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The Emerson College Alumni Association fosters and maintains the spirit and devotion of alumni in an effort to promote the reputation and growth of the College. The Association provides an opportunity for alumni to serve as partners in guiding the direction of the College, and in working to increase its resources through a variety of committees and activities.
Membership in the Association is extended to any person who has attended Emerson College for two or more years. Association members elect a group of alumni volunteers to a governing Board of Directors on an annual basis. If you are interested in serving as a board member, please contact kevin_flemingemerson [dot] edu (L)leigh_gasparemerson [dot] edu (eigh Gaspar).
You can also connect with our Board members on LinkedIn. Visit www.linkedin.com?and?search for any of the names below and send a link request.
Carla Lewis ?currently serves as Senior Vice President for Content Distribution at Participant Media/Pivot TV. She works with all areas of the company including programming, marketing and ad sales to further the strategic growth of the network. Prior to joining Participant Media, Carla was Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for the nuvo TV where she oversaw all aspects of sales and marketing for the eastern half of the country. Previously, she was senior vice president of affiliate sales at AmericanLife TV, vice president of national accounts for the Oxygen Network, and 12 years at USA/NBC Universal Television in New York City. She joined USA/Universal as manager for the Northeast Region and was promoted to director, responsible for subscriber growth of USA, Sci-Fi, HSN, TRIO and News World International. After NBC purchased USA/Universal in 2004, Carla was also responsible for subscriber growth for CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo, CNBC World and Shop NBC.
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Travis has more than two decades of experience in the communications industry – including senior level positions overseeing energy, healthcare, non-profit and education practices at several leading communications firms. Travis is passionate about working with and helping tell the stories of mission-driven organizations and companies that are having a positive impact on people’s lives and their communities.
During his career, Travis has worked with clients of all sizes from global health technology companies to education non-profits to clean technology to start-ups. He has helped build successful media relations efforts, thought leadership programs, corporate communications initiatives, messaging and positioning efforts, crisis communications protocols and cause marketing campaigns.
Prior to joining Slowey/McManus Communications (SMC), Travis held leadership roles at several reputable firms including Solomon McCown (SM&) where he oversaw the healthcare and mission practice and Lois Paul and Partners (LPP) where he was a senior member of the healthcare practice. Prior to SM& and LPP, Travis worked with Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications for over ten years where he helped build their energy, emerging technology and life sciences practice.
Travis has a long history of involvement with statewide and national political campaigns. A proud graduate of Emerson College, Travis currently serves as a member of the Emerson College Alumni Board Executive Committee.??
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As a sales and marketing manager for broadcast and sports marketing companies in Boston, the US Virgin Islands, New York and Los Angeles, Nanci brings 30+ years of experience from the advertising and marketing world to the John Aaroe Group. As an additional interest, Nanci provided consulting services for 501(c )3 corporations in community outreach and media relations. Some of the organizations include the Wounded Warrior Battalion and the Navy Seal Foundation.?Pairing her sales and marketing expertise with Real Estate has been a seamless transition. It's a combination of her vast knowledge Los Angeles neighborhoods and the enthusiasm she puts into not only locating the ideal property, but executing a stress-free move that makes her an exceptional agent.? As a member of the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council, she understands the needs and interests of the 50+market, guiding them through the process of downsizing, selling and moving.
Nanci has been a dedicated alum and very active in establishing the EBONI Alumni organization in LA.? She attends Alumni Weekends and is a great supporter of the school.
Margie Sullivan is the Director of Operations for The Client Relationship Consultancy Inc. in Boston, headquartered in London. Prior to joining CRC, Margie was an Executive Producer at Redtree Productions and before that, Sullivan was the EVP/Director of Creative Service at the Boston global headquarters of Arnold Worldwide. During her tenure at Arnold, she managed and produced work for many award-winning accounts such as Volkswagen, Truth, Royal Caribbean, Fidelity, and McDonald’s. She was the Executive Producer on the award-winning documentary, “A Hero for Daisy” Directed by Mary Mazzio. Sullivan is currently serving on the Hingham Access TV Board of Directors and is an Executive Board Member for the MA Production Coalition. Sullivan is a past adjunct Professor at Boston University and past board member for the Boston Ad Club. Margie received her master’s in management science from Lesley University.
