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Featured Panelists Spotlight: Higher Education vs. Experience- Which Is More Valuable For Career Growth

April 5, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT

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What is the Featured Panelists Spotlight?

Our Featured Panelists Spotlight will be held on a Wednesday of each month. During the Featured Panelists Spotlight, we invite guest panelists to share their experiences, insights, tips and strategies that they have found to be effective in their professional or personal lives when tackling the featured topic for the month.

April Featured Topic – Higher Education vs Experience- Which Is More Valuable For Career Growth

Regrets in life can be powerful. And one common regret a lot of people have is not finishing college. But is a degree really that important? After all, nearly two-thirds of people in the U.S. workforce do not have a bachelor’s degree. What matters most when it comes to getting a job is a debate that is in full swing and is as old as higher education itself.

We will discuss whether that higher degree will get your foot in the door, or does your past work experience count for more? Also, beyond simply obtaining the job, will your experience or your education serve you better in terms of staying employed and growth in your career? 


Melissa Kennard gets excited about planning and sourcing for fun, unique and impactful events. Even when the COVID-19 pandemic created unexpected obstacles to having in-person events in 2020 and 2021, it did not stop Melissa from coming up with various creative events for the restaurant business she was representing at that time, making the most of the digital tools and resources she was able to access and use to create effective online events. She graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelors of Science in Communications and Public Relations and is currently completing her Masters in Business Administration from Belmont University. Melissa is a woman of many talents, and she is even a fantasy football league champion.

Tavan Pechet advised family enterprises and serves as a fiduciary of family trusts. He previously served as CEO of a single family office overseeing the business and financial operations of a wealthy family. Tavan also served as an executive of two businesses, practiced law, and clerked for a federal judge. He has been invited to speak on governance and management of family enterprises from New York to Sydney. Tavan focuses his charitable efforts on survivors of sexual assault and on military veterans. He is authoring a book on the ethics of friendship, and is passionate about non-partisan efforts to improve public policy and political processes. He holds an AB from Harvard College, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.


Robin Edelstein brings a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience to Equilibrium Solutions. She has experience in all aspects of talent acquisition across a spectrum of industries and corporate cultures. For Robin, talent acquisition isn’t just about filling job orders. Her commitment is about connecting passionate, qualified people with companies and well-informed hiring managers. Robin knows a thing or two about pursuing passions – she received her degree in Literature and Communications from Pace University, a certificate in Screenwriting from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Grand Diploma in Culinary Arts from The French Culinary Institute and is a Reiki Practitioner. After a brief hiatus from the staffing world to pursue a career as a professional Chef, Robin admitted that her real passion was back in recruitment. So, in 2013, she happily reclaimed her spot in the talent acquisition space to make her dream job a reality. Robin has a knack for quickly and intuitively assessing a recruitment infrastructure while balancing current hiring needs with long-term solutions. When not on the
hunt for talent, she collaborates with business leaders to develop strategic workforce planning. Robin is adept at guiding candidates, internal recruiters, and hiring managers through the process, so to create the best recruitment experience for all involved. Robin’s ultimate career goal is building out a full-cycle recruitment process and watching it produce positive results; happy employees and employers alike!
Connect with Robin: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robinedelstein/

Who Can Attend & Fee

Public Event – Open to all members and non-members of The Koa Club

Location/ Date & Time

Online via Zoom only:

*****Zoom link will be provided in the RSVP confirmation email*******

Date:  Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Time: 12pm – 1:00pmPT/2pm-3pmCT/3pm-4pmET



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April 5, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
Event Category:


Online Only
Via Zoom link provided United States