current and former coworkers and others who may enjoy the content. This is one way I stay in contact with others here and there.

My favourite or most successful post:

This past summer, I shared my reflections as Secretary of Delta Valley SHPE for the 2019-2020 term.

It was my first time publicly sharing something very personal for me- my love for STEM advocacy and supporting those in it! I kept it brief and matter-of-fact, and I did not expect the diverse comments supporting my leadership.

I hope to share reflections every year.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/djdavila_shpe-dvshpe-shpetinas-activity-6684364139214856192-OViF

12. Lauren Peterson

12. Lauren Peterson

Author, "The Future of Governance in Space" (Expected Publication April 2021) | Summer Associate at Goodwin | JD Candidate at Northwestern

What I use Linkedin for:

I used LinkedIn to keep track of my friends and colleagues in their professional endeavors. I like to provide support where I can and make meaningful connections between different people in my network to drive careers. I also used LinkedIn to showcase my own achievements, such as the upcoming publication of my first book “The Future of Governance in Space,” available April 2021.

Number of Followers:

949

Industry:

Tech, Legal, Publishing

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about space law and policy and getting everyone involved in the burgeoning space economy.

What I do:

I’m finishing up my studies at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and will graduate this upcoming May, then I will be studying for the California Bar this summer, and will be joining Goodwin Procter at their San Francisco office this fall.

I’m also soon to be a published author with book number two already in the works!

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

You may learn something cool or be introduced to a novel thought.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Margaret Roberts – I took her class in undergrad and still use her LinkedIn tips to this day!

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/laurenepeterson_author-writing-publishing-activity-6714992555613937664-nIri

With over 6k impressions, it’s by far my most successful post. I like it because it’s one thing to start writing a book, but it’s entirely another to bring your audience along with you on the ride. Only 2% of people who start a book ever finish it and I use this post and others like it to keep me accountable and to build a bigger audience.

13. Cheyanne Harris

13. Cheyanne Harris

Exploring Infrastructure & Entrepreneurship

What I use Linkedin for:

Professional networking; job search.

Number of Followers:

754

Industry:

Engineering

 

Who am I:

I am a firm believer in volunteering to help in the local community.

What I do:

I am a Civil Engineer who is committed to serving communities in an equitable manner.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

My LinkedIn content is eclectic – ranging from professional activity, international travel, and emerging interests so there will always be something new to see.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Marquis White (posts compelling articles);

Ty-Licia Hooker (posts compelling articles);

Shannel Hawkins (actively shares content);

Marshea Pratt (posts a variety of content);

Elizabeth Ramos (posts interesting content);

Michael Sitzmann (posts interesting content

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/cheyanneharris_empowering-equitable-exploration-activity-6698710307671445505-fHk9

(This post was an excellent representation of myself as it helped me bridge various aspects of my identity while also allowing me to share a new project of mine)

14. Collin H Craig

14. Collin H Craig

Research Assistant at Chapman University, School of Law

What I use Linkedin for:

Keeping in contact with my colleagues and keeping up to date with their successes.

Number of Followers:

357

Industry:

Legal

Who am I:

Passionate about providing a voice to those in the legal system. Currently working as a Law Clerk at Angelo & White, APC in Newport Beach, CA.

Have experience in family, civil, business, and tax law matters. In my 3L year of law school at Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law and preparing to take the California State Bar Exam.

What I do:

Currently working at the law firm Angelo & White, APC which mostly deals in high asset divorces with Hollywood executives, Newport Beach Elite, and other high asset persons.

The firm also has a busy civil litigation department and is corporate counsel to numerous businesses in Orange County.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I keep a diverse network and am more than willing to help you make a connection with that group.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Lane Goedhart: pacific alumni. Follow him because he is an impressive entrepreneur and I enjoy watching his successes.

Jo Read: pacific alumni. Follow her because of her creative and fun products.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/collin-craig-2a4820118_recently-i-represented-my-first-taxpayer-activity-6644016599273734144–50t

This was my favorite post because I felt my network really supporting me on my success and I was happy to be able to share the story with my friends.

15. Ryan Bowling

15. Ryan Bowling

Global Communications Executive | Entrepreneur | Experiential Story Designer

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking, Business Development, Marketing Communications For Client.

Number of Followers:

2,291

Industry:

Marketing Communications 

Who am I:

Global Communications Executive | Entrepreneur | Experiential Story Designer.

What I do:

I run THRILL Communications with my wife – helping brands and individuals unleash their creativity to tell stories that drive conversations, create communities, and THRILL.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

For Inspiration and Insights into Marketing Communications and Entrepreneurship.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Jay Shetty, Richard Branson, Guy Kawasaki, Arianna Huffington, Daniel Roth, Julia Hartz

My favourite or most successful post:

My Recent Article: Rising Food Trends From WSJ Global Food Forum 2020 –

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/rising-food-trends-challenges-from-wsj-global-forum-2020-bowling

16. Mahrukh 'Maya' Hasan

16. Mahrukh 'Maya' Hasan

Social + Equity Designer and Scientist ⚡️ Organizations, Behavior, Communications, Technology ???? Azura Labs ???? The Fearless Project

What I use Linkedin for:

I use LinkedIn to explore and share new ideas, keep in touch with colleagues, and build new and meaningful relationships across disciplines. 