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?Nizzi?Renaud is the Chief Marketing Officer for Zazzle- the $300MM+ global marketplace focused on customized products. From hardcore video gamers to crafty DIY enthusiasts and style aficionados,?Nizzi has engaged communities in a variety of forms throughout her career. She had held leadership roles at Refinery29, Atari and Etsy as well as executive roles agency-side across diverse sectors including politics, tech and the nonprofit world. She serves as an advisor to handful of startups as well as industry associations and is passionate about positive psychology, leadership and female entrepreneurship. In her various capacities as a marketer and leader, she has been featured in publications ranging from Oprah.com and Forbes to Mashable and Internet Retailer. Nizzi has both her BA in Communication Studies and her MA in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson. Named one of ‘Marketing’s Next Generation’ by Marketing Magazine, she lives in Silicon Valley by way of Brooklyn, Toronto, Boston, London and Kolkata?with her musician husband and dog.?This past year, Nizzi was named to the Remodista ‘Women To Watch In Retail Disruption’ list as seen in Forbes/Bizwomen, and was recently honored with their standalone award for her work as a marketing trailblazer.
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Susan is Executive Vice President of Marketing and Creative Services for TV One. She is responsible for development and implementation of the network’s consumer marketing and brand strategy, including on-air promotion and consumer marketing. In addition to her marketing duties, Banks serves as Executive Producer of TV One On One with Cathy Hughes and has produced over 40 episodes. At TV One, Banks’ has been recognized as a 2010 Most Powerful Woman in Cable by CableFAX, and a Brand Builder by Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and PromaxBDA in 2007. Over the past decade, she has regularly served as a segment producer for the Daytime Emmy Awards and has served as Executive Producer for the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony.
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Pat Peyton is an innovative leadership and sales consultant with more than 25 years of experience partnering with global organizations to enhance their leadership, management, and sales performance. Pat’s exceptional communication and analytical skills, combined with her business acumen, enable her to quickly diagnose organizational challenges, design solutions to address those challenges, and help clients successfully implement those solutions.
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Principal designer and founder of VDA Productions, David Breen has worked to establish the unrivaled reputation for excellence that marks VDA. Having spent more than 25 years in the corporate event-marketing arena, he is instrumental in helping clients achieve their core messaging objectives through a creative, visual presentation medium. An accomplished designer and consultant in Boston, David is a graduate of Emerson College with a degree in Technical Theater and Design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia for numerous corporate special events, conferences, and museum/themed retail installations. VDA Productions is a Boston-based event design, management, and production company providing complete in-house design/fabrication/installation services.
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Born in Israel, Guy is a stage director and cultural entrepreneur, dedicated to sharing international theatre with American audiences. As the Founder of Israeli Stage, the only theatre in the world dedicated to producing Israeli plays in English translation,?Guy directed the North American Premiere Production of?Ulysses on Bottles?(April 2015), awarded?Best of Boston?by WBUR – Boston’s NPR station, as well as the critically acclaimed production of?Oh God, that played to sold-out audiences both in Boston and in the Berkshires. After the success of Israeli Stage,?Guy was asked to develop German Stage (Goethe-Institut), Swiss Stage (swissnexBoston), French Stage (Alliance Fran?aise, Consulat Général de France), Scandinavian Stage (SCC Boston) and Austrian Stage (ACFNY).?A proud Emerson College alum, Guy is a member of the ROI Global Entrepreneurs Community, a 2013 Theaterreffen Fellow in Berlin, a 2015 AdR Fellow at Cambridge University, UK, and an Inaugural Chai in the Hub-Award-winner (Top 18 Leaders under 45) awarded by Combined Jewish Philanthropies.?His unique dedication to international theatre has resulted in tours up and down the East Coast from Atlanta to Toronto, in partnership with over thirty academic institutions in the last five years.?His work has garnered him profiles in?The Boston Globe,?The Jerusalem Post,?The Times of Israel, The Washington Post, Ha’aretz,?WBUR,?and numerous other press outlets.
