Los Angeles Career Month 2014

UChicago Career Month: Talent Shows in Los Angeles

Cost: $10/person in advance; $15/person at the door

Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registration will be available at the event. 

Alumni Career Services invites you to LA’s Career Month event: Tell Your Story, Share Your Passion, and Get Funded!

There are many models to get funding for your project or business, from the traditional grant application to the Kickstarter campaign. Whether you’re incubating a start-up, looking for backing for your documentary, or seeking a small-business grant, successfully pitching your work and yourself requires vision and clear communication. Come meet local alumni and hear from a distinguished panel of presenters composed of successful self-starters who know what funders look for in a proposal. Even if you’re not looking for funding, the principles discussed by our panelists will serve you well while marketing yourself in the workplace, building effective relationships, and getting others to buy into your ideas.


W Hollywood Hotel has valet parking only. First 2.5 hours are $16.00 and max per day is $36. There are other parking lots in the area. Please plan accordingly.

Public Transit:
W Hollywood is located at the Hollywood/Vine Metro stop along the Metro Red Line. DASH and bus routes stop at the corner.

Event Schedule

Noon Registration
12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A
1:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Confirmed Panelists

  • Darin Chen, MBA’02: Chen is a co-founder and managing director of Hillcrest Venture Partners, a venture capital firm that focuses on of seed to growth stage technology companies.  He has over a dozen years of experience in venture capital and assisted in building several companies to a successful exit.
  • Leigh Janiak, AM’04: Janiak is a filmmaker who abandoned her doctoral studies to pursue film full time. Her first feature film Honeymoon, starring Game of Thrones' Rose Leslie and Penny Dreadful's Harry Treadaway premiered at SXSW this past spring and was released theatrically in September in the US and the UK.
  • Yair Landau, SB’85: Landau is the president and founder of Mass Animation whose work is focused on storytelling and connecting ideas with digital media startups in a virtual animation studio. He brings 17 years of experience with Sony, where he served as former Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and President of Sony Pictures Digital.
  • Lucy Wang, MBA’86: Moderator Wang is an award-winning playwright, writer, and performance artist who started her career on Wall Street as a bond trader.

Staff Liaison
Alexandria Schultz, AM'13