Number of Followers:

2,206

Industry:

Design, International Development 

Who am I:

I am a champion of social and equity design, raising awareness of biases we all hold and pushing for systems and organizational change, while amplifying the voices of marginalized people, especially in the social sector.

What I do:

I’m a social + equity designer, strategist, and researcher working at the intersection of organizations, human behavior, communications and technology.

I’m the founder and director of Azura Labs, a social design + research studio that builds capacity of international NGOs and UN agencies serving communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia.

I help organizations understand the needs of their staff and users to design equitable and accessible organizations, services, and products. I leverage networks of highly skilled technical and local experts for evidence-based, context-appropriate, and sustainable solutions that people trust, use, and enjoy.

I am a champion of organizational psychology, behavioral science, and equity design, raising awareness of biases we all hold, while amplifying the voices of womxn, BIPOC, LGBTQI+, and people with disabilities, as a core outcome of any engagement.

I’m on the leadership team of Fifty Shades of Aid, a global support and advocacy network of 25,000+ humanitarian aid workers.

I’m also preparing to launch a new social business, The Fearless Project, which will champion equity in the social impact sector with a focus on 1) transforming organizations and 2) building leadership and community among womxn of the global South.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

You should follow me if you’re interested in big and small ideas, initiatives, and tools to nurture sustainable social change in your organizations, communities, and industries.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

On LinkedIn, I follow these people that represent a variety of backgrounds and disciplines:

Within the field of social and equity design, especially as relates to race, gender, and technology, I follow the self-described pissed-off optimist George Aye, social and service designer Alvin Schexnider, and algorithmic bias researcher Joy Buolamwini.

Within the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for leaders and organizations, I follow DEI leaders and consultants Michelle Kim, Lily Zheng, and Patrice M. Palmer.

Within the field of accessibility, inclusive technology, and persons with disabilities, I follow disability specialist Shani Dhanda and Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie. For cross-cultural psychology and applied behavioral science, I follow behavioral scientist and consultant Elina Halonen.

For creating spaces for and facilitating open, honest, and effective conversations, I follow conversation designer Daniel Stillman.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/part-one-radical-love-letter-aspiring-social-equity-hasan-she-they-/

This is a LinkedIn article full of practical tips that I wrote recently to support aspiring or struggling social designers and researchers. I want to highlight it as a resource to those who are seeking to join me and the broader social mission-driven community on this timely, relevant, and important work.

17. Nkechi Iregbulem

17. Nkechi Iregbulem

Associate at Guidepoint

What I use Linkedin for:

For work, building social presence, and networking.

Number of Followers:

721

Industry:

Business

Who am I:

I am passionate about investing in a better future.

What I do:

I am an expert at network firm where I support institutional investors with research and qualitative due diligence. I also work at an venture capital firm called Action Ventures where we invest in early stage companies.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I’m always happy to chat with folks on shared interests. I also write insightful blog posts about startups and venture capital. I have interviewed multiple CEOs/Founders on my blog Blazer.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Juan Manuel Abundes – He works at one of my favorite venture capital firms, SOMA Capital.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/nkechiiregbulem_savings-fintech-investing-activity-6722637731274600448-hU4Q

This is the first post where I introduced the launch of my micro-publication, Blazer. I also included the first company that I interviewed. Felt amazing to finally share with people.

18. Martín Gonzáles

18. Martín Gonzáles

Director, Expanded Learning Time Programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

What I use Linkedin for:

I use LinkedIn for several reasons. I use it to stay updated on my friends and colleagues success, I use it for professional development by taking the LinkedIn Learning courses, and also to look for jobs when I’m looking for the next professional growth opportunity.

Number of Followers:

964

Industry:

Educational Nonprofit

Who am I:

I am the product of Mexican immigrants, the cumulative hope of my community, my ancestors wildest dreams, and the healer of generational curses.

What I do:

I work at the intersection of nonprofits and schools to support students from under-resourced communities. I’m passionate about helping students achieve their academic, socio-emotional, and career aspirations to uplift not only themselves but their communities as well. Once we make it, I believe it’s our ethical responsibility to uplift those around us too.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

You should follow me if you’d like to learn more about how to improve your LinkedIn profile.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Joanna Royce-Davis – I follow her because they are a powerhouse in higher education 

Kimanh Truong-Muñoz – I follow her because she is the pinnacle of what it means to be passionate about education and student-centered –

Seidy Ayala – I follow her because we went to school together, she is passionate about the community, and I love seeing her succeed –

Gabriel Chaparro – I follow him because he’s passionate about making an impact on education to increase access and equity

My favourite or most successful post:

I think my most successful post was about debunking the myth that productivity comes from solely hard work. In reality it’s a balance of my things outside of work.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/mgonza13_activity-6638151750597644288-sU5h

19. Margaret Roberts

19. Margaret Roberts

Career Director @UOPacific | Connector, Collaborator, Coach | Executive Resume Writer | Helping professionals advance.

