Carnegie Mellon University

Alumni Association

Under Construction 2014

This is a unique opportunity for Dietrich College alumni to come together with current sophomores, juniors, and seniors to network, share stories from life after graduation, and to help students begin to navigate their career options, internships, undergraduate choices, and post-graduation opportunities.

Under Construction: Building Your Future is current students' chance to take an active role in figuring out their next steps by listening to Carnegie Mellon graduates who have successfully and interestingly navigated their way forward.

Event Schedule Click to expand

10:30-11:00 a.m. Alumni Welcome/Student Registration
11:00-11:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker/ Dietrich College Welcome
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch Table Dialogue
1:00-2:15 p.m.
Panel Sessions (A)
2:30-3:45 p.m. Panel Sessions (B)
4:00-4:30 p.m. Faculty-Alumni Reception/Student Internship Panel
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Appetizer Networking Reception

Keynote Speaker: Terry Babcock-Lumish (DC'97) Click to expand

Terry Babcock-Lumish is President of Islay Consulting LLC, and economic, policy, and political consultancy she founded in 2005 to meet the needs of innovative clients committed to effecting positive change, from local to global. Representative clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, LIVESTRONG, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Recent years' academic affiliations include the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, the University of Oxford, the University of Arizona, and Harvard University. Terry has worked in local, state, and federal government, most recently in the President's Council of Economic Advisors. Upon leaving the White House in 2001, she serves as a researcher for two books by Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore. Terry earned her B.S. at Carnegie Mellon in 1997, majoring in Policy & Management, and minoring in Environmental Studies, Technology & Policy, and Architecture. She completed her MPA in environmental and technology policy at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs as a Lilly Community Assistance Fellow, and read her DPhil at the University of Oxford as a Truman and Clarendon Scholar.

Alumni Panelist Participation & Bios Click to expand

Adeola Adegboyega-Panox
Panel Participation: (A) Education: Policy, Teaching, & ESL
Adeola Adegboyega-Panox graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2010 with a double major in Ethics, History, and Public Policy and International Relations. Upon graduating, Adeola completed a year of AmeriCorps with City Year DC, a full time community service program dedicated to community development and educational equity. Adeola then joined Teach for America and was placed in Memphis, TN where she spent two years teaching third grade at Chimneyrock Elementary School. During that time, Adeola was selected as a First to the Top Fellow with the Tennessee Department of Education. She worked on the Curriculum and Instruction team on projects related to Common Core implementation, digital textbooks and instructional materials, and preparing districts and schools for computer-based assessments. After completing her corps commitment, Adeola has remained in the classroom. She now teaches first grade at KIPP Star Elementary in New York City.

Leena Akhtar
Panel Participation: (A) Museums, Libraries, & Arts Non-Profits
After graduating from Carnegie Mellon with a double major in History/Anthropology and Financial Economics, Leena Akhtar worked for several years in finance before earning an MA in Cultural History from the University of London. She spent three years as a curator and exhibit director at the Museum of American Finance, during which time she also took courses towards an advanced certificate at New York University's Trauma and Violence Transdisiplinary program. She is presently a third year doctoral student at Harvard University's History of Science Department, where she researches the history of trauma psychiatry in the 20th century.

Heather Arnet
Panel Participation: (A) NGOs, Community Organizing, & Non-Profits; (B) Entertainment & Creative Arts
Heather Arnet, is the CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation, a nonprofit based in Pittsburgh with a mission to develop the female leaders of tomorrow while advancing women's rights today. She is also the writer/director of the upcoming film, "Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?" premiering on WQED/PBS March 2014. Arnet is a blogger for Huffington Post and the Daily Beast, and has been appeared on NBC's Today Show, CNN, Fox News, BBC, and MSNBC. Arnet serves as a Board Director of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the international Women's Funding Network, and as Chair of the Board of the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh, and on several Advisory Boards including WQED Multimedia and The Forbes Funds. Arnet is a former elected Board Director of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 1997 with a B.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies.

Jonathan Barnes
Panel Participation: (B) Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations
Jonathan Barnes is a journalist and freelance writer, a correspondent for Engineering News-Record and a stringer for Reuters, Wall Street Journal and others. A former reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and a former editor/reporter for the Butler Eagle, he's been stringer for Fortune, New York Times, ARTE TV, Newsday and other media. He was a longtime contributor to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and was a real estate columnist/stringer for the Pittsburgh Business Times. He's published thousands of stories in newspapers, magazines and with news services. His essays have been in Dos Passos Review, Sampsonia Way, Seattle Post-Intelligencer and other publications. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Barnes earned degrees in Professional Writing and Creative Writing. He's been a writer for American Bridge Company and various PR and design firms. He has maintained a blog, Barnestormin, for more than eight years and recently began blogging under the same name for ENR magazine.

