Alumni Leadership Speaker Series

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.

Fall 2019 Alumni Leadership Speaker Series

  • When: Tuesday, November 12th
  • Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Theme: Wish Lists vs. Goals: How To Put Your Plans Into Motion
  • 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 November 12, 2019. Explore your options with the Lead Office!
  • Location: The LEAD Office (The Hub, Room 2400)
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Featured Mason Alum for the November 12th Alumni Leadership Speaker Series


Philip Wilkerson
Industry Advisor at GMU Career Services
Masters of Education-Counseling- May 2012

Campus/Community Involvement: Faculty Advisor for the Iota Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha and Faculty Advisor for the GMU Chapter of the NAACP, Member of Alpha Phi Alpha-Theta Rho Lambda (Chapter for Arlington and Alexandria)

Philip has nearly 10 years of experience in higher education, including financial aid and admissions in addition to career counseling. Philip attended James Madison University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in May 2008, and began his journey into Higher Education in 2009. While in graduate school obtaining his Master’s in Education with a concentration in counseling from George Mason University, Philip took a career counseling course. It was there that he fell in love with professional development and self-discovery through one’s own professional path. To further strengthen his passion for career counseling, Philip conducted an internship at George Mason Career Services.

Currently Philip is a Manager of Industry Advising and Employer Development at George Mason University Career Services. He oversees all industries that fall under the Creative Industries umbrella. Examples of this at Mason include Media, Performing and Visual Arts, Entertainment, Journalism, Public Relations, and Graphic Design. This role serves both student and employer stakeholders, meaning Philip both collaborates with employers to make them aware of the talented students at Mason through invitations to visit campus for fairs, workshops, and unique events and meets with students to market their creative skills through personal branding (resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, etc.).

Philip is married to Maggie Wilkerson, a school social worker for Fairfax County Public Schools and has two young children (Bennett, 3 years old and Miles 8 months old). In his spare time, Philip is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc. and is affiliated with the Theta Rho Lambda Chapter and host of his own podcast Positive Philter, which discusses such topics as career development, mental health, family, relationships, and positive reframing of everyday situations. He recently was award Employee of the Month for GMU in September and was also included on the “Forty under 40” list for GMU Black Alumni.


Christina DiCicco
Life/Work Consultant Organizational Development & Learning, Human Resources and Payroll
Bachelor of Science in Management (School of Business)

Campus/Community Involvement: Resident Advisor, Mason Ambassador, Manager and Films Assistant for SI 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.

Christina DiCicco is the Life/Work Consultant in Human Resources and Payroll at George Mason University. She is originally from Richmond, VA and graduated from George Mason’s School of Business in 2015. As a student at Mason, Christina was involved in a variety of activities on campus. Now, Christina focuses her attention on building relationships with employees, strengthening her knowledge of Human Resources, and serving as a Senator on Mason’s Staff Senate.

Jonathan Carmona (He, Him, His)
Global  Programs Coordinator at the Office of International Program and Services

Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs (Class of 2015)
Masters of Arts in Global Affairs (Class of 2017)

Campus/Community Involvement:

  • Student: Resident Advisor (HRA and LLC RA) and one of the first RA’s in the Mason Global Center, Hispanic Student Association, Aguilas Mentoring Program, Mason DREAMers, Filipino Cultural Association, Caribbean Student Association,  Catholic Campus Ministry, Club Volleyball and Football. Hermano of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.
  • Staff: Faculty Advisor for the Hispanic Student Association, UNIV 150, GMU Latino Alumni Chapter, Faculty Instructor for UNIV 150 (LGBTQ+ LLC)

Jonathan Carmona was born and raised in Dorado, Puerto Rico, and moved to the US when he was a teen. Jonathan went to high school in 757 (VA Beach) and graduated from Mason in 2015 with his BA and in 2017 with his MA in Global Affairs. During his time at Mason, Jonathan was heavily involved with many cultural organizations and the Hispanic community. Currently, Jonathan Carmona is the Global Programs Coordinator in the Office of International Programs and Services at George Mason University. In this role, he primarily works with all of Mason’s international students in their engagement and sense of belonging to the University. Some of his work includes International Student Orientations, International Week, International Cafe, and many other events!

Merone Hailemeskel
Director of Communications and Digital, Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative
Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Business Management
Masters of Public Policy with a concentration in U.S. Government Institutions and Policy Management

Campus/Community Involvement:Mason Ambassadors, Student Government, International Student Advisory Board, and the Ethiopian Student Association

Merone Hailemeskel serves as the Director of Communications and Digital for former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative and Better Make Room campaign. In this role, she builds and executes the communication, digital, and outreach strategy used to inspire students to pursue and complete a higher education, whether it be a degree at a university, community college, a vocational school or trade school. Merone earned a BA in Economics and an MPP with a concentration in U.S. Government and Institutions from George Mason University.

Featured Alumni from previous Alumni Leadership Speaker Series