Since 2009 the Berry Center has organized Lunch and Learn conversations, a series of informal talks centered around career exploration. Experts in a variety of occupations are invited to share their experiences in the professional world, and talk with students about career possibilities.

Selected Lunch and Learn Guests Hosted by the Berry Center

  • Scott Quehl, former Assistant Secretary for Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, careers in government service (2013)
  • John Murray, World Health Organization, careers in public health (2012)
  • Logan Rott ’07, J.P. Morgan, New York City, careers in financial management (2012)
  • Chris Conrad, Cornell College, formerly AEGON, Cedar Rapids, careers in actuarial science (2009, 2011, 2012)
  • Jeff Curran ’09, Iowa Workforce Development, Des Moines and Katie Gieszler ’10, Iowa Department of Economic Development, Des Moines, careers in state government (2012)
  • Jeanne Firth ’06, GrowDat Youth Farm & Tulane University, New Orleans, careers in social entrepreneurship (2011)
  • Ron Stavoe ’68, House of Doolittle, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, careers in entrepreneurship (2011)
  • Lon Mishler ’69 & Carol Mishler ’70, Financial Planning & Information Services, De Pere, WI, careers in financial planning (2011)
  • Michelle Knowland ’06, Management Analyst, City of Loveland, Ohio, careers in public policy (2011)
  • Jill Hugunin, HR Director, Pearson, Iowa City, careers in human resources (2011)
  • Eric Sudol ’03, Dallas Cowboys, careers in sports management (2011)
  • David Osterberg, Iowa Policy Project, Iowa City, careers in environmental policy (2010)
  • Aaron Reykdal ’06, Target Corporation, Minneapolis, careers in the retail industry (2010)
  • Dave Swanson ’94, Wells Fargo Bank, Des Moines, careers in banking (2010)
  • Jeff Winter ’07, All-State Insurance, Chicago & Katie Frank ’08, MF Global, Chicago, early careers in financial services (2010)
  • Dave Gatton '75, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Washington D.C., careers in urban policy (2010)
  • Stephen Handler, ClearSky Climate Solutions, Montana, careers in environmental policy (2010)
  • Christian Fong, President/CEO of Corridor Recovery, CFA certification and careers with an MBA (2010)
  • Jason Hockenberry, Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy, University of Iowa, careers in public health (2009)
  • John Mallett, Transamerica Capital Management, Cedar Rapids, careers in accounting (2009)

For more information about the lunch and learn series, please contact the Associate Director of the Berry Center.