Food for Thought: Career Conversations with Alumni

Exploring careers?
Want to meet some cool alumni and parents?

Please join us for our FOOD FOR THOUGHT series!
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In a relaxed setting, a small group of UR students will explore careers and fields of interest, sharing a meal with a UR Alumnus or Parent. These career role models will share information on their backgrounds and career fields, inspiring you to explore yoUR academic and career curiosities.  The Food for Thought series is held in the Career Center Conference Room (DEWEY 4-200) by SKYPE unless otherwise noted.

These events are sponsored by the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center and Office of Alumni Relations. Questions?  E-mail Michelle Marks-Hook or call 585-275-5375.


Tuesday, Janaury 21st, 12:00pm (noon) – Richard S. Gordon ’78, President of Gordon Law Firm, P.C. in New York City (History Major) Rescheduled to March 4th

Tuesday, January 21st, 2:00pm – Brady Noon ’07, Assistant Brand Manager: Olympics and Sports Marketing, Procter & Gamble (Economics and Political Science Major)

Wednesday, January 22nd, 1:00pm – John Clark ’93, Associate Vice President for Development, Georgia State University (Psychology Major)

Wednesday, January 22nd, 3:00pm – Frank Gilson ’89, Director of Live Game Operations, FireForge, Inc. (Cognitive Science Major)

Friday, January 24th, 2:00pm – Andrew E. Mulberg, MD, FAAP, CPI, Parent of a Current UR Student, Division Deputy Director, Gastroenterology and Inborn Errors Products, FDA

Tuesday, January 28th, 6:30pm – Brendan O’Brien ’09, Associate Investor, J.P. Morgan Private Bank (Financial Economics)

Wednesday, January 29th, 3:30pm – Dr. Richard Valpey ’83, Director, Product Development and Innovation, Troy Corporation (Organic Chemistry Major)

Wednesday, January 29th, 5:00pm – Martin Rabinowitz ’77, Executive Director of Production, Cengage Learning (English Major)

Thursday, January 30th, 1:00pm – Simone Anderson ’98, HRIS Manager, Williams College (Psychology Major)

Tuesday, February 4th at 12:00pm - Jason Sherron ‘97, Principal Service Engineer, Microsoft Corporation (Political Science Major & ’98 Simon School MBA)

Tuesday, February 4th at 6:00pm – Pete Davis ‘97, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State, Japan (History)

Wednesday, February 5th at 12:00pm -David Forlow, Parent of a Current UR student, AAMS, CMFC, Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors. LLC

Thursday, February 6, 12:00pm – David Ansani, Parent of a Current UR Student, Chief Compliance Officer, Glass Mountain Capital Rescheduled for March 19th

Monday, February 10th, 12:00pm – Mitch Roberts ’86, CEO, PR Management (Panera Bread Franchise) (Political Science Major)

Monday, February 10th, 2:00pm – Julie Broadbent ’09, Educator, Antique Boat Museum (Anthropology & History)

Tuesday, February 11th, 12:00pm – Kayleigh Nutting  Stampfler’08, Director of Special Events, Al Sigl Community of Agencies (History Major) In Person

Tuesday, February 11th, 2:30pm – Michael Grandner ‘01, Instructor in Psychiatry University of Pennsylvania Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program (Psychology Major)

Thursday, February 13th, 12:00pm – Jackie Borchardt ’07,  Politics and government reporter, Northeast Ohio Media Group (English & Spanish Major)

Thursday, February 27th, 12:00pm – Michael Marciano ’03, Senior Scientist, Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (Biology) In Person

Tuesday, March 4th, 12:00pm (noon) – Richard S. Gordon ’78, President of Gordon Law Firm, P.C. in New York City (History Major) In Person

Tuesday, March 18th, 12:00pm – David Easwaran ’04, Associate, Alston & Bird, LLP (Computer Science Major, Political Science Minor)

Wednesday, March 19th, 1:00pm – James M. Amendolara, Esquire ’84, Senior Staff Attorney, Caring Unlimited (English Major)

Wednesday, March 19th, 3:00pm – David Ansani, Parent of a Current UR Student, Chief Compliance Officer, Glass Mountain Capital

Wednesday, March 19th, 5:30pm – Brian Thomas ’06, Actuary, Harbridge Consulting Group, LLC (Physics and Mathematics Major) In Person

Friday, March 28th, 12:00pm (noon) – Laurana Ryback ’11 & TEAM ’12, Systems Integration Consultant, Accenture (Biology Major) In Person

Wednesday, April 23rd, 12:00pm (noon) – Tim Talley ’88, CEO, U-Lace, LLC (Electrical Engineering Major) In Person, Stackel Room-Wilson Commons

Thursday, April 24th, 4:00pm – Mark Zaid ’89, Esq – “How to Get Government Security Clearance” (History major) In Person

HOW TO REGISTER:RSVP for the career conversation(s) of your choice by sending the following via email to which conversation(s) you would like to attend (you may attend more than one)
(B) Class Year and Major(Please note that your RSVP means you will attend; should anything urgent arise which would prevent your attendance, please let us know as soon as possible).PAST HOSTS:
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