The Professional in Residence Program



If you have ever wanted to “pick the brain” of an industry insider about trends in their industry, best practices for students in the hiring process, and advice about career paths, join us for this casual meal and discussion event at CCE.

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students served by the Center for Career Education (CC, SEAS, GS, SOA, and GSAS). Note: These events will be limited to a group of 25-35 students.

Margaret Aguirre

On Tuesday, February 3rd, come chat with Margaret Aguirre, Head of Global Initiatives for International Medical Corps.

Margaret Aguirre is Head of Global Initiatives for International Medical Corps, the California-based humanitarian organization that has delivered more than $2 billion in health care relief and training in conflict and disaster zones in 70 countries.

As a member of International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team she travels extensively to field programs around the world - including to Syria, Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, the Philippines, and South Sudan. She serves as the organization’s spokesperson, leads efforts to establish key partnerships with agencies and corporations, and oversees the celebrity ambassadors and First Responders programs.

Aguirre has been interviewed by most of the major media, including all of the broadcast networks, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, NPR, AP and Reuters. She is also a photographer, whose images depicting humanitarian crisis have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers worldwide.

Prior to joining International Medical Corps in 2005, Aguirre spent 17 years in print and broadcast journalism. From 2000 to 2004, she was an Executive Producer at CNN, overseeing show coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the 2000 presidential election.

Before joining CNN, she spent six years at Good Morning America, first as a writer and then Head Writer. She frequently traveled to cover breaking news events, including the Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine school massacre, and assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin – the last for which she was part of an Emmy-nominated team. She was twice nominated for a Writers Guild of America award.

A native of Utah, Aguirre received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Columbia University. She lives in Marina del Rey, California.

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Wednesday, October 15th - Ana Escrogima, Diplomat in Residence with the US Department of State

On Wednesday, October 15th, come chat with Ana Escrogima, Diplomat in Residence with the US Department of State. 

Ana Escrogima has a B.A. from Brown University where she studied International Relations and French Civilization, and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs where she focused on U.S. Foreign Policy and Arabic language studies. Ana was the Deputy Director for Syria in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, where she managed a team of Civil and Foreign Service Officers that provided policy advice to the State Department’s leadership on Syria and regional issues. Her eleven years of service included tours in Tunis, Damascus, Baghdad, Dubai, and Washington. Fun fact: During the 2008 Presidential elections, Ana would appear often on Arabic-language TV news and radio shows, explaining the U.S. elections process to viewers across the Middle East – and had to take a crash course on how to say terms like “caucus,” “swing state,” and “Super Tuesday” in Arabic!

February 19, 2014 - Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art

On Wednesday, February 19th, come chat with Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Adjunct Professor at Columbia Journalism School. 

Sree was formerly the Chief Digital Officer of Columbia University and both Professor and Dean of Students at Columbia Journalism School. He is known as a Tech Evangelist/Skeptic and is the Social Media blogger for CNET News. Additionally, he is the Co-Founder of South Asian Journalists Association. His accolades include being named to Poynter's “35 social media influencers,” AdAge's “25 media people to follow on Twitter,” SPJ's “20 journalists to follow on Twitter,” OnlineColleges' “50 most social media savvy profs,” Newsweek's “20 most influential South Asians in America,” GQ India's “30 digital Indians,” UNITY’s “seed list of journalists of past century,” and HuffPo's “50 media people on Facebook.”

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November 8, 2013 - Patricia Guy, Diplomat in Residence with the US Department of State 

Before being named Diplomat in Residence (DIR) at City College New York, Patricia H.H. Guy was the Counselor for Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Romania, where she was responsible for the Embassy's press and cultural programs throughout Romania. She previously served as the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Munich, Germany.  Her other overseas assignments have been in Kyiv, Ukraine; Minsk, Belarus; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Berlin, Germany.  She also served as a watch officer in the State Department's Operations Center.  She speaks German, Romanian, Ukrainian and Russian.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, DIR Guy enjoyed a 21-year career as a journalist.  She wrote about the arts and county government for the Anniston (Ala.) Star, covered the courts and judiciary for the Honolulu (Hi.) Star-Bulletin and reported on the media industry for the national newspaper USA TODAY.  DIR Guy earned a B.A. in international relations at Cornell University.  She also has a Masters of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a Masters of Studies of Law from Yale Law School.  Her mother, Erna Guy, is a native of Munich, Germany.  Her father, Robert Guy, was a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.  DIR Guy grew up in England and Germany, where her father was stationed for much of his career.  She enjoys reading mysteries, travel, movies and collecting carpets and textiles.

