The Speakers Bureau

College alumni and friends donate their time to share their professional talents and experiences with our students through classroom visits, panel discussions, special events and video conferencing. Topics cover general information ranging from Entrepreneurship, Early Career Development and Strategic Thinking to specific career subjects such as the Future of Library Services, Marketing Communication and Advertising.

Interested in joining the Speaker’s Bureau? Contact Mafé Brooks mafe.brooks@cci.fsu.edu.

Interested in having a member of the Speakers Bureau members speak to your students? Contact Betsy Crawford (850) 645-9661 or betsy.crawford@cci.fsu.edu.

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Gary Adler

Vice President of Design/Brand Creative, Game Show Network

Education

BS Visual Communication '85

Speaking Topics

Working in Entertainment
Brand Building
Career Development

Interaction Preference

Electronic or On Campus

Linkedin Profile
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Raquel Alderman

Health Solutions Account Manager, Corporate Sales, Baptist Health South Florida

Education

BS Digital Media Production ‘85

Speaking Topics

Strategic Marketing
Online & Digital Marketing
Advertising & Branding
Telehealth - The Future of Virtual Urgent Care

Interaction Preference

On Campus or Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Stefani Alexander

Vice President, Corporate Health, Edelman

Education

BA International Affairs, Political Science ’10; JD Intellectual Property Law, International Law ‘14

Speaking Topics

Landing Your First Internship/job in PR
Navigating the PR Industry as a Black/POC Professional
The Importance of Networking
Working in PR in DC/Getting a Job Out of State
Working at a Large vs. Small PR Agency
Corporate Reputation
Resume Building/Tips
The Importance of Local Media
The Importance of Digital in Communications Strategy
Community Engagement + Grassroots Campaigns
Stakeholder Engagement

Interaction Preference

Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Gregg H. Anderson

Global Vice President, The Registry Collection (Wyndham Worldwide)

Education

BS Communication ‘77

Speaking Topics

International Marketing & Business
Public Speaking
Negotiation

Interaction Preference

On Campus

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Melissa Angel

Communications Manager, Vaayu

Education

BA Creative Writing ‘12; MS Media & Communication Studies ‘16

Speaking Topics

Climate Change & Environmental Communication, International Organizations Communication, Stake Holder Engagement

Interaction Preference

Electronic

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Dave Belcher

Experience Strategy & Transformation Lead, Humana

Education

BS Information Technology ’07

Speaking Topics

Topics

Interaction Preference

Preference

Linkedin Profile
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Brionna Boileau-Theresias

Digital Consumer Experience Manager, The Coca Cola Company

Education

BA Public Relations ‘16

Speaking Topics

Landing Your First Internship
Integrated Marketing
Public Relations/Advertising – Consumer Brands
Influencer Marketing

Interaction Preference

Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Kayli Bomar

Account Manager, Adswerve

Education

BS Public Relations ’18
MS Integrated Marketing Communication ‘19

Speaking Topics

Resume Building
Landing an Internship
Transition to Post-Grad
Getting your First Job
Life in Tallahassee Post-Grad

Interaction Preference

On Campus or Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Larry Dennis

Dean Emeritus, FSU College of Communication & Information

Education

BS Physics '74
PhD Nuclear Physics '79

Speaking Topics

Information Systems and Services, Information Architecture and Project Management

Interaction Preference

On Campus

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Qaree Dreher

Product Marketing, Consumer, DoorDash

Education

BA Public Relations ‘16
MA Integrated Marketing Communication ‘18

Speaking Topics

Retail Industry Marketing Trends
Digital Marketing
Navigating the application cycle (undergraduate/graduate)

Interaction Preference

Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Matt Ferguson

Chief Innovation Officer , Storyland Studios

Education

BS Advertising ‘91

Speaking Topics

Marketing
Integrated Marketing Communications
Digital Marketing
Advertising
PR
Public Speaking

Interaction Preference

Electronic or On Campus

Linkedin Profile
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Jennifer Garner

Director, Capabilities, Transformation Office, Kraft Heinz

Education

BS Public Relations ‘05
MBA ‘16

Speaking Topics

Brand Management, The CPG Food Industry, Marketing Capabilities, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Women in Leadership, Becoming a Lifelong Learner, The Future of Work, Navigating Early Career Decisions, Making Career Transitions, Recruitment and Interview Tips

Interaction Preference

Electronic or On Campus

Linkedin Profile
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Mike Haggard

Partner, The Haggard Law Firm

Education

BS Communication ‘92

Speaking Topics

Topics

Interaction Preference

Preference

Profile
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TaRhonda Harvey

Personal Branding Coach & Strategist / Web Developer,

Education

BS Information Studies ‘02

Speaking Topics

Personal Branding
Online & Digital Marketing
Social Media Marketing
Entrepreneurship
Goal Setting
Marketing Your Brand

Interaction Preference

Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Zach Heng

Lead Associate/Sr. Project Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton

Education

BS Information Technology ‘07

Speaking Topics

Leadership
Social Media Marketing
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Mentorship & Networking
Consulting & Professional Services

Interaction Preference

On Campus or Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Kate Herron

Career Coach, Guild Education

Education

BA Sociology ‘09
Master in Social Work ‘15

Speaking Topics

Resume & Cover Letters, Acing the Interview, Personal Brand, Negotiating Job Offers, Gap Years & Graduate School

Interaction Preference

On Campus or electronic

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Russ Hill, Jr.

