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Chapman University's Top Employers for 2023 were honored during President Struppa's State of the University address.

Top Employers Recognized at 2023 Chapman State of the University

Chapman University President Daniele C. Struppa welcomed representatives from 100 organizations to the 2023 State of the University address, honoring them for their status as “Top Employers” and thanking them for their continuing commitment to “Think Chapman First.”

“I want to thank all of the [organizations] that work with us. They are so important to our success. They provide internships. They provide jobs to our students. They work with us to help us better understand the kind of curriculum we need to develop,” said Struppa. “Your role in the [university] is crucial. The university can’t succeed without these kinds of partnerships.”

Representing a diverse range of industries from across the country, Chapman’s Top Employers are honored each year for the strength of their partnerships with the university, through their consistent, active participation in recruiting efforts as well as hiring a notable percentage of Chapman graduates for their workforce. Included among the organizations honored were international giants such as Experian, Netflix and Walmart, as well as local mainstays such as Edwards Lifesciences, CHOC and the City of Orange. 

>> See the complete list of 2023 Top Employers

A special reception for Top Employers was held following the State of the University address, where Jennifer Kim, assistant vice president of Career and Professional Development at Chapman, thanked those present once again.

“As a Top Employer, you can attest to the distinction that comes with a Chapman University degree,” said Kim. “Our students not only receive an excellent education, but they graduate ready to launch impactful careers. Chapman Panthers are critical thinkers, team players, hardworking and loyal. They possess a combination of hard and soft skills that will make them tremendous assets at your organizations.”

Chapman Grads Praised as “Best Talent Nationally”

graphic of 100 logos from organizations with top employers 2023 label

“Chapman University is producing some of the highest and best talent nationally,” says Alex Hayden, vice chairman of CBRE, one of the organizations honored. CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate company, continually looks to Chapman as a source for quality young professionals, says Hayden.

 Tim Rahall, a partner at EY, one of the “big four” accounting firms, agrees. “Chapman students represent the best and brightest business and accounting students in Southern California.”

With more than 20 current students and alumni at their boutique law firm, Berger Kahn says that they choose to Think Chapman First  “because [Chapman] students are academically highly qualified, with a strong sense of practicality. They are ready to be achievers from day one.”

“The talent that comes out of Chapman University has been a powerful driver of our growth and success in the marketplace,” says Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks (EMBA ’16), president and CEO of ECOS Earth Friendly Products. A Chapman alumna herself, Vlahakis-Hanks says that ECOS always looks first to Chapman in their hiring process.

“Each one of the alumni we’ve hired has had a positive impact on our mission to protect the health and wellness of people, pets and the planet,” she says.

Paving the Way to a Stronger Workforce

Chapman Top Employers don’t just hire graduates: their partnerships often include internship programs that help prepare students for the workplace. 

“We are proud to support Chapman students by providing hands-on experience in STEM fields that will not only benefit the student, but also benefit our community partner organizations,” says Tim Seidel, general manager of Phillips 66.

“Joining forces allows us to help shape the next generation of pharmacy professionals and advance healthcare in our communities,” agrees Janet Govea, university relations manager for CVS Health.

Chapman Students are Prepared to Change the World

Chapman graduates are in demand in the arts and non-profit sectors, too. 

“Chapman students are change makers,” says senior recruiter Sakeena Ali of the Peace Corps, one of the many non-profit organizations that have repeatedly sought out Chapman alumni.

“Chapman University’s graduates bring evolved thought, superior educational background and a modern skill set to the Orange County workforce and beyond,” says Robin Follman, campaign director and director of vocal programs at Orange County Music and Dance. Follman also serves as Secretary on Chapman’s Board of Governors, as well as a member of the Argyros School of Business and Economics Board of Counselors.  

“It is our responsibility to assist these talented individuals as they cross into the professional world so that they can utilize their insights and skills in creating a brighter and more tolerant world for future generations,” says Follman. 

Chapman alumna Carrie Nocella ’99, director of external affairs for Disneyland Resort, proudly serves on the university’s Board of Governors, as well.

In response to celebrating The Walt Disney Company’s fifth consecutive year as a Top Employer of Chapman talent, Nocella shared, “The Walt Disney Company is proud to be included in Chapman University’s Top Employers. Chapman University is one of many higher education institutions just miles from Disneyland Resort that enrolls many of our employees. In addition, Disney also employs a large number of Chapman University alumni. There’s magic in learning, and we’re proud to have partners like Chapman University!”  

See the full list of 2023’s Top Employers and find out how your organization will benefit when you Think Chapman First.