Heather Dietrich Batzel
Panel Participation: (B) Law: Private & Public Sectors
Heather Dietrich Batzel graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2000 with a BS in Policy & Management and an additional major in English. Heather remembers fondly her time at CMU as a time of great exploration, intellectual growth and many opportunities. Among other things, she particularly enjoyed singing with the Repertory Chorus and serving as a Student Senator and on the H&SS (now the Dietrich College) Student Advisory Council. After CMU, Heather went directly to American University to fulfill her long-standing desire to attend law school. Since graduating with her Juris Doctor in 2003, Heather has thoroughly enjoyed her decade of legal practice in Washington, DC, with positions as legal counsel at the World Bank, corporate/securities associate at major law firms, as General Counsel at a carbon finance company called C-Quest Capital, and now as a Managing Member and Attorney at Batzel Law LLC. Heather has also maintained an active pro bono practice, working with non-profits and clients of limited means through the DC Bar and Legal Aid Society of DC. She is married to a fellow CMU graduate, has a younger sister who is also a CMU alumna, and is the mother to a darling 3-year-old daughter who will hopefully consider attending Carnegie Mellon one day!

Eduardo Benatuil
Panel Participation: (A) Operations Management, Human Resources, & Recruiting
Eduardo J. Benatuil graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in May 2011 with a BS in Economics with an additional major in International Relations and Politics. Currently, Eduardo is working at Highmark, Inc. as a Senior Business Analyst providing operational support for with the implementation of strategic initiatives his company is implementing. Eduardo was a Resident Assistant at CMU, and was also a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), International Relations Organization (IRO), South and Latin-American Students Association (SALSA) and the Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) fraternity.

Alisha Bhagat
Panel Participation: (A) NGOs, Community Organizing, & Non-Profits; (B) Consulting & Think Tanks
Alisha Bhagat is a futurist and sustainability advisor at Forum for the Future where she helps companies plan strategically for an uncertain future. In her past role as a US government consultant in the security field she engaged with scenario modelling and analysis on foreign policy topics. Alisha is fascinated by complex systems and using futures as a tool to understand how systems work and how individuals can create change within those systems. She is the co-founder of the Myanmar Futures Exchange, a two-day summit on sustainable economic development in Myanmar and most recently completed a futures workshop for a national feminist organization. In her free time she is an avid gamer and pub trivia host. Alisha earned her BS in Anthropology and History at Carnegie Mellon in 2005, her MS at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in 2009, and completed Fulbright and APLP fellowships.

Brittanie Boone
Panel Participation: (B) Technology
Brittanie Boone graduated from Carnegie Mellon, Phi Beta Kappa, in 2012 with a BS in Economics and Statistics from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. While at CMU, she was an active member of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Co-Chair of the Statistics Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee. She was also a Teaching Assistant for numerous Statistics and Economics courses. She is currently working as a Quantitative Analyst for Agilex Technologies on a contract with United States Customs and Border Protection. Her work focuses on data mining and programming techniques in the airline passenger domain. Previously, she had internships at American Institutes for Research in DC as a Research Associate Intern and at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City as a Research Scholar.

Jennifer Cerully
Panel Participation: (A) Public Health, Health Policy, & Health Professions; (B) Consulting & Think Tanks
Jennifer Cerully is an Associate Behavioral/Social Scientist at the Pittsburgh office of the RAND Corporation, a non-profit, non-partisan institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. Her research focuses on health promotion and the reduction of mental health stigma and is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Department of Defense, the California Mental Health Services Authority, and the Wounded Warrior Project. Jennifer earned her B.S. in Computer Science and Decision Science from Carnegie Mellon in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. She served on the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association Board of Directors and enjoys helping to connect alumni and students. While a student at Carnegie Mellon, she was a Head Orientation Counselor, Community Advisor for West Wing/Resnik, research assistant in the department of Social and Decision Sciences, and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, among other activities.

Leanne Chu
Panel Participation: (B) Consulting & Think Tanks
Leanne Chu has more than 19-years of experience delivering transformation initiatives in multiple industry sectors. She leverages her expertise as a business transformation professional to coach many clients through large-scale implementations. She is adept at "listening to the culture" of her clients in order to define a clear path for transformation while simultaneously generating the momentum that enables the company to sustain the transformation long term. Her experience spans strategic development, organizational redesign, operational improvement, program management, change management and enterprise technology implementation Leanne's industry experience spans both start-ups and blue-chip companies in the telecommunications & media, printing & publishing, manufacturing, financial services and consumer goods & services. Leanne has worked for KPMG Consulting and Digital Equipment. Leanne graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1987 with a degree in Decision and Information Sciences.

Caitlin Cronkhite
Panel Participation: (B) Technology
Caitlin Cronkhite graduated from Dietrich College in 2012 with a double major in Technical Writing and Linguistics with a minor in French. During her time at CMU, she led the Career Peer Mentor program for the Career and Professional Development Center, TAed French, and studied journalism in Washington, DC. In her current career, she writes technical documentation for Salesforce.com, an industry-leading cloud computing company in beautiful San Francisco, California, and is a featured speaker at Technical Communications conferences.

