Preview: Career Speaker Series during PRIME

Maxwell Zhang, Senior Staff Writer

Creator of the hit Netflix series BoJack Horseman Raphael Bob-Waksberg kicked off the Career Speaker Series on Friday with a live webinar on his career as a director. Many sophomores and seniors attended this webinar during advisory. “I was impressed by his story and his experience as a movie-maker,” sophomore Mike Song said. “I gained inspiration from Raphael, especially since he struggled through high school with ADHD.” (Photo: Maxwell Zhang)

Several well-known speakers and highly regarded professionals will give speeches this week during PRIME for the annual Career Speaker Series event. Students can register to listen to these speakers by signing up for their respective PRIME class.

The event will feature speakers including two-time Grammy Award-winning composer Christopher Tin; three-time Emmy Award-winning and broadcast journalist Janelle Wang; and Stanford Neurodiversity Project Director Lawrence Fung. It will be an exciting live event featuring Q&A sessions. 

According to Rachael Kaci, Work Experience and Advanced Authentic Research teacher, the objective of Career Month is to facilitate career education and provide opportunities to Paly students to explore various career paths. On March 22 and 23, students will have the opportunity to choose their classrooms for seven PRIMEs. There will be three prime blocks, named Prime3-22c, Prime3-23c, and Prime3-23d on Infinite Campus, where students will have the opportunity to listen to career speakers. 

Tin, a former Paly student, created numerous orchestral and choral pieces and won two Grammy Awards for his film and video games. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including pianist Lang Lang, and his recent film work includes music for the movie “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Wang, a Gunn alumna and current NBC Bay Area News anchor has won three Emmy Awards for her coverage of various California wildfires. Prior to joining NBC, she was a news reporter for ABC News who traveled to Beijing, China, and Sochi, Russia, to cover the Winter Olympics.

Fung is a psychiatrist who specializes in autism. He currently is the director of Stanford Neurodiversity Project, which strives to uncover the strengths of neurodiverse individuals and use their talents to increase the innovation and productivity of society as a whole. Recently, he won the Chairman’s Award on Community Commitment and Engagement awarded by Stanford University. 

According to sophomore Mike Song, the career speaker events are helpful to students looking to find a path for their future career.

“I am extremely grateful that the Paly staff are willing to provide opportunities for students to learn about different careers,” Song said. “I really enjoyed listening to the keynote speaker last Friday, and I was able to learn so much about a different career pathway. I look forward to listening to other career speakers next week during PRIME, especially the one on neurodiversity.”

Visit the link on Schoology to access the career month calendar for all speakers. 

Note: Juniors will be unable to attend most of these career speaker events due to CAASPP testing.