Your Major, Your Career

Curious how your selection of an academic major will impact your career? Join us for a panel discussion highlighting alumni with backgrounds from a variety of different fields, including healthcare, government and policy, consulting, and media production. We will talk about how to pick a major, how to build your skills through both coursework and experiential education, and how to chart a career path based on your strengths, interests, and values. This panel is perfect for students who have yet to declare a major.

Panel Participants

Eliza Bryant, AB'05, MAT'06

Educator , Big Shoulders Fund

Ms. Bryant grew up in the suburbs of New York City. In 2002, she transferred from Emerson College to the University of Chicago, where she completed her undergraduate degree in history with a focus on religion and race relations in early America. She continued her education and received a master's in teaching from the Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP). After this, she taught first and second grade in Chicago Public Schools for five years before becoming an instructional coach with UChicago STEM Education (formerly CEMSE). From 2008-2013, she was a founding design team member of Be the Change Collaborative (formerly Be the Change Charter School) and continues to sit on their board. Today, she is Director of Academic Programs and Enrichment with Big Shoulders Fund, an independent charitable organization that supports Chicago's Catholic schools serving low-income student populations.

Nicole Cipriani, AB'02, MD'08, MS'04 (UIC)

Assistant Professor, The University of Chicago

Dr. Cipriani graduated from the College in 2002 with an AB in biological sciences and visual arts. She subsequently obtained an MS in medical illustration from UIC, followed by and MD in 2008 from the Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed a pathology residency (UChicago) and fellowship (Massachusetts General Hospital), and is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgical Pathology at the University, specializing in Head & Neck and Bone & Soft Tissue Pathology.

Rob Harris, AB'96, SM'08, MLA'01 (Washington)

Principal Consultant, Slalom

Mr. Harris graduated from the College in 1996 with a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. After a brief stint in the PhD program and summers spent excavating in the Middle East, he decided to switch gears and start a graduate program in Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington. Upon graduating with his MLA in 2001, he began a career in environmental planning and geographic information systems. He returned to UChicago for an MS in Computer Science in 2008, and since then has been a product manager at start-ups and technology companies in Chicago. Currently, he is a Principal Consultant at Slalom, where he helps his clients create capabilities for product management and agile software development. His wife is an Associate Dean in the College, and their daughter is a second grader at Lab.

Carina Sanchez, AB'01, AB'01

Deputy City Clerk, Office of the Chicago City Clerk

Ms. Sanchez graduated from the College in 2001 with a degree in political science and latin american studies. She currently serves as the Deputy City Clerk for Chicago. She manages all aspects of the 98 employee office which has an operating budget of $10 million and generates $130 million for Chicago. She oversees day-to-day operations which include Human Resources, Communications, IT, Council Division, General Licensing and Legislative Affairs. Ms. Sanchez is committed to efficiency and transparency and directly oversaw the historic transition of 1.3 million Chicago City Stickers from seasonal to Year-Round Sales. Her work in the public sector expands over 15 years. She has worked for Cook County President Preckwinkle, former-State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), the Office of the Governor and Illinois House Speaker Madigan.

Sara Wolfson, AB'98

Producer, Daily Planet Productions, Ltd.

Ms. Wolfson graduated from the College in 1998. She started her illustrious career as a cocktail waitress, then worked at a small real estate appraisal company, before spending some time doing short form improvisational comedy at Navy Pier. She worked on new business at tiny advertising agency, switched gears to the College Programming Office at U of C, before eventually moving to DDB, where she was a creative assistant before becoming a production business manager. After 8 years with DDB, she moved to the same role at agency element79, then later to Leo Burnett, then Cramer-Krasselt. After nearly a decade and a half on the agency side, she became a producer at production/post-production company Daily Planet (note bene: Clark Kent does not work here). Sara enjoys referring to herself in the third person and has two cats.