"Life After UM" Speaker Series: A Field Guide for Success

Dylan Laslovich

Missoula native, Dylan Laslovich, graduated from the DHC with a B.A. in Journalism. Since then he has immersed himself in the world of public service, working as Montana Senator Tester's Legislative Director since 2014. Dylan sat down with DHC students on Thursday, May 3rd to talk about career trajectory and opportunities that can act as building blocks. 

Lisa Kundrat

DHC students joined faculty member Erin Saldin, DHC alum Lisa Kundrat, and UM MFA graduate Jolene Brink for a Publishing 101 Panel in the DHC Lounge on Thursday, April 5, from 4-6 pm. The panel discussed agents, editors, query letters, the publishing process for fiction and poetry, and all sorts of other unseemly things.

Ashleen Williams

The DHC hosted Ashleen Williams on Thursday, March 15. Her talk, titled "Creating an International Education at the DHC,” featured a conversation with students about how to create and international education while at UM and why being in Missoula might just be the best place to learn and explore. 

A little background on Ashleen:
Ashleen Williams comes to the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College from Montana, following excursions to Northern Ireland and the Middle East.  As a 2013 Mitchell Scholar, Williams travelled to the University of Ulster to earn her M.Sc. in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies.  Her dissertation concerned Writing on the Walls: Examination of the Contestation of Space in Bahrain through Graffiti and Social Media, a study she began while holding a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Bahrain.  As an undergraduate at the University of Montana, Williams was President of the Associated Students and a student/student mentor at the Davidson Honors College.  Her B.A. was earned in Political Science and History, and she studied Arabic as a Georgetown-Qatar Fellow at Qatar University, and at the Yemen College for Middle East studies in Sana’a.  Most recently, Williams worked at the Center for Gulf Studies at Qatar University. Williams has published in Peacebuilding, as well as other journals, and presented at international conferences in the United States, United Kingdom, and the Middle East Region.”

Hayley Blackburn

On February 28 the DHC welcomed DHC alum and UM faculty member Hayley Blackburn to the DHC for our "Life After UM” lunch. Originally, from Seeley Lake, MT and a graduate of the UM School of Pharmacy, Hayley will center her talk around current healthcare challenges, and specifically discussing skills needed to address these challenges across a wide spectrum of healthcare professions and healthcare settings.

More about Hayley’s experience can be found below:
Assistant Professor
Education: Pharm.D., University of Montana, 2013 B.A., University of Montana, 2008

Experience: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Roseburg, VA Medical Center, 2016-2017; Pharmacy Manager, Safeway Pharmacy, 2015; Clinical Pharmacist, Community Physician Group, 2014-2015; PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, Community Medical Center, 2013-2014; Staff Pharmacist, CVS Pharmacy, 2009-2015

Olivia Shjeflo  

UM alum Olivia Shjeflo was the first speaker to participate in the "Life After UM: A Field Guide for Success" speaker series. Olivia centered her talk around "Saying Yes! Making Opportunities Work for You." Olivia talked about making the most of your time at UM and provided tactical and strategic approaches for building your own path to success. See below for a note from Olivia about her background:

"Graduating from the University of Montana in 2010 with a degree in Business Administration (Marketing) and a certificate in Entertainment Management, I headed west to Seattle to start a career with Coca-Cola in the sales and marketing fields. I paved my way through different positions, relying on my connections, tenacity, and hard work to land my current role launching a premium water in the United States with two international beverage companies. During my time in the workforce, I have used the skills I attained at UM, said “yes” to new opportunities, and tried things that were outside of my comfort zone to excel in marketing and expand my career.

I like to keep my creative juices flowing on my off time by remodeling my home, upcycling found treasures, being outside, and reading. I keep my Montana roots strong by visiting the state several times a year and always making it back to UM for a football game!"