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Global Career Night 2022
February 23, 2022 @ 5:30 pm
Hear from a virtual panel of phenomenal UNC alumni in globally focused careers! Panelists represent a variety of career options: government, private industry, NGOs, and more. They will share their professional journeys from studying (like you!) at UNC, through the career searches, networking, and life choices that led them to their current roles. In the Q&A, panelists will take your questions on everything from advice on the job hunt to sustainable career growth over the years. Wherever you are in your UNC experience, this panel is perfect for you — from first years just starting to explore their interests, to seniors scrolling Handshake and attending job fairs.
Carlyn Cowen (they/she/siya) is an advocate, activist, and Filipinx-American dedicated to building social, racial, and economic justice through radical systemic change. As the Chief Policy and Public Affairs Officer of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), the nation’s largest Asian-American social services organization, they oversee public policy, advocacy, government affairs, and community engagement. Previously, Carlyn worked at FPWA, an economic equity nonprofit, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, and consulted for the United Nations Development Programme and Oxfam International, among others. She also organizes with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) where she serves on the Steering Committee of The Jewish Vote. Originally from North Carolina, they graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a double Bachelor’s in International Relations and Philosophy, going on to receive their Master’s from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Charles Duncan joined WestJet in June of 2017 as the President of WestJet Encore. In August 2018 he became Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer before becoming the President of Swoop, WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier in April 2020. As President of Swoop, Charles has accountability for all aspects of the business, including short and long-term planning, branding, pricing, product development and operations. Charles will drive Swoop’s footprint in Canada in support of the WestJet Group’s long-term strategy. In addition to being the President of Swoop, Charles also oversees WestJet Cargo where he is focused on the domestic and international growth of the airline’s in-house cargo services.
Prior to joining WestJet, Charles enjoyed a long and successful career with Continental Airlines and then, through merger, with United Airlines. He navigated the commercial side of the Continental business with roles in pricing and revenue management, network planning and sales, spending thirteen years in Asia. In his last position at United Airlines, Charles was Senior Vice-President, Technical Operations, where he oversaw the maintenance organization of 12,500 employees. During his 20-year career in aviation, Charles has held several senior leadership positions, including President of Continental Micronesia, Vice-President, Chicago O’Hare Hub, as well as Vice-President, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India for United Airlines.
Robby Gonzales joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2002. He is posted to the Foreign Service Institute, where he teaches tradecraft skills to new Foreign Service political and economic officers. From 2016 to 2018, Robby was Deputy Director in the State Department’s Office of Security and Human Rights. His other assignments include Political-Military Officer in Israel, Policy and Operations Officer at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium, Political Officer in Liberia, Ukraine Desk Officer in Washington, DC, Consular Officer in France, and Political Officer in Iraq. Robby’s first posting was Political-Economic Officer in Cameroon where he also covered Equatorial Guinea.
Robby is a member of the second Trans-Atlantic Masters class. He holds a BA in Government and History from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA from the University of Bath in England. His wife is also a Foreign Service Officer and they have two children.
Dedren Snead is a writer, creative technologist and futurist from Atlanta, Georgia.
Known for his award-nominated fantasy comic book series SORGHUM & SPEAR, Dedren created a fantasy saga featuring African folklore and history to highlight a world of warrior women.
Dedren uses graphic novels, animation, and augmented reality to build inclusive storytelling.
A serial entrepreneur, Dedren’s most recent startup is called SUBSUME, a technology platform that connects K-12 students to Creative and Tech careers through project -based learning modules.
Co-organized with the UNC Curriculum in Global Studies.
Co-sponsored by the UNC College of Arts & Sciences, UNC Curriculum in Global Studies, African Studies Center, Carolina Asia Center, Center for European Studies, Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC Global, and the UNC Russian Flagship Program.
The Carolina Asia Center supports diverse Asia-related events. However, CAC co-sponsorship of any talk, seminar, documentary screening, film screening, performance or celebration does not constitute endorsement of or agreement with the views presented therein. As an academic institution, we value diverse perspectives that promote dialogue and understanding.