What I use Linkedin for:

Connecting with students, alumni & employers to facilitate opportunities to engage, land internships, launch careers, expand networks. Personal / Professional branding.

Number of Followers:

3,498

Industry:

Education

Who am I:

I am a connector, collaborator and coach who helps students and alumni achieve their career goals.

What I do:

I deliver career management education, training and coaching for students and alumni of the Eberhardt School of Business. I help connect students with alumni and employers for internship and career opportunities. I collaborate with Pacific colleagues to inspire our students to pursue their professional aspirations.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I share career insights, advice and opportunities (jobs!) with the Pacific network.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Sidnee Schaefer (alumni entrepreneur), Maria Jose Rios (young alumni leader),

Preet Kaur Kumar (promotes high value content for women in tech),

Irene Camy (Pacific colleague – Engineering Co-Op director, strong advocate for professional development, shares high quality content)

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/margaretroberts_recruiting-careerservices-ilovehumans-activity-6715315244991967232-lmbV

Of recent posts, this is one of my favorites. I learned about the Lattice free virtual conference by way of an alumni post on LinkedIn. The conference programs were inspiring and the mug they sent to attendees after the event is my current favorite because #ILoveHumans.

20. Chinwe Ohanele

20. Chinwe Ohanele

Business-Legal Professional | Entertainment Law Consultant | International Speaker | IP Writer

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking

Number of Followers:

768

Industry:

Law

Who am I:

I am dedicated to supporting BIPOC creators and innovators. I believe strongly in the power of storytelling to bring about a more empathetic global humanity, global respect and appreciation for different cultures and backgrounds, and build systems and infrastructure for economic development through digital content creation and distribution.

What I do:

I am a lawyer, speaker and entrepreneur.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I share content about the international content business and provide a perspective that centers on the international nature of storytelling as opposed to the traditional Western perspective.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Marshea Pratt, Justin Yonan, Trevor Rosenbery

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/chinweohanele_how-a-tiny-app-helped-beyonce-retake-the-activity-6674006458188861440-Ra-G

This post explored the ways Netflix party, now known as Teleparty facilitated an international viewing of Beyonce’s documentary Homecoming and demonstrated an example of what digital content consumption could evolve to in the social media age.

21. Marcelena Spencer

21. Marcelena Spencer

Senior Producer, CBS News Race and Culture Unit at ViacomCBS

What I use Linkedin for:

Professional connections and networking

Number of Followers:

904

Industry:

Television News 

Who am I:

I value connecting with interesting and innovative people.

What I do:

Television producer

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

As a producer, I have the opportunity to tell the stories people need to know. The pandemic, the presidential election, and the awakening of racial reckoning – everyone has a voice.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow newsmakers, politicians, and fellow journalists

My favourite or most successful post:

I posted recently about my work on the CBS News

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/asian-americans-battling-bias-preview/

22. Orlando Antonio Moreno

22. Orlando Antonio Moreno

PMP, ACM, CNSE, 6Sigma, Agile, OSHA certified

What I use Linkedin for:

Professional networking

Number of Followers:

28,217

Industry:

Consulting

Who am I:

A fully bilingual (Spanish and English – US Citizen) engineer with management, sales, marketing skills and strengths in decision-making, systematization, negotiations, leadership, problem resolution, record of improving profits and building brands to overcome challenges.

What I do:

Senior Program Manager Director with extensive working experience on domestic and international multidisciplinary projects.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

lots of published presentations helpful to many professionals like you

Who I follow on Linkedin:

C level supporters

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/orlandomoreno_project-management-bible-ugcPost-6727408025478557696-aKt_

Definition of project & management; Project life cycle & processes; Objective & Need of PM; Strategy & Strategic; Typical PM, the triple constraint & Trade-offs & Categories of Constraint; Analyzing Project environment , factors & stakeholders; Planning, scheduling & Control; PM Framework; Scope & charter; Time Management

If you’ve reached reading this far, thank you! At the end of the day, what matters is not the number of followers you have or the number of likes, comments, or reshares you’re receiving on LinkedIn, but your commitment to consistently help your fellow Pacific Alumni achieve their professional goals either on or off LinkedIn. 

Follow or connect with each of them, and you never know —  your next mentor could be one of them! Your success on LinkedIn starts with connecting with the right person at the right time. And now’s the perfect time to follow or connect with them!

Also nominated was Pete Carroll who made it to the final list. Pete was nominated by the Pacific LinkedIn community; however, his form was not completed (we understand, he’s a little busy coaching a championship team). We did want to include him though as he was also included in LinkedIn’s Top Voices 2020.

Thank you all again for participating in this fun experiment. I hope this helps the community and I look forward to doing it again next year. 

Stay healthy, stay safe, and don’t get eaten. 

Cheers!

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