Speakers

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Laura Ardizzone '04NRS

Laura L. Ardizzone is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania for her BSN and received her Master’s (2004) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (2010) degrees from Columbia University School of Nursing. She also completed a post-doctoral clinical fellowship at the School of Nursing in 2011. Ardizzone has been a practicing certified registered nurse anesthetist for 14 years and a nurse for 20 years. She is the director of Nurse Anesthesia Services at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and a member of the Executive Nursing Leadership team. She also serves as adjunct clinical faculty at the School of Nursing. Her previous roles at the School include assistant clinical professor of nursing and director of clinical education. Ardizzone is an appointed member of the patient safety steering committee of the National Quality Forum, the current president of the School of Nursing Alumni Board and a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. She serves on the editorial board for the International Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia and the Anesthesia eJournal and has lectured nationally and internationally on patient safety and clinical anesthesia topics.

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Maryam Banikarim Lerner '89BC, '93BUS, '93SIPA
Maryam Banikarim shows organizations how to shift mindsets and build themselves through the lens of purpose. Known as a fearless force for change with a track record of creating and leading successful brands, she demonstrates how to define your purpose, differentiate your brand, make the case for change, rally the troops internally, and share it with the world. She is also sought after as a thought leader on transformation, purpose-based branding, multicultural marketing, the changing role of the CMO, and women’s leadership.

As global CMO at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, she was responsible for helping it become the most preferred hospitality brand, driving loyalty and community among high-end travelers. Prior to this role, she was Gannett’s first-ever CMO, and is credited with repositioning the company and its brands (including USA Today), uncovering and executing its core purpose, reinvigorating employee morale, and establishing a national sales organization. Banikarim was senior vice president at NBCUniversal and chief marketing officer for Univision Communications. Before that, she founded a strategy firm, consulting for Deutsche Bank, Bacardi, and Time-Warner. She also worked at Turner Broadcasting, MacMillan Publishing, and CitySearch. She began her career in account management at Young & Rubicam. Her unorthodox career path also includes a variety of jobs, including: investment banker, production assistant, and intern in the British Parliament.

A child of revolution, Banikarim’s family fled Iran in 1979, moving first to Paris and then to California. After graduating from Barnard College, where she was their first-ever Truman Scholar, she moved to Buenos Aires to work on her Spanish, become a journalist, and learn to tango. Upon acceptance to Columbia Business School, Banikarim returned to New York to apply her infectious energy and drive to bringing a voice and purpose to great brands.

Banikarim has been widely recognized for her achievements from The New York Post’s “50 Most Powerful Women in NYC,” to Fast Company's "Top 10 Disrupters," to Advertising Age's “Women to Watch.” She has written for Fortune, Fast Company, AdAge, HuffPost, and The Daily Beast. She is known as a perceptive and insightful interviewer, leading conversations with leaders such as Lisa Gersh (Goop), Bob Pittman (iHeart Media), and Emilio Estefan (multicultural marketing).
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Mary Boyce
Dean Mary C. Boyce leads the education and research mission of Columbia Engineering with more than 200 faculty, 1600 undergraduate students, and 2700 graduate students.

A strong advocate of interdisciplinary research and the translation of innovation to impact, she has increased faculty in cross-cutting fields, and recently launched an inspiring new vision for the School, Columbia Engineering for Humanity.

Her own research focuses on materials and mechanics, particularly in the areas of multi-scale mechanics of polymers and soft composites, both those that are man-made and those formed naturally. She has been widely recognized for her scholarly achievements, including election as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering.

Boyce earned her BS degree in engineering science and mechanics from Virginia Tech, and her MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.
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Daniel Billings '15NRS, '17NRS, '18NRS
Daniel Billings is a professional classical musician who earned a bachelor’s in music from Boston University. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, with orchestras, on national television, and recorded albums as a soloist.

He has performed for President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and for Her Royal Highness Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Billings also has served as artist consultant, judged competitions, and performed opera in Europe.

