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Career Day


In partnership with the Upper School Senior Career Day Committee, the Alumni Office is excited to host Career Day 2022: The Future of Work. This program will enable juniors and seniors to engage in discussion with alumni who are leaders in diverse fields. 

Powerful economic, societal, and technological drivers are reshaping work at a dramatic pace. This year, our five Career Day alumni panelists will explore what "work" in 2022 means, how it has rapidly changed over the past two years, and how current trends will shape what it will look like in the future. 

This interactive discussion is bound to provide insights on what you might expect as you move from Potomac to college and beyond.

Gopaul Balser, Shannon

Shannon Gopaul ‘01, serves as the Chronic Disease Division Chief for the DC Department of Health and oversees program strategy, development, and implementation. She also serves as the Chronic Disease Director for the District of Columbia. Shannon has over a decade of experience managing, implementing, and supporting clinical research in chronic and infectious diseases in Washington, DC and the surrounding metropolitan area.

Within the fields of clinical research and public health program management, she has extensive experience in community engagement and addressing health disparities. Her passion for public health has been deeply rooted in addressing the needs of the underserved, from measuring the impact of the HIV pandemic on seasonal workers in Mozambique to the health inequities that plague the residents of DC’s Wards 7 and 8. Her path to public health has been unconventional and rewarding.

Shannon graduated from Williams College with a BA in Economics and American Studies and a Master's in Public Health from Howard University. 

Sareena Dalla Brookshire

Sareena Dalla Brookshire ‘98, is a product and technology leader at Vanguard and runs her own consultancy focused on strategic career coaching and leadership transformation.

An executive in fields that intersect technology and financial services, Sareena has been fortunate to lead product, growth, and technology teams that have launched new products helping millions build financial literacy, improve financial health, start investing, and achieve their goals.

Sareena, a former award-winning journalist turned fintech leader, brings with her more than 15 years of leadership experience across business strategy, product development, and technology from startups to global cross-sector teams. As a consultant, Sareena teaches clients how to translate their skills toward adjacent roles, build new skills rapidly, and stay competitive and connected in the marketplace. Specifically, Sareena specializes in helping ambitious professionals navigate career changes with confidence and clarity, and without having to “start over.”

Sareena holds a BA in History from of the University of Virginia and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She's also a mama bear to three young kids, one pup, and a red-eared slider.

Sam Lee

Sam Lee '03 is a general manager, growth leader, investor, and company builder who has led businesses and built cross-functional teams. Sam specializes in the future of work, consumer internet, financial services, and healthcare industries.

Sam is the Founder and Managing Partner of E3 Ventures, a platform that invests in, advises, and builds companies that unlock human potential. He is also the Founder and CEO of IndeCollective, where top independent workers go to supercharge their careers.

Previously, Sam was the Senior Vice President and Head of Growth at WeWork. He led the development of big bet, company-wide initiatives to enhance customer acquisition, engagement, account retention, growth, and referrals. Earlier, Sam was a business unit general manager at publicly traded internet companies including AOL and United Online. He built and led cross-functional teams to develop new products and partnerships. Additionally, Sam was the Chief of Staff at Goldman Sachs, where he led a portfolio of initiatives ranging from new client development to strategic partnerships.

Sam earned his BA in Political Economy and Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2019, he was inducted into the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Initiative, a five-year program which grooms public, private, and non-profit leaders for careers of service.

Drew Morrison

Drew Morrison ‘10 is a Project Planner with VHB, a planning and engineering firm. In that role, he manages major transit and rail infrastructure projects in the Washington, DC region, including the Washington Union Station Expansion Project and projects related to the implementation of Amazon HQ2. His work focuses on helping clients address policy and political strategies to advance key projects.

Prior to VHB, Drew worked for the Montgomery County (MD) Council as a transportation, infrastructure, and environment policy aide. Drew holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Yale and a joint Master's degree in City Planning and Business Administration from MIT. While at Potomac, he was editor of the Current and the Panther mascot.

Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson ‘04 is a staff writer at The Atlantic. In addition to his articles, he also publishes the newsletter “Work in Progress,” little essays on big ideas which explore today's news and tomorrow's trends in work, technology, science, and culture. He is also the founder and host of the podcast “Plain English.” Here, Derek and his guests break down the weekly headlines on topics ranging from tech to politics to culture, and cut through the noise surrounding the news. Previously, he was the host of the podcast “Crazy/Genius,” which won the 2020 Publisher Podcast Award for best podcast of the year.

A news analyst with NPR, Derek appears weekly on the national news show “Here and Now” and is also a contributor to CBS News. His first book, the national bestseller Hit Makers: How to Succeed in an Age of Distraction, has been translated into more than a dozen languages and was named the 2018 Book of the Year by the American Marketing Association. He is currently working on his second book which explores what America can do to solve the world's most important problems faster.

Derek graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Journalism and lives with his wife in Washington, DC.

Thursday, March 3

10:00 - 11:30 AM

The Spangler Center for Athletics and Community


Introduction of Panelists

Panelists' Opening Remarks

Moderated Panel Discussion

Five Minute

Audience Questions for the Panelist


Senior Career Day 

Celia Barabanov
Madelyn Bonadio
Isabel Brittin
Bunny Cameron
Audrey Lee
Rachel Miller
Cecelia O'Sullivan
Connor Rooney
Clay Socas
Ellie Yoon

A special thank you
to media experts Mittie Rooney '78
and Candace Kent '04
for guiding our Career Day student committee as they prepared for this event.