Peer Advisory Meetings with Professional Speakers

The AEIP peer advisory program helps you succeed, both socially and academically, during your transition to the U.S. job market (and specifically, in the city of San Diego). Whether you are a first-time resident or have been living in the U.S. for some time, through AEIP you will meet people who are similarly situated and undergoing the same experience.

At each meeting, we invite guests to share their personal career path, the obstacles they has faced, and the solutions they found to overcome the challenges encountered in their career.

Past speakers include:

  • Anne Mandel, National University Career Counseling
  • Geri Lam Robinson, Healthcare consultant and former executive with Baxter and GE Healthcare
  • Saejung Lee, Immigration lawyer
  • Shangwen Kennedy, NBBJ Senior Associate and Project Manager
  • Karen Henken, Founder of Henken & Assoc.
  • Bob Berk, Group Leader (Chair) with Vistage International, CEO-Mentor, Author of "Leadership Between the Sheets"
  • Lily Zhou, Entrepreneur 
  • Molly Cartmill, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Sempra Energy
  • Chaoxiong You, Consultant and Certified Leadership Coach
  • Michelle Sterling, Executive VP, Human Resources at Quallcomm, Inc.

Tips & Tricks from Past Speakers:

Best Communication Methods

  1. Communication is always the responsibility of the communicator. It's your job to make sure your listener understands you, not the other way around.
  2. Use the simplest possible words. Mark Twain once told an editor, "I never write metropolis for seven cents because I can get the same price for city. I never write policeman because I can get the same money for cop." I agree that shorter, simpler words are better - especially when communicating with a global audience.
  3. Speak slowly. You don't have to enunciate every syllable, but do slow down when using key words or phrases, and make it clear when you are switching to a new topic.
  4. Ask open-ended questions instead of yes-no questions. Questions that start with who, what, where, when, why or how require longer, more thoughtful answers, which reduces miscommunication in the long run.
  5. Make people feel comfortable. Then they will ask questions and admit when they don't understand something--good advice for communicating with native speakers, too. -Maya Hu-Chan, Global Leadership Development Executive Coach

To learn more about how our peer advisory sessions work and how you can get involved, please refer to the questions below.

Who are the guest presenters?

Guest presenters come from a diverse group of responsible, thoughtful and knowledgeable professional with successful business careers in the U.S. These professionals have experienced the challenges facing our members and offer valuable insights and assistance in navigating your career.

What happens at a peer advisory meeting?

The meetings are led by Jerry Schneider and Priscilla Wood. Following the guest presenter, group members are asked to share significant events in their lives (school, employment, job search, personal concerns). These discussions are held in a completely confidential setting. AEIP members get real value from having their individual issues considered by their peers and group leaders.