As Senior Vice President of Current Programs at The CW Network, Traci Lynn Blackwell‘s often groundbreaking and Emmy nominated programming has earned two Golden Globes and a Peabody Award for?Jane The Virgin?and the 2016 breakout hit series,?Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Traci currently oversees the day-to-day production for some of the network’s biggest brands, such as?Vampire Diaries,?The Originals,?Supernatural,?Containment,?Jane The Virgin,?Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the highly anticipated new series?Frequency?and?Supergirl, and has a number of award winning TV drama and comedy programming credits to her name.? Blackwell is an active member of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), and has earned recognitions such as being named to Essence Magazine’s Hollywood Hot List, being one of the Top 10 Industry Impact Players by the NAACP in 2011, earning The Black Women Film Network’s prestigious Pinnacle Award for her work in television in 2012, and Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 List for 2010. Blackwell is passionate about mentoring and is strongly committed to grooming the next generation of aspiring television professionals.
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Stephen is the Eisner Award-winning Editor-in-Chief of Archaia Entertainment, the largest independent graphic novel publisher in the U.S. Stephen supervises development of Archaia’s publishing line, as well as the company’s licensing and production activities in Hollywood. He is Executive Producer of the forthcoming feature film Rust from 20th Century Fox,?Lucid?from Warner Bros. Pictures, Producer on the animated feature adaptation of Archaia’s?Bolivar,?also from Warner Bros., and has a television show currently in development at HBO. In publishing, Stephen developed and edited the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel?Return of the Dapper Men, and the Eisner-nominated Jim Henson’s?Tale of Sand, based on an unproduced screenplay by the late Muppeteer. He spearheads Archaia’s joint development relationship with The Jim Henson Company, as well as other external development partnerships.
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Richard Cresta leads sales at Fidelity for the Institutional Insurance subadvisory group. Prior to this, he held senior vice presidencies in Sales Strategies and Effectiveness and Advisor Marketing. Before joining Fidelity, Cresta worked at Putnam Investments in the Financial Institutions Division; he began his career at independent bank research firm Veribanc, Inc. Financial Advisor Solutions (FFAS), a division of Fidelity Investments. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing, and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions, and financial intermediaries.
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Adam Ginivisian was recently named a Partner at ICM Partners, with a focus on Comedy and Concerts,?making him the youngest partner at the agency.? Adam, who began in the agency’s mailroom in 2007, jumped to agent in the Comedy Touring Department?two years later, and his clients include Jay Pharoah, Rob Schneider, Aisha Tyler, Chris Redd, Jon Lovitz, Desus & Mero, Roseanne Barr, Michael Kosta, Steve-O, Fortune Feimster, and fellow Emerson alumnus Anthony Atamanuik. He was a member of Emerson Comedy Workshop and attended the Los Angeles program.? As a student, Ginivisian was heavily involved with the Emerson Channel, and co-founded the city-wide “Emerson Comedy Celebration” comedy festival.
Jason E. Grossman is the co-founder of Radio Mouse Entertainment, an award-winning New York-based theater and media production company. His Broadway producing credits include the musical?Come From Away?(2017);?Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of the Tony, Drama Desk, NY Drama Critics, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Play; the Broadway and national touring productions of the Tony Award-winning?Peter and the Starcatcher; and?The Pee-wee Herman Show On Broadway. Off-Broadway credits include?Shear Madness?and?Nevermore–The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe. Jason received Emerson’s Young Alumni Achievement Award in 2014.
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With a passion for helping others, Holly Weinstock has practiced Speech-Language Pathology for over 30 years. While at Emerson, Holly served as VP of NSSHLA and graduated in 1984.?She received a Masters Degree in Communication Disorders from William Paterson University in 1987.
Holly’s vast experience includes working in hospitals (acute care and sub-acute), Otolaryngologists Offices, early intervention, and private practice. Her practice focuses on evaluating and treating children and adults with various articulation, voice, language dysphagia, fluency and oral rehabilitation. She has mentored and supervised many undergraduate and graduate students as they pursued their degrees.