Amy Cyphert
Panel Participation: (A) Education: Policy, Teaching, & ESL; (B) Law: Private & Public Sectors
Amy Cyphert is the Director of West Virginia University's ASPIRE Office, which assists students who are interested in applying for nationally competitive scholarships (Amy is a 2000 Truman Scholar herself) as well as graduate and professional school. Amy is a 2001 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with majors in Creative Writing, English, and Professional Writing and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. She clerked for a federal judge in the Southern District of New York and also worked as an attorney in Manhattan for several years. Amy also teaches several courses to both undergraduates and law students, including Philosophy of Law and Appellate Advocacy.

Jessica Dickinson Goodman
Panel Participation: (A) NGOs, Community Organizing, & Non-Profits; (B) Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations
Jessica Dickinson Goodman considers her ethnicity is geek. She runs online communications for Polaris Project, a leading anti-human trafficking nonprofit. In the past year, she's doubled the size of their online communities, running 2 national petition campaigns, and bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations online. While at Carnegie Mellon, she was a 5th Year Scholar with a major in Ethics, History and Public Policy, a minor in Opera, and three years of Arabic. She studied at CMU-Qatar in her junior year and had too much fun serving as a student ambassador between Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh and Doha campuses. Her senior honors thesis was a policy proposal for expanding the Fair Use doctrine to include historically vital forms of derivative works which current copyright law leaves without protection. She speak Arabic well enough to have a legitimate conversation with a six-year-old.

Alex DiClaudio
Panel Participation: (B) Entertainment & Creative Arts
Alex DiClaudio graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2009 with a BA in Economics, and earned a Master of Arts Management degree from Heinz College in 2011. While he was a student at Carnegie Mellon, Alex was an active member of Scotch'n'Soda Theatre and the Kiltie Band. Alex worked as an Off-Broadway Company Manager and House Manager at Atlantic Theater Company in New York City. More recently, Alex has relocated to Pittsburgh and started his career in commercial entertainment as a Broadway Producer, having been affiliated with the recent productions of Annie, Grace starring Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, and Ed Asner, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, and No Man's Land & Waiting for Godot starring Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen. Alex is a leader of the Scotch'n'Soda Alumni group, and an Executive Committee member of the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association Board.

Season Dietrich Burris
Panel Participation: (B) Government & Politics
Season Dietrich Burris earned a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Mandarin Chinese from H&SS in 2001 and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Heinz in 2002 prior to moving to Washington DC to begin her federal career. Season's career has included an internship (while at Heinz) at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, several years at the Government Accountability Office as an Information Technology Analyst, and 2 years at DoD's Strategic Command at Offutt AFB, NE where her husband, an Air Force JAG, was stationed. Returning to DC in June, Season began working for the Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO), the real property manager for the federal government, which builds, maintains, secures, and updates our embassies around the world. In her role, Season manages inspections and audits of OBO, and responds to Congressional inquiry. Given the high level of attention embassy security has received in recent years, there is never a dull moment!

Jamie Edwards
Panel Participation: (B) Law: Private & Public Sectors
Jamie Edwards graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2007 with a double major in political science and history & policy, and a minor in gender studies. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 2010, during which time she completed an externship at the Women's Law Project. After graduating from law school, Jamie clerked for a family court judge in New Jersey. She is currently a commercial litigator in the Pittsburgh office of McGuireWoods, LLP, with a focus on energy law. While at CMU, Jamie was actively involved in student affairs, including freshman orientation and gender issues programming.

Abiola Fasehun
Panel Participation: (B) Law: Private & Public Sectors 
Abiola Fasehun graduated from Carnegie Mellon in  2008 with a B.A. in Ethics, History, and Public Policy, with an additional major in Professional Writing. A third year law student at Columbia Law School, Abiola is an editor on the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Abiola has been exposed to both public interest and corporate law, interning at the United Nations as well as law firms. Abiola's personal interests include environmental sustainability and improving the lives of youth. At Carnegie Mellon University, she found a myriad of ways to pursue her interests, serving as an EcoRep and as director of the Carnegie Mellon chapter of Strong Women, Strong Girls. After college, Abiola went on to serve as a Teach for America corps member and participated in the SEO Corporate Law program. Now, as a law student and soon-to-be lawyer, Abiola combines her legal skills with her personal interests through her work with the non-profits Music is Medicine and Camp Boost. In her spare time, Abiola enjoys reading and writing poetry, an interest she developed while a Fifth Year Scholar at Carnegie Mellon.

Emily Feenstra
Panel Participation: (B) Consulting & Think Tanks
Emily Feenstra graduated from Dietrich College in May 2013 with a dual degree in International Relations & Politics and Policy & Management and a minor in Hispanic studies. While at CMU, she was very involved with FORGE (Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment) as well as other service initiatives on campus and in the community. Reflecting her interest in public service, she interned at a women's health organization in Nicaragua and at the White House. Emily currently works as a Business Analyst for McKinsey & Company, a top management consulting firm, in their Pittsburgh office. In her time at the firm she has worked primarily on strategy engagements across a range of industries (from healthcare to agriculture).