After almost 20 years of singing, Billings transitioned to become a nurse practitioner, earning his Bachelor’s and Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Columbia University School of Nursing. Billings is a hematology nurse practitioner at the Columbia University Medical Center's Cancer Center. Billings has served as a mentor to Columbia nursing students and often serves as an alumni ambassador for accepted students. He remains engaged with the Columbia community, serving on the School of Nursing Alumni Board of Directors.
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Teresa Bryce Bazemore ‘84LAW
Teresa Bryce Bazemore '84LAW, the former president of Radian Guaranty, Inc., has extensive experience in successful business growth, strategic planning, corporate governance, audit committee matters, and risk management. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chimera Investment Corporation, a publicly traded real estate investment trust, and the Funds Boards of T Rowe Price. Bazemore is on the Audit Committee for both, as well as the Chimera Compensation Committee. Until her recent move to California, she was also a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, serving on both the Audit and the Affordable Housing, Products, and Services Committees. Bazemore successfully led Radian Guaranty through the financial crisis when she took over the helm in July 2008 until her retirement in April 2017.
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Gary C. Butts, MD '76CC
Gary C. Butts, MD '76CC is chief diversity and inclusion officer for the Mount Sinai Health System and dean for Diversity Programs, Policy, and Community Affairs for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, responsible for oversight, management, and integration of diversity programs and policies.

He holds joint appointments as professor with tenure in the Departments of Pediatrics, Medical Education, and Preventive Medicine. He has spent over three decades providing health care to East and Central Harlem residents and almost two decades spearheading efforts to advance racial, ethnic, and gender diversity and inclusion at the School of Medicine. Butts has been acknowledged for his leadership by The Network Journal Top Black Doctors in New York Metro Area, the National Association of Minority Medical Educators, the National Medical Association, the National Hispanic Health Foundation, Our Town Thanks You, and the Association of American Medical Colleges, among many others. In 2015, he was awarded the Jacobi Medallion, one of the highest honors Mount Sinai bestows.

Butts, who is from East New York, Brooklyn, completed his premedical studies at Columbia College before attending Cornell Medical College. He completed his clinical training in pediatrics at Mount Sinai and has been part of the organization since 1980.
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Katharine Celentano '16GS
As policy coordinator at Drug Policy Alliance, Katharine Celentano works with local communities and elected officials to implement innovative policy solutions to overdose and mass incarceration. She has worked for the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the United States Senate, and a presidential campaign. One of 125 invitees to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's National Leadership Summit on Youth Recovery, she was appointed by a governor to the Vermont Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs and has served on the national board of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and the Washington Heights CORNER Project’s Young Professionals Board. While a student, Celentano served as University Senator and on the board of the Columbia University Family Support Network. Currently, Celentano serves on the Columbia Alumni Association Board of Directors and the General Studies Alumni Association Board of Directors and she is the recipient of a Silver Kings Crown Award, GS Spirit Award, three General Studies Service Awards, an Office of Multicultural Affairs graduation cord, and an inaugural Campbell Award.
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Paul Chiu ’85SEAS, ’94BUS
Paul Chiu was born in Hong Kong and has lived in New York City since 1973. He has been a private investor since 2001. His previous work experience spans several industries such as education, aerospace engineering, computer science, real estate, investment banking, sales & trading, and prime brokerage. Paul has been a very active Columbia alumni volunteer since the 1990s, participating in mentoring, coaching, interview training, and alumni interviews. He has been the Chair of Bronx and Manhattan regions of the Alumni Representative Committee since 2016.
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Drew Feldman ’17SEAS
After graduating from SEAS with a BS in Applied Physics, Drew completed an MA in English at University College London. He now manages operations for the New York International Children's Film Festival.
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Rebecca Glasman '93GSAS, '94GSAS, ’02GSAS
Rebecca Glasman is a senior client partner at Korn Ferry, a global organizational consulting firm. She delivers holistic human capital solutions to complex organizations. She has 20 years of executive search and advisory experience, focused primarily on the financial services and professional services sectors.

Prior to Korn Ferry, Glasman was a managing director in the Global Financial Services practice at a leading global executive search firm, where she also co-led the Diversity and Inclusion practice.

Previously, she held roles of increasing responsibility within the executive search industry. Earlier in her career, she was a vice president at Deutsche Bank.