Information Technology Program Manager, PropLogix

Education

BS Information, Communication & Technology ‘15

Speaking Topics

Navigating Early Career
Public Speaking
Unlocking Motivation
Digital Technology and the Business of the Now
How Do I Get a Job
Resumes, Recruitment and Interview Tips
Software Development & Project Management
Diversity and Inclusion
Leadership
Community service
Mentorship
Branding & Social Media

Interaction Preference

Electronic or On Campus

Linkedin Profile
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Sol Hirsch

Retired, Director, Alachua County Library District

Education

MS Library & Information Studies ‘76

Speaking Topics

Adapting Library Services to Support Communities
Future of Library Services
Library Planning and Design

Interaction Preference

On campus

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Davis Houck

Professor, FSU School of Communication

Education

BA Communication '89
MA Rhetoric and Communication '92
PhD Speech Communication '95

Speaking Topics

Public Speaking
Debate
Leadership
Motivational Speaking
Philanthropy

Interaction Preference

On campus

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Brandon Hudson

Anchor/Reporter, Fox 2 Detroit

Education

BA Media/Communication Studies ‘06

Speaking Topics

Interaction Preference

Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Stephen Langel

Bureau Chief, Columbus Jewish News

Education

BS Communication ‘94

Speaking Topics

Organization
Time Management
Building Networks
Journalism
Politics & Policy
Development

Interaction Preference

Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Whitney Lee

Owner, Founder - SocialLee PR & Media Co, Host, Virtual Media News - Get The Coast

Education

MS Integrated Marketing Communication ’10

Speaking Topics

Public Relations
Media Relations
Social Media
Print & Digital Media
Digital Marketing
Content Creation
Entrepreneurship
Strategic Fundraising
Leadership

Interaction Preference

On Campus or Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Katherine Leiva

Chief of Staff, Office of School Board Member Luisa Santos, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Education

BA Media/Communication Studies ‘12

Speaking Topics

Strategic Planning
Authenticity in the Workplace
Servant Leadership
Communication in Education Policy
Politicians and the Media (Local and National)
Developing Scripts and Talking Points
Leadership Development
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
TikTok: Content Creation to Handling Virality
Time Management
Building a Career as a First Generation Student

Interaction Preference

Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Erica Lovelace

Senior Director of Brand and Channel Marketing, Mikuna

Education

BS Communication/Advertising ‘13

Speaking Topics

Interaction Preference

Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Billy Marcantel

Assistant Director/Career Liaison, Experiential Learning, FSU Career Center

Education

BS Recreation, Leisure & Tourism ‘12
MS Sports Management ‘14

Speaking Topics

Career Development
Job & Internship Search
Resume & Interviewing
Networking
Understanding Personal Values

Interaction Preference

Interaction Preference On Campus or Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Margaret Massey

Chief Information Officer, Spring Hill College

Education

MS Library & Information Studies ‘14

Speaking Topics

Leadership Skills
Management for Women

Interaction Preference

Electronic

Profile
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Gregg McBride

Writer/Producer,

Education

BS General Communication ‘86

Speaking Topics

Producing (TV & Film)
Screenwriting (TV & Film)
Pitching (TV & Film)
Working in the Entertainment Business
Breaking into Hollywood
Motivational & Goal Setting

Interaction Preference

Electronic or On Campus

Linkedin Profile
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Cindy McGovern

CEO, Orange Leaf Consulting

Education

BS General Communication ‘98
MS Speech Communication ‘99
PhD Communication Theory ‘02

Speaking Topics

Sales/Sales Management
Sales as a Life Skill
Sales as a career Development tool
Personal Branding
Networking
Women in Leadership/Leadership
Public Speaking

Interaction Preference

Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Nicole Méndez Dial

School Relations & Outreach, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Education

BA Digital Media Production

Speaking Topics

Breaking In & Early Career Development, Career Transitions, Animation Career Pathways, Communication (including interviewing and public speaking), Resumes, portfolios and demo reels

Interaction Preference

Electronic / On Campus

Linkedin Profile
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William Mills III

