Alumni Leadership Speaker Series

The Alumni Speaker Series brings back Mason alumni to engage current students in a panel discussion regarding graduate school.  The Alumni Leadership Speaker Series is a student led program, hosted by the Student Leadership Consultants (The Leadership Education and Development Office)

Spring 2017 Alumni Leadership Speaker Date

  • Date: Tuesday, April 11th 
  • Topic: LEADing to Life after Mason: Marketing your Leadership and Employment Experience
  • Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Location: The LEAD Office (The Hub, Room 2400)
  • Description: Hear real-world success stories from Mason alumni and get advice on how to share and market your campus employment experience in interviews
  • Hosted by: The LEAD Office and University Career Services
  • RSVP Link: Click here to RSVP 

Featured Alumni for April 11, 2017 

Christina DiCicco, B.S. in Business Management

Christina DiCicco is the Recruiting and Employee Engagement Specialist at Virginia International University right here in Fairfax. She is originally from Richmond, VA and graduated from George Mason’s School of Business in 2015. As a student at Mason, Christina was a Resident Advisor, Mason Ambassador, Manager and Films Assistant for OSI Films, President of the Class of 2015, Peer Mentor, TA and member of the Mindful Living Living Learning Community, Executive Secretary of University Life for Student Government, and a member of three honor societies. Now, Christina focuses her attention on building relationships with employees at her University, recruiting talented higher education professionals, and co-chairing the Programming Committee in the Golden Quill Society, Mason’s Young Alumni Association.



Haruka Konishi, Applied Information Technology with a concentration in Database Programming and Technology

My name is Haruka Konishi and I am currently a software developer for CALIBRE Inc, and working for the Department of Homeland Security. While I was an undergraduate student at George Mason University I was in leadership roles in many different organizations: Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, Honor Code Council, Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority Inc, Oxfam America, and Asian Pacific American Coalition. I also worked in Housing and Residence Life as a head resident advisor and at the Center for Academic Advising, Retention, and Transitions as a web design assistant. Currently as a graduate student I am involved in Theta Tau and the Honor Code Council.



Lori Lawson, B.A. in Government & International Affairs (Honors) and B.A. in Communication (Concentration: Public Relations)

Lori Lawson is a digital engagement specialist for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs. In this role, Lori engages the public through online chats, social media campaigns, and crisis messaging across digital communication platforms. She started her State Department career in January 2015 as a Pathways Internfor the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations. Her other internship experience includes positions at thePartnership for Public Service and the Office of Congressman James P. Moran (VA-08). Lori also served as a resident advisor, Mason Ambassador, Global Politics Fellow, and University Career Services Models of Success board member while completing her undergraduate education. She graduated magna cum laude with dual degrees in communication and government (honors) from George Mason University in May 2016.  Campus involvement: University Career Services Models of Success Board Member, Head Resident Advisor, Mason Ambassador, Government Honors Seminar, Global Politics Fellow, George Mason University Model United Nations Club, Public Relations Student Society of America, Pi Sigma Alpha, Lambda Pi Eta, and Phi Beta Kappa

Montrel Tennessee, B.A. in Psychology 

Montrel Tennessee, is a 1st Generation Leadership Consultant, and a former L-Team member. Upon graduation from George Mason University, Montrel began his professional career as a Trainer for the Posse Foundation in Washington DC. During his tenure at Posse, he trained groups of students to lead diversity and leadership initiatives on their perspective campuses. After Posse, Montrel began employment as a Workforce Development Coordinator for the District of Columbia Public Schools. In this role, he connects students with disabilities to employment and postsecondary education options. Montrel received his Master of Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Montrel hopes to one day become the United States Secretary of Education and work to ensure that every student receives an engaging and quality education.




Yasmeen Hayden, Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Business
Yasmeen Hayden, is a 1st Generation Leadership Consultant, and a former L-Team Member.  She is also the creator of the annual InCredAble Youth Conference.  Upon graduation from George Mason University, Yasmeen began working as a Rehabilitative youth counselor, and later a behavior specialist for United Methodist Family services (UMFS), in Centreville, VA.  During her tenure at UMFS she worked with clients providing crisis intervention through behavioral and skill development, as well as, stable community resources.  For her colleagues, she served as a mentor and trainer in skill development, professional client interactions, and wellness.  Working with employees at UMFS was the catalyst that pushed her interests toward employee development and engagement by way of Human Resource Management. Yasmeen is currently in her final semester of graduate studies at Marymount University in Arlington, Va.  As she completes her current course of study she is working as a federal contractor.  Her post-graduation plans are to transition into a more HR oriented role elsewhere.


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