Glasman earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Princeton University and a PhD in philosophy from Columbia University. She is based in New York.
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Keith Goggin '91JRN
Keith Goggin is the current chair of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA). He joined Columbia Journalism School’s Alumni Executive Committee in 1992 and has been an active volunteer at Columbia ever since. In 2003, he stepped down from the Executive Committee to co-chair the Journalism School’s Alumni Annual Fund Campaign, the School’s first peer-to-peer fundraising effort. He serves on the Journalism School’s Board of Visitors and is the co-chair of the School’s capital campaign. He is also a member of the University Campaign Executive Committee. Previously, he served as the J-School’s representative on the Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee. In 2013, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Columbia University Club of New York. In addition to his board and committee work, Goggin endowed the Class of 1991 Scholarship Fund and, as a class agent, hosted his class dinner during five reunions. He worked with the family of the late J-School professor and administrator David A. Klatell to endow a scholarship in Klatell’s name to benefit international J-School students. Following a brief career in journalism, Goggin forged a successful second career in trading and private investing and retired as a partner at Integral Derivatives, a New York Stock Exchange-based options specialist firm. He is married to Charlene Goggin, and they are the proud parents of Keira, Erin, and Miles.
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Eric Horwitz '90CC
Eric Horwitz '90CC, the head of the Columbia Career Coaches Network (CCCN), is a leader in executive coaching. Based in New York City, Horwitz supports and enhances industry experts with diverse backgrounds. With 15 years of coaching experience, he has worked to improve the quality and effectiveness of leaders around the globe. Horwitz has cultivated strong relationships with professionals at non-profit, government, and for-profit organizations such as New York University, Bank of America, Vogue, The White House, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, the NYC Department of Education, the NYC Mayor’s Office, and Johnson & Johnson. His experience and coaching style have inspired a multitude of executive leaders toward articulating their missions and achieving their goals.

Before coaching, Horwitz gained invaluable experience as a global human resource consultant and executive leader at PwC. One of his main teachings is that any successful person, company, or society must develop and outline a strong foundation and long-term vision for what force they want to bring into the world.

In addition to leading the CCCN, Horwitz serves on the Columbia Alumni Digital Marketing Committee.
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Emily Jabbour ’06SW
Emily Ball Jabbour ’06SW served two terms with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) Board (2013 – 2019), representing the School of Social Work. Previously, she served as president of the School of Social Work Alumni Board and chair of the Annual Social Work Alumni Conference (2010-2013). In 2016, Jabbour chaired the Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend Steering Committee and still serves as a member. Jabbour is also a member of the Social Work Dean’s Advisory Committee and regularly meets with students and graduates for mentoring. She was a recipient of the prestigious George McMurray Award at her Columbia graduation, awarded to one MSW graduate across all MSW programs in New York City to recognize outstanding accomplishments and contributions made to services to children and families. Following graduation, Jabbour was awarded the Presidential Management Fellowship and began her career with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in Washington, DC. Thirteen years later, she continues to work at ACF as a performance officer in the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. In 2018, Jabbour was sworn in as Councilperson-at-Large for the City of Hoboken, New Jersey, where she and her husband, Peter, reside along with their two children, Katherine (7) and Brynn (4).
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Jerry Kisslinger '79CC, '82GSAS
Since 1997, Jerry Kisslinger '79CC, '82GSAS has devoted his strategic thinking and creative talents to building Columbia community. As deputy vice president for strategic communications for the Columbia University Office of Alumni and Development, he oversees Columbia Commitment communications, publishes Columbia Magazine, and oversees efforts in a variety of media to better understand and engage constituents, donors, and prospects.
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Donna MacPhee '89CC

Donna H. MacPhee ’89CC P: ’17CC is the vice president for alumni relations and president of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA). She earned her Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics and was one of Columbia College's first female graduates. MacPhee went on to earn an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business and then dedicated her career to entities related to professional athletics, including managing finances for various departments of the National Hockey League. Prior to returning to Columbia in 2008, she served as co-founder and managing director of Event Management Associates, providing event marketing and meeting planning services for a broad range of not-for-profit and corporate clients.