October 4, 2012 - Noha Gaber, Special Assistant for Collaboration and Innovation at US EPA

Noha Gaber joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an environmental engineer in 2005, driven by a passion and a determination to make a significant positive impact in environmental protection. Her work at EPA is at the nexus of science, policy and management. Noha joined the EPA Administrator’s Office in July 2011 as a Special Assistant to lead the development of an EPA-wide knowledge sharing and collaboration initiative. Prior to that, she led the EPA’s Council for Regulatory Environmental Modeling, where she worked with staff from across EPA to help ensure the quality, consistency and transparency of the computer models that EPA relies upon in its work. She is an active leader within her agency, as the founder of the emerging leaders network, a professional development organization for young professionals of the EPA. She's also part of the advisory board for the Annenberg Leadership Institute, where she assists in crafting training programs for people across government who want to be more effective managers and leaders in their agencies. Dr. Gaber received her bachelor of engineering and a Ph. D from the University of Southampton, in England. Previous employment includes: Minister’s Office for the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (Cairo, Egypt), Senior Environmental Specialist for EcoConServ Environmental Solutions (Cairo, Egypt), and Visiting Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

April 13th: Alternative Energy Professionals in Residence, Dr. Lawrence Neuman and Ms. Sabrina Hawkins

Read more about the featured professionals below and sign-up by emailing Lisa Dicce ( with your available time slots.  Time slots are 20 minutes long and scheduled every hour and half hour 9am-12:30pm.  Please note that space is limited.

Dr. Lawrence Neuman: President of EffiSolar, Solar Bridge and China Power Development Corporation.  Lawrence Neuman, PhD, is actively engaged in solar and wind project development and financing in the United States and China and has over 25 years of experience in international renewable energy. Dr. Neuman is President of EffiSolar Development a leading developer of utility-scale solar PV projects in New Jersey and Ontario and is also President of Solar Bridge, a commercial-scale solar PV company, and China Power Development Corporation devoted to developing wind and solar projects in China. Dr. Neuman also is actively engaged in evaluating and developing utility scale wind energy projects. He has established strategic alliances with solar PV manufacturers in China for the US and international markets and tracks technology developments in wind and solar energy as well as ocean energy utilizing his training in marine geophysics. Earlier, Dr. Neuman was Senior Officer at United Nations. He holds several degrees from Columbia University: a PhD in Marine Geophysics, an MA in Earth and Space Studies and a BA in both Physics and music.

Sabrina Hawkins works as a Chemical Engineer in the Advanced Programs Department of ATK Defense’s Missile Products Division.  Sabrina joined ATK in 2009 to support ongoing programs in mobile power and advanced energy applications for the military.  She has worked with fuel cell system design, hydrogen storage system analysis, fuel reformation technologies, waste to energy systems, and other advanced power and energy storage technologies.

Prior to joining ATK, she worked as a manager and engineer at Bright Power Inc, an energy efficiency and renewable energy consulting firm in Manhattan.  She performed financial and technical feasibility studies for integrating wind turbines, energy efficiency measures, solar energy, micro turbines, and other CHP systems into large industrial and residential buildings.  She also contributed to studies for the New York City Economic Development Corporation by analyzing the effect of real time electricity pricing on the cost effectiveness of solar systems in the New York City. 

She worked as an intern in the Energy Division at Power Concepts LLC in Manhattan where she completed energy efficiency projects on large multifamily buildings and commercial buildings in Manhattan under NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program and FlexTech programs.  She has performed technical and economic feasibility studies for cogeneration, solar thermal, wind, and solar pv systems.  She has also visited Germany as part of a Transatlantic Renewable Energy Exchange to study methods of conventional and alternative energy generation used in that country.  Sabrina graduated from Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science in 2007.  As a chemical engineering undergraduate, she researched the kinetics of a laccase enzyme in various substrates for the eventual development of a gas diffusion electrode in a small bio-fuel cell.  While a student, she was active in America Reads and was a student executive for Community Impact.  She is still an active member today of Community Impact’s Alumni Organization.  She has also been an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Media: Wednesday, March 28th,  2012

Jocelyn Greenky and Lea Hinderling

Jocelyn Greenky: SVP of Digital Media at Colin Cowie Lifestyle, Author and Consultant  

For more than 20 years, Jocelyn Greenky Herz has enjoyed a successful career as a senior executive that has spanned stops at Philip Morris, Wenner Media (publisher of Rolling Stone, US, Men's Journal) and Hachette Filipacchi (publisher of Elle, George, Road & Track, Car and Driver, Premiere, Woman's Day, Metropolitan Home, Eating Well, Boating, Flying, Mirabella, and Popular Photography). These positions offered Ms. Greenky Herz the opportunity to oversee a diverse range of initiatives, from the launch of 20+ national brands on the World Wide Web to producing national television, radio shows, and event marketing programs that have reached over 10 million people.

