Let's Talk Careers

MCPS Let’s Talk Careers is a monthly live speaker series for experts to share their career path and industry expertise. The sessions will cover a variety of industries such as arts & entertainment, bioscience, entrepreneurship, engineering, government and restaurant management.

Middle and high school students will learn about:

  • Various pathways to pursue a career.
  • Skills and requirements to be successful in any career.
  • Ways to maximize opportunities as students start to think about their own career path.

Next Session: Bioscience

Date: Wednesday, January 27

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM

Gavin Imperato

Dr. Gavin Imperato

Medical Officer
United States Food and Drug Administration

Dr. Stephanie Chung - Biosciences

Dr. Stephanie Chung

Lasker Tenure-Track Investigator
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Katharina Maisal

Dr. Katharina Maisel

Assistant Professor
Fischell Department of Bioengineering,
University of Maryland

Mr. Aubrey Watkins

Mr. Aubrey Watkins

Scientific & Technical Assessments,
Emergent Biosolutions

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the panelists in advance here:

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from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at




Previous Sessions

Government and Political Pathways


The Let’s Talk Careers Government and Political Pathways session featured Senator Cheryl Kagan, Maryland State Delegate Lily Qi, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and Montgomery County Councilmember Sidney Katz. Learn about the career paths of our speakers who represent different sectors of local and state government and the issues that impact the residents of Montgomery County.

December 2020

Restaurant Management and Entrepreneurship


The Let’s Talk Careers Restaurant Management and Entrepreneurship session featured Ted Xenohristos, Chef Dimitri Moshovitis and Ike Grigoropoulos who grew up in Montgomery County and went to Paint Branch, Gaithersburg and Quince Orchard high schools, respectively. In 2006, they opened up their first restaurant in Rockville, Maryland and have since expanded their brand nationally. Learn more about their career experience as entrepreneurs in the restaurant industry.

November 2020

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Previous Sessions

Upcoming Sessions

February 3
Arts & Entertainment

  • Mr. Lewis Black, Comedian and actor from the Daily Show with Trevor Noah and voice from the movie, Inside Out
  • Mr. Brian King Joseph, Violinist and contestant on America’s Got Talent
  • Ms. Tatiana Wechsler, Actor, singer and songwriter

March 10

  • Mr. Joe Batwinis, Fuel System Responsible Engineer, Northrop Grumman (aeronautical engineer)
  • Ms. Melissa Rhoads, Project Engineer Principal, Lockheed Martin (bioengineer)
  • Ms. Jessica Rosenthal, Vehicle Controls Test and Integration Engineer, Rivian (electrical engineer)
  • Ms. Venedra Whigham, Project Manager, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (civil engineer)

April and May

  • Coming Soon!

Career Readiness Programs

Contact Us

For more information about the
Let’s Talk Career series, contact the Partnerships Unit at Barbara_Hihn@mcpsmd.org
or 240-740-5599.