Alumni Career Day
Villanova's Alumni and Development Department has launched a monthly Virtual Career Day for current students led by successful Villanova alumni to educate them about potential career paths.
January 2021 - John Fuller '80, "Things I wish I knew back then that I know now, and wish someone would have told me."
John Fuller (Class of '80) currently serves as the president and CEO of the famous Wahlburgers; the burger chain that was founded by celebrity brothers Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg and got a publicity boost from a reality TV show of the same name.
Before his move to Wahlburgers, John was president and CEO of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, based in Los Angeles, CA. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is the world’s largest independent premium retailer of coffees and teas with approximately 1,200 locations in 30 countries.
December 2020 - Dr. Monika Foster Martin '05, "An Unconventional Journey to Medicine"
Monika Foster Martin (Class of ‘05) received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2010. She attended the University of Southern California for medical school and graduated with her MD in 2015. She completed her pediatric residency at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, and is in her final year of her fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Harbor UCLA and Children’s Hospital Orange County. She and her family currently reside in Torrance, CA with their two dogs. Monika will be joining a private practice in Milwaukee, WI after graduation.
November 2020 - Mike Taylor '86, "Low Tech Roads into Hi Tech: How Villanova Prepared me for Tesla and Microsoft"
Mike Taylor is currently Chief Financial Officer at GitHub, a sharing site for code: “Over 31 million people use GitHub to build amazing things together across 97+ million repositories.” Previously Mike was Vice President, Finance, Treasurer and in charge of New Markets for Tesla Motors. Mike was also CFO for Tropos Networks and Benchmark Capital, and Vice President for Finance at Micromuse.
Mike attended UC Berkeley majoring in political economy from 1986 to 1990, and received his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1996. Mike also received his Juris Doctorate from Stanford University Law School in that same year. Mike and his wife Tammy live in the Bay Area, and have two sons attending Universities on the East Coast.
October 2020 - Tara Hernandez '89, "Tech is for Anybody!"
Tara Hernandez '89, is currently a senior engineering manager at Google. Tara is a specialist in software engineering infrastructure and was an early promoter of what came to be known as the Continuous Integration revolution. Prior to Google, she was the manager of the Netscape Release and DevTools team where she helped launch Mozilla.org and the newly open sourced browser as well as the corresponding developer tool stack: Bugzilla, Tinderbox, and Bonsai. Additionally, Tara is on the Technical Oversight Committee for the Continuous Delivery Foundation, is a member of the board for Women Who Code, and hosts the 'Women Who Code Radio' podcast.