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Pride Month: Careering Authentically

June 12, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

Join Emerging Conversations for a chat with LGBTQAI2S+-identifying alumni as they talk about their experiences, career paths, and self-expression in their workplaces. This will be an opportunity for alumni and current students to grow in our community, and understand how to be their authentic selves in their workplaces, careers, and industries. There will be time for questions and discussion! Register on Eventbrite.


Angelica Galan ’12 (she/her) is a seasoned publicist with over a decade of experience in culinary PR, currently working in tech PR. She has worked with brands including Constellation Culinary Group, Mastro’s Ocean Club, Il Mulino New York, Coca-Cola, Paris Saint-Germain, Old Spice, and Paramount Pictures. Angelica graduated from Emerson with a degree in Marketing.

As a queer Latina, Angelica is an advocate for diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI), launching her former agency’s first-ever DEI program. As the Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Culture, she educated employees on social justice issues, while amplifying BIPOC and LGBTQ+ voices by creating a quarterly pro bono campaign that offered complimentary PR services.

Ryan Smith, MA ’09, (he/him) is Associate Director of Undergraduate Career Services in the Career Development Center at Emerson. He leads initiatives and programming around career education for undergraduate students from their first year on campus to their experiences beyond Emerson. Ryan previously has worked in college career centers at  Loyola University Chicago, Syracuse University, and Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Ryan holds an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson and a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York College at Fredonia.

Calista Termini ’93 (she/her) is a woman of transgender experience who provides counseling as a marriage and family therapist with a focus on trauma recovery in the LGBTQ+ Community. She uses her own lived experience of healing from childhood trauma, along with her training in psychology, to treat her clients. Calista’s experience includes volunteer work as a crisis counselor for the National Suicide Hotline, and as a support group facilitator at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. She also created more than 100 half-hour episodes on YouTube @TheRageEpisodes about re-imagining what family is after separation and during her transition.


Drew Genova, MA ’22 (they/them) is Assistant Director of Career Access & Equity at Emerson’s Career Development Center. Drew uses their experiences in performance, art, and design to help advise and move students forward in their passions and interests during their Emerson careers.

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