Chaz Austin

Biography

Chaz Austin inspires and trains students to use their talents to contribute to the working world. An MBA Career Counselor at Pepperdine University and a Doctoral Student in its Organizational Leadership Program, his dissertation deals with integrating the career development coursework he teaches into a traditional college curriculum. His courses teach personal branding and self-promotion, presentation and interviewing skills, and effective networking. Since 1998, he has designed curricula for and taught over forty different courses, focused on business and communications, at eleven different institutions of higher learning. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from The City College of New York, and an M.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University. He was a Writer/Producer of promotional campaigns for the CBS Television Network and the ABC Owned & Operated Television Stations before becoming a sales and marketing executive in the home video industry in the early 1980's. Transitioning to digital media, he was International Vice President of the International Interactive Communications Society, a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, and one of the first New Media Agents in the industry, at The Agency For The Performing Arts. From 1996 to 2003, he was a consultant in the Internet business, specializing in strategic development and online marketing. He has participated in over forty digital media and eCommerce trade shows and conferences as a lecturer, moderator or panelist. In addition, he has been a journalist for over twenty years: in the music industry, as the HollywoodNet's "Hollywood CyberPro" columnist, and as Convergence Features Columnist for Digitrends.net. Known for his energy and enthusiasm, Chaz says, “I consider myself a sort of human alarm clock: I wake people up to what’s possible in themselves and in the world.” He has called Los Angeles home since 1975. He lives there with his wife Monica, a psychoanalyst, and their two dogs and two cats.