Giovanna Negretti '95

Latino Political Organization Founder & Executive Director Says "Follow Your Passion"

Giovanna Negretti '95 founded ¿Oíste?, a statewide Latino political organization, after working as an aide in the 1990s for former State Senator Dianne Wilkerson. Disappointed in the lack of Latino representation in the Massachusetts government, Negretti channeled that anger into passion to change the status quo.

"Believe in your passion and follow it," she advised Emerson students. "I wanted to give voice to the silenced and the marginalized, so I founded ¿Oíste?, and it has succeeded beyond my wildest dreams."


Barney T. Bishop III '73

How to Succeed in Business

President and CEO of Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), Barney Bishop represents the principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government. A voluntary association of diversified businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state. Bishop recommends getting into state or federal government in order to understand the private sector, and showing confidence but not arrogance.