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Conversations with Alumni

By sharing the stories of members of our diverse SPS family, we spotlight our incredible alumni who lead change, create opportunities, and drive innovation in industries and communities across the world.

Alumni Conversations

Alumni Conversations is a digital series showcasing our amazing SPS alumni through a snapshot into their professional experiences and personal stories.

Carmella Glover '19

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MS Public Relations & Corporate Communications
Executive Director
PRSA

Jennifer Landig '10

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MS Global Affairs
Chief of Staff
Tides

Connie Mateos '16

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MS Public Relations & Corporate Communications
Consultant
Organizational Development, Corporate Social Responsibility

Lourdes Olvera-Marshall'17

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ADCRT Organizational & Executive Coaching
Diversity & Inclusion Global Manager
Fried Frank

Sara Pandolfi '14

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MS Fundraising & Grantmaking
President
Sara Pandolfi & Company

Alex Patterson '13, '16

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MS Real Estate
Director of Real Estate & Risk Mgmt
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Jacqueline Pezzillo '12

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MS Public Relations & Corporate Communications
Director, Brand Communications & PR
Room to Read

Kenrya Rankin '07

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MS Publishing
Author + Editorial Consultant

 

Joseph Sadden '14

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MS Integrated Marketing
President & Founder
Ocean Hill Apple Brandy

Matt Schulte '10

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BS Sports Management
Sr. Mgr Special Events & Promotions
Kansas City Royals

Jackson Stith '04

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MS Real Estate
Principal & Co-Founder
SyndiGate Capital

Jay Zhou '16

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MS Hospitality Industry Studies
Cluster Revenue Manager
Hilton

Special Presentations

SPS alumni and faculty use their professional expertise and industry insights to discuss timely and important topics.

Melissa Tavvs '16

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in conversation with SPS Alumni Relations' Sonal Pande to give a behind the scenes tour of Tipsy Scoop, where she is Founder & CEO.

Matt Schulte '10

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in conversation with SPS Alumni Relations' Danielle Ohrenberger-Hopkins to give a behind the scenes tour of the Kansas City Royals stadium and how the team's coveted bobbleheads are made.

Akira Barclay '12

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in conversation with Halima Leak Francis PhD (STEINHART '06, '18), Professor & Program Director of Public Administration at Tulane University, and Chantal Bonitto, Director of Inclusive Philanthropy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF), to discuss the history, impact, and power of Black led giving circles.

LaToya Christian '13

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in conversation with Division of Programs in Business' Professor Maya Brown and Wagner's Professor Erica Gabrielle Foldy to discuss corporate brands in America and their roles and responsibilities in combating racial injustice, particularly in the wake of Black Lives Matter.

Soraya Al-Olama '14, Natia Kvachadze '15, & Turab Saleem '06

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in conversation with Tarik Achab Zekri discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the UAE as it has halted flights, restricted tourism, and closed hotels, restaurants, and museums. What will Abu Dhabi and Dubai tourism look like in a post-Covid world?

Gabrielle Delaine '20, Sarah McCann '21, & Gabrielle Rechler '21

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in conversation with Schack Institute of Real Estate's Professor Timothy Savage to discuss current trends in the real estate industry and how it has been affected by COVID-19.