Virtual Career Speakers

Virtual Career Speakers

Advice from the Experts

Check out our library of professionals talking about their industries, careers, and career paths! Explore various local careers through their short 15- to 20-minute presentations.

As an additional resource WLC has provided a list of questions students can answer as they view each video.

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Careers include dentistry, construction, entrepreneurship, engineering, radiologic technologist, sales and marketing, and more.

  • Dr. Erica Recker - Dentist
    Dr. Erica Recker, DDS, a dentist at Marion Dental gives a very thorough presentation on what it is like being a dentist and the education required to get into the dental field. Watch video.
  • Aaron McGlynn - Construction Professional
    Aaron McGlynn, construction professional with Cabinet Works in Wellman and Kirkwood instructor shares his insights into the skills it takes to be successful in this pathway. Aaron highlights his work, successful projects, and the various directions a career can take if you are open to learn, work hard, have fun, and network! Watch video.
  • Kate Moreland - Attorney, Business Administration
    Kate Moreland, President of the Iowa City Area Development Group, explains that a career path can take you in unexpected directions if you keep challenging yourself to answer the "why" of what you aim to do in your career. Kate explains how her journey as a young attorney, law professor, and education advocate led to her work in economic development. Watch video.
  • Mary Mascher - State Legislator
    Rep. Mary Mascher, a member of the Iowa House of Representatives serving the 86th district since 1995, shares her pathway to public service. She explains how our legislature benefits from the service of members from diverse backgrounds, careers, and skill sets. Rep. Mascher shares the importance of the essential skills of persistence, patience, consensus, and collaboration in serving the public good as a legislator. Watch video.
  • Alex Taylor - Entrepreneur Business Leader
    Entrepreneur - The job you may hold 20 years from now does not likely exist today. Alex Taylor shares some practical and entrepreneurial tips he's learned to survive and thrive during his professional journey through the technical evolution from dial-up to wireless, paper to paperless, and in-person to virtual. Watch video.
  • Nick Ford - Construction Manager
    Nick Ford shares the many pathways students interested in ACE careers and business might follow by pursuing commercial construction careers! Nick Ford, Regional President of Woodruff Construction, highlights the courses and activities that support learning, exploration, and experiences that can guide a student toward a rewarding career. Watch video.
  • Melissa Clow - Civil Engineer
    Melissa Clow with the City of Iowa City-Public Works and Engineering, explains the many projects and various roles a civil engineer engages with while providing service to a pubic entity. It's not all about math and science! Quality engineering requires excellent communication and collaboration skills as well! Watch video.
  • Ashley Balliet - Radiologic Technologist
    Ashley Balliet, Radiologic Technologist and Program Director at Mercy/St. Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology in Cedar Rapids shares what is involved in being a Radiologic Technologist. She will show x-rays, explain how they read them, and discuss the many hats you wear in this career. Watch video.
  • Heidi Steffen - Marketing & Sales
    Heidi Steffen, Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Sales at Titan TV, shares her experiences starting in high school through college and beyond that helped shape her decision to go into the exciting career of marketing and sales. Watch video.
  • Lane McMullen - IT Infrastructure & DevOps Team Lead
    Is a career in IT (Information Technology) for you? Lane McMullen, IT Infrastructure & DevOps Team Lead at UFG Insurance shares what drew him to an IT career and explains the world of IT Infrastructure. Find out what it's like working with computers, specifically in the areas of Networking, Servers & Storage, Audio Video, Telephony, and VDI. Watch video.
  • Alexandra Braaksma - Realtor
    Alexandra Braaksma choose to be a Realtor because she loves talking with people and helping them find a good home. Her favorite part of selling homes is that her schedule is flexible, each day is different, and her income is based on how hard she works. Watch video.
  • Aimee Hospodarsky & Sheryl Cline - School Counselors
    School Counseling is a much varied role, depending upon the grade level of students you care for! Listen as Iowa ACAC award winning "Iowa Counselors of the Year" Aimee Hospodarsky and Sheryl Cline share their insights into a career of guiding young people towards success! Watch video.
  • Rebecca Moore - Professional Practice Development
    Rebecca Moore, Program Manager of Professional Practice Development at Unity Point Hospital in Cedar Rapids, shares why she loves her career in nursing and how you can get started in this career or in healthcare in general. She’ll explain different ways you can enter the nursing field, duties and education needed, and the many levels of nursing you can do if desired. Watch video.


Choosing a career can be tough, but Workplace Learning Connection is here to help develop the future workforce and talent pipeline by connecting today’s students to tomorrow’s careers. Reach out if you have questions!

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