Chief Executive Officer, William Mills Agency

Education

BA Communication, minor Marketing ‘83

Speaking Topics

Business Management for PR & Marketing Professionals
The Importance of Specialization in PR
PR Best Practices for the Tech Industry

Interaction Preference

Electronic / On campus

Linkedin Profile
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Ahli Moore

Founder & CEO, X-Factor Solutions, LLC

Education

BS Communication ‘93
MS Communication ‘95

Speaking Topics

Leadership
Consulting

Interaction Preference

On campus

Linkedin Profile
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Marina Nye

Student Communications Manager, Hillsborough Community College

Education

BS Information Communication Technology ’17
MS Information Technology ’21

Speaking Topics

Higher Education/Careers in Higher Education
Strategic Communications
Communication Campaign Management
Communication and Education
Internships
Preparing for Graduation and Job Searching

Interaction Preference

Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Charles E. “Charlie” Parker

Executive Director, Tampa Bay Library Consortium, Retired

Education

BA Arts & Sciences ‘73
MS Library & Information Studies ‘77

Speaking Topics

Library Advocacy
Multi-type Library Cooperatives

Interaction Preference

On campus preferred, also available electronically

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Eduardo Pérez

Managing Partner, Lauburu Ventures

Education

BS Political Science & International Affairs ‘89

Speaking Topics

Marketing
Advertising
Entrepreneurship

Interaction Preference

On campus preferred, also available electronically

Linkedin Profile
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Ebrahim Randeree

Associate Dean, College of Communication & Information

Education

Speaking Topics

Student Engagement, STEM, Outreach and K-12, Leadership Skills, Development, Women & Diversity in Tech, Social Media, Early Career Professional Development

Interaction Preference

On Campus

Linkedin Profile
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Ashley Sims Dixon

Content Strategy & Development, Amazon Web Services

Education

BA Digital Media Production ’06
MA Media Studies ‘09

Speaking Topics

Multicultural Communications, Marketing and Media
Organizational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Communications, Marketing, and Media
Media Literacy
Community Engagement and External Relations
Corporate/Large Enterprise Communications and Marketing
Non-Profit Communications and Marketing
Media and Culture
Small Business Entrepreneurship
Minority and Woman Business Entrepreneurship

Interaction Preference

Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Heather Sugg

Vice President, APR, William Mills Agency

Education

BA of Communication, minor in Business ‘04

Speaking Topics

Public Relations
B2B Media Relations
Agency Life
Client Relations
Content Creation
Financial Communications
Remote Work
Leadership
Sales

Interaction Preference

Electronic

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Jenna Susko

Investigative Reporter, KNBC-TV

Education

BA Digital Media Produciton ‘05

Speaking Topics

Topics

Interaction Preference

Electronic, can travel to Tallahassee

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Jenn Topper

Communication Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Education

BS Studio Arts ’06
MA Media & Communication Studies ‘07

Speaking Topics

The role of a communications director, Strategic communications for nonprofits, Communications in a legal organization, Journalism and press freedom, Brand-building for nonprofits, Project management, Résumés, hiring and negotiating the job offer,
Nonprofit leadership

Interaction Preference

Electronic, though willing to travel to Tallahassee

Linkedin Profile
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Stephanie Vivirito

Marketing Community Lead , PowerSchool Company

Education

BS Editing, Writing & Media ‘15

Speaking Topics

Social Media
Strategic Communication
Print & Digital Media

Interaction Preference

On campus or Electronic

Linkedin Profile
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Paul Weaver

Dean of Students/Executive Director - Technology & Advancement, Westlake Christian School

Education

BS Communication ‘87

Speaking Topics

Success & Significance
Targeting Employers
Creating Reputation

Interaction Preference

On campus

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Susannah Wesley-Ahlschwede

Vice President, Head of Global International Communications, Takeda

Education

BS Communication Studies ‘05

Speaking Topics

Privacy Communication
Public Speaking
Networking
Career Advice
Women in Business

Interaction Preference

On campus or Electronic

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Marilyn McCall Wiles

President & Founder, The Enterprising Women’s Leadership Institute

Education

BS Education ‘66

Speaking Topics

Women in Leadership
Innovation
Technology
Dynamic Leadership
Tough Compassion

Interaction Preference

On campus or Electronic

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Michelle M. D. Winokur

MW Consulting & Evaluation,

Education

BS Public Relations ‘06
MS Integrated Marketing Communication ‘07

Speaking Topics

Public Relations
Working with Media
Leadership
Personal & Professional Development
Networking
Mentors
Advocacy

Interaction Preference

On campus

Linkedin Profile
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Mark Zeigler

Teaching Professor, FSU School of Communication

Education

BS Psychology '85
MS Educational Leadership '89
ABD Speech Communication

Speaking Topics

Communication for Daily Life
Public Speaking
Communication & Crisis
Communication & Education

Interaction Preference

On Campus

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