founder and facilitator

Connie Ma founded Career Camp in 2021 to help young adults learn how to explore careers and make the most of their educational experiences. Connie believes in the power of career exploration to change lives. She is dedicated to helping young adults learn how to navigate their own path in life with purpose and defining their own success and happiness. She has worked with high school students, college students, and college graduates on all phases of the career exploration process. 

Connie has worked in education and non-profit organizations for over ten years in the US and Taiwan. She has extensive experience in non-profit fundraising and external relations, alumni relations, STEM education and college access, non-profit consulting and evaluation, college and graduate school admissions, and social enterprises. Connie earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Chicago and her master’s degree in public policy from Duke University. 

Connie is a proud and happy mother of two. When she finds the spare time, she enjoys travel, biking, photography, and reading books a dozen at a time. She speaks Mandarin and English and has also studied Latin and French. She is passionate and curious about all things that create a more equitable world. 

About guest speakers

Throughout this course, you will hear from industry professionals at different stages in their careers who will share how they found and got into their current job. 

Career Camp 2024 Speakers

Coming soon!

Career Camp 2023 Speakers

Andrés Lemus-Spont

Andrés Lemus-Spont is a designer, educator, fabricator, and proud child of Mexican immigrants. He teaches art and architecture in various in-school and after-school programs for youth from kindergarten through college. He believes strongly in the value of mentoring and has done so formally through Big Brothers Big Sisters and informally through apprenticeships for college and early-career artists and designers. He is the founder of Building Brown Workshop, a design and fabrication studio serving artists, architects, and communities. Alongside Marya Spont-Lemus, Andrés is co-founder of their shared community arts practice, ¡Anímate! Studio, which is a vehicle for playful, intergenerational creative workshops centered around joy and criticality in public space. From 2015-2019 that work took the form of the FrankenToyMobile. Andrés is also a founding member of the Mobilize Creative Collaborative.

Helen Pang

Helen Pang is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who works at Commonwealth Care Alliance Primary Care, specializing in the primary care management of low-income adults with serious disabilities. She is Wound Care Certified and is also particularly interested in the management of diabetes and the social determinants of health. During the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, she volunteered for CCA's Covid Field Response Team, providing urgent care for high-risk patients in their homes to help prevent hospitalizations and nursing home stays. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Simmons University. Prior to her nursing career, she briefly taught high school science and earned a Master's in Teaching and Bachelor's in Geology-Biology from Brown University.

Maxwell Cohen

Max works on the Americas Growth Team for Ørsted, named the world’s most sustainable energy company. In this role he helps develop and execute Ørsted’s strategy for expanding its onshore wind, offshore wind, solar, and battery energy storage footprint in the Americas. Prior to Ørsted, Max was the lead North American wind power analyst at consulting firms IHS Markit and Wood Mackenzie, and before that he was a contractor supporting the US Department of Energy. He lives in Somerville, MA where he studies Italian in his spare time.

Danielle Harding

Danielle Harding graduated from Texas A&M University in 2020 with a Bachelor's in Accounting and a Master's in Financial Management. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the state of Texas. After graduation she joined KPMG's Deal Advisory and Strategy practice, where she helps advise private equity firms and corporations engaging in mergers and acquisitions. She works primarily with travel, leisure and hospitality and consumer and retail clients. 

Career Camp 2022 Speakers

Christopher Stovall

Christopher Stovall graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology, located in Chicago, IL, in 2014. Upon graduation, Christopher began using his background knowledge of hydraulics, that he obtained during his undergraduate years, to navigate the professional engineering world as it pertains to fluid power.

Currently, Christopher works as a mechanical engineer in the oil and gas industry. Utilizing his extensive engineering background, particularly in the agricultural and construction industries, to generate solutions that center around improving the efficiency and effectiveness of hydromechanical systems.

Christopher currently holds a certificate as a Certified Fluid Power Specialist and as an Engineer-In-Training (used to obtain Professional Engineer’s License).

Yuanjian Carla Li

Carla leads product management for the Ads and Data / Machine Learning Platform at Niantic, maker of Augmented Reality games like Pokemon Go. 

Before Niantic, Carla led digital growth and transformation initiatives with Fortune 500 companies across retail, financial, IT and telco as a consultant at McKinsey. 

Prior to that, she worked on setting up the first industrial pollution cap and trade program in India and helped tech companies go IPO or raise funding as an investment banker in Hongkong. Carla has a Masters of Science in Engineering Systems from MIT and graduated cum laude from Harvard University in Earth & Planetary Sciences. 

Anthony Berglund

Anthony Berglund is a Senior Research Manager with the Crime Lab and has worked on several projects related to gun violence reduction, policing, and police training. Recently he has been involved in finding ways to improve clearance rates for homicides and non-fatal shootings, and in providing improved training for police officers making critical decisions in the field. He holds a master’s degree from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

Anneke Schwob

Anneke graduated from MIT in 2010 with degrees in Literature and Biology/Creative Writing. After several years working as a writer and editor in the continuing medical education field, she went on to receive a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, where she focused on American environmental literature. She has spent time as a scholar-in-residence at The Byrd Polar Research Institute at OSU and the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture at UVA, and led courses in composition, American literature, and film. She left academia in 2021 and now divides her time between UX research, fiction writing, and TTRPG design. 

Career Camp 2021 Speakers

Charles Lyang

Accounting & Finance Recruiter, Inclusion and Diversity Advocate @ Parker and Lynch

Master of Science, Management Studies, Boston University Questrom School of Business

Bachelor of Science, Journalism, Boston University

Katherine Jinyi Li

English and Special Education Teacher, Grades 7-12, New York City Public Schools

Work experience as a producer, journalist, and writer

M.A., Sciences Po, Journalism and International Affairs

B.A., University of Chicago, Public Policy, History

Ying Wang

Public Rights Project Fellow, Special Assistant District Attorney at Suffolk County District Attorney's Office (Massachusetts)

J.D., New England School of Law

B.S. Emerson College, Marketing and Communication, Entrepreneurial Studies

Jessica Lee

Experience in architecture, interior design, website UXUI design, social enterprise,  entrepreneurship, and teaching college and graduate-level courses

CEO, Jingo Records

M. Arch., Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.A., Architecture, University of California at Berkeley