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Infrastructure Redefined: The Future of Schools
5th in a continuing series on the redefinition of infrastructure
Monday, March 25
6:30 pm reception, 7:00 program
Free for members, $10 for guests
Keeping with the theme of our ongoing panel series, this discussion will explore a kind of infrastructure which is less brick-and-mortar in the traditional sense, but just as meaningful: the infrastructure of our educational institutions and processes. Now more than ever, increasing competition and the emergence of new educational models require us to rethink the way education is defined and applied. We will hear from a panel of educators and executives with a range of perspectives on public school administration and financing, charter schools, and the value of education in our times.
Robert Michelin, Williams ’03 – Principal at Gotham Professional Arts Academy
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in economics and African American studies, Robert gained a master’s degree in musicology and ethnomusicology from SOAS Universty of London, and an MS in Education from Brooklyn College. Beginning his career in various NYC arts schools, Rob went back to Williams as a visiting lecturer before rising through the ranks to become the principal of Gotham Professional Arts Academy, a firm advocate of integration of the arts and cultural competence in education. Rob works passionately to contribute to the reform movement in NYC education and beyond.
Tony Maruca, Williams ’08 – Finance Associate at Civic Builders
Tony graduated from Williams with a degree in economics and studio art. A varsity squash player, Tony served as Squash Director at Streetsquash, an after-school youth enrichment program that combines academic tutoring with squash instruction, community service, and one-on-one mentoring to the children, families and schools in Harlem. He went on to become a squash coach at NYU and pursue a master’s in city and regional planning from Rutgers, before returning to a role as Finance Associate at Civic Builders, which partners with the nation’s best educators to finance and build public charter school buildings.
Eddie Cullen – Founder of Cannonball Moment and Bronx.Tech
Eddie is a native New Yorker living in the Bronx, New York. He is a startup advisor who was first employee of the #1 accelerator on the east coast, Company.co. He is founder of Cannonball Moment, a venture capital fund partnered with 3,000+ high schools and 180 universities worldwide, and founder of Bronx.Tech, a corporate education consulting firm. Previously, he managed Fordham University’s incubator program, the Fordham Foundry. He is a graduate of Fordham University.
Isaac Foster, Williams ’05 – CEO at Bespoke Education
Isaac graduated from Williams with a degree in English. He was a New York City Teaching Fellow at JHS 13 in East Harlem and earned a Masters in Education from Brooklyn College. Isaac then worked for Kaplan Test Prep in Paris and London, teaching the GMAT and SAT as well as managing Kaplan’s 60-member European teaching team. Isaac joined the tutoring and test-prep firm Bespoke Education in 2011 as its Chief Operating Officer, and became Bespoke’s CEO in 2016.
Botticelli, Balenciaga, & Buttercream:
Charlotte Neuville’s life of art, fashion, and extraordinary confections
Tuesday, April 23
6:30 program followed by cake, tea, and coffee
$10 for members, $20 for guests
With a double major at Williams in Art History & Studio Art, a degree from Parsons, and the International Culinary Center, Charlotte Neuville has indeed always lived her life by creative design.
She began her career as Assistant Designer to Perry Ellis, and became Adrienne Vittadini’s Design Director two years later. In 1985, she launched her name brand, Charlotte Neuville, Inc., to retailers including Barneys, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and Harrods of London. In 1996, Charlotte was recruited to transform the retail chain, Lerner New York, into what ultimately became the $1B+ brand, New York and Company. In 2005, she joined The Gap as Executive Vice President of Design (Men’s, Women’s, and Accessories) and was responsible for creating the record-breaking global brand PRODUCT (RED) for Bono, which has generated over $600M in the fight to eliminate AIDS.
After 30 years in fashion design, Charlotte turned a lifelong hobby into a professional pursuit, merging her passion for fashion with her love of the pastry arts. Her couture cakes and chic confections, as visually unforgettable as they are delicious, have garnered applause from fashionistas and foodies alike.
Club members will have the opportunity to hear Charlotte Neuville’s story, and learn how she goes about creating these truly amazing confections—and taste some as well! After her presentation, she will be joined in a conversation about her work with the Club’s Executive Chef, Michael Bourquin. Audience Q&A will be followed by cake—naturally!—along with tea & coffee.
The First Amendment and Free Press: Are They in Danger?
Tuesday, April 30
7:00pm reception, 7:30 program
$10 for members, $20 for guests
This program will consider the future of free speech and an independent media as they meet the challenges of the digital revolution and an Administration whose mantra is that they put out “fake news” and are “the enemy of the people.” Will the mainstream media survive the onslaught of digital platforms and specialized websites? Does the White House pose a real threat to the media, and is it a legal threat or one of public relations? What can be done about the President’s daily battering of the press? What are the upsides and downsides of the press’ calling the President a liar? Are journalists in danger around the world?
- Lesley Stahl (wife and mother of Amherst grads), 60 Minutes correspondent; and CBS News former White House correspondent & past Face the Nation moderator
- Henry Goldman, Amherst ’71, Bloomberg reporter covering NY state and local news from City Hall, and former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter and editor
- Jon Landman, Amherst ’74, Managing Editor, Bloomberg Opinion, and former Deputy Managing Editor and Metropolitan Editor, The New York Times
- Jim Warren, Amherst ’74, Former Chicago Tribune D.C. Bureau Chief and Managing Editor; and former N.Y. Daily News D.C. Bureau Chief
- Joel Simon, Amherst ’86, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
- Moderator, George Freeman, Amherst ’71, Executive Director, Media Law Resource Center, and former V.P. & Assistant General Counsel of The New York Times