Backpack-to-Briefcase (B2B) Series

B2B Alumni Professionals Panel

Backpack-to-Briefcase (B2B) workshops present students with the opportunity to connect with successful and seasoned alumni to receive mentorship, learn and develop practical career skills, and to investigate traditional and not-so-traditional career paths.

Discussions at each session center around diverse career options and paths in a variety of professional fields, and broach topics such as how to choose a "relevant" major; critical professional skills development to find and secure that first job; and the true benefits of internship/work experience during the undergraduate years.

In 2012, Whittier College's Backpack-to-Briefcase Series was honored with a Gold Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Alumni Panelists

Alumni who participate in the program hail from a wide variety of industries and career progression. Click here to read more about our past alumni panelists. If you would like to get in touch with one or more of these mentors, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations, 562.907.4222 or

Upcoming B2B Events

Careers in Sports
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Dezember Alumni House

Luke Gilbert '03
Current Position: VP, Brand Engagement, FanPics
Past Positions: Sports Illustrated, Golden State Warriors, Dover Motorsports, San Diego Padres and Repucom
Undergraduate Major: Sports Marketing, Whittier Scholars Program
Undergraduate Activities: Whittier Lacrosse team
Additional Awards: 2-time All-American and Academic All-American honors

Tyisha Smith ’02 
Current Position: Senior Combine Coordinator, NFL
Past Positions: National Field Director, Administrative Director
Undergraduate Major: Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Management— Minor in Business
Undergraduate Activities: Football Manager, Black Student Union

Josh Guereque ’10 
Current Position: Associate Producer, Entertainment, Anaheim Ducks 
Past Positions: Multi-Media Producer, UCLA Athletics 
Undergraduate Major: Business Administration, Emphasis Marketing 
Undergraduate Activities: William Penn Society, Co-Founder of the Poet Pit, Residential Advisor, SIFE Member 

Tyler Zickel '12
Current Position: Director of Digital Content/Assistant Broadcaster, Lake Elsinore Storm Professional Baseball Team
Past Positions: Media Relations Intern - Lake Elsinore Storm (2014) | Associate Director of Broadcasting - Whittier College Sports Network (2012-13)
Undergraduate Major: English
Undergraduate Activities: Lancer Society, ASWC President, QC, QCTV, KPOET, Baseball team


Careers in STEM
Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Dezember Alumni House