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Career Panel and Networking

In partnership with APA@NBC Universal and FCCNY, we are pleased to have a panel of adoptees discuss their career paths and insights. For younger adoptees, this is a great opportunity to hear details about working in NYC and building your career. For professionals, come network, meet people from other businesses or your own, and share your personal experiences. And if you've ever wanted an inside view of NBC's 30 Rockefeller Center, now's your chance!

*** Must pre-register by June 5! Send RSVP to Michael Mullen. Sorry, we cannot take any late registrations! ***

WHO: International adoptees, family, and friends.
WHEN: Thursday June 8, 7pm.  RSVP by Monday June 5!
WHERE30 Rockefeller Plaza (use 50th Street entrance under the NBC Studios sign)
COST: FREE for members; suggested $5 for non-members
RSVP: Please send rsvp and questions to Michael Mullen.

Susan Becker, Vice President at Mizuho Securities USA, works as a Project Manager and Business Analyst in Corporate Development. Susan started at Mizuho over 10 years ago as an Administrative Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer. She was eventually given opportunities to work in other areas and began working in her current department in 2012. Susan graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.A. in International Studies.

Katie Cadamatre started her career as the women's fashion illustrator for Abercrombie & Fitch and brands. She naturally transitioned to graphic and textile design for apparel at Hollister, Gymboree, Aeropostale, the Children's Place, and Aerie. She spent a short time at Macy's Merchandising Group as senior manager of research and development assisting with design and direction of activewear and their private label brands. She is currently a full time freelance fashion illustrator and content creator. Some of her clients include Joe Fresh, Lands' End, Disney, the Real Real, Glow Recipe, Gap, and Bloomingdale's. @KatieCadamatre

Dave Jackson is the Director of Infrastructure at WeWork, where he focuses on his passion for SaaS technology with a thriving global company that finds itself in over 16 countries and 150 locations. Dave joined WeWork after spending 4 years with Warby Parker, the New York based eyewear disruptor, where he was the Head of Technical Services. Dave joined Warby Parker as they began their entrance into the brick and mortar retail space, and helped develop their technology roadmap growing to over 50 stores nationwide. He is obsessed with building great tech team culture, creating business value through automation and innovative technology.

Ed Pokropski was born in Seoul, South Korea and adopted at 19 months old. "I was raised mostly in Philly and while I don't like cheesesteaks, I have been boxing since I was 17, so some stereotypes do stick.  Throughout the week, I host open mics under Laughing Buddha Comedy at Klimat in East Village.  I perform standup in various clubs throughout the city and have hosted numerous charity events including this year's Plate by Plate dinner organized by Project by Project.  I also write and direct content for a children's television network known as Sprout, which is owned and operated by NBCUniversal.  I live in NYC, love food and shamelessly promote Asian Americans everywhere, any chance that I get."

Jae Rindner is currently a Senior Annual Giving Officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her background in fundraising and development stems from a drive to give back to the community and causes that hold personal significance. Jae previously worked at the American Red Cross and has been on the Board of Directors for Also-Known-As, Inc. for four years. She attended Holt Heritage Camp from the age of ten until she was fifteen, and continued to serve as a staff assistant and counselor at Holt and KIDS Camp for several years. She graduated from the University of Southern California with dual bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Psychology and completed her master's degree in Psychological Counseling.

Earlier Event: May 22
Adoptee Forum: DNA Search
Later Event: June 10
5th Annual Barbecue