Denver Career Month 2016

network with fellow alumni at this annual event.

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

Look who's coming

Online registration remains open until 3 business days prior to the event, Walk-ins welcome day of event.

During November 2016, the Alumni Club of Colorado, along with clubs in 10 other cities, will participate in the University’s annual Career Month series. Career Month events connect alumni with each other, leverage their professional expertise, and demonstrate the power of the UChicago alumni network.

Join us for a panel discussion about career transitions and networking with fellow graduates.


John Dwyer, AB'06, Associate Attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.  John is an associate attorney in the Denver office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. His practice focuses on white collar defense, government investigations, appellate work, and sports law. He has represented a number of clients facing government investigations, including in the financial, oil and gas, and tech sectors. He graduated from University of Chicago in 2006 with an A.B. in history, and graduated from University of Colorado Law School in 2012. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, John was a law clerk for the Hon. Nathan B. Coats on the Colorado Supreme Court. He and his wife Elise live in Denver and enjoy a number of Colorado activities, including skiing, hiking, and watching the Rockies lose. He and Elise have a 10-month old daughter, Odella.


Jason Jacksack, MBA'99  Currently my positions from largest to smallest average time commitment are: Budget Director, Federal Sector, Business Advisor, Colorado Enterprise Fund, Lecturer, Finance/Economics/Business Management, University of Colorado Denver (graduate and undergraduate), and CoFounder and Finance Lead, Hawk Flowers and Gifts.
I believe that I can help through my experiences moving from industry to industry, interviewing effectively and landing jobs, conducting an effective job search, discussing pros and cons of startup vs small firm vs midsize vs large vs state vs Federal employment, and advising those with a need for constant career reinvention through a portfolio career approach in a virtual employment world while building high quality of life.

Jason Kania, MBA'13, Managing Principal at Innovational
Jason Kania is a University of Chicago MBA, and a Techstars alumnus. Over the course of his career, Jason has built products and partnerships that exceed $500+ million in annual revenue, and saved his clients over $6 Billion in operating expense.

Prior to the MBA program, Jason founded and grew Phoenix Management Consulting to more than twenty Fortune 500 clients, including Microsoft, Cisco, Broadcom, Hospital Corporation of America, Liberty Mutual, and Intrawest. The firm grew to over forty employees with capabilities across Operations, Finance, and Information Technology.

Jason left Phoenix to pursue his MBA, and focus on innovation, M&A and product.  After graduation, Jason and his wife moved to Colorado where he founded innovational, a company that creates innovation platforms, commercializes new technology, and improves channel partnerships for technology, healthcare, and energy companies.

Meryl Eschen Mills, AB'01, Of Counsel at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith.  Meryl graduated from the University of Chicago with an AB in Environmental Studies and a plan to save the world. She had initially intended to pursue a PhD in volcanology or geology. After earning a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University, Meryl went on to pursue a law degree at American University, with the hope of becoming an environmental lawyer. Plans changed when she followed her husband to California for work and found a position in employment law. While it was not what Meryl had initially envisioned practicing, she loves it. Her unique background allows her to better relate to and understand her clients' business needs from a non-legal perspective as well, which is important when providing human resources and employment counseling. That being said, Meryl still loves to "geek out," especially with some of her environmental and science-based clients.



Scott McCaskill, MBA'01, VP Technology at PlanetEcosystems.  Scott received his MBA in Strategic Mangement and Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 2001. After graduation, he worked at BCG then Dell. Scott left Dell in 2005 and started Small World Labs. Scott was bought out by his cofounder in 2008 and promptly started another company: Spredfast (originally Social Agency). After receiving venture funding in 2010, Spredfast hired a new CEO which led to Scott's departure in 2011. Scott then moved to Boulder, Colorado to briefly serve as COO of Graphicly. In the spring of 2012, Scott joined PlanetEcosystems as VP of Engineering, where he remains today. He's lives in Boulder with is wife and three children.



Ari Stillman, AM'14, Director of Research & Assessment at Synergos AMC.  Ari began his education at the University of Rochester, where he studied Religion and History. He thought he might like to pursue a doctorate in Religion so he completed an MA in the sociology of religion at Vanderbilt to get his feet wet. While in Nashville, he learned that everything he found fascinating about religion was actually the study of sociology, so he applied for doctoral programs in that field. A number of institutions said that he looked great on paper but had no background in sociology, which brought him to UChicago -- an obvious choice since it was where the field was founded (and where his parents went). After completing the MAPSS program and burning out, he thought he might apply the methodologies he learned to the field of market research but found that most companies deemed him too educated and inexperienced for entry-level positions. Toward the end of a year of unemployment, with a maxed out credit card and living on the charity of friends, he networked his way into an interview with a young company based in Fort Collins willing to look past his lack of professional experience. In his current role, which he has had for just over a year, he directs research and assessment efforts for non-profit clients in the higher education sector in order to help them understand the needs of their constituents and improve their bottom line. The company, Synergos AMC, is currently looking to broaden its portfolio of clients.

Katy Welter, JD'09 AM'12, Co-founder at Watershed.   Katy is Owner-Operator of Watershed, a community-focused shared space in Buena Vista, Colorado that fosters creativity, collaboration, and commerce. Prior to starting Watershed, Katy was a Senior Policy Analyst and Special Projects Manager with Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice in Chicago, Illinois. There, she designed and implemented justice system reforms for America’s largest unified criminal court. While in law school, Katy represented small business owners at the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, and before that was a community banker in Indiana. A graduate of both the University of Chicago Law School and the Harris School on Public Policy Studies, Katy’s career path shows a common passion for economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, and fair and effective government. 



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