As a founding partner in North Jersey Speech Pathology Associates she fostered new business, negotiated contracts, managed billings and handled administrative details. In 1998 she created a Dysphagia/Video Swallow Study for Chilton Memorial Hospital, a program that is still utilized today.? She also designed and managed quality insurance and education programs. She has provided in services for the staff of various care facilities.? Since 1987 Holly has been an active member of the New Jersey Speech and Hearing Association and this year will serve as the Convention Chair for their annual State Convention, which includes over 1000 participants, vendors and speakers. Holly was also the?2018 Recipient of the George Gens Volunteer of the Year Award for the New Jersey Speech and Hearing Association.??
As a member of the Emerson Community, Holly has participated in the planning of alumni reunions, has assisted with the Development Committee and fund raising. However, she will admit that her greatest achievement is her family. Her husband Scott is a fellow 1984 alumni and their daughter Hope is currently a theater studies major and a member of the class of 2019.
Greg Holstein, a Production Executive at Capital Arts Entertainment, and has worked on such titles as the thriller Smokin’ Aces: Blowback and the teen comedy American Pie: Book of Love. He has assisted in casting numerous hit reality television programs and has worked as a crew member on shows such as CBS’s Survivor. His recent feature credits include Halloween II, My Best Friend’s Girl, and Beethoven’s Big Break. He is a returning Board member having been instrumental in many past initiatives with the Alumni Board and we are thrilled to offer him the opportunity to return.
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?Tisa is the Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion Practice Management, Microsoft. Tisa is a visionary leader with purposeful passion who believes being a diversity and inclusion leader is a privileged obligation. She’s a respected strategist, disruptive thought leader, speaker, community builder, and business leader. Throughout her 20 year career she has been a key architect in the creation and transformation of Diversity & Inclusion strategies & functions, provided global strategic direction & consultation for the Americas, Asia, the Oceania, and/or Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) regions, managed human capital departments (e.g., Recruitment and Organization Development), developed & implemented community development & branding programs, built internal & external consortiums, conceived & executed employee engagement initiatives, and deployed training & development programs. Her work has been performed for diverse companies ranging from Global 100 and Fortune 100 to start-ups and non-profits in the internet, semiconductor, software, financial services, telecommunications, and management consulting industries. Tisa’s work has been featured the Wall Street Journal and HR Magazine, and others. Her columns have been published in Diversity Journal, addressing topics such as cultural competency, market intelligence, creating a training plan, and the future of Diversity & Inclusion.
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Carrie Kerpen is the co-founder and CEO of Likeable Media, a social-first digital agency that was named Crain’s sixth Best Place to Work in NYC. She is the author of WORK IT: Secrets for Success from the Boldest Women in Business and a columnist for INC and Forbes. Carrie has been featured in the New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, FOX News, and CNBC. She has keynoted conferences in London, Las Vegas, Mexico City, and New York, among others.
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With more than 20 years of executive experience in international sports, Lou Lauria is currently vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility and Federation Relationships, at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He previously worked in a range of areas, including competition and venue management; and commercial partnerships, in roles with three Olympic Games Organizing Committees (1996, 2000, and 2002), as well as with the International Paralympic and the International Olympic Committees. Lou?was also Vice President, Bid City Management, at Helios Partners, a boutique international agency that secured successful bids for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
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Jenna is a Director II, Digital Marketing at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. She is an experienced marketing professional with expertise in digital marketing and strategy on both the agency and brand side. She has a proven track record of success throughout her career in a variety of settings from tech startup to agency startup to Fortune 100 insurance company. She is trusted to effectively manage a large team and hold a budget of $70M. The work she’s done at Liberty has been recognized by a variety of publications and she has won multiple awards including a 2015 Cannes Lions. While at grad school at?Emerson, Jenna was selected to represent the college at the Beijing Olympics. It was the first time?Emerson?students were invited to participate in the Olympic Games. Over 300 students applied and the?Emerson?faculty as well as the Olympic Committee selected her as one of 25 students to attend (She was one of three non-journalism majors selected). When they returned, she represented the group in a presentation to the?Board?of Trustees.
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Marlene is a Research Producer at Sirens Media, with over 15 years’ experience in researching, directing, and writing documentary programs. She is a passionate and creative documentary producer/director with extensive background in all aspects of story development, research, preproduction, and field production.?Her Director/Producer credits include Beyond Scared Straight, an Emmy-nominated documentary series for A&E examining the lives of at-risk teens as they go through a unique prison program designed to deter them from ending up behind bars; Dog Whisperer, a National Geographic series featuring Cesar Milan’s instinctive methods to rehabilitating dogs and their owners; Hidden Victims, an hour-long documentary for Lifetime Television examining the impact of domestic violence on children, among many others. She graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism.?