 

MacPhee was a member of the Columbia Women’s Varsity tennis team as an undergraduate and has remained involved in Columbia athletics over the years as an alumna, co-founding the Women's Leadership Council for Athletics (WLC). In 2008, she was chosen as one of Columbia's 25 most influential athletic alumnae.  Starting in 2019, MacPhee became an at-large trustee of CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education).

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Laurie Magid '85LAW
Laurie Magid ’85LAW, chair of the 2019 Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend, is an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In that office, she served as the U.S. attorney (2008-2009), the first woman to do so; as the first assistant U.S. attorney (2005-2006); and as deputy U.S. attorney (2001-2004). From 2016 to 2017, she was detailed to the Pardon Office to review petitions for former President Barack Obama’s Clemency Initiative.

Before joining the Department of Justice, Magid served as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia (1986-1995) and in Delaware County, Pennsylvania (1986-2001). She was a full-time professor at Villanova Law School and Widener Law School, an adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School and Temple Law School, and a guest lecturer at Columbia Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. From 1995 to 2001, she served as a Pennsylvania sentencing commissioner.

Magid was a law clerk for Judge James Hunter III, on the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, from 1985 to 1986. She graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1982, and from Columbia Law School in 1985, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Columbia Law Review notes and comments editor.

As president of the Columbia Law School Association from 2014 to 2018, Magid instituted a mentorship program between Board members and students in the First Generation Professionals group. She is a member of the Columbia Alumni Association Board, the Harlan Fiske Stone Council, and the Alumnae Leadership Group.
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Anne McClanan '89CC
Anne McClanan is the ARC Chair for Oregon and Nevada. She studied both Art History and Ancient Studies at Columbia College then went on to complete her graduate work in Byzantine and Medieval Art History at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins. She's now an art history professor at Portland State University in Oregon. She's enjoyed holding the volunteer position of ARC Chair for over a decade, which dovetails with her work as college faculty in helping students both clarify their goals and work to attain them. As a professor, her research follows a twofold path, for in addition to pursuing scholarship in medieval art history she also applies emerging tools to online pedagogy, including recent work developing AI-based learning modules.
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Rita McGrath '81BC, '82SIPA, P: '18BUS
Rita Gunther McGrath '81BC, '82SIPA is a best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and longtime professor at Columbia Business School. McGrath is widely recognized as a premier expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. She has received the #1 Achievement Award for Strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and consistently has been named one of the world’s Top 10 Management Thinkers in its bi-annual ranking. As a consultant to CEOs, her work has had a lasting impact on the strategy and growth programs of Fortune 500 companies.McGrath is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage, and her new book Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen will be published in September. McGrath has written three other books, including Discovery Driven Growth, cited by Clayton Christensen as creating one of the most important management ideas ever developed.She is the founder of Valize, a company focused on helping organizations go beyond innovation theater by developing tools to implement the Discovery Driven Growth approach.McGrath received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.Follow her on Twitter @rgmcgrath. For more information, visit RitaMcGrath.com.
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Patrick McGuire '94TC
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Marlene McHugh '89NUR, '91NRS, '08NRS
Marlene McHugh is an associate professor at Columbia University School of Nursing. She maintains a faculty clinical practice at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, and co-developed the Palliative Care Service there, where she has served as associate director. McHugh has a clinical nursing background in medical surgical nursing, oncology, critical care, and primary care. She received her graduate and doctoral degrees from the School of Nursing and holds a post-master’s certificate as an adult geriatric/acute care nurse practitioner from the University of Pennsylvania.McHugh completed a fellowship in pain medicine and palliative care in 1999 at Beth Israel Medical Center. She is a certified ELNEC Trainer (End-of Life Nursing Education) from the American Nurses Association and completed the Wharton Nursing Leaders program in 2011. Her interests include chronic illness management, outpatient palliative care clinics, pain and symptom management, and clinical education of nurse practitioners and physicians. McHugh has presented worldwide about palliative care and has published numerous articles on the subject. In 2007, she received the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy educational grant, and in 2012, received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the School of Nursing. In 2014, McHugh was inducted as a fellow in hospice and palliative care nursing by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.
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Sheila Y. Oliver ’76SW
Sheila Y. Oliver ’76SW, New Jersey’s second Lieutenant Governor, is the first woman of color to serve in statewide elected office in the state's history.

