Chai Tech launch launches career

By October 27, 2015July 21st, 2017Federation Notes
Dana, Stephanie and Ethan
Ethan at the Chai Tech Launch with his sister Stephanie and her friend Dana Richman. The event launched Ethan’s career in the technology industry

Ethan Salisbury, 24, graduated in December from ASU with a degree in Digital Culture and was eager to put his skills to work. Unfortunately, after five months, Ethan had still not found a job. His sister, Stephanie, invited him to attend the Chai Tech launch party at the Toasted Cork on April 30.

“I’ve never been involved in the Jewish community, but my sister was so she talked me into going,” explained Ethan. “I hit it off with Daniel Spiegelman and the next morning, he asked me to send him my resume.”

Within 30 minutes, Ethan was having a phone interview with his future boss. After an in-person interview, Ethan was offered a job as a software tester. Ethan enjoys his job with Baselayer in Scottsdale and is grateful that he attended the fateful evening.

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” said Ethan who is now a firm believer in networking. “I’m telling everyone to go to other networking events.”

Chai Tech provides opportunities for those in the IT and engineering fields to expand their professional and social circles while engaging in the Jewish community. It is one of three Business & Professional divisions of the Federation which also include the Cardoza Society for legal professionals and the Real Estate & Finance division.

“Our Business & Professional Groups bring value to the Jewish community by offering innovative, industry-specific programming, while providing opportunities to connect with other professionals in an informal setting,” said Amanda Garcia, development associate and coordinator of the program.