Alumni returned to campus on February 10 to speak at the 20th Annual Sophomore Career Evening, hosted by the Alumni Council.
Over the course of the night, alumni speakers shared their experiences with students, leading discussions about the field of medicine, how to follow your passion, careers in academia and education, the film and entertainment industry, and how to be an innovator in your industry.
During the opening remarks, Alumni Council President, Doug Gregg ’66, encouraged students to ask questions and take advantage of the Webb alumni network. Students then attended two sessions of their choice, followed by an opportunity to network with alumni over cookies and cocoa afterwards. While each session had its own focus, alumni shared with students just how influential their Webb experience was to their future and the importance of networking. Michael McDermott ’83 talked about the importance of the honor code and how it influenced his life and business. Christine Choi Kim '94 told students, “Don’t prepare the path for yourself, prepare yourself for the path.”
The Alumni Office extends a sincere thank you to the Alumni Council members who attended, Micol Issa ’05, Praveena Jeereddi ’90, Dwight Morgan ’65, Bill Ripley ’60 and President Doug Gregg ’66, and our 2019 alumni speakers:
Meet the Doctors
Christine Choi Kim, MD, MBA ’94, Global Skin Care Expert for The Body Shop
Michael Bashoura ’08, DDS
Follow Your Passion
Emily Hammett ’05, Founder of Salt & Honey
Bijan Garcia-Dehbozorgi ’08, Co- founder/ Head Rudo of AguaLucha
Academia and Education
Jim Hall, PhD ’59, Professor of Physiology & Biophysics at U.C. Irvine
Lee Lee Choi ’90, Instructional Director in the Los Angeles Unified School District
Let us Entertain You
Kenny Tsai ’05, Director of Current Programming atUniversal Television
Valerie Cook ’09, Post Production Executive atAmazon Studios
Michael McDermott ’83, Founder and Executive Producer atGung-Ho Films
Prab Marwah ’09, Manager, Audience Development at Omaze
S. David Webb '53, PhD, a member of The Webb Schools' founding family, passed away on September 12, 2019. Webb was a Distinguished Research Curator Emeritus of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Florida Museum of Natural History and a Distinguished Research Professor of Zoology and Geology at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He was also a past President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. In 2010 Webb was the keynote speaker at the Alf Museum's annual Peccary Society Dinner. Please read more about Webb's long and storied life and career in the remembrance offered by the Florida Museum.
One of the best ways to fully appreciate a Webb education is to look at the lives and achievements of our alumni. Each year, we honor a group of alumni for their accomplishments since graduation and pay tribute to their continued commitment to the mission and success of Webb. These awards recognize distinguished graduates who reflect the character and leadership qualities developed at Webb.
Thank you to the 1,500 alumni, parents, past parents, grandparents and friends who enabled Webb to end the 2018-19 Webb Fund year successfully on June 30. Your generosity helped The Webb Fund to raise over $1.9 million, plus additional support for endowment and capital improvements, bringing total gifts to $7.9 million, including 13 new estate gifts, which has become an ever-increasing and important part of our advancement program. Over 799 alumni, spanning nine decades, participated with gifts received from nearly every class between 1937 and 2018. Thank you for your contributions!
The Affiliates celebrated their annual benefit themed Webb Block Party: We’re better when we’re together! on Friday, October 4 on The Webb Schools campus. Over 270 parents, family and friends from around the world enjoyed an evening of entertainment, good food and amazing auction items.
A tremendous thank you to the parents and family members who attended Parents Weekend on October 4 and 5. The faculty and staff enjoyed having more than 300 parents on campus for classroom visits, athletic and art events, experiencing our beautiful campus and socializing with other Webb parents.