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Keynote & Alumni Panel Presentation

October 21 / 10-11am

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**Attendees will receive a free Major Event t-shirt and sticker (sent directly in the mail)**

While it is a MAJOR decision, choosing what to study at UMBC is just the beginning. Tune in to listen to our Keynote Speaker, Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, and a panel of other UMBC alumni share unique stories of how their major pathway led them to the careers they hold today.

Come away with an understanding that not all major choices lead to a direct career path -sometimes your major choice will lead you on a journey you never expected.


Keynote Speaker

UMBC Alum, Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA (US), CGMA, CISA

We are thrilled to host Kimberly Ellison-Taylor as our Keynote Speaker for the third Annual Major Event.

Previously recognized as one of Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting and CPA Practice Advisor’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting, Ellison-Taylor is a transformational leader and sought out speaker, with a compelling background of strategy, finance, people leadership, digital engagement, business development and technology.

Her career achievements include leadership roles at Oracle, Motorola, KPMG, Prince George’s County Government, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Ellison-Taylor holds a B.S. degree in Information Systems Management from UMBC (’93). From here, she went on to earn her MBA at Loyola University and a Master of Science in Information Technology Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

She is a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Accountants-Baltimore Professional Chapter and a community leader in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.-Anne Arundel County, MD chapter.

We know she will offer all UMBC students a spirited and informed perspective on the relationship between majors and careers.


Alumni Panel

Blake Hipsley – ’19

Blake is a Ph.D. student in Physics at the University of Michigan. While at UMBC, he worked as a tutor for the Learning Resources Center, participated in undergraduate research, and joined the McNair Scholars Program. He also participated in club ultimate frisbee and club lacrosse. Currently, at the University of Michigan, Blake is teaching introductory physics labs, participating as a member of the Physics Graduate Council, and continues to play lacrosse with the university’s club team. His goal is to become a professor, so he can not only pursue research and educate students in physics, but also serve as a mentor for young academics, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds.

Damarius Johnson – ’19

Damarius is an Indianapolis, Indiana native and a Spring 2019 graduate from the Africana Studies department at UMBC. He is currently a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of History at The Ohio State University. Prior to graduate school, he was a first-generation college student at UMBC and a transfer student from the Community College of Baltimore County. While at UMBC, he discovered and fostered communities of support that made college graduation and graduate school admission possible. In addition to his academic interests, Damarius found opportunities to serve in communities beyond campus, enjoy jazz ensemble performances, and participate in student organizations at UMBC.

Rosa Rada – ’17

Rosa has a background in interdisciplinary research and human service programs, particularly food assistance. She has experience working at the grassroots, local city government, state government, and state association level. Her work has often focused on expanding equity and access of public services for families. She now serves as the Connecticut 2Gen Coordinator, working with all three branches of state government, the private sector, parents, and regional and federal partners on advancing 2Gen, or “whole family,” policy. As the state’s 2Gen Coordinator, Rosa organizes and leads the 2Gen Advisory Board of the legislature and its associated policy work groups that focus on a range of issues, such as redesigning public benefits to mitigate the “cliff effect,” aligning child care and workforce systems, and integrating racial equity and parent voice into policy design and administration.

Rachelle Turiello – ’14

Rachelle Turiello is a Ph.D. student and National Institute of Justice Fellow with the Chemistry Department at the University of Virginia. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UMBC in Interdisciplinary Studies: Bio-Cultural Hominid Anthropology and a masters degree from Towson University in Forensic Science. Rachelle has worked as a civilian scientist for multiple police departments in crime scene investigation and forensic DNA analysis. Her current research is focused on centrifugal microfluidic devices for the preparation and detection of nucleic acids and human identification.

Yoo-Jin Kang – ’15

Yoo-Jin (she/hers) holds dual degrees in Modern Languages and Linguistics and Interdisciplinary Studies. Her professional background is rooted in gender-based violence prevention, national program management, and holistic wellness. Previously, she worked at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and Hopeworks of Howard County, a local domestic violence center. She currently manages alcohol and drugs initiatives at American University, where she provides trauma-informed prevention and intervention strategies for the campus community. Additionally, Yoo-Jin founded and co-chairs AU’s People of Color staff and faculty affinity group, cultivating radical community within a higher education space. Outside of her work, Yoo-Jin enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, and going for bike rides.