First elected to the General Assembly in 2003, Oliver became Speaker in 2010 – the first African-American woman in state history to serve as such, and just the second in the nation’s history to lead a state legislative house.

She chaired the Assembly Human Services Committee, and served on the Labor, Higher Education, Women and Children, Commerce and Economic Development, and Transportation and Independent Authorities committees. She also sat on the Joint Committee on the Public Schools and the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity.

Oliver graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, holds a Master of Science degree in Community Organization, Planning and Administration from Columbia University, and has received honorary doctorates of humane letters from both Lincoln and Montclair Universities, in addition to Berkeley and Essex County College.

Oliver began her career in public service as director of the Office of Youth Services and Special Projects for the City of Newark, where she focused on preparing young people ages 14-21 for post-secondary education and entry into the workforce. She has received numerous accolades and awards from organizations across the country honoring her life-long public service and advocacy for women’s equality, education and social justice.
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Michael Paas '99BUS, '99PH
Michael Paas '99BUS, '99PH is a life sciences executive with experience in biopharmaceutical companies and in strategy consulting. He served as vice president and head of US and global market access and pricing at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, where he helped launch four biologic therapies. Previously, he was vice president and head for global market access and pricing at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he led the development of global access and pricing strategies across all therapeutic areas. Prior to his roles in industry, Paas was a senior strategy consulting professional at several life sciences consulting firms, including Cambridge Pharma Consultancy and Bridgehead International. He has worked with almost all top and mid-tier pharmaceutical and biotech firms, as well as some investment funds, advising them on market access, pricing, reimbursement, commercial strategy, and licensing issues. Paas is an advisor to several startup healthcare ventures, as well as an impact investing fund, and is a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia Business School. He holds a degree in Natural Sciences/Biophysics from The Johns Hopkins University, an MBA from the Columbia Business School, and an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, where he also serves on the School's Alumni Board.
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Sun-Ming (Jessica) Pan '19PH

Sun-Ming Jessica Pan '19PH is a gun violence researcher and gun-sense advocate. During her time at Columbia, she co-founded the University's inaugural Gun Violence Action Week, a weeklong program of interprofessional workshops, lectures, and discussions addressing the current U.S gun violence epidemic. She co-started a chapter of Scrubs Addressing the Firearms Epidemic (SAFE), a national coalition of healthcare professionals and students committed to protecting patients from this excess risk. She sits on SAFE’s national team as the Education Presentation Development co-head and Partnering Organizations co-coordinator. Currently, they are developing a firearm curriculum intended to be implemented within medical schools across the nation. Outside of Columbia, she has interned under the Criminal Justice Policy and Enforcement division at Everytown For Gun Safety, a non-profit founded by Mayor Michael Bloomberg focused on reducing gun violence. This past spring, Pan spoke about the intersection of activism and science and how our society can progress in one that is growing numb to tragedy at University of Colorado’s Conference on World Affairs.

Pan was born in Los Angeles and spent part of her formative years in Asia and then the Bay Area, California. Her international upbringing has spanned her interest in global health. She has worked amid land and floating villages in Cambodia, community clinics in Kenya, and disaster relief in Puerto Rico.

