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Careers for the Common Good

EngagebannerFrom ENGAGE:

A Careers for the Common Good panel: Fundraising, Communications, and Leadership for Nonprofits

Co-sponsored by the Wesleyan Alumni Network

Panelists: Gerald Richards ’90 (CEO, 826 National) and Syed Ali ’13 (Communications Coordinator, FoodCorps) and Sharon Greenberger ’88 (President and CEO, YMCA of Greater New York)

Location: Allbritton 311

Wesleyan prides itself in educating practical idealists who work for social change. The goal is not just to do well but to do good and to build careers around the causes they care about. During this panel, three alumni will talk about their lives after Wesleyan and reflect on the non-profit sector overall.

Dinner will be served for those who register.

GERALD RICHARDS is the Chief Executive Officer of 826 National, a network of seven urban writing and tutoring centers based on the belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With more than twenty years of management and development experience at national nonprofit organizations, Gerald is a thought leader on topics of youth and education access. His nonprofit career includes positions with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE); UNCF; University of California, San Francisco; the J. David Gladstone Institutes; Chicago Panel on Social Policy; and The Cradle Foundation. He is a graduate of the Executive Education programs of Harvard Business School and Babson College; member of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Ed Steps Curiosity and Creativity workgroup; an inaugural fellow in the California Leaders of Color Fellowship Program; and a graduate of Leadership San Francisco. He currently serves on the boards of Newbury College, the International Development Exchange (IDEX), and My Path SF, and previously served on the boards of the Woodland School, Juma Ventures and KIPP SF Bay Academy. Gerald has a BA in Film Studies from Wesleyan and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sharon Greenberger is the 10th President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York, a leading New York City non-profit organization serving over 500,000 children, adults and seniors annually through programs and services focused on nurturing potential, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. With 20 years of experience in urban planning, development and education, Sharon has dedicated her career to executing initiatives that seek to improve lives and strengthen communities. Prior to joining the YMCA in July 2015, Sharon served as the Senior Vice President, Facilities and Real Estate at New York-Presbyterian Hospital where she oversaw $2 billion of active projects geared towards expanding and improving facilities to better serve the needs of patients and their families. Sharon received her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and holds a master’s degree in City Planning, with a focus in Housing and Community Development and Environmental Design, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Prospect Park YMCA and lives in Brooklyn with her husband Jonathan, with whom she has two daughters, Madelyn and Josie.

Syed is Commuications Coordinator at FoodCorps, a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. He helps amplify the organization’s influence through digital tools, reaching larger and more diverse audiences. Syed got hooked on spreading healthy, affordable, sustainable food while supporting the NYC Department of Health’s Green Carts initiative, which does just that in disadvantaged city communities. At Wesleyan, Syed led the student government committees on information technology and community outreach, wrote for student life blog Wesleying, and was a member of campus sustainability group Wesleyan Eco-Tools. Syed graduated from Wesleyan in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and English.

More information can be found here.

Date: Thursday, April 28
Time: 6-8 PM
Place: Allbritton 311
Register Here

Lunch with Bozoma Saint John ’99, Head of Global Consumer Marketing, Apple Music/iTunes

bozOver the course of her career Bozoma “Boz” Saint John ‘99 has earned a formidable reputation as a trail blazing marketing and advertising executive. With more than 15 years of experience that spans multiple industries including consumer packaged goods,digital music/entertainment, fashion, automotive and sports, Boz is uniquely qualified for her current role as the Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes.

Come enjoy lunch and hear how Boz used Wesleyan education to build a successful career.

Co-Sponsored by the Career Center & Alumni Relations

Date: Friday, April 15
Time: 12:00-1:15 PM
Place: Olson Commons, Career Center
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Awareness Series: Mediterranea

Mediterranea PosterFrom the Center for Film Studies:

The second film in this spring’s Awareness Series at the Center for Film Studies is MEDITERRANEA. Director Jonas Carpignano ’06 will give comments after the screening discussing the film, which is a shocking look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees.

Admission is free at all Awareness events; we hope to see you there!

Link: http://www.wesleyan.edu/filmstudies/SpecialEvents/special-events.html

Date: Monday, February 29
Time: 8:00 – 10:00 PM
Place: Center for Film Studies, Goldsmith Family Cinema

Beyond Wesleyan: Data in my Professional Life: A chat with Mansoor Alam ‘15 & Summer 2016 Apprenticeship Info Session

BeautifulDataLogo2Joli Holmes ’17 writes in:

Hi Wes friends, and DATA fanatics!

If you’re interested in doing research with a professor this SUMMER and want to get FUNDED…

The Quantitative Analysis Center (QAC) offers funding to students interested in working with professors in their quantitative research over the summer. The summer apprenticeship is targeted at students who have some experience in statistics, coding, software, and an interest in academic research. The apprenticeship is open to all majors and all years!