Maura Ferguson
Panel Participation: (A) Museums, Libraries, & Arts Non-Profits
Maura Ferguson is the Director of Exhibits and Educational Programs at the Museum of American Finance in New York City. She received her BA in Anthropology and History from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 and her MA in Museum Studies from New York University in 2010. In her current position, she researches, curates, and designs temporary exhibitions; creates a variety of design materials; and helps to develop and coordinate education programs aimed at improving financial literacy. During her time at CMU, she was active in the University Rowing Club and participated in the Women's Lacrosse Club.

Dan Gilman
Panel Participation: (B) Government & Politics
Previous to his election to serve as City Council member for the 8th Council District of Pittsburgh, Dan Gilman, 31, spent ten years as Chief of Staff to then-City Councilman and now Mayor Bill Peduto. Councilman Gilman has played an integral role in the transformation of the East End, including working on more than $1 billion in economic growth in District 8 during the last several years. Councilman Gilman played a crucial role in many legislative successes, authoring the Pittsburgh's campaign finance reform law, lobbyist registration and disclosure laws, green building incentive program, and the City's tax abatement program for new development. He also worked tirelessly on legislation promoting equal representation on City boards and the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. Councilman Gilman graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Ethics, History, and Public Policy in 2004. While at Carnegie Mellon, the Councilman served as Student Body President, was selected as student representative to the Board of Trustees. He was also an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar.

Kristin Gilmore
Panel Participation: (B) Government & Politics
Kristin Gilmore is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and currently serving as the Director of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, The Bahamas. Kristin also has served overseas in Iraq, Colombia, and Liberia. Prior to joining the State Department, Kristin was an inaugural member of the student affairs team at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Kristin received her BA in English from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002 and her MA in African Studies from Yale University in 2004. Kristin spent her junior year at the University of Natal in South Africa. While at Carnegie Mellon, Kristin was a Resident Assistant, Community Advisor, and member of the Greek Community. Kristin was an intern for her congresswoman, a staffer for her senator, and a graduate intern at the United Nations.

Lauren Gumbel
Panel Participation: (A) Education: Policy, Teaching, & ESL
Lauren Gumbel graduated from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2011 with a B.S. in Cognitive Science and minor in Music Theory. She was accepted into Teach for America, and has been teaching Special Education in Chicago for the last three years. She has earned a Master's Degree in Special Education and is intending to pursue a position in college counseling for students with special needs. Lauren co-directs an a cappella choir of upperclassmen students and helped direct the school's first musical. While at Carnegie Mellon, Lauren was involved in Varsity athletics, a cappella, and Greek Life.

Judy Hallinen
Panel Participation: (A) Education: Policy, Teaching, & ESL
Judith Hallinen is the Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Outreach at Carnegie Mellon. She also directs the endowed Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning & Outreach which supports initiatives that share university expertise in the community with a focus on STEM programs for children. Her work supports a variety of university objectives. Judith works with community organizations to create activities with mutually beneficial outcomes. Her K-12 work includes teaching education policy courses, the study of interactions between universities and K-12 populations; advising students who are interested in education careers; and supporting student service organizations. Judith pursues external funding for STEM teacher professional development programs. She has been an Adjunct Instructor and Student Teaching Supervisor at Chatham University. Judith holds a BS in Psychology (CMU), teacher certification (Chatham University), an MAT (University of Pittsburgh), and is completing a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, studying broader impact planning of engineering faculty.

Alexandra Hansen
Panel Participation: (A) Public Health, Health Policy, & Health Professions
Alexandra Hansen graduated from Deitrich College in 2012 with a BS in Decision Science and BS in Policy and Management. She was also an Accelrated Masters student at the Heinz College, receiving her MS in Healthcare Policy and Management in 2013. She was a 4-year member of the Carnegie Mellon Women's basketball team. Alexandra is currently an Administrative Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic, focused on project management on topics ranging from clinical operations, finance, quality, and strategy.

John Harm
Panel Participation: (A) Entrepreneurship, Business Ventures, & Start-Ups
John J. Harm III, (CFP) has more than 18 years of experience in the area of financial services. After beginning his career in 1995 as a trading specialist, he served as a regional marketing director for three years at Hartford Life Insurance Company. While at Hartford, John specialized in mutual funds, annuities, various insurance products and 401(k) plans before joining his father's financial practice in 1999. John earned his bachelor's degree in Applied History from Carnegie Mellon University, graduating in 1994. In 2007, he graduated from the College for Financial Planning and subsequently obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification. John is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Pittsburgh, having recently served two terms on the FPA, Pittsburgh Board of Directors. John is currently enrolled in a 20 month Asset and Wealth Management Executive MBA program through the collaborative efforts of Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business, HEC Lausanne University (Switzerland) and the Swiss Finance Institute.

Faryal Khan
Panel Participation: (A) Operations Management, Human Resources, & Recruiting
Faryal Khan graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008. She has a BS in History & Policy from Dietrich College and a minor in Drama. Faryal currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and is the Transcreation Director of the Americas at World Writers, a subsidiary of TAG Worldwide, which is a worldwide marketing and advertising agency that focuses on brand consulting. Prior to working at TAG/World Writers, Faryal spent nearly two years at Thebigword Inc, a major player in the Translation/Localization industry, as the US Operations Manager. She got her start however, at Transperfect Translations where she started as a Project Coordinator in their Finance department and quickly moved up through the ranks to become the Team Lead of their Life Sciences department. Some of her achievements included the "Going the Extra Mile" Award in 2011 and traveling to places like Hong Kong and Barcelona for training and recruiting. In her spare time, Faryal enjoys traveling, singing, dancing, cooking and eating thai food and spending time with family and friends.

