10:15 - 10:45 a.m.     Registration/Check-in

10:50 a.m.     Welcome: Jessica Hogue '04 BUS, College of Media: Director - Media Career Services

11 - 11:45 a.m.     Keynote Address: Michelle Smyth '96 JOURN, PayYourSelfie, Inc.: Founder & CEO
"Turning Mediocrity into Opportunity: My Journey from Average to Mobile Tech CEO"

Michelle SmythMichelle is Founder and CEO of PayYourSelfie, Inc., a consumer intelligence and engagement company that humanizes data about people and their lifestyles. A former technology marketer, Michelle has spent two decades building strong reputations for companies at every stage, from startup to Fortune 500, through thought leadership, awards, media coverage and storytelling. Michelle holds a Masters in IMC from Northwestern Medill and a BS in Broadcast Journalism from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She lives in Northcenter with her husband, two tween daughters, and a frisbee-catching mutt, Fiddler. 

11:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.     Break

12 - 1 p.m.     Lunch with Roundtable Discussions

1 - 2 p.m.     Alumni Panel (Session #1)

Room A: Jobs - How to find a job, what to expect post-graduation, transitioning from College to Career

  • Amy Silverman ‘11 ADV, Facebook / Instagram: Head of Leadership Marketing Recruiting
  • Colleen Delaney ’11 ADV, Starcom: Associate Director
  • Courtney Linehan ’06 JOURN, ’07 MS, Allstate: Lead Communications Consultant
  • Josie Kossman ’16 ADV, Conversant Media: Account Manager Specialist

Moderator: Emily Lowery ’15 ADV, Adobe: Account Manager

Room B: Markets, ratings, contracts & video resumes

  • Bryce Jakobs ’12 JOURN, NBC Chicago: Content Producer
  • Conei Coleman, Nielsen: Account Manager, Local Media
  • Eric Steckling ’09 JOURN, CBS 58 News: Assistant News Director
  • Judy Hsu '92 JOURN, WLS-TV, ABC 7 Chicago: Anchor/Reporter
  • Sarah Jindra ’04 JOURN, ‘05 MS JOURN (Syracuse Univ.), WGN-TV: Traffic Reporter

Moderator: Bryce Jakobs ’12 JOURN, NBC Chicago: Content Producer

Room C: Internship and other professional development opportunities - How to gain experience

  • Ava Kelley ‘15 JOURN, NBC 5 Chicago – WMAQ: Assignment Editor & Field Producer
  • Brian Glickman ’07 BUS, Jellyvision: Recruiter
  • Jonathan Schultz ’14 ADV, Havas Chicago: Strategy Director
  • Jordan Black ’16 ADV, Ogilvy & Mather: Account Executive

Moderator: Holly Pflum, College of Media: Academic Advisor

2 - 2:15 p.m.     Wrap up/Break/Transition

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.      Alumni Panel (Session #2)

Room A: Advertising: Thinking outside of the box

  • Cassie Swinghamer ’15 ADV, MS SBC (in progress), The Marketing Arm: Consulting Specialist
  • Kat Pappas ’16 ADV, Salesforce: Sales Development
  • Max Braun ’15 ADV, VSA Partners: Digital Strategist
  • Melanie Chapman ’07 ADV, Jellyvision: Marketing Manager – Emails and Automation

Moderator: Shachar Meron '01 ADV, '02 MS, College of Media: Lecturer - Department of Advertising

Room B: Working in the world of non-profits

  • Benjamin Feldheim ’03 JOURN, '04 MS, Rush University Medical Center: Associate Director – Development Communications 
  • Carla Phelan-Erdey ’96 JOURN, ’18 MS SBC (Univ. of Missouri), High School District 230: Director of Communications
  • Jacqueline Williams ’87 LAS, Cabrini Green Legal Aid: Director of Development
  • Marc Lapides ’91 LAS, National Restaurant Association: Vice President – Marketing, Communications & Programming

Moderator: Monika Burchfield ’00 LAS, ’02 M.Ed. Human Resource Development, The Salvation Army Chicago: Assistant Executive Director of Development

Room C:  Career paths in journalism

  • Blaize Stewart ’15 JOURN, ’16 MS, Faam Agency: Social Media Strategist; Zoom Vacations: Communications and Social Media Strategist; Robert Morris University: Adjunct Instructor – Social Media Marketing; Bisexual.org: Writer 
  • Chris Malcolm ’90 JOURN, Big Ten Network: Director of Digital Content
  • Kristen Schorsch ’03 JOURN, Crain’s Chicago Business: Reporter
  • Marissa Monson ’04 JOURN, ’09 MS, Morningstar: Senior Content Manager - Digital

Moderator: Kyle Betts ’08 JOURN, ’09 MS, Chicago Tribune: Digital News Editor  

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.      Wrap up/Break/Transition

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.      Alumni Panel (Session #3)

Room A: Media: Buy, Sell, Plan & Produce

  • Becca DeSalle ’11 ADV, Cramer-Krasselt: Associate Media Director
  • Griffin Barra ’15 ADV, Media iQ: Account Executive
  • Mike Dalton ’12 JOURN, Teads TV: Midwest Lead – Creative Account Executive
  • Oscar Grajeda '12 MACS, NBCUniversal: National Sales Planner (Linear)

Moderator: Jeremy Bloom ’02 ADV, Adobe – Advertising Cloud: Head of Central US/Group Director of Ad Cloud

Room B:  What it takes to be a CREATIVE in Advertising

  • Anastasia Guletsky Kelly ’12 ADV & LAS, Rise Interactive: Senior Copywriter & Content Strategist
  • Charles Tan Lim ’12 ADV, Schafer Condon Carter: Art Director
  • Joanna Kammer ’13 ADV, Jacobs Agency: Art Director
  • Lauren Wolf ’16 ADV, Havas Chicago: Junior Copywriter

Moderator: Miles Beauseigneur ’16 ADV, Energy BBDO: Art Director/Designer

Room C: Career paths in strategic communications and public relations

  • Ashley Johnson ’06 JOURN, The Boeing Company: Communications Specialist - Finance
  • David Just ’08 JOURN, Serafin & Associates: Communications Specialist
  • Kacey Keegan ’14 ADV, Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology: Content Producer
  • Matt Coldagelli ’05 JOURN, Edelman: Senior Vice President

Moderator: Courtney Linehan ’06 JOURN, ’07 MS, Allstate: Lead Communications Consultant

4:30 - 4:45 p.m.      Wrap up/Break/Transition

4:45 - 5:30 p.m.     Some things I know now that I wish I had known then…Reflections of Young Alumni

  • Angel D’Souza ’15 ADV, Google: Account Manager
  • Kyle Betts ’08 JOURN, ’09 MS, Chicago Tribune: Digital News Editor
  • Max Braun ’15 ADV, VSA Partners: Digital Strategist
  • Neva Sanfilippo ’15 ADV, Adobe: Account Manager
  • Victoria Snell ’16 JOURN, Elgin Community Broadcasting – WRMN AM 1410: On-Air Talent Production Manager

Moderator: Jessica Hogue ‘04 BUS, College of Media: Director - Media Career Services

5:30 - 6 p.m.      Last Thoughts: A Moderated Wrap-up and Ways to Follow up - Jessica Hogue

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.     Alumni & Student Networking Event in the Buckingham Room at Elephant & Castle

This will be a "mix and mingle" type setting so that students can introduce themselves to alumni and get used to being in a social setting with professionals. 


SPECIAL NOTE: While subject to change or last minute cancellations, this is the list of alumni that have confirmed they will be participating.