Megan Mitchell is the weekend morning anchor and weekday reporter for WLWT, the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati.?In 2017, Megan's work received first place out of every local news station in the country by the National Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA), for her documentary covering Two Spirit Native Americans. She is a proud member of the NLGJA.
She came to WLWT from the NBC affiliate in Bismarck, North Dakota where she anchored the weekday morning show. She received the award for Best TV News Reporter in the state from the North Dakota Broadcast Association, an AP award, three Eric Severeid Awards and has been nominated for 3 Emmy Awards.
Megan graduated from Emerson College in December 2013 with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and minors in Political Communications and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She was very involved in The Emerson Channel, WEBN, The EVVY Awards and Kappa Gamma Chi. She received an EVVY Award for Best Television Personality and an AP Award for Best Documentary.? She interned at MSNBC and MTV in New York during her summers in college.?Megan grew up in Brookfield, Connecticut and graduated from Immaculate High School in 2010.
Paul Morra is the Partner, Executive Producer and Director of Swift River Productions. Swift River Productions have filmed across the globe for every major genre of the Motion Picture Industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in New York, Paul? and his team have done tremendous work on recent campaigns with Cigna, Star Wars franchise, Xbox, Microsoft and more. A former volunteer fireman for the Los Angeles Engine 271, Paul believes in volunteering and giving back to the community. ?
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As Executive Vice President and Head of Worldwide Alternative Programming, Jennifer O’Connell oversees the development and production of Lionsgate’s unscripted slate across all platforms. Jen is charged with growing the Company’s alternative television business and has secured deals with acclaimed reality producers such as Matt Kunitz (Fear Factor, Wipeout), David Shumsky (Kicking & Screaming, The Real World), K.P. Anderson (The Soup), as well as Katy Wallin and Stephanie Chambers (Chrisley Knows Best, Meet The Putmans).
Before joining Lionsgate in 2015, Jen served as Head of U.S. Television for CORE Media Group. Prior to that, she was Executive Vice President of Shed Media U.S. where she executive produced shows like the Emmy Award?-nominated?Who Do You Think You Are??(NBC),?The Real Housewives of New York City?(Bravo) and?Dogs in the?City?(CBS). Jen also spent seven years at NBCU, first as Vice President of Movies and Miniseries and then as Vice President of Alternative Programs, where she oversaw the development of the first four seasons of?The Biggest Loser, and long-form events, including the Emmy Award?-winning?The Matthew Shepard Story.?Jen also developed and produced movies for the Disney Channel where she served as a creative executive.
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John Porio, a media consultant advising multichannel operators, programmers and vendors on distribution and operation strategies.?John was previously Vice President, Affiliate Sales, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, responsible for negotiations with and relationships with traditional and new multichannel video providers such as Comcast and Charter, representing all linear networks (e.g. ESPN, Disney Channel, ABC Family, ABC, etc.) and digital products. John joined ESPN in 1997 as Affiliate Marketing Manager, and move through several positions to VP in 2004.? Prior to joining ESPN, John was Manager of Government Affairs for Cablevision Systems Corp.? Prior to that he served as Legislative Assistant for Congressman Christopher Shays, U.S. House of Representatives. He began his career in 1989 in ad sales at WNTR Radio in Washington D.C. John received a?Bachelor of Science degree from Emerson College in 1988. He lives with his wife and three children in Westport, CT.? His daughter Anabelle is a current Emerson College student.
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Sonia Rincón ’01 is a reporter and anchor for 1010 WINS, the all-news radio station in her hometown, New York City. She is also an adjunct lecturer at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has worked at several east coast radio and TV stations including WCBS-TV in New York and KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia. Sonia was a broadcast journalism major at Emerson and News Director at WERS. She was inducted into the WERS Hall Of Fame in 2015. When she’s not working, Sonia loves taking family and friends to Yankees games, Broadway shows and live music. She is the daughter of Flamenco guitarist Reynaldo Rincón.