Josh Knauer
Panel Participation: (A) Entrepreneurship, Business Ventures, & Start-Ups; (B) Technology
Josh Knauer graduated from H&SS with a self-defined major in Environmental Ethics & Policy in 1995. He's an entrepreneur who has successfully created and sold technology companies that operate with a triple bottom line that benefits people, planet and profit. In Spring of 2010, Josh was appointed by the Obama Administration to a working group of President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He's been featured in Time, Fortune, Newsweek and Wired, and was even named a New Media Hero by the Utne Reader. Josh is the President and CEO of Rhiza Labs in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to Rhiza Labs, Josh led MAYA Design's Information Commons project. Before that, he founded and served as CEO of Green Marketplace, a clearing-house for socially and environmentally responsible products, services and information, which he sold to Gaiam in 2002. In 1991, Josh founded and served as Executive Director of the EnviroLink Network, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping organizations adopt emerging technologies, and was one of the first .orgs on the Internet.

Matthew Kopel
Panel Participation: (A) Editing & Publishing; (B) Government & Politics
Matthew Kopel is Acquisitions Editor for Politics and International Relations at Bloomsbury Academic, a publisher of peer-reviewed and scholarly books. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. In the past he has served as Associate Editor for American Politics and Political Theory at Palgrave Macmillan, and Media Development Editor for Routledge. Matthew graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2006 with a B.A. in Creative Writing.

Timothy Liu
Panel Participation: (A) Entrepreneurship, Business Ventures, & Start-Ups; (B) Technology
Tim Liu is a seasoned executive and consultant on business and digital strategies, product management, markeing, and mobile applications. He has developed strategies, marketing programs, and apps to reach customers and consumers around the world for companies like ADP, Oracle, SAP, and Thomson Reuters, as well as smaller enterprises. Previously, Tim was a partner at a small market researh firm and director of marketing for an Internet software media company. Earlier in his career, he lead worldwide marketing for one of PricewaterhouseCoopers' seven multi-billion dollar industry groups. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 1985 and studied Information Systems and Industrial Management. Tim has traveled more than a million miles, accumulating many memorable experiences working around the world.

Joanna Lovering
Panel Participation: (A) Operations Management, Human Resources, & Recruiting
Joanna Lovering graduated from CMU's Bachelor of Humanities and Arts program in 2004, concentrating in Drama Directing and Psychology. She utilizes both passions on the Organizational Effectiveness team at JetBlue, facilitating leadership programs and conducting one-on-one coaching with leaders throughout the organization. Joanna has held other leadership and development positions at companies such as Tiffany & Co., NBC-Universal, and L'Oreal USA. She also has a Master of Arts degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College. Joanna has many fond memories of her time at Carnegie Mellon. She was very involved in residence life as an RA (Mudge House) and CA (Fairfax Apartments), student rock cover band Idiot Boyfriend, and Fringe booth and buggy. FRBRF!

Diane Loviglio
Panel Participation: (A) Entrepreneurship, Business Ventures, & Start-Ups
Diane Loviglio is the CEO & Co-Founder of Share Some Style. She is also a Resident Mentor at 500 Startups. She was the first qualitative User Experience Researcher at Mozilla and prior to Mozilla, she co-founded the first conference to focus on tech failures, FailCon, and co-founded a clean tech startup, Wattbot. She also freelanced as a user researcher for technology, consumer web and healthcare startups such as Authentic8, Bombfell, Bump, Cisco, Dividely, Foodspotting, Giftly, Sanofi-Aventis, Splunk, The Freelancers Union and VMware. She received her Bachelor of Humanities and Arts in Architecture and Anthropology from Carnegie Mellon University. You can find her on twitter @dianeloviglio.

Melissa McMahon
Panel Participation: (A) Public Health, Health Policy, & Health Professions; (B) Government & Politics
Melissa McMahon is Transportation Demand Management Field Coordinator for Arlington County, Virginia's Commuter Services Bureau. She works with developers, property managers, and County staff and stakeholders to make it easy to choose healthy, sustainable transportation options. Previously, Melissa was an Associate at Dyett & Bhatia Urban and Regional Planners in San Francisco, consulting to local governments and regional agencies on the preparation of general plans, environmental impact reports, zoning ordinances, and small area plans. Her work has received state and national recognition from the American Planning Association. Melissa holds Master's degrees in Regional Planning and Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill. She graduated from CMU in 2002 with a BA in History and Anthropology and minors in Architecture and International Relations. She volunteered with the campus Emergency Medical Service all four years, including as Crew Chief and Training Director. Melissa has studied abroad in Kingston, Jamaica, and Beira, Mozambique.

