Communications & PR

Dr. Alan Rosenblatt is a political and digital strategist, researcher and professor and probably the most social media-savvy non-millennial you’ve ever met. He is currently a Principal at turner4D and the Director of Digital Research at Lake Research Partners, where he uses his social media expertise to assist Democratic and progressive campaigns. Alan’s goal is to show people not just how to work social media, but how to use it strategically to build an engaged audience and influence changemakers. After graduating from Tufts with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, Alan continued his studies in political science, earning an M.A. at Boston College and his Ph.D. at American University in the field. He began his work in digital strategizing and analysis back in 1995, when he created and taught one of the first-ever classes on the politics of cyberspace at George Mason University. Since then, he’s held many jobs relating to his research, teaching at the college level, running political blogs, and creating social media strategies. He says he is active on just about every social media platform that exists, so you’ll have an easy time finding him on Twitter at @Dr.Digipol.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a journalist, author and marketing professional currently working in the technology industry at Shield AI as the Chief Marketing Officer. Her two NYT’s bestselling books: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield  tell the stories of unsung heroes who showed bravery and resilience in the face of adversity in the midst of violent conflict.  These stories of grit and determination especially resonated with Gayle as she was raised by her single mother, a blue collar worker who juggled jobs to pay the bills, and by her grandmother after her mother died, when Gayle was only 12 years old.  After graduating magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Journalism, Gayle began her professional journey covering presidential politics and politics for ABC News’ Political Unit. After 10 years as a journalist, Gayle decided to take her life in a different direction and go to business school. When her first attempt to get accepted at Harvard Business School was unsuccessful, Gayle prepared for a year. It paid off. And it was during her time at HBS that Gayle began the research on women’s entrepreneurship in the midst of conflict zones that would lead her to write her first book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. Following her graduation from Harvard Business School, Gayle served as a Vice President at the global investment firm PIMCO. Most recently, Gayle has moved into a new role as an executive in the technology and AI world at Shield AI an artificial intelligence company focused on using networked robots to protect service members and civilians.  Gayle is also a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. 
Sree Sreenivasan is the co-founder of Digimentors, a digital consultancy working with some of the world’s most important brands to get them smarter and better on social and digital.  But this wasn’t the field Sree started out in when he graduated from St. Stephen’s College in India in 1991 with a B.A. in History.  After dreaming of becoming a journalist since he was 12,  Sree started his career by living out his childhood dream. He wrote for The New York Times, reported for NBC and WABC TV, and even helped found the site DNAinfo.com. Eventually, Sree moved into academia and began to teach and mentor students at the Columbia School of Journalism where he worked for 20 years as a professor and then Dean of Student Affairs.  It was while he was teaching at Columbia that Sree identified the digital revolution that was underway and started dedicating his energy and smarts to becoming a thought leader on the digital world. In August 2013, he was hired at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) as its first Chief Digital Officer. Then one day in June 2016 he was suddenly fired. But rather than hiding this fact, Sree took to social media and asked his followers for their help in finding his next job!  He heard back from over a thousand people with their suggestions. With all of this experience, and his many successes, Sree Sreenivasan has some amazing stories and tips to share! Press play on this episode and get ready to learn a ton about how to use the digital world to your advantage.
Raj Kumar is the founding President & Editor-in-Chief of Devex, the media platform for the global development community. A social entrepreneur and digital media executive, he's been a part of nine presidential campaigns and was a co-founder of a successful financial information company. Raj saw the world-shaping potential of Devex while a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School and promptly dropped out to build it. He has been profiled in Forbes, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and the Washington Post, where Devex was called the Bloomberg of foreign aid. Raj is also an active investor in ground-breaking startups, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Clinton Global Initiative, and is the former chair of the World Economic Forum's humanitarian council.
Spencer Bokat-Lindell is an Associate Editor at the new online media outlet Axios, Greek for “worthy.” But well before he was simplifying expert opinions to make them worthy of the public’s time, he was peeling white asparagus at Colicchio & Sons restaurant in Manhattan where he interned one summer during college. Spencer has worn many hats since he began his collegiate career at Yale University: he started his freshman year as a Chemistry major and aspiring chef, then, realizing neither was the right fit for him, switched to a French major with a heavy load of writing and extracurriculars.
Eric Weiner is a journalist and author of The New York Times bestseller The Geography of Bliss.  His most recent book, The Geography of Genius, has been called “smart, funny and utterly delightful” and has been translated into 20 languages. A number of high schools and universities have incorporated the book into their curricula. As a long-time foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, Weiner reported from more than 30 countries -- from Iraq to India to Indonesia -- covering some of the biggest stories of the day.  