With a diverse scope of experience under her belt, Ms. Greenky Herz launched Sider Road Media in 2000. To this day, her consulting firm provides leadership and direction to international entertainment companies for all aspects of growth, including creative execution, business development, marketing, branding and broadcast, and Internet production. Her clients include Colin Cowie Lifestyle, HBO, Sigmax Entertainment, Burnham Securities, and Publicis Advertising.

After providing her experience and expertise to the corporate world, Ms. Greenky Herz set out to share her workplace know-how with young women seeking to advance their careers—and themselves. In 2004, Simon & Schuster published her first book, The Big Sister's Guide to The World of Work: The Inside Rules that Every Working Girl Should Know.

Lea Hinderling: Account Manager at Google

Lea currently works as an Account Manager at Google. In this consultative sales role, she has the opportunity to offer solutions to healthcare clients across search, mobile, display, video and now social with Google+. She is her agency partners' day-to-day contact, offering them troubleshooting expertise, optimization tips, and ultimately, data and insights to further drive their business. She also has the opportunity to engage with the Brand side providing Google solutions, data and insights to the client-direct.

Prior to joining Google in January 2011, Lea was a digital media planner/buyer at Digitas for two years. At Digitas she managed display and seach campaigns for pharmaceutical clients.

Before working at Digitas, Lea discovered her passion for the digital space when, as a recent Columbia College graduate, she worked at a start-up in Argentina. While at the start-up, Road2Argentina, she had her first exposure to SEO, online advertising and web analytics. Lea was inspired by how online advertising and analytics provided actionable insights that could impact a business in real-time. This exposure drove her to seek out a media planner/buyer role upon returning to the US.

Government: Wednesday, October 26, 2011

  • Tom Armbruster Diplomat in Residence of the US Department of State

Career Track: Political (Joined as Management, then switched to Environment, Science and Technology while that was an option)

Years of Service: 22 years (joined June 1988)

Prior Career: Six years of experience as Broadcast Journalist, last job News Reporter for KGMB-TV Honolulu; other college and summer jobs include Skycap; Gym teacher at the Anglo-American School in Moscow; cook onboard Chesapeake Bay charter fishing boat and March of Dimes Superwalk Coordinator in Honolulu.

Languages: Russian; Spanish

Education: Master’s Degree from Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island Security Studies and Masters from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas International Relations and Conflict Resolution and BA from McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland Political Science.

Interesting Experience: I’m perhaps the only diplomat to have ever arrived in the Soviet Union by kayak.  I kayaked from Helsinki to Tallinn with a group of Finns across the Baltic Sea.  When the Soviet Customs official saw my black, diplomatic American passport he couldn’t stop laughing.  Luckily, he let me in!  It would have been a long paddle back to Finland!

Last Post: Consul General, Vladivostok, Russia.  Along with American and Russian staff we covered the Russian Far East, the largest consular district in the world.  Cultural programs included mariachi bands, jazz performances, and even an Alice Cooper public diplomacy event!  We handled numerous U.S. Navy and Coast Guard port visits, organizing their programs on shore, and we reported on everything from the endangered Siberian tigers to trade between Russia and China.  Our mission also included visiting American prisoners and handling visas and exchanges, USAID  projects, Commerce business development, and trade promotion from the US Agricultural Service.

Aerospace/Defense: The Boeing Company
Thursday, March 3, 2011 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