Ryan Menefee
Panel Participation: (B) Consulting & Think Tanks
Ryan Menefee graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a B.S. in Political Science in 2008 and a M.S. in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College in 2009. After graduation, Ryan worked for Deloitte Consulting in Washington, DC, working with public sector clients. In 2013, Ryan joined Kaiser Associates, a boutique strategy consulting firm, as a Senior Manager.

Stan Muschweck
Panel Participation: (B) Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations
Stan Muschweck is a 1974 graduate with a BA in English (Medieval Literature) and Creative Writing (Poetry). He considers himself fortunate to start a career in marketing and advertising during the "Mad Men" years, and worked on many national brands, such as Heinz, Alcoa, McDonalds and Coca Cola. He was in Executive and Creative Management during the last twenty years of his career, with major agencies, and now owns a Marketing Consulting business- StandOut Marketing & Advertising LLC.

LeAnn Neal Reilly
Panel Participation: (B) Entertainment & Creative Arts
LeAnn Neal Reilly, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992 with an MAPW, writes novels "about resilient women caught in magical, otherworldly circumstances (Kirkus Reviews). Clarion Reviews describes her latest novel, "The Last Stratiote," an urban-fantasy thriller published in September 2013, as a "reinvention of the vampire mythos." Her first two novels are "The Mermaid's Pendant," an urban fantasy that reimagines the Hans Christian Andersen/Disney fairy tale, and "Saint Sebastian's Head," which draws upon the rich artistic tradition of the martyrdom of St. Sebastian, a favorite among medieval and Renaissance artists, as a metaphor for the protagonist's suffering. As an author, LeAnn uses the education and skills she gained at CMU to research, write, edit, publish, and promote her novels. LeAnn previously worked as a technical writer for The Parallel Data Laboratory in the School of Computer Science and a Pittsburgh start-up company that developed multimedia training software.

Kimberley Nederlof
Panel Participation: (B) Technology
In 2011, Kimberley Nederlof graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology and a double minor in business administration and photography. She ran track all 4 years, worked for a psychology professor in Baker Hall my freshman and sophomore year, and transitioned to a more technology-focused research at the Human Computer Interaction Institute during her last 2 years. During her senior year, Kimi started her own consulting company called Imaging Experts that combining digital imaging expertise and computer software with psychology and marketing. After graduation, she got a job as Director of Advertising for a local magazine called Maniac, and then shortly afterwards took a second job as research coordinator at MAYA Design. She enjoyed and better related to the research and design consultancy work MAYA offered, so eventually she pursued that as her sole career. Kimi is happy to say that she is still working there today.

Amy Nichols
Panel Participation: (A) Education: Policy, Teaching, & ESL
Amy graduated from CMU in 2010 with a BA in Psychology and an additional self-defined major in Urban History & Education Policy. As an undergraduate, she served as a leader with Strong Women Strong Girls, Students for Barack Obama ('08), Lambda Sigma Honor Society and Delta Gamma. After graduation, Amy worked as a behavioral therapist in school, community, and home settings supporting children with Autism and their families. Currently she is pursuing a master's degree in Social Work on a Harry S. Truman Scholarship at the University of Chicago.

Tommy Oliver
Panel Participation: (B) Entertainment & Creative Arts
Tommy Oliver, Philadelphia native and producer of Sundance winner "Kinyarwanda," a film Roger Ebert ranked number six on his top ten films of 2011, recently premiered "1982," his directorial debut starring Hill Harper, Sharon Leal, La La Anthony, Ruby Dee and Wayne Brady at the 2013 Toronto International Festival to strong reviews and critical acclaim. Even before it's premiere, "1982", a film about a Black father who's willing to do whatever it takes to protect his family, earned a host of accolades, including a prestigious San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Filmmaking grant and the top prize at the 2013 US in Progress showcase in Paris. He's a 2006 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a double major in Economics and Digital Media and a minor in Business. He's also a Microsoft alum and founder of LA-based production company Confluential Films, which he started with actor/author/speaker Hill Harper and co-founder of Seattle-based creative media company Viliv Studios.

Chloe Perkins
Panel Participation: (A) Editing & Publishing; (B) Entertainment & Creative Arts
Chloe Perkins graduated from Dietrich College in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in creative writing and English with college and university honors. At Carnegie Mellon, Chloe served as resident assistant for the Humanities Scholars Program, literary editor for Dossier Art and Literary Magazine, vice president for Mortar Board, event chair for Lambda Sigma, organizer for the creative writing center student reading series, and costume designer for Scotch'n'Soda Theatre. She has worked for Simon & Schuster Publishing for the past two years, most recently as an Editorial Assistant for the Simon Spotlight imprint in the children's division. She works primarily with middle-grade fiction and leveled readers, as well as media tie-ins for television shows such as DreamWorks Dragons, Yo Gabba Gabba!, OLIVIA, and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Her first board book (written under a pseudonym) will be published in January 2014.

Christine Peters
Panel Participation: (A) Education: Policy, Teaching, & ESL
Christine Peters received a B.S. in Ethics, History, and Public Policy from CMU in 2011. She moved to New York City and began teaching high school social studies in the South Bronx as a Teach for America Corps Member. In 2013, she received a M.S. in Teaching at Fordham University. She continues to teach at her TFA placement school and participates in a leadership program and holds two leadership roles. During the summer breaks she travels and works in other capacities. Last summer she worked in Turkey for the Turkish Parliament, teaching their First Lady.

