Live Your Best Life: Making Career Choices and Taking Career Breaks

Angela Choi ’12 and Roni Beth Tower ’80 PhD shared their experiences of evolving in their career directions and defining success on their own terms. They also discussed how to make career changes and take career breaks in order to tap into, align with, and live one’s purpose. “Listen to your heart and do the things that make you happy,” advised Angela, while Roni Beth noted that “What? Why? How? What? is the rule of work and life.”

Over 250 Yalies registered to join Angela and Roni Beth for almost 90 minutes of wide-ranging and candid discussion. Of those who registered, 98% were alumni, from 1962 to recent grads – 68% from Yale College and 30% from the graduate and professional schools – while the rest were faculty, staff, and postdocs. They joined in from 23 states and 13 countries from Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and South America. 

Thanks to Lydia ES (Lydia Serrano) ’99, who hosted our guests and made this wonderful recording – – for you to enjoy, and to Sherry Anne Morgenstern ’19 for her leadership coordinating Zoom operations.

Angela and Roni Beth both concluded, “Figure out what you want to do by taking action.” Angela added, “Everything you want is on the other side of fear. Work through it. Live courageously.”

Special thanks to the co-sponsors of this fireside chat: Association of Asian Yale Alumni, YaleWomen, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association, and YAA Careers, Life, and Yale.

Our Speakers:

Angela Choi ’12 is an international Life Purpose & Career Coach. She helps driven professionals who feel stuck and unfulfilled to discover their purpose so they can have both the impact and income they want. Her coaching stems from experiences and lessons learned over a decade of finding her purpose through the corporate, start-up, and non-profit worlds across the U.S., Africa, Asia, and Europe, all while juggling self-judgment, familial pressure, and societal expectations. Contact Angela for her free guide: 6 Steps to Living Your Purpose, at, and a 30-minute consultation. 

Roni Beth Tower ’80 PhD is an author and a retired research, clinical, and academic psychologist whose memoir, Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic Romance, won a 2017 IPPY Gold Medal award. Her blog, “Life, Refracted,” is at, and her writings about Paris are at Enjoy reading Roni Beth’s recent memoir and true love story, Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic Romance: