Tiffany R. Warren created her first ad on behalf of diversity at age 12, encouraging African-American women to become ballerinas. The Class of 1997 alumna remains as passionate as ever about the cause – specifically, about bringing more people of color into the advertising industry and showcasing individuals who have achieved success.
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Brian Gleason ’86 is no stranger to the power of the press. As editorial page editor of the Sun newspapers in Port Charlotte, Fla., he uses journalism to help affect social change in the community.
“I get the chance to move people and move events,” Gleason says, noting that he represents the opinion of a seven-member editorial board. The newspaper has a daily circulation of 40,000.
Joseph C. Antonellis ’82 MBA, vice chairman at State Street Corporation, was honored by the Black Professionals Group (BPG) for his outstanding support of diversity initiatives at the firm. One of the company’s largest employee networks, the BGP seeks to make State Street an employer of choice for black professionals.
Lori Joseph-Malitsky ’87 overcame some extraordinary challenges to make it to her senior year at Bentley. The death of her father, when she was 22 years old, left the family’s ventilation equipment business with no one in charge. While her first impulse was to shut the company’s doors, the orders kept coming – and she found the strength to take on her father’s role.
If you’ve never imagined competing in full-throttle roller derby or spending a week in the woods with 200 musicians, maybe it’s because you haven’t seen IncredibleMAINE. The half-hour show, which airs weekly on Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN), was created by Marilyn Taylor ’73 and her husband, Dave Wilkinson.
First-season episodes invited viewers to join fiddle, penny whistle and banjo players at Maine Fiddle Camp; go backstage at the Maine State Music Theatre; hike through Acadia National Park; and drink in the success story of Cold River Vodka.
Where Bentley trustee Robert Badavas ’74 ventures, change is sure to follow.
By day, Pakistan native Zain Habib ’89 is a straight-laced banker, serving as executive director of African operations at London-based Habibsons Bank Limited. But when the sun sets, the Bentley management major turns musician, thespian and artist. His newly published first book of cartoons is called Ansada Fone (pronounced “answer the phone”) and features a quirky character who has a love/hate relationship with the telephone.
Love of the Game
Seth Cohen ’07 has always been a team player, with rugby his sport of choice.
Cohen joined the club-level team at Bentley in 2003, as a freshman. The Connecticut native helped the Falcons go undefeated during his junior and senior years, winning consecutive Division III national championships under coaches Josh Smith and Jeff Parks. He also contributed off the field, serving as club recruiting chair, match secretary and vice president.
Sheena Tracy ’04 is making a mark in a field that she never planned to enter.
Joining the family insurance business was not on the radar when Tracy returned to Connecticut after graduation. Instead, the former Finance major became an analyst.
“I left after a year; the job wasn’t right,” she explains. While seeking another position, she lent a hand at Gerard B. Tracy Associates, the insurance brokerage founded by her grandfather and managed by her father.
The literary career of Daniel Keohane ’85 almost stopped before it started. At a reception during his senior year, the CIS major approached distinguished playwright Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) for advice on how to get started in letters.
“Don’t work in computers,” Albee told the startled Keohane. “Get a job in a warehouse. Save your brain for writing.”