Lydia Remington
Panel Participation: (A) Public Health, Health Policy, & Health Professions; (B) Consulting & Think Tanks
After receiving a B.S. in Policy and Management and a minor in Hispanic Studies at Carnegie Mellon University in May 2010, Lydia continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She graduated with an MPH in December 2011, along with the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from the Swanson School of Engineering. Her professional experience includes a wellness internship at Naples Community Hospital during the summer of 2010. Lydia gained additional experience in the healthcare industry as an Administrative Resident at West Penn Allegheny Health System, a Staff Associate in the International and Commercial Services Division at UPMC, and a Health Research and Policy Analyst at North American Management. She currently works for Deloitte Consulting in the Washington, DC Metro Area as a Business Technology Analyst and has experience with federal and commercial healthcare clients. While at Deloitte, she received an Applause Aware for outstanding performance on client engagement and firm initiatives. Specialties: Strategic Planning, Business Development, Policy Analysis, Data Analysis, Healthcare/Hospital Operations. Activities at CMU: Highland Ambassadors, Varsity Cheerleading, Delta Delta Delta, International Festival Intern.

Hannah Rosen
Panel Participation: (A) Museums, Libraries, & Arts Non-Profits
Hannah Rosen graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2010 with a B.A. in Social and Cultural History. She also earned an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh with a specialization in Archives, Preservation and Records Management. As an undergraduate and a graduate she worked for a variety of archival institutions, including the Carnegie Mellon Institutional Archives, the Sewickley Academy Institutional Archives in Pittsburgh, PA, and the National Museum of American History Archives Center in Washington, D.C. Hannah is currently a Preservation Program Specialist at The MediaPreserve, where she helps clients plan their media digitization projects and assists in customer service and metadata needs.

Jordan Rosenfeld
Panel Participation: (B) Law: Private & Public Sectors
Jordan Rosenfeld graduated with honors from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2010, with a major in Creative Writing, and a triple minor in Business Administration, Film Studies, and Ethics. He went on to attend the University of Michigan Law School, where he recently graduated with honors. He is now employed at the Circuit Court for Baltimore City as clerk to The Honorable Julie Rubin.

Jaya Saxena
Panel Participation: (A) NGOs, Community Organizing, & Non-Profits; (B) Law: Private & Public Sectors
Jaya Saxena is an Assistant Director and Career Counselor at The George Washington University Law School. Previously, she worked as a Career Counselor at the George Mason University School of Law. Other prior roles include working at a national health care advocacy organization and as a legal services attorney at Maryland Legal Aid. She also clerked for the Honorable John M. Mott of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Additionally, Jaya has held numerous leadership positions on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C. She received her undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000 in Policy and Management with an additional major in History and Policy, her Masters in Public Management from the Heinz School in 2001, and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching from the Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Amar Singh
Panel Participation: (A) Public Health, Health Policy, & Health Professions

Hailing from northern New Jersey, Amar Singh graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2008 with a B.S. in Psychology. Amar then went to Howard University College of Dentistry where he completed his dental school education in 2012. He is currently specializing in pediatric dentistry at University of Illinois-Chicago. His hobbies are incredible.

Jessica Sochol
Panel Participation: (B) Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations
Jessica Sochol graduated Carnegie Mellon in 2012 from the Science and Humanities Scholars (SHS) Program with a B.S. in Psychology and a double major in Professional Writing. She currently work in New York as a marketing manager at the start-up Relationship Science (relsci.com), an institutional business and relationship development company. Previously, She worked as a writer/brand strategist with Siegel+Gale, a global branding agency. While at CMU, she mentored with and was on the executive board for Strong Women Strong Girls, the national mentoring organization, and still contributes to their corps blog. She also did photography for the Tartan, was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta, and participated in both study abroad and internship programs. Please feel free to connect with her on Twitter (Jess_so_cool) and LinkedIn to talk more about personal development, professional writing, and brand experience.

Matthew Sware
Panel Participation: (A) NGOs, Community Organizing, & Non-Profits; (B) Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations
Matt Sware is a 2007 BHA graduate in Cognitive Psychology and Music Performance (voice). He currently works as the Development Director at the Clinic for Special Children, a small pediatric primary care clinic that serves the Plain communities (Amish & Mennonite) of Pennsylvania. Prior to CSC, Matt worked as a Gift Officer for Carnegie Mellon and an IT Analyst for Johnson & Johnson.

Thomas Sweterlitsch
Panel Participation: (A) Museums, Libraries, & Arts Non-Profits
Thomas Sweterlitsch graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2000 with a triple major in Creative Writing, English and Social History. In 2001, he earned an M.A. in Literary and Cultural Theory. Following graduation, he worked for twelve years at the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. His first novel, "Tomorrow and Tomorrow," will be published by Putnam Books in 2014.

