Mentor Chats

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Mentor Chats are designed to assist students and recent graduates with career exploration, networking, and learning about a range of professional trajectories.  Hosted within and outside of classes, Mentor Chats provide opportunities to connect with IAS alumni working across diverse roles and sectors. 

Learn what's possible with an IAS degree by reading about our past mentors

Upcoming Mentor Chats

Mentor Chat with Matt Libby

'14, IAS - Society, Ethics & Human Behavior
Thursday, November 3 | 3:30-4:30 pm
UW Bothell, UW1-361

Matt Libby is the 787 Flightline Operations Chief of Staff at Boeing, a top-level adviser who provides executive support to the Everett Delivery Center Director and Superintendent of the 787 Program & Paint Operations.  In this role, Matt manages multiple projects that drive efficiency within the production system and increase customer satisfaction.  Prior to Boeing, Matt worked in retail management, general contracting, and cabinet manufacturing. 

Matt spent several years in  the workforce before earning a BA in Society, Ethics & Human Behavior at UW Bothell.  While at UWB, he was inspired by human rights issues, which led him to pursue study aboard in Zambia, the Washington D.C. Human Rights seminar, and a minor in human rights.  

Mentor Chat with Alice Tsoodle

'13, IAS - Environmental Studies
Tuesday, November 15 | 3:30-4:30 pm
UW Bothell, UW2-040  

Alice Tsoodle holds a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies from UW Bothell, a Master’s in Education from UW Seattle, and UW-REN Restoration Ecology Certificate. Alice’s indelible connection to Bothell’s North Creek Forest began through a course with IAS faculty member Amy Lambert, but her love for the environment began long before.  Originally Alice had considered being a nurse, but an encounter with the film “Sacred Spaces” propelled her in the direction of environmental education.  While taking classes with IAS faculty member Robert Turner, Alice had opportunities to teach kids about ecosystems through Brightwater’s Islandwood program and local habitats through Sound Salmon Solutions.  Her deep commitment to teaching others to steward the earth continues through various community projects, and most recently, she has joined Friends of North Creek Forest as their first-ever staff Education Manager!  Read more about Alice’s journey and love for sacred spaces.

Past Mentors

Our mentors want to share their career stories and advice for the journey. Many are open to connecting and may be contacted by emailing: iasalum@uw.eduPlease list the mentor's name in the subject line.

lineup of some past mentors



Emily Anderson, '09
Senior Compliance Program Manager
Read about Emily

Andrea Blanken, '02
Director of New Business Development
Read about Andrea

Ray Corona, '09
Recruiter & HR Generalist
Read about Ray

Zaheeda Edwards, '95
CDK Global
Project Manager
Read about Zaheeda

Lauren Fay, '07
Downtown Emergency Service Center
Coordinated Entry & Housing Placement Manager
Read about Lauren

Jason Hampton, '14
Bellevue Downtown Association
Transportation Program Manager
Read about Jason

Mina Hooshangi, '11
The Boeing Company
Project Manager
Read about Mina

Kristie Johnson, '07
King Co. Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Public Records Officer and Legal Services Supervisor
Read about Kristie

Deborah Oaks, '08
Sound Salmon Solutions
Habitat Program Coordinator
Read about Deborah

Stephanie Thomas, '12
United Way Snohomish County
Learning and Analytics Manager
Read about Stephanie

Hillary U, '10
Alaska Airlines
Communications Specialist
Read about Hillary

T. Andrew Wahl, '96
Everett Community College
Journalism Faculty
Read about Andrew

Siobhan Wharton, '12
Sales Representative
Read about Siobhan