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OC Career Symposium
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

In our ongoing mission to prepare the young women of Oakland Catholic for the future, the offices of Advancement, School Counseling, and School Administration are pleased to once again offer the OC Career Symposium to our ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders. 

This year's edition will be virtual, with an introductory video address from Keynote Speaker, Kathleen Foley Hughes, followed by Zoom panel presentations, discussions and Q&A sessions that reflect a range of career pathways and options. Students will have the unique opportunity to hear from a diverse array of female professionals as they share their experiences and advice.

Students will utilize FlexTime Manager (CCW site) to plan their day based on their career interests with the help of OC Counselors.

Career Symposium Archives

2021 Keynote Speaker


Kathleen Foley Hughes, SHHS '78 is the Founder and Executive Director of Ada's Cafe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to hire, train and empower adults with disabilities and others experiencing barriers to employment. Ada's Cafe has hired and trained over 100 mission-based employees who continue to work at the cafe, in its kitchen and at catering events all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Ada's has 4.5 stars on Yelp and has a loyal and growing following. Kathleen has over 30 years of experience as an event planner, fundraiser, and professional caterer. She is the founder of two vocational education programs for students with disabilities within the Palo Alto Unified School District. Kathleen graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1978 and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania.  Kathleen is a trained chef and loves teaching everything from safe knife skills to souffles! Her greatest accomplishment is being the mother of her four grown children. In her spare time, Kathleen is a Soul Cycle fanatic, loves walking her dogs, traveling and reading.    

2021 Panelists

Aris Ross

Graphic Designer & Illustrator
CPI Creative