Career Catalyst is BEAM's Diversity Team! Our mission is to ensure that Stanford's students from diverse communities feel heard, supported, and included in everything that BEAM does. Regardless of a student's combination of identities and experiences, we are working to ensure that they feel like they belong.
Danielle Wood is Associate Dean and Director of Career Catalysts at Stanford University. Prior to joining the BEAM, she co-founded Education.com and helped grow the site to over 7 million unique visitors and nearly 2 million downloads per month. For 8 years, Danielle served as Education.com's VP of Content and oversaw content strategy for the site. Danielle's work has been published in Newsweek, the Christian Science Monitor, the Huffington Post, and many other publications. She wrote a book on experiential learning and has appeared as an expert on that subject on The Today Show, CBS Early, NPR, and other shows and been quoted extensively in print. She previously served as Director of Publicity for Sterling Publishing. Danielle graduated with honors from Harvard University, where she spent four summers and several semesters interning to figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up.
Primarily serves the disabilities community and learning difference community.
Liaison: OAE and Schwab Learning Center
Megan brings experience from public and private sectors prior to working in higher education. She most recently designed career programming via employer networking and coaching for over 3,000 College of Business students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, preparing them for positions in financial services, technology, consulting, and marketing. Prior to career services, Megan led the marketing, operations, and guest services teams of a joint venture between the University of Illinois and Fox-Atkins Development, LLC at the UI Research Park. She has also worked in the tech sector overseeing government accounts including NASA, the Department of Energy labs, U.S. Army, and the CDC. Megan earned her Ed.M. in Education Policy and B.S. in Management-Entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Focus: Increasing diversity, equity, and access in Tech, Banking, and Consulting industries.
Joslyn primarily serves as a connector for students, ensuring that they have equitable opportunities through career programming focused on the intersection of diversity, inclusion, and belonging. She has been working in higher education for 8+ years and has established a history of pioneering programs that champion diversity, education, and student development. Through her experience, she has had the unique opportunity to view higher education from multiple perspectives; including student affairs, academic affairs, and recruitment. Her most recent research focused on how life-wide learning experiences served as shaping factors in the career success of high potential young adults. Joslyn received her Ph.D. in Education from Texas State University, an M.A. in Human Resources Development from Midwestern State University and her B.A.A in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University.
Primarily serves the African American community, Latinx Community, and women community.
Liaison: Black Community Services Center, El Centro - Chicano y Latino, and Women's Community Center
Jenny Roxas is proud to be the first in her family to go to college to attain a B.A. in Anthropology, with a Certificate in Applied Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Italian from California State University, Chico. After graduating, she worked with probationers, foster youth, the gang-affiliated, and undocumented high school students which led her to pursue an M.S. in Student Affairs and Higher Education at Indiana State University. Currently, she helps students define and explore what meaningful work is for themselves. She specifically serves first-generation and/or low-income (FLI) students as well as the Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi-American (APIDA) community at the intersection of identity and career development. She utilizes the Stanford Alumni Mentoring program to connect students with alumni with similar backgrounds and experiences.
Primarily serves first-generation and/or low-Income (FLI) community and the Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American (APIDA) community.
Liaison: Asian American Activities Center, and FLI Office
Kathy draws on more than 15 years of Silicon Valley Industry experience developing electromechanical and software product. Kathy is passionate about how human-centered design and the design thinking mindsets can fundamentally shift the way that everyday people engage with their world. Kathy has worked on products ranging from power tools and heart implants to high tech electronics and quality management software. Having realized that design thinking can have a great impact in empowering social change, she traveled to Myanmar to teach design thinking to budding entrepreneurs with the DeBoer Foundation and works with local community groups to impact engagement in health and wellness initiatives. Kathy received a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University and an MS in Engineering (Product Design) from Stanford.
Gabrielle Santa-Donato has been designing and teaching at Stanford for three years. Through her work, she helps students of all ages apply the tools and mindsets of design thinking to figure out what they want to be when they grow up. She’s worked in many facets of education prior to coming to Stanford — as an educator, researcher, and professional development designer in K12. These experiences included living in a no excuses charter school, researching resilience and creativity at the Yale Child Study Center, and running research and development at an NYC non-profit, The Future Project. She’s also worked in adult education, teaching employees at Deloitte and LinkedIn how to design their lives, and scaled design education communities, namely The Design Gym, to train new audiences eager to solve local challenges through design thinking. She received her BA at Dartmouth College where she played outside and her M.Ed. at Harvard where she played in the Innovation lab.
Emily is passionate about designing and delivering transformative experiences that explore the wicked problems of life. She brings a wealth of experience, having co-founded CULTURE LABx, led talent development initiatives at Cisco, and served in Mayor Bloomberg's administration. She is also a Senior Facilitator with The Energy Project and a contributing author of Sleep Wise. Emily received her B.A. in Economics & East Asian Studies from UCLA and an MBA in Organizational Strategy & Design from the University of Michigan.
As a lecturer in Stanford's Life Design Lab, John teaches classes and develops programs to help people use design thinking to get the most out of college, work, and life. John has previously worked with Stanford students and faculty in the office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Student Activities and Leadership, and Graduate School of Education. Prior to Stanford, John has served as a Dean of Students and taught meditation and wellness in middle and high schools. John received his BA from Colorado College and MA from Stanford.