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Daniela Quintanilla ’14CC
Daniela Quintanilla is a relationship manager for the iShares institutional group at BlackRock. Daniela graduated from Columbia College in 2014 with a double major in political science and history. While at Columbia, Daniela served on the 136th Managing Board of the Columbia Daily Spectator. Daniela serves as Co-Chair of the Manhattan region for the ARC and is also an active member in CCYA.
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Kiara Reed '11GS, '16BUS, '16SIPA
Born and raised in Queens Village, NY, Kiara Reed is a resident of Harlem where she enjoys yoga, cycling, and visiting one of her favorite institutions from childhood, the American Museum of Natural History. Inspired by her childhood idol, Mayor David Dinkins, Reed has always been passionate about public policy, leadership, and community service. She is a 2016 graduate of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia Business School, with goals to work in economic policy and urban development. Reed is currently a vice president at JPMorgan Chase where she leads the customer experience strategy for data privacy. A 2016 Campbell Awardee, she continues to be involved with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) through its Recent Alumni Committee and Black Alumni Council. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an organization she joined while an undergraduate at Columbia, a Young Patron at the Apollo Theater, and a Citizens Committee of New York Junior Board member. 
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Roxana Sasse '92NRS, '11NRS
Roxana I. M. Sasse '92, '11NRS has been a practicing Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) for 50 years, and is currently the neurosurgical CRNA at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, R.I. She received both her Master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from the Columbia University School of Nursing. She is also a 1969 graduate of the Joseph Lawrence School of Nursing, a 1971 graduate of the Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals School for Nurse Anesthetists, and received her B.S. in Zoology from Connecticut College in 1976.Sasse is the past president of the School of Nursing Alumni Board and chaired the Rhode Island chapter of the Alumni Representative Council (ARC) from 2014-2018. She is the founder and co-president of the Columbia Alumni Association of Rhode Island (CAARI) and is a member of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) Steering Committee. She has been an associate professor in the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the School of Nursing, and has served on various committees at the School, as well as at Rogers Williams Medical Center. She received two Fellowship recognitions from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). She received the Son of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001 and at her 2011 Columbia graduation. She served as associate editor for Clinical Scholars Review from 2011-2014.
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Shaiza Rizavi '96BUS
Shaiza Rizavi is a money manager and managing member at Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co., a dual-registered broker-dealer and investment adviser. Her approach to aggressive growth investing is grounded in investigative research, a mindset developed while working in the public defender service in Nashville and D.C. Imagining the future, Rizavi investigates the present and invests in companies creating a new class of products and services that look to change people's lives while building capital.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Columbia Business School, Rizavi remains active at both institutions. At Vanderbilt, she serves on the Campaign Cabinet and at the Business School, she co-chairs the Advisory Board of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, sits on the Investment Board of the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures, and serves on the School’s Board of Overseers and Board of Managers of the Columbia Investment Management Company.

In addition, she serves on the Boards of Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Seeds of Peace, and Acumen where she learns about business strategies to address poverty in East and West Africa, India, Pakistan, and the Americas. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York and the NationSwell Council. 

Rizavi lives in New York City with her husband Jon Friedland and their four children.
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David Ross, MD, JD, ’80CC

Dave Ross, MD, JD is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at SUNY-Downstate, working clinically and educating colleagues in bioethics and medicolegal dynamics, with a focus on issues of compliance and liability exposure. He is also an attorney, experienced in medical malpractice analysis and defense, hospital risk management, and medicolegal regulatory matters. He is Of Counsel to Zuber Lawler & Del Duca, LLC.

David earned his BA in political science and economics, with a chemistry minor, from Columbia, his MD from Cornell, and his JD from NYU. His surgical training was at Vanderbilt and Mt. Sinai, and emergency medicine training at UMDNJ-Cooper.

His current areas of interest are physician rights, modern sophistry, and the ethics of violence. Additionally, as a semi-professional “side-job,” David has been delightfully active in the theatrical and literary arts for a lifetime now.

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Lisa Rosen-Metsch '90GS
Lisa Rosen-Metsch '90GS is the dean of the Columbia University School of General Studies (GS) and professor of sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to her appointment as dean, she was the inaugural Stephen Smith Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociomedical Sciences.Rosen-Metsch is an internationally recognized scholar in the prevention of HIV among populations with substance use disorders. For the past two decades, her research program has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Rosen-Metsch, a medical sociologist, was one of the early researchers in the era of antiretroviral therapy to articulate the importance of creating prevention/primary care programs for people living with HIV, not simply those at risk of infection. Rosen-Metsch’s current work focuses on developing innovative strategies to increase the uptake of testing, linkage, retention, and re-engagement in care among vulnerable populations. She is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to implement a mobile HIV treatment and prevention clinic to serve low income neighborhoods in San Juan, Puerto Rico with the goal of improving HIV outcomes. Notably, Rosen-Metsch involved a Columbia GS student as a researcher on this project and this student co-authored a recent publication. Rosen-Metsch’s landmark research has resulted in over 200 peer-reviewed publications and has helped to shape national policy and intervention programs.Prior to joining Mailman, Rosen-Metsch was professor of epidemiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where she served as director of the Division of Health Services Research and Policy, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Sociology.
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Josh Schenk '19CC
Josh Schenk is a 2019 graduate of Columbia College, where he majored in political science. As a first year, he served as the Class of 2019 president of Columbia College's Student Council, where he partnered with over 20 NYC restaurants to create a discount program for students, launched a peer mentorship program for first-year students, and secured air conditioning in undergraduate housing. Schenk was then elected to the University Senate and was active in the development and launch of CU there!, an initiative designed to connect students and alumni during the summer break in over 100 cities. He also was the undergraduate representative to the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) Board.