Ben Wittes is the Editor-in-Chief and co-Founder of the Lawfare blog, an online publication dedicated to national security issues, published by the Lawfare Institute in cooperation with the Brookings Institution.  It was started in September 2010 by Wittes, a former editorial writer for the Washington Post, Harvard Law School professor Jack Goldsmith and University of Texas at Austin law professor Robert Chesney. What started out as a fun little project in 2010, quickly turned into a massive news source for those interested in national security law.
Kelly Wallace is an Editor-at-Large and Digital Correspondent at CNN where she spearheaded CNN’s multiplatform women’s digital content initiatives and created “Women’s Watch” e-newsletter.  She’s also worked as a White House correspondent, Mideast correspondent and National Correspondent for CNN covering some of the biggest news stories of the day. During her career as a top-notch journalist, Kelly has also worked as an Executive Editor and Chief Correspondent at iVillage.com where she was the network’s first-ever spokesperson.
Robert Draper has been a writer at large for the New York Times Magazine, for the last decade, where he covers domestic politics. He's also worked as a contributing writer to National Geographic since 2007. For the latter, Draper has traveled to the all-male monastic community of Greece’s Mount Athos as well as to volatile corners of the world like Somalia, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya.
Betsy West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and educator and the co-Director & co-Producer of the film RGB about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, West received 21 Emmy Awards and two DuPont-Columbia Awards for her work on “Nightline” and “Prime Time Live”
Betsy West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and educator and the co-Director & co-Producer of the film RGB about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, West received 21 Emmy Awards and two DuPont-Columbia Awards for her work on “Nightline” and “Prime Time Live"
Betsy West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and educator and the co-Director & co-Producer of the film RGB about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, West received 21 Emmy Awards and two DuPont-Columbia Awards for her work on “Nightline” and “Prime Time Live”
Betsy West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and educator and the co-Director & co-Producer of the film RGB about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, West received 21 Emmy Awards and two DuPont-Columbia Awards for her work on “Nightline” and “Prime Time Live” read more>>>
Jose Castaneda is the Communications Manager for the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) the trade association for the high tech sector -- from hardware to software to services -- representing the most innovative technology brands in the world.   In this role Jose drafts blog posts for ITI’s policy teams, manages media relations with reporters and leads ITI’s social media efforts. It’s not what he thought he’d be doing when he graduated from the University of Florida, in May 2015, with a double major in Economics and Political Science, but fortunately for Jose, it’s a job that plays to his strengths: lots of writing, networking and public speaking.  
Ali Breland is the Technology reporter at The Hill newspaper where he writes and reports 3-5 news stories a day, in addition to grinding out 1-3 more analytical, deeply reported stories a week.  Not bad for someone who graduated from UT Austin in just 2014 with a B.A. in Plan II and minors in English and Philosophy. To get there Breland cut his teeth at The Alcalde (UT Austin Alumni Magazine) as an editorial intern and hustled outside of classes to interview artists and celebrities for CNN, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Huff Post.
Hannah Braaten has read her way through the publishing industry all the way to the top where she works as Editor at St. Martin’s  Press. Hannah discovered her love for publishing at Wellesley College-- where she initially thought she would pursue a career in politics-- but switched to English after taking a class with an incredible English professor.  She'd always loved book stores and in fact, worked in them during high school and college.
NPR's Guy Raz is the man behind the microphone -- and the magic -- of 3 top-ranked Apple Podcast shows:  How I Built This, TED Radio Hour, and Wow in the World. In 2016, he became the first podcast creator to have 3 shows in the Apple Podcast chart's Top 20 shows -- at the same time.  However, as he tells T4C host Andrea Koppel, before he made it to the pinnacle of his profession, Raz had to deal with professional disappointments, and even rejection, and had self-doubts like all of us.
Pull up a demitasse of espresso 'cause NPR's Guy Raz -- the creator and host of 3 top-ranked Apple Podcast shows:  How I Built This, TED Radio Hour, and Wow in the World -- shares his wisdom with T4C java junkies about how to break into journalism and podcasting.  In this mini-podcast, java junkies learn the most useful skills Raz looks for in the people he hires.  Hint: it's two qualities and one of them is ....kindness.  He also shares the most important life experiences you will need to break into this industry and the best career advice he's gotten.

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