Chapman Top Employer 2023: Ingram Micro

Greg Hauser Vice, President, Talent Acquisition; Christina Higgins, Professional, Talent Acquisition + Learning & Development

Chapman Top Employer 2023: Deloitte

Sean Peasley, Partner; John Sadoff, Managing Director

Green Street
Chapman Top Employer 2023: Green Street

Reagan Berkley, Regional Talent Officer

Rutan and Tucker
Chapman Top Employer 2023: Rutan & Tucker

Kenneth Zielinski, Partner

Pacific Symphony
Chapman Top Employer 2023: Pacific Symphony

Abby Edmunds, Director of Volunteer Services; Jayee Liu Human, Resources Manager

Berger Kahn
Chapman Top Employer 2023: Berger Kahn

Tyler Angelini, Hannah Hong, Erin Mindoro Ezra

E & J Gallo Winery
Chapman Top Employer 2023: E. & J. Gallo Winery

Massimo Lesti, Sales Recruiting Manager; Paulina Prado, Sales Recruiting Manager

Chapman Top Employer 2023: Masimo

Philip Vickers Manager, Technical Recruiting

Johnson & Johnson
Chapman Top Employer 2023: Johnson & Johnson

Fahmi Nahas, Head of Human Resources, Johnson & Johnson Med Tech; Luis Otero, Business Operations Senior Specialist

Chapman Top Employer 2023: Amazon

Heidi Kim, Staffing Coordinator

Chapman Top Employer 2023: The Walt Disney Company

Carrie Nocella, Director, External Affairs

Chapman Top Employer 2023: EY

Tim Rahal,l Partner; Kurt Rieck, Partner

Tustin Unified
Chapman Top Employer 2023: Tustin Unified School District

Maurita De La Torre, Chief Personnel Officer

Chapman Top Employer 2023: AAA Automobile Club of Southern California

Lori Gioia, Corporate Recruiter; Oana Murray, Enterprise Talent Acquisition Manager

Peace Corps
Chapman Top Employer 2023:Peace Corps

Sakeena Ali, Senior Recruiter

3 Arts Entertainment
Chapman Top Employer 2023: 3 Arts Entertainment

Olivia Blanchard, HR Manager

Fisher Phillips
Chapman Top Employer 2023: Fisher Phillips

Jeffrey Thurrell, Regional Managing Partner

County of Orange
Chapman Top Employer 2023: County of Orange

Jennifer Ramirez, Assistant Recruitment Manager

Chapman Top Employer 2023: ECOS

Jenna Arkin, Chief Innovation Officer; Eric Hanks, Director of Strategic Accounts; Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, President & CEO

Arts & Learning Conservatory
Chapman Top Employer 2023: Arts & Learning Conservatory

Sidney Aptaker, Assistant to Theatre Education Director; Lydia Filippini, Theatre Education Director; Tiesha Hutchins, Director of Outreach; Isaiah Torres, Media Specialist; Debora Wondercheck, CEO

Chapman Top Employer 2023: CBRE

Alex Hayden, Vice Chairman; Nicole Moler, Sales Manager; Hannah Sevilla, Sales Analyst; Deepa Shah, Sr. Research Analyst; Michelle Tutor, Sales Manager

NBC Universal
Chapman Top Employer 2023: NBCUniversal

Viviana Siles, Specialist, Internship & Early Career Programs

Zymo Research
Chapman Top Employer 2023: Zymo Research

Janet Kim, Human Resources Assistant; Tommy Li Sr., HR Generalist

State Street Global Advisors
Chapman Top Employer 2023: State Street Global Advisors

Enoch Cheng, AVP, Regional Sales Consultant; Sean Pitstick, Internal Sales Associate

Goldman Sachs
Chapman Top Employer 2023: Goldman Sachs

Lance Britt; Liane Hoar, Vice President - Director of Staffing and Operations

Chapman Top Employer 2023: Pac-Dent

Daniel Wangg, President; Henry Sun

Orange County District Attorney
Chapman Top Employer 2023: Orange County District Attorney's Office

Keith Bogardus, Chief Assistant District Attorney

Phillips 66
Chapman Top Employer 2023: Phillips 66

Juliana M, Public Affairs Senior Advisor; Tim S, General Manager

Center Theatre Group
Chapman Top Employer 2023: Center Theatre Group

Aurora Ilog, Program Manager, Education & Community Partnerships

Chapman Top Employer 2023: Archytas

Karen Caswelch, COO; Tom Caswelch, Manager, Print Farm; Ryan Polk, CEO

OC Music and Dance
Chapman Top Employer 2023: Orange County Music and Dance

Robin Follman, Campaign Director & Director of Vocal Program; Doug Freeman, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chair; Walter Yenkosky, COO

Chapman Top Employer 2023: CVS

Ye Govea, University Relations Manager

Kaiser Permanente
Chapman Top Employer 2023: Kaiser Permanente

Reza Mohammadkhani, Regional Director Pharmacy Operations & Admin Services

City of Orange
Chapman Top Employer 2023: City of Orange

Dan Slater, Mayor; Monica Espinoza, Director of Human Resources; Cody Kleen, Human Resources Manager

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