The Perspective Talk Series is a weekly talk series that features local-area practicing information professionals, many of whom are UT iSchool alumni. Each Thursday, one or more practicing information professionals from diverse subject-areas and jobs will come talk with students about their careers. A primary goal of this talk series is to assist our Masters students in learning more about diverse professions in the information field and the range of career paths open to them after graduation.

The talks will introduce each profession and discuss important knowledge and skills involved, both for gaining entry-level positions and in building a foundation for a long-term, successful career. The speaker may mention internship and full-time opportunities offered by their organization, and there will typically be opportunities for one-on-one interaction with the speaker after each session concludes.

Note: The talk series is especially designed for our Masters students, but anyone interested is welcome to attend.

When: Every Tuesday
Time: 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Location: UTA 1.208



Jan 23 Archives Ashley Adair, Digital Archivist, PCL
Abby Adams, Digital Archivist, Harry Ransom Center
Rachel Winston(contact), Black Diaspora Activist, Benson
Jan 30 Software Development Holly Gibson, Developer, Praxent - Co-Director, Women Who Code - Austin
Sara Ines Calderon, Developer, Curb - Co-Director, Women Who Code - Austin
Feb 6 Librarianship

Debbie Chavez, Librarian, Cendar Ridge High School in Round Rock
Irena Klaic, Faculty Librarian/Assistant Professor, ACC 
Morgan McMillian, Director, Lake Travis Community Library

Feb 13 User Experience (UX) Design Caris Hurd, Director of User Experience, Four Kitchens
Cary-Anne Olson (LinkedIn) -- Experience Research Lead, IBM
Di (Eric) Liu - User Experience Researcher, AT&T
Yang Zhang, Interaction Designer, Electronic Arts
Feb 20 Taxonomy Emily Bulger, Taxonomy Manager, Indeed
Shannon Hildenbrand, Taxonomy Analyst, Indeed
Marianna Symeonides, Taxonomy Analyist, Indeed
Feb 27 Information Technology & Systems Steven Pipkin, Data Analyst, Goodwill
Stacee Millangue, IT Development Manager, Goodwill
Mar 6 Thinking about getting a PhD? Doctoral student panel Daniel Carter, Faculty, Texas State University
Kolina Koltai, Ph.D. Student, UT School of Information
Rachel Simons, Ph.D. Student, UT School of Information
Caroline Stratton, Ph.D. Candidate, UT School of Information
Mustaf Rahman, Ph.D. Student, UT School of Information
Mar 20 Records Management: Government & Industry Kathryn Darnall, IT Business SYstems Analyst Senior, CIty of Austin
Grace Kretschmer, IT Business Systems Analyst, City of Austin
Mary Ann Huckman, Senior Consultant, Iron Mountain
Mar 27 Software Quality Assurance Douglas Shuga, Quality Assurance Analyst, Indeed 
Alex Altman, Senior Quality Assurance Manager, Indeed
Apr 3 Project Management Christine Holcombe, Senior Digital Project Manager, Whole Foods
Co-founder, KickAss Project Management (PM)
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Apr 10 Content Strategy & Information Architecture Jessica Higgins, Senior Content Designer, Fjord
Michael Castellon, Information Architect, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Apr 17 Data Curation & Management for Data Science Selene Arrazolo, Lead Data Analyst,
Suzanne Carroll, Data Science Product Director, XO Group Inc
Apr 24 Market Research & Business Development Kirk Yoshida, Director of Information Services, Strategic Partnerships
April Kessler, Research Analyst, Bizologie
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