2020 Guest Speaker Series: Inflection Points
An inflection point is where a line changes direction. Over the course of our careers, we encounter many inflection points, and we have to decide how to react to these changes. What should our strategy be? How can we intentionally create and guide our own inflection points? How are we affected by 2020's global inflection points of COVID-19 and renewed calls for racial equity and justice?
Our guest speakers join us from a wide range of industries and career pathways. They’ll talk to us about their inflection points, navigating change, and adapting to changing circumstances. You’ll get the opportunity to ask questions and hear more about their journeys and expertise. Our series will also include some time for small group networking, so you can catch up with former classmates and meet new ones.
October 14, 2020: Dionne Long, CPA and Business Owner, Mantra Consulting
Dionne specializes in providing Consulting, Business Strategy, and Accounting Services to Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs, and Not-for-Profit Organizations. She has been an accounting professional in both California and Pennsylvania, serving as an auditor, Virtual CFO and business strategies. She now owns her own company, Mantra Consulting.
November 11, 2020: Barb Hadley, VP of Education and Workforce Development at Project HOME
As Vice President of Education and Workforce Development, Barb Hadley leads Youth and Adult Education, Employment Services, and Social Enterprises. Hadley joined Project HOME from Maternity Care Coalition, where she designed and implemented the agency’s first program performance and evaluation system. She has focused on program development throughout her career, and has had operating experience in a variety of fields, including for-profit manufacturing and technology start-up operations. Prior to Maternity Care Coalition, she provided operations leadership in diverse settings with Technoserve in Accra, Ghana and Booz & Company in New York.
December 9, 2020: Rebecca Collins, Director of Sustainability, Temple University
Rebecca Collins is the Director of Sustainability at Temple University. Prior to joining Temple University, she was the Corporate Initiatives Manager for Sustainability at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and a Sustainability Program Manager for Waste Management. Ms. Collins has been working in the field of sustainability for the past decade, however, her first career led her to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry. Starting out in court TV, and later moving to music television and awards show management, she believes that the skills she developed during her seven years in television production have helped her as a sustainability professional.
January 13, 2021: Nick Nistico, Project Manager, Overproof
Nick Nistico is an award-winning bartender who began his career working in the beachside casinos of Atlantic City. After moving to south Florida, he quickly rose to the top of the national and global craft bartending movement, developing some of the most unique and successful bar programs in the industry today, including for Michelin Star chefs Marc Forgione and Jose Garces. Nick currently serves as VP of Sales for Overproof, an AI-driven business intelligence and strategic planning platform for the alcoholic beverage industry that's also committed to furthering their social mission of fighting social challenges, improving gender equality, and decreasing the waste footprint in the industry.
February 10, 2021: Ayanna Matlock, Corporate Initiatives Manager, SEPTA
March 10, 2021: Kim Cayce, CEO at Luna Startup Labs and TEDx organizer
April 14, 2021: Anne Gemmell, Founder, Future Works Alliance PHL
May 12, 2021: Julie Kimble, founder and CEO of KimbleCo Real Estate
June 9, 2021: TBC