Learning and Development Leader with over 12 years?experience in developing, administering, and implementing company training programs; wrote company orientation manuals, procedures, and presentations and presented seminars. Trained and supervised new employees. Created and conducted employee courses. Recruited and developed trainers to provide intra-departmental training. Expert in improving performance through strategic assessment by determining best methods of training to meet business needs “(e.g., eLearning, classroom, mentoring programs)” all with an emphasis on adult principles of learning.? Consults as business partner with senior management by conferring with management on proposed reorganizations and advising on potential effects on positions, career progression, and maximum utilization of skills to better design and deliver training dynamically while operating in collaboration with other specialists and contractors in the area of organization development.
For the past 20 years, Robert has served in Business Development, Sales and Marketing for IDX Systems Corporation and GE Healthcare. The primary business is software and services for large academic and multi-specialty healthcare organizations. His numerous responsibilities have included Sales Executive, National Operations Manager, Support Director and Product Manager. Prior to joining IDX and GE, he served as an active duty officer in the United States Army from 1989-1992 obtaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant. While at Emerson, Robert served as both Student Body President and Student Representative to the Board of Trustees during his senior year.
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For more than 20 years, Tim Stanley has been a leader in the movement to secure reproductive rights in Minnesota and the upper Midwest.?Starting with NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota as a graduate student intern organizing college campuses and ending in a successful ten-year career as Executive Director, Tim became a leader among his peers in the NARAL affiliate network.? Highlights of his tenure include paid campus interns on 16 colleges statewide, the first year-round pro-choice membership canvass in the country and service on the national Board of Directors of NARAL Pro-Choice America.?
Since 2006 Tim has been the?Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Action Fund. In this role, the native New Englander provides oversight to the affiliate’s advocacy efforts, in addition to its work to educate and mobilize voters for reproductive health and freedom. In a parallel role, Tim is the organization’s Senior Director of Government and Public Affairs who leads a dedicated and energetic team to develop and implement organizing and political strategies that advance public policy supportive of affordable health care and reproductive health and freedom.? Tim has a BS from Emerson College in Boston and a Master’s in Public Administration from Hamline University.
Chet Tart is a media executive and talent coach with more than 35 years of broadcast experience as an on-air personality, radio station owner, network executive and entrepreneur. He has owned and operated small-to-mid-sized radio companies since 1980. Chet (with a series of various financial and operating partners) operated and improved stations in markets ranging from communities of under 50,000 to those in the “top 50” ratings. He has raised more than $2 million in capital for start-up businesses. He was also an instrumental player in the latest World LEADERS Conference on Servant Leadership in Palm Beach. Chet was also inducted into the WERS Radio Hall Of Fame in 2014.
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Terri Trespicio is a New York–based writer, branding consultant, and co-creator of Lights Camera Expert, an online program for authors, experts and entrepreneurs who want to grow their media presence. For nearly a decade, she served as a senior editor and radio host at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Her work has appeared in Jezebel, XOJane, Marie Claire, Prevention, MindBodyGreen, and DailyWorth. Her TV credits include the Today Show, Dr. Oz, The Early Show, The Martha Stewart Show and The Anderson Cooper Show. She also hosted and produced her own video show and podcast, Solopreneur, on the Whatever It Takes Network.
Terri speaks all over the country, from breakout sessions and keynote addresses to workshops and webinars at a range of conferences and events. Her TEDx talk (“Stop Searching for Your Passion”) has earned more than a million views to date, and she is scheduled to speak at TEDxWomen in St. Louis in fall of 2016.
Rated the #1 speaker at How Design Live in 2015, she has been invited to co-emcee the conference in 2017. Other recent events include Workfront LEAP, Blackstone, Ernst & Young, Harvard Kennedy School, Revolve Conference, Emerson College, Boston College, and the International Culinary Center.
She’s also a stand-up comic, and performs regularly at clubs in New York City—you can catch her at such popular venues as Caroline’s, New York Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Dangerfields, Gotham, and Greenwich Village Comedy Club.
Terri earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College and recently won first place in the Baltimore Review‘s 2016 literary contest for her essay, “The Rules of Boxball,” and is currently at work on a book of essays. She lives in Manhattan.