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Emily Judas

Occupational Therapist
I work as an OT in an orthopedic outpatient clinic. I treat patients with injury or pain throughout the upper [...]
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Abby Mallek Karch

Physician Assistant
I am a Physician Assistant in Urgent Care in a rural town in Northern Wisconsin. I have been in my [...]
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Vicky Romanski

Nurse Practitioner
After obtaining my undergraduate degree I worked as an intensive care nurse for several years. I continued working while obtaining [...]
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Katherine Holtz PE

Design Build Program Manager
I standardize process and procedures across our $25 billion dollar program. We put together mega highway projects, procure developers to [...]
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Angie Beasley

Software Engineer
I write software for submarine and surface ship sonar systems. I create GUIs that are used by Navy sonar operators [...]
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Elizabeth Spheeris

Gallery Manager
As the gallery manager, I do everything from accounting to installing artwork. I ship and receive artwork; correspond with artists [...]
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Ian Noble

I currently serve as the Director of Operations at Rick's Cleaners in Austin with 15 locations. I strive to continuously [...]
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Wu Zheng

PhD Student/Software Development Manager
At IBM, I manage software development and software engineers. I work with executives and other teams on my project, such [...]
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Daniel Herrmann

MBA Intern
Develop and implement a program that changes how Dell approaches services.
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CG Ginsberg

VP - Public Television
Manage the operational work for program content for public television.
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Chris Beck

Associate Vice President - External Relations
I am involved in all aspects of fundraising strategy and non-profit management including major donor strategy, cultivation and solicitation, corporate [...]
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Jeff Hallock

Academic Advising Coordinator
On a daily basis I work with college students, university administrators, faculty and other staff. Most of my job entails [...]
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Darold Anderson

IT Manager
I oversee the Systems Management staff for the following disciplines globally: Patch Management Software Distribution and Inventory PC Security PC [...]
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Rob Hutton

President - Central TX Division
I oversee all land development and home building operations (marketing, sales, advertising, balance sheet and P&L managment,product design, construction, land [...]
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Dr. Brian Clark

I help people live healthy and happy lives through chiropractic care. It involves working one on one with people's unique [...]
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David Jacobstein

Senior Program Manager
Build the skills of civic organizations overseas to contribute to better development.
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Joleen Kinzer

Statewide Orientation and Mobility Consultant
Orientation and Mobility (O&M) is a unique profession and not very well known! O&M instructors teach blind individuals how to [...]
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Corey Holton

Head Coach
I oversee all aspects of an NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Program, including but not limited to budgeting, recruiting, day [...]
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Rob Brooks

Senior Software Developer
I write web applications through various contracts with entities across the UT campus, so I work on multiple projects at [...]
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Glenda Sims

Senior Systems Analyst
Digital Alchemist - Team Leadership, Project Management, Usability, Accessibility, Web Standards, Mobile and Museum Technology Consulting.
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Cheryl Fuller

IT Manager for Faculty Information
I started out by learning to program and develop administrative software applications. Now I am managing others who are designing [...]
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Sara Hernando

Legal Assistant
In my position, I assist the attorneys with anything they may need.
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Jason Craft

Web Technologies Manager
I work in the central information technology group at UT, where I lead the team that is responsible for the [...]
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Nicholas M. Vaughan

Marketing Manager
I represent the Research and Development department of Nestle Purina. In my position I utilize my background knowledge as a [...]
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Brian Haley

Finance Director
I manage fundraising activities for Senator McCain's leadership PAC and his U.S. Senate reelection campaign. Previously, I worked on the [...]
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Gerardo A. Interiano

Legislative Director and Counsel
As Legislative Director and Counsel to Congressman Lamar Smith, I oversee his legislative priorities and serve as a liaison between [...]
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Pedro Caetano

Instructor Navigator, Chief of Safety
Navigation Instructor, Chief of Safety, C-130 Navigator. My responsibilities include the daily management and leadership of a flight of 3 [...]
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Joah Spearman

Small Business Owner
I work in retail, marketing, and social media impresario. I'm also a writer and will soon release a book, "Indisputable [...]
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Doug Duke

Assistant Director of Development
Solicit University friends, alumni, and donors for scholarship and endowment funds.
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Ignacio F Mata

Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
I am currently working as a researcher studying the genetics of Parkinson's Disease.
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Christie Mitchell

Forensic Toxicologist
I analyze blood and other biological specimens for the presence of drugs and alcohol in drug driving cases and post [...]
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Brandon Chicotsky

Founder and Managing Principal - Texas Ventures empowers young enterprise by offering a supportive entrepreneur network, business-plan validation, mentor network and investor relationships [...]
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Tony Baldwin

Sports Information Director
Sports Information Director (SID) is a job that is charged with promoting the athletics department. My job at CTX includes [...]
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Lisa Henken-Ramirez

Vice President for Customer Experience
I've had an interesting career path. I started in business consulting after college, focused on Change Management. In consulting I [...]
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Jonathan Sprinkles

Motivational Speaker
Some people tell me I'm a motivational speaker. I travel the world, speaking to audiences about achievement strategies they can [...]
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Hogan Carter

Internet TV Producer
I produce and engineer Internet TV broadcasts, including red carpet events, live shows, and video on demand.
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Megan Van Cleave