Mansoor Salam, Wesleyan alum ’15 will also be giving a talk about how he uses data in his professional life and the experiences he gained from being a part of the QAC at Wesleyan. Mansoor now works as a Data Engineer at Athena Health in Boston.

Please invite your friends!

Date: Friday, February 12
Time: 12:00 -1:00 PM
Place: Usdan 110

Our November Tipbox Roundup

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Hear ye, hear ye: We have a couple of rad tips to share that we’ve collected over the last month! Check out our Tipbox and submit stuff that relates to Wesleyan, Middletown, or Wes alums.


1. Mima Good’s Video Release (from Tess Altman ’17)

Remember Raechel Rosen ’15? She like just graduated… she brought us super uncomfortable productions like Blow and Lodia.

Well, she has a new alter ego, + her name is Mima Good — a semi-fictional resurrected Salem witch. She exists on the internet here in song, gif, and story form.

And she just released a new single and video!

Convocation feat. Maria Santana ’98

maria santanaTONIGHT:

Join Ajùa Campos and CNN en Español’s correspondent, María Santana ’98, for a roundtable discussion of Latinas/os In The Media: Our Roles and Representations.

María Santana will enlighten us all about some of the most pressing and pertinent topics of the field – women in journalism/broadcasting, her work with CNN, her time as a Wesleyan student and latina/o representations in the media. Then, we’ll open it up to discussion and questions!

(for y’all meal/point chasin’)

Co-sponsored by: AMST, AFAM, FGSS, GOV, and ENG

Date: Sunday, November 1 — today!
Time: 7-9 PM
Place: the DFC
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Opening Reception + Exhibition—“Tripod Complex”

ian_boyden_tripod_eventSome info first about an opening reception from the CFA:

Tripod Complex features monumental scrolls by Ian Boyden ’95 that are his meditation on the remains of ancient trees after a forest fire in Washington state.

Date: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 12-1:30 PM
Place: College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center, 343 Washington Terrace
CFA event link

And now, here are the details for the entire CEAS exhibition:

“Tripod Complex” features monumental scrolls by Ian Boyden ’95, a meditation on the remains of ancient trees after a fire in Okanogan National Forest in Washington state. When he first saw the still-standing charcoal spires, he said “It had become ink … this catastrophic Chinese landscape painting.” He was “transfixed by the musculature of the trees revealed and shaped by fire. They had drawn themselves on the sky.” He saw a transformation of self, and an insight into the Buddhist doctrine of no self.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-4pm
Closed: Saturday, October 24 through Wednesday, October 28; and Tuesday, November 24 through Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Opening Date: Wednesday, September 30
Closing Date: Friday, December 11
Place: College of East Asian Studies Gallery
CFA link

Where Does it Hurt? An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Fixing Health Care

CSS alumnus Jonathan Bush ’93 has seen the health care industry from all angles, first as an EMT and Army medic, then as a consultant, and now as one of the most successful social entrepreneurs in the industry. He believes that the health care field is broken, and he is using his Wesleyan education to fix it.

During this lunch, Jonathan will talk about his post-Wes journey and his current work as the co-founder, CEO, and President of athenahealth. Staff from athenahealth (including Derek Lukin ’13) will also be on site to talk about job and internship opportunities for Wesleyan students. Pizza will be served.

Register and read more about Jonathan here.

Date: Wednesday, May 6
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: Olson Commons, Wesleyan Career Center, 41 Wyllys Avenue

WESpeakers Alumni event

like-a-bossFrom Sherrel Mike ’16:

Come join us for the WESpeakers Series ! WESpeakers is a great program in which impressive Wesleyan alumni from various fields return to campus to relate their own professional experiences and help you get some insight into career options. We have two amazing individuals available!

Leander Dolphin ’99 –An attorney who focuses in education and employment law. She has represented a number of public school districts, independent schools, and colleges and universities in education and employment matters and she also has a background in representing private and non-profit clients in employment litigation cases.

WHERE: Usdan Taylor Meeting Room 108 at 12pm.

Janel Davis ’99 — A talented individual in Social Services. She has worked with community re-entry from the Department of Corrections and she also works very closely with legal professionals to follow her cases.

WHERE: Usdan room 110 at 7pm.

We hope to see you there !!!!!

For Dolphin ’99:

Date: Monday, April 27
Time: 12-1 PM
Place: Usdan 108

For Davis ’99:

Date: Monday, April 27
Time: 7-8 PM
Place: Usdan 110

“The Other Half of Tomorrow” with Sadia Shepard ’97

OHoT_posters_rnd03.inddFrom CFA staffer Andrew Chatfield:

Sadia Shepard ’97 presents her documentary film “The Other Half of Tomorrow,” which looks at contemporary Pakistan through the perspective of dynamic female change-makers: artists, activists, educators, politicians, and athletes. This event is part of “Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.”

Date: Wednesday, March 25
Time: 4:15-6:15 PM
Place: Center for Film Studies