Panel: Successfully Navigating Career Changes

Amy Gu, Melanie Ramiro, Ryan Lipinski


How to navigate changing roles in your career and understand what drives you to make those changes. Learn how to: pivot effectively, market yourself in a new field, find champions to support you, overcome challenges, and successfully transition into a new field.


Track:  Driving Your Career Forward






Amy Gu is a Project Manager for the Finance and Administration department within the School of Medicine. She helps lead various projects and workgroups that come together to address specific problems across the organization or to develop new business strategies, innovative processes, and solutions to existing business processes related to SOM administrative and financial operations. She enjoys meeting and collaborating with various departments across campus in her roles. Amy is a two-time UCR Alumni, holding a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration. She currently serves as the Chair for the Highlander Mentor Connection and Vice Chair for LEAD.


Melanie Ramiro is the Performing Arts Marketing Specialist for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, the Director of Marketing and Communications for Staff Assembly, and Chair of the UCR Healthy Campus Marketing and Communications subcommittee. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and did her graduate studies in Counseling / Psychology with Argosy University. Before joining CHASS, Melanie served as the UCR Library’s Communications Specialist. Before coming to UCR, Melanie worked in the special events and entertainment industry as a speakers’ agent, show director, and event producer for an award-winning talent buying company. She also worked as a marketing consultant for professional speakers, a professional portrait photographer, and got invited to audition for Cirque du Soleil.


Ryan Lipinski has worked at UCR for just over 14 years and is currently the Director of Majors Advising and Enrollment Management in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Ryan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Experimental Psychology, both from California State University San Bernardino.



The UCR Staff Conference is a two-day event created by and for UC Riverside staff, co-hosted by UCR Staff AssemblyLeaders of Excellence and Distinction (LEAD), and Human Resources Employee and Organizational Development.


Our 2023 event will include three official tracks: driving your career forwardself care / mental wellness; and creating & nurturing a culture of respect.


The conference will take place virtually on Crowdcast on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29, 2023.


View the full schedule here, and register here.

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