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The Art of Career Switching

  • OpenGov Hub 1110 Vermont Avenue Northwest Suite 500 Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

This event is being hosted by General Assembly at OpenGov Hub.

About This Event

This event series is for you if you want to apply your strengths and talents to do work that matters to you, whether that means changing careers or taking the leap to self-employment. Each event, you will hear from a DMV-based career switcher and you'll learn how to overcome common obstacles, connect authentically with the right people, and get (or create) the perfect job by translating your unique strengths, skills, and experiences into the language of your new field.


  • Understand the stages of career change, including its challenges and opportunities, what you should and shouldn’t be doing in that stage, and your mantra to fall back on
  • Have a completed “getting out there” plan
  • Have an inspiring new career story to tell
  • Have a chance to celebrate a past career success or anticipated future success in a group

About the Instructors

Liz Simon VP, Legal & External Affairs, General Assembly

Liz Simon is the Vice President of Legal & External Affairs at General Assembly (GA), a global educational company that specializes in the most in-demand skills, where she leads GA’s legal and public affairs, government relations, and social impact efforts. In this role, Liz works directly with policy makers, helps develop policies and education models that put students first and addresses the dynamic requirements of employers. Liz joined GA from the Obama Administration, where she served as Counselor to the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and worked on policy issues at the nexus of immigration and entrepreneurship. Prior to that, Liz was an attorney at Hogan Lovells, a Washington D.C.-based law firm. Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Cornell University and earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Jordan Breighner Partner, Inside Revolution + Founder, Coolhouse Labs

The three years I spent building and running Coolhouse Labs, I learned the art and science of early stage investing, product development, and the power of narrative. I learned that through determination, courage, and the ability to learn on the fly you can build something that can have a real lasting impact on the world. I got a Masters in Entrepreneurship by juggling investing in 17 companies, running three programs, working with 45 founders, 70 + mentors, 20 + investors, and making sure the lights stayed on and the bathroom was clean.

Currently, I’m a partner at Inside Revolution a creative company founded by a fellow Obama Alum Ari Ratner. My work focuses on helping senior executive teams get big things done by leveraging creativity, design, and story telling. I’m a big believer that narrative is critical to helping an organization achieve its goals. You have to know where you are, where you came from, and where you want to go and be able to communicate that to your stakeholders.


Brad Jenkins Executive Producer, Funny or Die

After graduating from University of Virginia, Jenkins worked as an investment professional for six years in New York and San Francisco, where he worked for Farallon Capital. After moving to California, Jenkins and his wife joined a volunteer group for Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign in 2007 before the Democratic primaries. He later moved to Chicago and became the National Deputy Director of Special Projects for the Obama Campaign.

Jenkins served as the founding vice president of Business Forward, an organization that brings entrepreneurs into the policy-making process, before signing on at the White House as associate director for the Office of Public Engagement under Valerie Jarrett. At the White House, Jenkins served as a liaison to the creative community working with executives, celebrities, artists and advocacy leaders. In his role, he also served as a liaison for the comedy video website Funny or Die and was involved in the Emmy-award winning "Between Two Ferns" episode, in which Zach Galifianakis interviewed President Obama about the Affordable Care Act. Several weeks after the interview aired, Jenkins and Jarrett briefed the President in the Oval Office about its widespread critical acclaim and how it was the show's "most successful video."

In 2015, it was announced that Jenkins would be named managing director and executive producer of Funny or Die's new Washington, D.C. branch. At Funny or Die DC, Jenkins produces politically themed content and provides consulting services for social media, talent outreach, writing and brand strategy for clients.