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)

Fall 2017 Alumni Leadership Speaker Series

Date: Tuesday, November 14th

Topic: Oh the Places Mason Patriot’s Will Go!

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Location: The LEAD Office (The Hub, Room 2400)

Description: Whether you are graduating soon or just starting out at Mason, it is never too early to start thinking about what comes next. Come learn from Mason Alum about their experiences securing internships, preparing for the job search, and how leadership skills apply in their fields. Alum will also share personal stories and experiences about how their campus involvement and engagement has made an impact. The Alumni Leadership Speaker Series is facilitated by our very own Student Leadership Consultants and is open to the entire campus community.

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Featured Mason Alum for the November 14th Alumni Leadership Speaker Series

Deidra Bailey
Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics and a Masters in Education in Special Education

Campus Involvement: Patriot Leader and Family Program Coordinator for the Office of Orientation and Family Programs and Services, L-TEAM, Mason LEAD Scholars, and Mason LeaderShape Institute Alum,

Deidra began her career in education as a 2009 Teach For America (TFA) corps member in the DC Region. After spending five years at Anacostia Senior High School in Southeast DC, teaching special education and math she joined the staff at DC International School (DCI) as a founding teacher. Deidra continued her time in the classroom teaching math and supporting students with disabilities in grades 6 – 8 for two more years. Beginning in school year 2016 – 2017, she moved into the role of Assistant Principal for the 9th grade at DCI, serving the wonderful class of 2020! During the summer, she is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness Facilitator for Teach For America Summer Institute, supporting the development of first year teachers during their summer institute. In her spare time, she serves as a member of the leadership team for DC Education Coalition for Change, a community organizing group made up of families, students, educators and friends of education that organizes around the needs of students in the District.

Zach Ferguson
Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Law, and Society with a Concentration in Homeland Security and Justice 

Campus Involvement: While at Mason, Zach was very much involved with the LEAD Office, to include LeaderShape, LEADScholars, and the L-TEAM, the Alumni Leadership Speaker Series, President/Provost Student Advisory Council, and the Presidential Leadership Dialogue. Zach was also a member of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society and the local chapter of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Throughout his time at Mason, he worked a number of different internships in the federal government sector as both a government employee and a contractor.

Upon graduation, Zach spent nearly four years working in support of the Intelligence Community and, specifically, the Defense Intelligence Agency. Zach commissioned with the Air Force in 2014 and is now an RPA Pilot, flying the MQ-9 Reaper out of Creech AFB, NV, while working towards his M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the University of South Florida.


Sofia Losada
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Minor in Italian Studies and Forensic Science 

Campus Involvement: Alpha Phi Omega, Patriot Leader (summer 2013), Resident Adviser, Honors College, Italian Club (Il Club Bel Paese), Global Problem Solving Fellows, Global Research Institute, Patriot Pitches A Cappella, Azucar Salsa Club, BeYOUtiful, Outdoor Adventure LLC

During her time at George Mason, Sofia spent a lot of time in the languages department as both a student and employee. With the guidance of professors, she applied to teach English in Milan, Italy. Then, after graduating from George Mason with a BA in Anthropology, Sofia spent the next year as an English language Assistant in Milan as part of the Study, Intercultural Training, and Experience (SITE) internship program. When Sofia returned to the States, she found a position related to education with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). As the Chapter Relations Specialist, she works with top ed tech professionals states around the country to ensure that they have the resources needed to transform digital learning in their school districts’ classrooms.

Spring 2018 Alumni Leadership Speaker Series 

  • Date: Tuesday, April 10th
  • Topic: info will be available in late February
  • Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Location: The LEAD Office (The Hub, Room 2400)
  • Description: info will be available in late February
  • RSVP: will open in late February

Featured Alumni from previous Alumni Leadership Speaker Series 

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