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Board of Advisors Invites Students to Industry Insiders Lunch & Discussions, October 16

Registration: Industry Insiders Discussions

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018 the Emerson College’s Board of Advisors (BOA) will host a lunch (noon to 1:00 p.m.) and a series of concurrent discussions (3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.) for Emerson students on the Boston Campus.  The members of the BOA are a dedicated group of industry insiders whose backgrounds range from theatre to finance, advertising to entrepreneurship. These gatherings are a wonderful opportunity to hear the members of the BOA draw from their experiences, learn about best practices in the field, and to make future connections.  The groups are purposefully small and intimate, so we ask that you register as soon as possible by clicking the link next to the session of interest.  The sessions and the lunch are open to all Emerson students.


Board of Advisors Lunch with Students

Emerson College Dining Hall, PDR (Howard Elkus Private Dining Room)

10/16 from noon to 1:00 p.m.

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Industry Insiders Concurrent Sessions for Students

10/16 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location – Various around campus


Entertainment News & Television News Production

Presenter: Linda Bell Blue

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Please join member of the Emerson Board of Advisors, Ms. Linda Bell Blue, for a discussion about entertainment news and television production where she will draw from her extensive experience as a forty-year TV veteran. 

Linda Bell Blue is a veteran television executive producer.  She was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, included in The TV Academy’s Archive of American Television and frequently named one of the Most Powerful Women in Hollywood by The Hollywood Reporter, all due to her standing as the long-time Executive Producer of “Entertainment Tonight” and all of its brand extensions. 


Monetizing Passion: How to make a living doing what you love

Presenter: David G. Breen

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Please join member of the Emerson Board of Advisors, Mr. David G. Breen, for an informative discussion on how to make a living doing what you love.

David is the Principal Designer/ Founder of VDA, a Boston-based Creative Agency focused on event design, management, and production services. The company provides complete in-house design/ management/ fabrication /installation services around the world, primarily in the corporate event arena. An accomplished designer and consultant in Boston, David is a graduate of Emerson College with a degree in Technical Theater and Design. 


Theatre and the Founding of BroadwayHD

Presenter: Bonnie Comley

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Please join member of the Emerson Board of Advisors, Ms. Bonnie Comley, for an informative discussion on her background in the theatre and her experiences founding BroadwayHD. 

Bonnie is the founder of BroadwayHD, a three-time Tony Award winning producer, and recipient of an Olivier Award, and two Drama Desk Awards for her stage productions. 


Start Here, Go Anywhere: Advertising and Marketing

Presenters: Mike Mara & Mike Rogers

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Please join members of the Emerson Board of Advisors, Mr. Mike Mara and Mr. Mike Rogers, for an informative discussion on their backgrounds, knowledge and careers in advertising and marketing.

Mike Rogers is the former award-winning creative director of DDB and now creative director of madandwall, which specializes in financial services marketing

Michael Mara is the president of Boenning & Scattergood, Inc.  Previously, he was senior vice president, regional manager investments and fiduciary services at Wells Fargo. 


Interview and Resume Roundtable Discussion

Presenters: Joshua Wachs, Lisa Dollinger, Sara Morgan & John C. Ford

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Please join members of the Emerson Board of Advisors, Joshua Wachs, Lisa Dollinger and Sara Morgan, for a roundtable discussion on resume writing, interview tips and tricks, and insight into their own best practices.  

Joshua Wachs is the COO of Yellow Brim, LLC., and has been merging creativity and technology for the last 27 years.  He is a graduate of Emerson College, class of ’87 with a degree in Mass Communications.

Lisa Dollinger is a strategic communications and marketing specialist with more than twenty years of experience in building brands, growing businesses and managing the reputations and public images of some of the world’s foremost executives and entertainment personalities.

Sara Morgan is a global brand program manager with SAI Global.  She is a graduate of Emerson College, class of ’05 and MA ’10.

John C. Ford is the president of John C. Ford Associates, a firm that specializes in organizational development and communications.


Go Beyond the Headline- the Ins & Outs of Getting the Word Out!

Presenters: Sandi Goldfarb & John Wentworth

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Please join members of the Emerson Board of Advisors, Sandi Goldfarb and John Wentworth, for a discussion of press releases and other PR communication practices in today’s hyper-competitive world.

John Wentworth is the Chair of the Board of Advisors and retired Executive Vice President of Communications for CBS Television Distribution.

Sandi Goldfarb is the Vice Chair of the Board of Advisors and the Senior Vice President for Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications. 

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