  • Dan Philibin currently serves as the Senior Finance Manager for Operations Bus Ops at the Boeing Philadelphia location.  This is a business unit of Boeing’s Defense, Space & Security division.  In this capacity he oversees all of the Business functions (both cost and schedule) for Philadelphia’s Manufacturing Operations.  Most of his 27 years of experience has come from within the aerospace industry with such companies as Sikorsky Aircraft, Kaman Aerospace, Dow-UT, and Swales Aerospace.  At these companies he has held various positions in Industrial Engineering, Estimating & Proposals, Scheduling and management. Dan attended Columbia University in New York City and holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.  Dan and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Landenberg, PA and have three children, Kevin, Megan and Kyle.  In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, golf and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
  • Brad Moravec is the Chief Engineer of Fuel and Propulsion System Analysis for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.  He is responsible for engineering teams that design, analysis, certify and support of the fuel and propulsion systems of Boeing’s commercial airplanes.  Brad joined Boeing in 1979 and progressed through a number of engineering and management assignments, including the propulsion laboratory, engine performance, engine installation analysis, propulsion system safety, and high speed research. Brad has a bachelor of science from Columbia University and a masters of science in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington.  
  • Bob Jones currently serves as the Hiring Manager for Boeing Commercial Airplanes Structures Engineering. Working all airplane programs he supports 180 Managers and is responsible for hiring and compensation for engineers coming to Structures Engineering. He is responsible for Structures work placement within the company, hiring plans, diversity, mentoring, and college recruiting. Bob has been in the aerospace industry since 1979 and has worked for 3 aerospace companies (Boeing, Northrop, and McDonnell Douglas). He entered the company working interiors on 767 and was responsible secondary support structure design for Ceilings and Stowage Bins. His experience includes B-2 Ejection Seat design, lead designer for the C-17 Loadmaster Station, Escape System, Crew Rests and key contributions on the 747-400 and 777 as a CAD expert and primary designer of Stowage Bin Support Systems. Bob has served as a designer, lead and first line engineering manager and has contributed to 6 new airplane designs including processes used on the 787. Prior to his current special assignment he was the manager for Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE) and BCA Lofting.

    Bob attended Western Washington State University where he studied Art Education with a Sculptural Design focus and he entered the Boeing Company after completing drafting training sponsored by Boeing. Bob and his wife Sue live in Tulalip, Washington and have 7 children ages 12 to 33 and one granddaughter age 4. Free time is spent gardening and supporting our children’s athletic endeavors in basketball and competitive soccer.

Government and Policy
Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 9:00am - 2:00pm
Friday, March 11, 2011 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm

March 10, 2011 from 9:00am - 2:00pm

  • Julie Raskin is the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Parks Department. She began working at the Parks Department in 2008 through the New York City Urban Fellows Program. She was hired by the agency full-time after completing the fellowship and was recently promoted. Julie directs several environmental initiatives for the agency, including a Green Event program to reduce the ecological footprint of large events in parks, and chairs a task-force aimed at increasing recycling throughout the park system.
  • Craig Hosang graduated from NYU undergrad, Class of 2008. For the past two years he has worked on improving the City's service delivery and customer (no longer just citizen) experience, and a number of special projects. Currently, Craig focuses on social innovation, social media and crowd sourcing, and customer service improvement. 
  • Dawn Fuentes - The City of New York Civilian Complaint Review Board

March 11, 2011 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm

  • Debra Schwartzman graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000.  After graduating, she worked at the American Museum of Natural History as a Special Events Coordinator in the Development Office for 3 years.  She went back to graduate school at Baruch College/CUNY School of Public Affairs where she received the 2002 Hearst Fellowship in Nonprofit Management. After completing her Master’s in Public Administration in 2003, she was hired as a Program Manager for Operations at the NYC Department of Education.  Ms. Schwartzman has been working at the Department of Education for 5 years and is now the Chief of Staff for the NYCDOE Office of School & Youth Development.  She is also a NY Cares Volunteer/Project Leader at the Henry Street Settlement.

Museum/Gallery/Auction House
Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 9:00am - 2:00pm

  • Frank Gerard Godlewski was born in Montclair, Frank Gerard Godlewski attended Montclair Academy and MKA, graduated from The Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York and worked on a Doctorate of Research in Architectural Composition at the Institute of Architecture in Venice, Italy. Frank lived in Italy for twenty three years where he worked in the Milan architecture studio of Aldo Rossi, participated with two projects in the 1985 Venice Biennale of Architecture, has collaborated with Panorama, Corriere della Sera, Casa Vogue, Elle Decor and the Fodor’s Guide to Naples and the Amalfi Coast. For the past decade he has been involved with the restoration of historical properties and curated cultural programs in Italian national landmarks. He has designed scenery and costumes for a series of traditional Greek Tragedies in the setting of Italian Archeological sites and served as the Director of External Relations for the Palazzo Intelligente Foundation in Palermo and Beirut. Frank held a position of Senior Project Architect for a firm that specializes in the restoration of landmark buildings in New York City and currently provides design services for private residences. He is a Trustee of the Meadowlands Museum in Rutherford and Curator of the Angel Orensanz Museum in New York.


