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Women and Careers Conference
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Speakers' Bios

Keynote Speaker

Panel Members

  • Alissa Urbano, Moët Hennessey USA (MHUSA,) Portfolio Manager. Fine wine, spirits and champagne education and programming, OC and L.A.
  • Amanda Cassel, VWR International --Pharmaceutical and Medical Sales
  • Yvette Moss, Ed.D, Long Beach City College, Director of TRIO Programs
  • Dannie Phan, Bergwind Marketing – Director of Creative Arts. Donegee Media - Co-founder. Factory eNova – Marketing Manager
  • Christina Carter-Brown, Intel - Component Design Engineer
Lucy Guillen

Lucy Guillen, Senior consultant at Gallup, partners with clients to envision and implement strategies to solve their most crucial business challenges. She applies Gallup’s principles of behavioral economics by designing employee and customer engagement, selection and development, and market research programs that help clients maximize their business performance. She provides relationship and project management for clients across many industry sectors, including healthcare, energy and technology.

Prior to joining Gallup, Lucy was the acting chief operating officer for a boutique financial services company with clients throughout the domestic United States. Her responsibilities included operations management, strategic planning, product positioning, employee management, sales and marketing and account and project management. Lucy gained international business experience during a three-month sabbatical consulting with emerging businesses in mainland China.

Lucy is originally from the United Kingdom and has four master’s degrees, including one in business administration and another in nonprofit management. She speaks English and conversational French. Lucy’s company (Gallup) just released a series of articles based on their studies of women in the workplace:


Alissa Urbano

Alissa Urbano graduated from Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) with a B.A. in communication studies in 2008. A proud alumna of the Communication Studies Department, she was the first tutor for the department’s tutoring program. After graduating, Alissa focused on rhetorical studies and served as both a teaching assistant and research assistant to Professor Valerie McKay. Outside of academics, her activities included serving as president of Delta Zeta Sorority (2007), VP of activities for the Panhellenic Council (2008), participating in the CSULB Leadership Academy, and many community service endeavors locally and statewide.

Always knowing she wanted to work with people and wanting to further her education in the world of wine, she began her career at Southern Wine & Spirits in 2009 as a chain sales merchandiser in San Diego. She then moved to Los Angeles in November 2011 with a promotion to the broad market, where she was honored to receive Pacific Wine & Spirits’ "Rookie of the Year" honors. A promotion to MHUSA portfolio manager moved Alissa back to Orange County, where she now focuses on fine wine spirit and champagne education and programming within the Orange County and greater Long Beach areas. This year she was honored with a national award of excellence from MHUSA and inducted into the National Association of Professional Women.

Alissa is still an active alumnae advisor to her sorority's collegiate chapter and continues to be involved with the American Cancer Society, Pretend City, and the Women's Shelter of Long Beach.


Amanda Cassel

Amanda Cassel graduated from CSULB in 2010 with a B.A. in communication studies. During her time at The Beach, she was involved in the Greek community as an active member of Gamma Phi Beta and later held Panhellenic positions as vice president of recruitment and president. She also was an AmeriCorps volunteer in the L.A. area and studied abroad in Spain for one summer. After graduating, Amanda entered the field of pharmaceutical and medical sales. She has been with VWR International for 3 ½ years selling medical supplies to various scientific researchers at CalTech, City of Hope, Children’s Hospital and USC. She has been recognized with awards every year during her time at VWR International. To keep balanced, she also teaches yoga at USC. Amanda is a proud graduate of CSULB and recognizes the impact her college choices have made on her life.


Yvette Moss

Yvette Moss has worked in higher education for the last 15 years, serving students and institutions in the areas of recruitment, admissions, counseling and academic advising, student development and administrative leadership.

A native Californian, she graduated from Lynwood High School and is a CSULB alumna, having earned both a B.A. in Black studies and a M.S. in counseling with a specialization in student development in higher education. She completed her doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in community college leadership from Cal State Fullerton in June 2014.

Yvette has vast work experience in higher education, serving at both four-year public and private universities and, most recently, in the California Community College system. She started her career at CSULB as an academic and career counselor with the TRIO Student Support Services Program and was later promoted to serve as coordinator/counselor for the Summer Bridge program and coordinator/counselor with the Educational Opportunity Program.

Yvette decided it was time to spread her wings when she was offered and accepted the position of director for the Office of Academic Support Services at Wilberforce University, the first private historically Black university, in Ohio. She has come full circle, back to beautiful Long Beach, working to ensure students are prepared to transfer to the four-year college of their choice. She has a passion for mentoring and has designed and implemented several mentor programs on college campuses and in the community. Yvette is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and uses her career expertise by serving on various committees specifically dedicated to mentoring young people. Her hobbies include kickboxing, hiking, reading and spending quality time with friends.


Dannie Phan

Dannie Phan graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2011 with a B.A. in film and media studies and a minor in Asian American studies. While attending UCSB, she was the public relations lead for the UCSB Police Department and created a dozen public service announcement videos to raise awareness of public safety around the campus, for which she received the Meritorious Award from the university police department. She also was part of the original founding staff of UCSB’s student-run weekly newspaper, The Bottom Line, and worked through every position up to senior layout editor.

After graduating she took various positions in film, television and journalism to broaden her skill sets, and that led to her co-founding Donegee Media and her first documentary project, “Sen Sok,” set in West Cambodia, in collaboration with Community First Initiatives. After the project, she furthered her skill set in digital marketing, leading to the creation of Bergwind Marketing ( Dannie is currently the director of creative arts for Bergwind Marketing, providing creative content for social and tech startups in the Southern California area. She is also marketing manager at Factory eNova.

Dannie enjoys staying engaged in the youth community. She has been involved in the Union of Vietnamese Student Association for more than seven years and is currently a part of their IT/media team and senior layout editor of its bi-annual magazine, Non Song. The youth community has inspired her to develop ASAMX ( ), which is a safe space for Asians and Asian Americans to share their life experiences online. In her spare time she volunteers with the Arts and Learning Conservatory, which provides performing art instructions to students in the Orange County area. She currently resides in Orange County, taking frequent trips up and down the coast of California with a camera at hand.


Christina Carter-Brown

Christina graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 with a B.S. in computer science/computer engineering. After graduating she began her career at Intel as a component design engineer in Columbia, South Carolina. As a component design engineer, her first product was the Core i7, and she was part of the team responsible for the validation of Intel's first integrated memory controller. She lead the execution team that set up 20 platforms executing tests, developed automation tools, tracked execution status and developed debug tools.

After four years she moved to Sacramento and became the hardware security validation lead. Christina developed new validation strategies that bridged functional and security validation strategies and traveled abroad to Israel and Guadalajara, Mexico, to train other functional validation teams. She also co-authored a paper called “Demystify Enabling of Functional Security Features” for Intel's Design and Test Technology Conference. This is an annual conference to promote best known methods, tools, design, and test techniques and knowledge across the entire Intel design and test community. Christina is working on Intel's new connectivity chip, which includes Wifi, Bluetooth and Global Navigation Satellite System (aka GPS). She has been with Intel for seven years.

Outside of work, Christina volunteered for Cameron Park community observatory, where she helped docents with laser tours of the night sky and operated pier-mounted telescopes. She is hoping to travel to Southern Africa soon and do volunteer work on a sabbatical. Her other interests include travel, music festivals, quantum physics and reading about information theory. Christiana is currently developing a computer program curriculum for young students. A native of Long Beach, she is a graduate of Long Beach Polytechnic High School.