Head Athletic Trainer
I provide the medical care for all of the student athletes at Concordia University Texas.
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Brent Youngblood

Assistant Coach
I am a men's college basketball coach. I coach, recruit and tutor approximately 20 college athletes. I travel across the [...]
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Stan Bonewitz

Coach/ Associate Athletic Director
There are two areas of focus in my current position as Head Men's Basketball Coach and Associate Athletic Director for [...]
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Emily Gerson

Marketing and Communications Manager
I write and edit all of the marketing and PR copy for the brand. This includes blog posts, promotional [...]
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Josh Rabinowitz

Director of Business Development
I have co-founded and work for a medical device start-up company. We have four people working in this company, but [...]
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David J. Neff

I help Non Profits and people for a living. I do that as a full-time Author and Consultant, at HelpAttack [...]
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Robin Schuler

Marketing Sales Coordinator
I am responsible for all marketing and advertising initiatives for a growing urgent care practice in Austin. It is my [...]
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Robert Johnson

Technical Support Engineer
As a member of the Network Events Management Center, I am responsible for coordinating customer-impacting events on the Qwest Networks [...]
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Jan Gunter

Communications Manager
I manage the RMHC Austin website, email marketing and communications, social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) traditional media, PR and [...]
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Ann Jerome

Chief Development Officer
As the chief fundraiser for the local Chapter of RMHC, I am involved in a variety of activites that create [...]
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Jessica Escobar

Assistant General Counsel
Since I work in General Counsel (as opposed to a specific division of the agency), I get to work with [...]
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Katrina Tolentino

Marketing Manager
My title is Marketing Manager, but what that really means is my job is to grow the company. I'm responsible [...]
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Jennifer Waisath Harris

Small Business Owner
At JWH Communications, I provide strategic communications, social media and public affairs services to a wide range of clients and [...]
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LaRisa Sergent

Product Support Engineer
Engineers in all types of disciplines use National Instruments (NI) software products to write their own programs for test [...]
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Sally Bergom

Filmmaker / Screenwriter
I write, make, produce, and edit films. Comedy shorts, full-length docs, you name it.
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Melissa Roach

Public Health Researcher
I am a Research Associate (faculty) at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. For the past year I have [...]
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Jan Schreur

Marketing Associate
I work on the sites for the Netherlands and Belgium. This is a very varied job that includes anything [...]
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Erica Steinitz

Founding Kindergarten Teacher
I teach traditionally under-served and at-risk students in a kindergarten classroom. The students are at a dual language school where [...]
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Dane Jensen

Web Developer
Here's a typical day: I wake up around 9:00 a.m. without an alarm clock. One of the perks of my [...]
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James Tommey

I am a self-employed bass player who is hired by bands, solo artists, and producers to play with them. I [...]
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Jennielle Strother

Executive Director of Enrollment Management
Establish plans for enrollment management in all program areas to meet goals set by the board and the dean. Identify [...]
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Mr. Kevin White

Coordinator of Campus Ministry
The Coordinator of Campus Ministry is a lay ministry position in youth ministry. This position plans for and executes the [...]
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Kathryn Lindsey

Senior Editor
I'm an editor for a press release wire service. What's that, you ask? Our company distributes press releases for companies [...]
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Dr. Paul Navratil

Manager - Scalable Visualization Technologies
I conduct my own research into scientific visualization algorithms and applications (like the weather report, but with different data) and [...]
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Courtney Manuel

Assistant Director for Development
I raise money for the School of Undergraduates Studies at the University of Texas to enhance programs and provide scholarship [...]
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Kathryn Shults

Senior Mixed Signal Product Test Engineer
I am responsible for designing and implementing software and hardware interfaces used to test the performance and functionality of mixed-signal [...]
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Mike Duffy

Associate Producer, Nancy Grace Show
I am a television producer for a national broadcast show on CNN/HLN. My daily duties include a wide array of [...]
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Stephen Delgado, P.E.

Owner, Texas Engineering Solutions
I'm the majority owner at a local civil engineering consulting firm, Texas Engineering Solutions, LLC. TES specializes in land development [...]
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Jacqueline LaVanway

Associate Producer/Marketing
I work alongside the executive producer and artistic director to seek out potential projects, cultivate relationships with both established and [...]
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Ms. Keri Burchard-Juarez

Assistant Director
I oversee the Capital Project Delivery Section of the City of Austin Public Works Department. My divisions include Project Management [...]
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Palmer Wright

Registered Dietitian/Speech Language Pathologist
I assess nutritional risks and nutritional status. Some of these markers might involve things like dietary intake or looking at [...]
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Dr. Rebecca Weingarten

Staff Scientist
I am a microbiologist at the Clinical Center at NIH. I spend most of my day at the lab bench [...]
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Alexis Clark

Structural Field Engineer
As a Structural Field Engineer for Hilti, I bridge the gap between a highly technical background and business understanding - [...]
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Ms. Julie Fogarty

NSF Graduate Research Fellow
I am a graduate student at Stanford University. This means I spend 85% of my time doing academic research and [...]
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Deanna Stanley

Configuration Management Lead
I control and manage all the elements that go into a software release - the who, what, when, where, and [...]