Schenk is originally from Los Angeles, where he served as an elected member of his school district's board of education during his senior year of high school. He is now a first-year student at Yale Law School.
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Jesse Scinto '12SPS
Jesse Scinto is dedicated to helping people master the art of public speaking and persuasion. As founder and CEO of PUBLIC SPHERE, he provides speaker training, executive coaching, and presentation consulting to leading organizations worldwide. He has appeared on Bloomberg TV, and his work has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In addition teaching in the Strategic Communication program for several years, Scinto has also served as the program’s associate director and alumni volunteer. In 2018, he received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to teach communication at the American University in Bulgaria. For more than a decade, Scinto has been involved with Toastmasters International, the public speaking and leadership organization, as an elected officer and mentor. A regular contributor to the organization’s magazine, he earned the Distinguished Toastmaster Award for outstanding leadership, communication, and service to others. Scinto has worked in advertising (Ogilvy & Mather, FCB) and was a professional sax player, touring with well-known blues artists and performing at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and Chicago Blues Festival. A resident of Hoboken, New Jersey, he enjoys reading, bicycling and spending quality time with his partner, Diane, and their felines Lucky and Moose.
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Mozelle Thompson '76CC, '79SIPA, '81LAW
Mozelle Thompson '76CC, '91LAW is CEO of Thompson Strategic Consulting, which he founded in 2005 to provide innovative legal, policy, and business advice to companies like Facebook, Samsung, and the Walt Disney Company. He works with numerous young companies and startups. Previously, Thompson was a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission; principal deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury; acting executive director, executive VP, and general counsel at the New York State Housing Finance Agency; and practiced law at Skadden Arps, Slate, and Meager & Flom. He was a director at Atigeo, a big data analytics company, and has served as an advisory board member of Facebook, UBMe, and Loyal3.

Thompson received a B.A. from Columbia College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. He was an international fellow at SIPA in 1979 and in 1980, received an M.P.A. from Princeton University. He is an alumni class agent and served on his reunion committees at the College and the Law School. A long-time member of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA), he chaired the Volunteer Development Initiative and is a member of the Honors and Prizes and Strategic Planning Committees. Thompson received the Columbia Alumni Medal in 2016 and the John Jay Award in 2014. In 2000, he was the third recipient of the Black Heritage Award from the Black Alumni Council (BAC). He has served in the senior leadership of the American Bar Association and on the executive board of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, a mentoring organization assisting African-American and Latino law students.

He serves as a director of the Lenfest Scholars Foundation and the Asian Columbia Alumni Association (ACAA). Thompson has taught at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and Fordham Law School, and was an Irvine Foundation Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School. He resides in Washington, DC, and New York City.

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Tracey Travis '86BUS
Tracey T. Travis, a member of Accenture’s board of directors since July 2017, is executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Estée Lauder Companies.

As chief financial officer of The Estée Lauder Companies, Travis is responsible for global finance, accounting, investor relations, information technology, and strategy and new business development. Before joining The Estée Lauder Companies in 2012, she was senior vice president and chief financial officer at Ralph Lauren for seven years. Previously, she served in senior financial, information technology and operations management roles at L Brands, American National Can, and PepsiCo/Pepsi Bottling Group. She began her career at General Motors as an engineer and senior financial analyst.

