From MAMM Magazine to the U.S. Attorney’s Office

Lake Havasu High School Distinguished Speaker Charlene Koski on what she's learned as a serial career changer.

It’s that time of year, when wise alumnus return to their former high schools and colleges to share professional and personal wisdom.

Tomorrow night at Lake Havasu High School in Arizona, one of the Distinguished Speakers will be Charlene Koski (Class of ’91). Per a report in the Havasu News, she never expected to go from a newspaper and magazine career to that of a lawyer. Earlier this year, Koski joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle as a criminal appeals attorney:

“If you had asked me as an 18-year-old if I would be a lawyer, I would have laughed at you, ‘No way,’” she said.

As a serial career changer, Koski has had plenty of first-hand experience with major life transitions. She said students should be open to opportunities that come to them and never be afraid to take chances or make non-traditional choices.

MAMM magazine was a bi-monthly New York-based magazine focused on the issue of breast cancer. Before serving as senior editor there from 2005 to 2007, Koski worked as a newspaper reporter for the Yakima Herald Republic in Washington and the East Valley Tribune in Arizona.
[Image via former MAMM creative director Astrid Lewis]