Hoyas in Letters is an exciting alumni initiative that connects and engages members of the Georgetown community who are passionate about words and the power of writing. Hoyas in Letters is organized by alumni Allison Gilbert Weintraub (C’92) and Moira Bailey (C’ 80) in partnership with the university’s New York Office of Advancement.
This initiative is expansive, reflecting the changing landscape of various industries when it comes to the written word – newspapers, magazines, digital and social media, screenwriting, and of course, book publishing. Special focus will be on authors, literary agents, and editors.
May 9, 2018: Not Just Novelists – Unobvious Careers in Writing
Hoyas in Letters invites you to a panel discussion on atypical careers that rely heavily on good writers and writing in New York City with Kelly Flynn (C’88), Creator and Senior Executive Producer, CNN Heroes; Abbie Van Nostrand (B’79), Director of Corporate Communications, Samuel French; and Francesca Saunders (C’16) Copywriter for Equinox. The moderator will be Kevin Englert (C’07), Manager, Social Distribution, Buzzfeed. Read More
October 4, 2018: Public Relations – Essential Takeaways for Newbies, Wannabes, and Media-Savvy Veterans
Join Tracy Quinn (MALS ’96), senior director for strategic communications in the Office of Alumni and Development at Columbia University, and Jeffrey Schneider (SFS ’91), co-founder and principal of The Lead PR for an important conversation about the current state of the public relations industry and how good writing has never been more important than now.
|Prior to joining Columbia University in 2008,Tracy was communications director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC where she oversaw messaging, brand management, media relations, marketing, and speechwriting.|
|Before launching The Lead PR, Jeffrey was a senior executive at ABC News from 2000 to 2014 where he oversaw communications for all platforms and businesses including Good Morning America; World News Tonight with David Muir; Nightline; 20/20; This Week with George Stephanopoulos; and ABCNews.com.|
Letters and Lunch Workshop/Panel – Feb 9
Hoyas in Letters teamed up with the Georgetown University English Department to hold a working session for current students to learn more about careers that involve writing. Read More
October 11: Georgetown Writes – Truth in Media.
Hoyas in Letters partnered with Georgetown University Library Associates to present the fourth Georgetown Writes program featuring alumni discussing their experiences. Panelists included Sarah Mimms (C’10), Deputy Politics Editor for Buzzfeed, Mark Bulik (F’80), Senior Editor, The New York Times, and Russell Adams (C’ 98), Editor, The Wall Street Journal. The moderator was Sanford J. Ungar, Director of the Free Speech Project, Office of the President, Georgetown University. The discussion drew a large and engaged crowd of students and alumni inside Pierce Reading Room, Lauinger Library.
October 18: GEMA Alumni Career Panel
In partnership with Hoya Gateway and the Cawley Career Education Center, this career panel brought together alumni representing a variety of career paths related to entertainment and media. Author and Hoyas in Letters Co-Founder, Allison Gilbert (C ’92), was honored to join the meaningful discussion and lend her perspective. Other panelists included, Ben Crosbie (C ’06), Co-Founder, Eidolon Films, Aaron Davis(C ’99), Investigative Reporter, The Washington Post, Jeffrey Schneider(UCLA 1987), Georgetown University Law Center, Adjunct Professor, EVP Business and Legal Affairs, National Geographic Partners, and Marci Wiseman(SFS ’85), Co-President, Television, Blumhouse Productions. Mitch Peyser(MSB ’93), Vice President, Time Life, served as moderator. The October 18, 2017 event took place at Robert and Bernice Wagner Alumni House and was packed with undergraduate and graduate students. Read more here.
April 2017: The Changing Landscape of Journalism in an Era of ‘Fake News’ with Sarah Mimms (C’10), deputy politics editor at BuzzFeed; Mark Bulik (F’80), senior editor at The New York Times; and Russell Adams (C’98), an editor at The Wall Street Journal. Heather Salerno (C’93, MA ’94), an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in USA Today, People, The Washington Post, and The Journal News served as moderator. Read about it!
September 2016: Self-Publishing: Pros, Cons, and Successful Strategies with guest panelists Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air Book Critic, author of several books including So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures, and Georgetown University Professor of the Practice and Critic in Residence; Jeff Chapski (B’91), author of Career-ology; and Lauren Epshteyn(C’07), author of A Northern Gentleman, written under the pen name Lane Everett. Jennifer Kirby (F ‘08), home page editor at New York Magazine, moderated the discussion. Read about it!
March 2016: An Evening with New York Times Bestselling Author Laurie Halse Anderson (I’84), writer of numerous bestselling books including, Speak, Prom, and Fever 1793, and Brian Tart (C’92), President and Publisher of Viking.
September 2015: The Changing Landscape of Book Publishing with Brian Murray (C’88), President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers; Rich Battista (B’86), Executive Vice President of Time, Inc., President of People and Entertainment Weekly, and Founder of GEMA; Erin Duffy (C’00), author of Bond Girl and On the Rocks; and Heather Lauer (B’96), author of Bacon: A Love Story.
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