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Career Ventures

Career Ventures is a hub for customized industry connections and employer engagement. This team of savvy and connected educators brings years of collective experience in industry and higher education to engage employers in the Stanford community. Employers, start your recruiting journey at Stanford here


Brett S. Alpert, PhD
Associate Dean of Career Education & Director of Career Ventures - Social Impact

Dr. Brett Alpert, has served for 15+ years in an array of private and public sector roles. Brett earned a BA in Sociology and a Minor in Sports Management from UC Santa Barbara, an MA in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. Prior to pursuing his graduate studies, Brett spent 4+ years in various management capacities within the financial services industry, served as Community Liaison with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and became involved with a variety of civic and philanthropic activities. Brett previously served undergraduate students as an Academic Advisor at the University of Maryland, recruited/advised graduate students and internship supervisors as Coordinator for Graduate Programs and Activities with the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan, and served both students and employers as Director of External Opportunities and Engagement at Loyola Marymount University. Originally from Southern California.


Career Ventures Internships & Employment


Jocylen Ashton

Jocylen Ashton
Assistant Dean of Career Education & Associate Director of Career Ventures - Internships & Employment

Jocylen has 20+ years of experience in a variety of roles including, strategic partner engagement, franchise development, organizational innovation and technology consulting, and program management for career education. She holds a B.S. in Business-Marketing, and M.A. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology. She began her career in education with the nonprofit, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), where she led career programs championing access and inclusion in business education for diverse professionals seeking to attend top MBA programs. Her ongoing commitment to higher education lead to a Director role with Santa Clara University’s School of Business, managing career education and employer engagement for graduate level business students. She joins BEAM with a great commitment to align students to meaningful work through career events that build connectedness between a student’s academic path and the pursuit and application of that knowledge to work that resonates. 


Carmen Zahiralis

Carmen Zahiralis
Manager of Career Ventures - Career Events

Carmen is part of the Career Events team, linking students and alumni with employers through career fairs and other career related events. Prior to Stanford, Carmen worked in the advertising and publishing industry, which included career event planning.




Shavon Borjas

Shavon Borjas
Manager of Career Ventures - Career Events

Shavon is a member of the Career Events team, and hopes to bring new opportunities for students to connect to employers and plan their future. She comes to Stanford with a diverse professional background, including running day camps for military children, advising students in Graphic and Web Design, and managing a busy student activities department. Shavon believes that every experience is an opportunity to grow, and to have some fun doing it. She loves the SF Giants, brunch and brewing the perfect cup of tea.



Linda Lydon

Linda Lydon:
Manager of Career Ventures - Recruiting

Throughout her 15+ years of experience in higher education, Linda has been dedicated to collaborating and connecting with students and employers. As the Recruiting Manager at BEAM, Stanford Career Education, she is responsible for building, managing, and sustaining strong relationships with all companies recruiting at Stanford. Linda provides connections and guidance to students and employers regarding recruiting policies, procedures, and trends. By initiating and empowering connections, she creates a culture of happenstance to help bridge students' education, ambition, and meaningful work.



Monique Frizzell
Coordinator of Career Ventures

Monique supports the Career Ventures team with student accounts, employer engagement, recruiting and career fairs.  Prior to Stanford University, she worked for Jockey International in their merchandising division. Her territory ranged from San Francisco to Monterey Bay.  Monique's interests include gardening, cooking, family and Boy Scouts of America, having encouraged three of her four sons to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.  A fourth son is well on his way to obtaining Life Scout status. Monique has one daughter currently attending the University of Alabama, Huntsville.  She feels a strong connection to working with Stanford students, which has grown from her own experiences encouraging her children to pursue their career passions



Career Ventures Employer Engagement

Jennifer Rowland
Assistant Dean of Career Education & Associate Director of Career Ventures - Arts, Media & Entertainment

Jennifer brings a unique combination of strategic partnership engagement and activation experience to her dual role leading the Employer Engagement team and personally fostering student and employer connections in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment industries. After earning her BA in Marketing from Michigan State University, Jennifer remained on campus for several years managing the University's alumni fundraising program. After leaving MSU Jennifer received her MBA from Pepperdine University and started her sports marketing career working at the FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee. Over the next 20 years, Jennifer consulted and worked with Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Motorola, and Visa on global sponsorship and partnership marketing strategies. Throughout her career, Jennifer has sought opportunities to mentor, develop and support new entrants to her field, and is very excited to continue those efforts with the students at Stanford.



Megan Dino
Assistant Director of Career Ventures - Business, Consulting, Finance & Government 

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.


Beth Bezaire

Beth Bezaire
Assistant Director of Career Ventures - STEM

Beth is an industry specialist with a technical background, bringing experience from the automotive and tech sectors. She earned her B.S. Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and M.S. Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University with a focus on control systems. At OSU, she gained real-world systems engineering experience through an automotive student competition, leading to full-time opportunities to work on product development of electrified automotive powertrains (and drive prototype vehicles on the test tracks). Building upon her controls software background, she then transitioned to commercial software, doing technical marketing and sales engineering to support technical computing in academia across the STEM fields.


Contact Career Ventures at 563 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA 94305-8530 | p. 650-723-1782