Be Your Own Boss - Turn Your Passion Into A Career

  • Are you a Social Sciences or Arts and Humanities student?

  • Are you thinking about your first job after graduation?

  • Are you interested in connecting with alumni and professionals who have turned their passion into a career?

Join us for an evening of refreshments and networking with Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities UC San Diego alumni and professionals as they share their journey after graduation. You will also have an intimate opportunity to speak one-on-one with our panelists and mingle with fellow peers.


Students who register and attend the mixer will receive a complimentary access code to complete the StrengthsFinder assessment! Free StrengthsFinder assessment access codes will be given on a first-come first-serve basis. There are a limited number of available access codes so don’t miss out on the mixer and the opportunity to complete StrengthsFinder for free!

Featured Speakers

Christopher Keown ‘18 | UC San Diego PhD, Cognitive Science

Chris Keown has worn many hats in his life from web developer to graduate student to entrepreneur. In 2015, he and his best friend created and founded a chain of escape rooms, which are still going strong. In 2018, Chris founded AxeVentures, an axe throwing venue with locations in North Park, Oceanside, Berkeley and Nashville. He is now partly focused on growing AxeVentures to additional cities. Chris also recently completed his PhD in Cognitive Science at UCSD where he did computational research in genomics. Based on his experiences (and frustrations) doing research, Chris is now focused on creating a startup to make scientific research more efficient and effective. The hope is that by changing the way scientists communicate, we can reduce the time needed to make key insights into diseases like cancer, diabetes and autism.

Andy Nahas ‘81 | UC San Diego, Economics

Andy is Founder and Chief Investment Officer of The Prospect Fund, a socially responsible  investment fund which seeks to maximize returns in the stock market and also use its financial and analytical resources to support activist and charitable causes such as human rights, animal welfare on industrialized farms, student leadership, and initiatives for the elderly.  (The Fund is the #1 performing fund in the Barclayhedge database from the Fund's inception through the end of last year.) Andy started his career in NY City as a credit analyst and loan officer at European American Bank, followed by a Senior Equity Analyst position at investment firm Manning & Napier Advisors in Rochester, NY. Andy is an alumnus of UC San Diego with a Bachelors in Economics.  As a Freshman he sang publicly for the first time at a UCSD talent show, and today he performs professional style concerts at nursing homes during his spare time!

Devin Redmond ‘95 | UC San Diego BA, History

Devin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Theta Lake, a compliance artificial intelligence start-up. Theta Lake is a leader in compliance artificial intelligence and is recognized as a RegTech 100 company for its innovative use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to make compliance teams more effective. He was recently featured in an Amazon’s #1 hot new release, ‘Beyond Product,” as a successful entrepreneur serving as a trailblazer in his industry. Devin has over two decades of experience in enterprise risk and compliance. A history major from the division of arts & humanities, Devin has been an entrepreneur and philanthropist for his entire career. The former CEO and Co-Founder of Nexgate, a pioneer in social and digital media compliance and security acquired by Proofpoint (PFPT) in 2014, Devin also held executive and leadership roles at Check Point, Neoteris, Websense, and more. Devin has lived in 7 countries, speaks 3 languages, and is a public speaker who is passionate about modern digital risk and compliance technology that helps businesses gain a competitive advantage. He was also featured in a new book about successful entrepreneurs entitled Beyond Product, by Jill Soley and Todd Wilms.

Brittany Wiczek ‘11 | UC San Diego BA, Communications

After graduating from UC San Diego, Brittany Wiczek worked in the non-profit sector doing marketing, graphic, and web design, eventually starting her own freelance business helping local makers, artists, and small business owners develop their brand identity. With three other women, she founded San Diego Made in 2014 with the aim of creating more opportunities, events, and public engagement in the San Diego creative scene. In 2019, the company is launching the San Diego Made Factory in Logan Heights, a 12,000 SF multi-purpose creative space to further its mission by providing affordable, quality workspaces for local creatives.

Melissa Hoon | Chapman University MFA, Documentary Filmmaking

Melissa is a passionate storyteller and social entrepreneur who has been published in Orange County Register, LA Yoga Magazine, Chapman Magazine, Asana Journal, and other publications. She founded Inner Awakening Writing, a writing program that she has facilitated nationwide for the last five years primarily to populations overcoming sexual abuse. For this work, she was profiled in OC Weekly, LA Yoga Magazine and the Center for Oral and Public History's "Women, Politics and Activism" project.