  • Ellen Schaplowsky, executive vice president and director of training, is a PR practitioner with more than 25 years of experience managing a broad range of well-known consumer goods and services accounts. Prior to Ruder Finn, she managed accounts at Ogilvy & Mather, Hill, Holliday, and other communications agencies. Recognizing the impending impact of environmental issues, she founded Ruder Finn’s Marketing for the Environment practice in 1990. The innovative group launched Green Seal, the first eco-labeling system for environmentally preferable products, and conducted the nation’s largest clean-up and recycling program for 13 years. Her environmental work has earned two Silver Anvil awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and was profiled in Value-Added Public Relations, Medill School of Journalism, and Green at Work. Ellen now heads the Executive Training Program and developed ST.A.R. (Strategic Training and Recognition) Program, the Agency’s first formalized training initiative. As vice president of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) World Foundation, she has served as editor of its national newspaper, TCM World, and executive editor of its Kellogg Foundation—supported newsletter, Harmony. With Dr. Nan Lu, she has co-authored three self-care books on TCM published by HarperCollins. She is also board chair of PTP/New York, a unique repertory theatre company offering thought-provoking work of social relevance that operates in cooperation with Middlebury College, Vermont.


  • Guillaume Normand is a Senior Research Fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York. He works in the Molecular Imaging laboratory with Dr. Jan Grimm on the development of new imaging probes to detect and treat cancer lesions, especially in the early stage. He works with nanoparticles and different imaging equipment to evaluate potential markers through in vivo imaging in small animals. Before holding his current position, he worked in Sloan-Kettering's High Throughput Drug Screening Facility. There he worked closely with MSKCC investigators to identify new drugs for numerous types of cancer by screening thousands of compounds in an automated fashion using robotics. Guillaume studied Animal Physiology and Cellular Biology in Paris at the Denis Diderot University. He worked in the laboratory of Prof. Christian Brechot where he studied the role of the HIP/PAP protein expressed in liver cancer and characterized its role in tumorigenesis by performing assays on transgenic murine hepatocytes. He moved to the Max Delbrueck Center (MDC) in Berlin, Germany for his PhD. His thesis project was to dissect the role of the p14ARF tumor suppressor, overexpressed in many human cancers, through different molecular and genetic techniques. He then joined the laboratory of Dr. Randall W. King at Harvard Medical School where he investigated the link between chromosome segregation and cytokinesis in human cancer cells. There he imaged fluorescent cell lines in real-time in an effort to understand why cancer cells divide abnormally. 

Environmental/Green Careers                                                                                                    

  • Holly Hester-Reilly is a Project Manager in the NYC Office of Environmental Remediation, where she reviews the investigation and remediation of sites in the NYC E-Designation Program.  The E-Designation Program is a zoning-resolution based environmental program that mitigates hazardous materials, air quality, and noise impacts on redevelopment sites throughout the city.  Additionally, she coordinates website updates and content development to support OER’s new programs and has contributed to most of OER’s web development projects, including SPEED (Searchable Property Environmental e-Database) and the forthcoming EPIC (Environmental Project Information Center). She holds a BS and MS in chemical engineering from Columbia University, where she completed research in the area of transport phenomena in fluids.  In her free time, she cofounded and manages operations for Toonimate, an Internet startup company that just opened its beta offering, a versatile web app for creating comics online.
  • Lauren Schuster, Esq is the Staff Attorney at The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) and has a strong commitment for public interest work.  In her role, Lauren has coordinated the High School Voter Empower Project, the Federal Climate and Clean Air and energy campaign and is actively involved with NYPIRG’s 1Sky New York Campaign.  Formerly, she was the Program Assistant at the National Organization for Women-NYC where she coordinated the helpline, a telephone referral system for vulnerable women and their families.  She was also the Founder and Creative Director of Nuestra Communidad,  a non profit organization whose mission was to promote bi-cultural sensitivity between US citizens living abroad and Spanish nationals. She received her Juris Doctor from St. John’s University and her Bachelors of Art cum laude in Political Science from New York University.
  • Dorothy Williams Neagle is Co-Founder of Good Food JobsDorothy was born and raised on a small farm in Kentucky, and was ready to escape the rural life when she was accepted as a freshman at Cornell. She studied Interior Design in the College of Human Ecology and has worked with New York City architects for the past five years. In the midst of the excitement and wonder of her first job in the real world, she found herself yearning for more opportunities to work with people and to actively contribute to environmental conservation. Now she's returning to her roots as co-Founder of Good Food Jobs, promoting the food industry in all its local, sustainable, small-batch glory, and helping others to find sustainable roles in the food world. Dorothy took a circuitous route to find her food job, but she made it! She believes it's worth the challenge to make the journey toward what matters most to you.

The Professional in Residence Program: Entrepreneurship & Start-ups