Middlebury

Language Schools 2010 Alumni Career Panel

Friday, July 23, 4:15 p.m., in McCardell Bicentennial Hall 220

The following six panelists represent the breadth of careers that require and reward proficiency in a foreign language, from education to journalism to media and beyond. Learn how best to put your language skills to work after graduation, as well as how to market your fluency to future employers.

Amina El-Sharkawy is a program officer for the Middle East and North Africa at the Center for International Private Enterprise, an affiliate of the U.S. chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. She leads strategy development for Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, and Iran, and provides technical assistance and training to private sector support organizations for dialogue and partnership. She also works with donor organizations and staff to further private sector development and economic and democratic reform in the Middle East. Before that, she worked for the World Bank as a project leader in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. She holds a master's degree in International Environmental Policy with a concentration in International Economics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a Graduate School of Middlebury, a BA from Denison University, and has attended the Middlebury College French School.

Andy Blackadar is the curriculum editor for the Choices Education Program at Brown University, where he leads the curriculum development team. Andy also holds an appointment as a research associate at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown. Andy is a former high school teacher and administrator with eight years of experience teaching in the United States and Brazil, as well as English for the International Baccalaureate program. Prior to joining the Choices Program, Andy was the Project Manager for the Humanitarianism and War Project at the Institute, where he managed the affairs of the project and contributed research on the nature of warfare in the twentieth century. Since joining the Choices Program, Andy has overseen the introduction of new topics to the Choices curriculum series including, most recently, Iran through the Looking Glass: History, Reform and Revolution and Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy. Andy holds a B.A. in English from Bates College and an M.I.A. in International Policy Analysis and Management from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. At Columbia, Andy was selected as an International Fellow and appointed a department research assistant. He has studied at the Middlebury German School.

Soo Kang is founder and chief of LuckyG Media Inc., a start-up company that creates educational mobile gaming content and trackable learning tools for the pre-school market, launched in 2007. Prior to starting LuckyG Media, Soo had a career in the media industry, both as an entrepreneur and international media expert. For the past 15 years, she has worked in launching business brands in international markets and establishing joint-ventures and licensing relationships. Most recently, at Time Inc., she was director in charge of overseeing the company's portfolio of businesses in Asia and was responsible for creating new business initiatives in the region. Under her leadership, she launched Sports Illustrated and InStyle magazine in China and managed the lobbying process with both Chinese and Indian governments in allowing non-local brands into their markets. Soo started her career at IDG as an associate and later rose to manager, running IDG China's consulting business as well as publishing the Asia IT Journal. Soo graduated with her BA in East Asian Studies from Middlebury College and speaks both Korean and Chinese. Soo lives in New York.

Deborah Klepp is the newly appointed Charge d'Affaires and interim/Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy on Burkina Faso. Until this summer she served as Counselor for the Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Section at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. In Russia, she led a staff in three consulates and coordinated the activities of 20 different agencies to advance policy and programs on non-proliferation, safe nuclear power, science and technology, climate change, Arctic activities, environmental and wildlife preservation, and health. She has served in the Office of the Coordinator of Assistance to Europe and Eurasia, the Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic, and the U.S. Embassies in Moscow, Estonia, and Poland. Deborah attended the National War College, the Pushkin Russian Institute, and the Institut des Sciences Politiques. She holds a BA from Middlebury and has attended both the French and Russian Schools.

Sam Logan is the co-author of The Executioner's Army: Inside Los Zetas, Mexico's Most Sophisticated Cartel and the author of This is for Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America's most Violent Gang. He has spent many years living and working in Latin America as an investigative journalist specializing in organized crime, street gangs, the economy of black markets and criminal insurgencies. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He has also served as a regional manager covering business resiliency issues across Latin America, preparing monthly intelligence forecasts and conducting field investigations. He is the founding editor of Southern Pulse/ Networked Intelligence, maintaining communication with hundreds of intelligence sources across Latin America, and has served as senior writer for International Relations and Security Network in Buenos Aires. Sam received an MA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in International Policy Studies and also holds a BA from Hampden-Sydney College.

Jacquelyn Zimmermann is Director of Editorial Policy, Publications, and the Student Art Exhibit Program at the U.S. Department of Education, where she leads a team of writer-editors, graphic artists, printing specialists and dissemination specialists to ensure that the information the Department publishes for many audiences throughout the United States and abroad is of high quality. Jackye also leads tutorials on writing and publishing for the Department, developed the Department's publishing branding and co-authored the Guide to Publishing at the U.S. Department of Education. Her team is responsible for managing translations of publications into other languages. Jackye is director of the Department's Student Art Exhibit Program, which provides students and teachers from the U.S. and abroad an opportunity to display creative work from the classroom in a highly public space. In this effort, Jackye has developed partnerships with such leading organizations as the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, National PTA, VSA arts, Freddie Mac Foundation, the Art Institutes, schools throughout the country, and various embassies. Prior to joining the Department of Education, Jackye was communications director at an international consulting firm, a doctoral student and teaching assistant in French literature and literary criticism at Cornell, and a faculty member at the University of Maryland-College Park, USDA Graduate School, LeMoyne College, and Boston College. Jackye holds an M.A. from the Middlebury French School, and also completed a summer in the Spanish School.