Travis was a director of Campbell Soup Company from 2011 to 2017 and was previously a director of Jo-Ann Stores. She currently serves on the board of Lincoln Center Theater and is a trustee on the board of overseers of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Travis holds an MBA in Finance and Operations Management from Columbia University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
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Anette Wu '08PH
Anette Wu (Fortgang) is an assistant professor in the Anatomy/Pathology Department at the Vagelos College of Physician and Surgeons (VPS) at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). She is a member of the teaching faculty for the Clinical Anatomy course for medical students for more than a decade. She is director of the International Collaboration and Exchange program at VPS --  a unique students networking and exchange program that partners 14 leading medical schools worldwide to prepare leadership skills and to provide early networking to future global leaders in healthcare. Her educational research focus is in internationalization of medical education to promote global health.

Wu holds an appointment in the Department of Medicine at VPS, and is director of operations of a 17‐laboratory and six core unit research center at CUIMC.

Wu received her training in general and transplantation surgery at Hannover Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard University. She trained and worked in clinical transplantation surgery and transplantation immunology in Hannover, Germany, and at Harvard. Wu received her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health in 2008. She is an active member of Mailman's Alumni Association Board of Directors and is currently its vice president. Wu joined the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) in 2016 and is the chair of the CAA Programs Committee. She serves on the board of the Asian Columbia Alumni Association.​
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Jean Paul Laurent '17SIPA

Jean Paul Laurent '17SIPA is the Founder & CEO of Unspoken Smiles Foundation. Since its inception in 2014, Jean Paul has grown Unspoken Smiles Foundation into a reputable and impactful nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting both long-term oral health and economic security in the world's most disadvantaged regions.

Jean Paul’s philanthropic achievements have garnered recognition from a variety of prestigious organizations including the United Nations, MIPAD 100 Under 40 Lists, Thomson Reuters Foundation, The Resolution Project, Clinton Foundation, American Express, Ashoka, and NYU Alumni. His passion for social entrepreneurship, oral health, and public-private partnership have led to Unspoken Smiles Foundation being recognized as the preeminent global hub in the field of Dentistry.

As CEO, Jean Paul works across two key program areas— oral health education and prevention, and the Unspoken Smiles Fellowship—to help ensure better access to quality dental services for the greatest number of people. By developing, supporting, and incubating those initiatives, Unspoken Smiles Foundation is building confidence, improving oral health, and transforming futures in under-served communities across the world. Jean Paul holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

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Renan Pierre '86CC, '87SEAS

An entrepreneur at heart, Renan Pierre has pursued ventures in the private and public realm. As one half of Sherman Pierre Architects (SPA), he owns a provisional design patent for transforming the public’s interaction with Jersey Barriers in the wake of the 9-11 terrorist attacks in NYC. He has collaborated with other Haitian-American architects and engineers to create a road map for the reforestation of Haiti after the 2011 earthquakes. This plan envisioned the rebuilding of Haiti in a sustainable manner. 

With SPA, Pierre has spent the last eighteen years cultivating an architectural practice that is founded on a critical and collaborative approach to design that abets and celebrates even the most minute aspects of everyday life. He has innovated a unique design approach of using architectural storytelling to provide critical insight, simplify complex ideas while creating meaningful and expressive spaces that communicate what is truly unique about his clients, their product(s), as well as their values, aspirations and mission. 


Pierre received a Masters Degree in Architecture at Harvard University in 1995. He came to architecture with undergraduate degrees in art history and mechanical engineering from Columbia College and Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, respectively. He currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and three children.

 

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Alecia Hill '05CC, '19SIPA
Alecia Hill is an impact investing associate at Enterprise Community Investment, a social enterprise that specializes in affordable housing and community and economic development. As an Impact Investing Associate, shes conducts investment and market analysis and supports new product development, operations, structuring and community impact strategies for the organization's 

Capital innovation and Opportunity Fund platforms. Ms. Hill joined Enterprise in 2018 as the Creative Capital Innovation Fellow and has significant interdisciplinary experience in social impact venture projects, early-stage business development and project management in the private and nonprofit sectors. Her previous experience includes strategy and development for social impact fund partnerships and new capital solutions targeting community and economic development. She received her Master of Public Administration in management and finance from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, with concentrations in impact investing and urban social policy. She is an alumna of Columbia College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literature, prior to the start of her career in social enterprise, she was a performing arts professional for 12 years.
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