Michael Szczerban
Panel Participation: (A) Editing & Publishing
Michael Szczerban is a book editor at Simon & Schuster, where he has worked since graduating from Carnegie Mellon in 2007 with degrees in creative writing and information systems. His publishing career started as a reader of poetry manuscripts at the university press, and he now publishes work ranging from fiction and food to politics and technology. He has written for Poets & Writers magazine, worked as a software developer, and published scholarly articles on human-computer interaction. In 2012, he received the Lawrence Peel Ashmead Editorial Award, which is designed to nurture the career of a promising young book editor.

Tanya Tarr
Panel Participation: (A) NGOs, Community Organizing, & Non-Profits; (B) Government & Politics

Tanya Tarr is the Director of Legislative and Political Mobilization for the Texas American Federation of Teachers. She also worked as a political analyst for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (one of the largest unions in the country), and as Data Manager for Working America. She is a veteran of local, state and federal electoral campaigns. Tanya is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Political Science and History and Policy (2001) and the H. John Heinz III Graduate School of Public Policy and Management (2002). Tanya was a Rising Star award winner (2009) by Campaigns and Elections' Politics Magazine, a prominent industry publican, recognizing people under 35 years old who have made a significant mark in political consulting or advocacy.

Katherine (Figiel) Voyten
Panel Participation: (A) Entrepreneurship, Business Ventures, & Start-Ups; (B) Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations

Kate (Figiel) Voyten is the VP of Marketing for SK-II and The Art of Shaving. A leader with 10+ years of marketing and general management experience in the beauty industry, she has successfully built several brands across the mass and prestige categories. During her tenure at Procter & Gamble, she was responsible for product development, marketing, strategy and business development across a portfolio of brands including CoverGirl and Gucci Fine Fragrances. Kate graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2001 with a B.S. in Policy and Management and a M.S. in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College in 2002. She is also a 2013 graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology’s Master's of Professional Studies degree in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management. Kate is a member of the Associate Board of the Fragrance Foundation and is an active member of Cosmetic Executive Women.

Henry Wang
Panel Participation: (A) Entrepreneurship, Business Ventures, & Start-Ups
Henry Wang graduated in 1997 with a B.S. in Information Decision Systems and a minor in Engineering Studies. He also received a M.S. Information Systems and Public Policy Management. He is currently the Principal at TMD Holding, LLC and 3E Group. In the past he worked as a consultant for First Annapolis Consulting and American Management Systems.

David Williams
Panel Participation: (A) Education: Policy, Teaching, & ESL
Dave Williams graduated from CMU in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Politics and Policy & Management. He then stayed for a fifth year to get his master's in Public Policy and Management from Heinz. After graduating in 2012, Dave worked as a field organizer in southwestern Pennsylvania for President Obama's reelection campaign. While in school, Dave interned at the U.S. Department of Education, and spent time teaching at-risk students in the Pittsburgh area. Dave now works in education policy at an advocacy group in Washington, DC.

Julie Wilson
Panel Participation: (B) Law: Private & Public Sectors
Julie M. Wilson graduated from Carnegie Mellon, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1999 with a BS in Political Science, Social History, and Spanish from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She loves Carnegie Mellon so much that she refused to leave, staying as a Fifth Year Scholar until May 2000. While at CMU, Julie was an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta, the International Relations Organization, Mock Trial, and the H&SS Advisory Council. In 2011, Julie joined the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association Board, where she serves on the Nominating, Visibility, and Student Initiatives Committees. She is also the immediate past President of the Washington DC Alumni Chapter, ending her term on August 31, 2011. Julie holds a JD and MA International Politics from American University in Washington DC. She is an Associate General Counsel at the National Treasury Employees Union, the nation's largest independent union of federal workers. Since joining NTEU in 2003, Julie has litigated a broad range of constitutional, administrative, and labor law issues in a number of administrative forums and in the federal courts. Julie lives in Pittsburgh with her husband Marcio and their two children, Marcinho and Elena.

Farah Zaman
Panel Participation: (B) Law: Private & Public Sectors
Farah Zaman graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Decision Science and International Relations. While at Carnegie Mellon University Farah received the Milton and Cynthia Friedman Scholarship and was a Fellow of the Center for International Policy and Innovation. She received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2012 and is the co-chair of the New York Women's Bar Association International Human Rights Committee. Farah has worked extensively in nonprofit, government, and media/technology start-up sectors. Currently, Farah is an Agency Attorney for the New York City Human Resources Administration.

Robert Zurawin
Panel Participation: (A) Public Health, Health Policy, & Health Professions

Dr. Robert K. Zurawin received his B.S. in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1974, his medical degree with honors from Baylor College of Medicine in 1977 and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor in 1982. Dr. Zurawin is Chief of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine where he created the fellowships in Minimally Invasive Surgery and in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Dr. Zurawin is a member of many professional and scientific societies. He serves on the Executive Board of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. He is involved nationally and internationally in the training of advanced endoscopic surgery to residents and practicing surgeons. He has held the position of Chief of the Gynecology Service at Texas Children's Hospital and is past-president of the Houston Gynecological and Obstetrical Society.

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