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.
Spring 2019 Alumni Leadership Speaker Series
Successful Skills and Competencies Needed Before Graduation: Choose Your Path at the Alumni Leadership Speaker Series
Description: Whether you are graduating soon or just starting out at Mason, it's never too soon to start thinking about future endeavors. We invite you to join an amazing panel of Mason Alumni from multiple professional fields. Our panelists will be a mixture of individuals that have chosen different paths following graduation. Some individuals chose to attend graduate school, while others chose to join the workforce. We have a diverse group of panelists who will share their experiences during their years at Mason. Throughout our discussion we will explore how to thrive after graduation. Join us on April 9, 2019. Explore your options with the Lead Office!
Date: Monday, April 15th at 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: The LEAD Office (The Hub, Room 2400)
Spring 2019 Alumni Panelists
Business Intelligence Analyst and Sales Strategist in the federal contracting/management consulting field
Degree:BA in Global Affairs focusing in Global Inequalities and Responses; Media, Communication, and Culture from George Mason University
Nikki moved from Colorado to Virginia to pursue her academic and professional career in the Washington D.C. area. She has her MA in Global Affairs focusing in Conflict and Security; and a BA in Global Affairs focusing in Global Inequalities and Responses; Media, Communication, and Culture from GMU. During her academic career, she took the opportunity to study abroad in Budapest, Hungary as well as Stockholm, Sweden. Her studies in Budapest produced an opportunity for her to publish a narrative about her experience in Stay Awhile: Poetic Narratives of Multiculturalism and Diversity. While at GMU, Nikki was also a Patriot Leader, Office Assistant for the LEAD Office, an Ambassador, a Club Volleyball Player, a participant in RSA, and part of the Honors College. Nikki is currently working as a Business Intelligence Analyst and Sales Strategist in the federal contracting/management consulting field.
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Sociology Department, Virginia Commonwealth University
Degrees: BA Psychology from George Mason University in 2016 and currently pursuing a MS Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University
Campus involvement while a student at Mason: Resident Advisor, LEAD Consultant, Patriot Leader, Women Cheer Squad, Creating Community Workshop facilitator (ODIME), 2015 Gilman Scholar, 2015 BAC Scholarship Recipient
Sara Simms Bracco
Manager, Events & Programs at SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)
Degrees: B.A. Government & International Politics and M.Ed. Counseling & Development from George Mason University
Campus involvement while a student at Mason: Chi Omega, Chi Omega Pledge Educator, Orientation Leader, and worked in the University’s Office of the President.
At her core, Sara is an energetic, results-driven, marketing strategist and self-professed “word nerd.” From Capitol Hill to counseling to communications, Sara’s route from college to “dream career” was a windy and circuitous one, with a lot of lessons learned and friends picked up along the way. She’s found her niche as a marketer and event professional and excels at helping brands and businesses tell their story in a way that feels engaging and relevant. As a natural relationship builder, she thrives on creating memorable events where clients make meaningful connections with one another and the brands she represents. She obsesses over details that matter, seeing the big picture and knowing to discern between the two. As a project manager, she leads with organization and outcomes. As a people manager and partner, she leads with empathy and an interest in understanding what makes her team thrive.
Prior to joining SHRM, Sara was a marketer both in the non-profit and private industry spaces. She and her husband, Nick, a real-estate developer, live in Alexandria, Virginia and have their hands full with two daughters; Sadie (5) Maddie (18 mos.), who she reports empower and humble her every day!
MPR Associate at Capital One
Degrees: BS, Management with a Minor in Leadership from George Mason University, Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Northern Virginia Community College, and Associate's Degree in Social Sciences from Northern Virginia Community College
Campus involvement and community while a student at Mason: School of Business Student Ambassador Management Liaison, member of Tau Sigma National Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma International Society, Leadership Consultant for the LEAD Office, Business Development Intern for Phacil, Inc., and National Venturing Vice President for the Boy Scouts of America
Bio: Gerry is Associate in Capital One's Management Rotation Program (MRP) and a SAFe Scrum Master, currently serving as a Scrum Master for three Enterprise Learning teams. As a leader, Gerry is very vision and goal oriented. He works with the team to establish a common purpose and set goals. With his strategic mindset, Gerry empowers others to act while leveraging team strengths. Gerry is an experienced public speaker and presenter, having facilitated trainings and workshops for groups of 10 to over 100 and delivered speeches to audiences of 50 to 40,000 people.
Featured Alumni from previous Alumni Leadership Speaker Series