On February 21, the U.S – Russia Chamber of Commerce (“USRCC”) in partnership with Marilyn Davies College of Business, University of Houston – Downtown, hosted its 3rd Annual HR Panel and Networking Event “Landing the Dream Entry-Level job”. The event was organized by the USRCC Young Professionals Committee and took place at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Welcome remarks were provided by Dr. Charles Gengler, Dean, Marilyn Davies College of Business who greeted the guests on behalf of the University of Houston-Downtown.

Welcome remarks were followed by opening speech made by Ilya Aranovich, USRCC Young Professionals Committee Chair. Mr. Aranovich gave a brief overview of the event agenda and encouraged the panelists to introduce themselves.

Panel speakers included Hazel Fraser, Regional Human Resources, Manager, Parker Drilling, Heather Dulin, Director, Talent Acquisition & Organizational Development, National Oilwell Varco, and Erik Wilhelmi, Upstream Recruiting Advisor, ExxonMobil.  The panel was moderated by Ilya Aranovich, Director of Licensing, North America, Europe, CIS Regions, GTC Technology US, Young Professionals, Committee Chair, U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce.

During the discussion, panelists provided the audience with professional opinions about what counts in landing a dream job if you are a young professional with no or little professional experience. Panelists empathized the difference between the dream job and the dream career and explained why that difference matters, and gave some important tips on how to stand out from the big pool of candidates, how to write a catchy resume, and described the best approaches for finding a job in the modern highly competitive environment.

During the Q&A session, the attendees asked their most pressing questions regarding the job search process and received comprehensive answers from HR professionals.

We would like to thank all the panelists, attendees, USRCC Young Professionals Committee members and the team of the Marilyn Davies College of Business, University of Houston  – Downtown!


“It was a privilege to be invited to speak and network at the Russian Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Event at UH Downtown. These types of gatherings are critical to building perspective, relationships, and opportunity-nothing beats face to face connections!  I was especially impressed with the engagement of the audience members as they were both bold and eager to share their stories and seek out insights to move their career forward.”

– Heather Dulin, Director, Talent Acquisition & Organizational Development, National Oilwell Varco.

“The HR Panel event on 2/21 was fantastic.  The three attending recruiters represented top companies in Houston and provided a wealth of knowledge and advice to attendees that will assist in their job search and career planning.  Attendees were glad they attended and we all look forward to future events with the US Russia Chamber of Commerce.”

–  Brett Hobby,  Director,  Career Center,  Marilyn Davies College of Business,  University of Houston-Downtown.

“The young professionals event was very insightful, and the Chambers staff and members were extremely welcoming, engaging and friendly. The topic for the meeting “Landing the dream job” was a very relevant topic to me personally and as a young professional who recently obtained a graduate degree, I know how difficult and frustrating the hiring process can be. The panelists that the Chamber brought together were fantastic and they gave the right message and information that young professionals or people that are looking for a job need.”

–  Alex  Habib, MHA/MBA,  Marketing and Business Development, Biomedent.

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