STAC chats & Events

STAC chats is a virtual fireside chat with a business leader, entrepreneur, or influential thought leader sharing their insights on a relevant topic.

Upcoming STAC chats and talks

The Arts and Education: Jordan Baker-Kilner and Kevin Kilner

The Aquinas Medal's Legacy and Honor: STAC Trustees Irene Pappas, Sr. Nancy Richter, and Hasant & Dini Dewan

Brand YOU — Building YOUR Brand: Lee Applbaum, Former CMO, Patrón

Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. (HVEDC) Initiative for 2021 and Beyond: Michael Oates, President and CEO

Leadership: John Osborne CEO, North America, OMD

Managing Complex Cross Border Transactions: Alejandro Moreno, Access Industries

Media Measurement: What matters?: David Kenny, CEO of Nielsen Media; former CEO, WATSON IBM; former CEO, Digitas

The Charlotte's Web Story and the Emerging Global CBD Industry: Denie Eisner CEO, Charlotte's Web

Previous STAC chats and Talks

November 15, 2020: Giving Tuesday 2020

STAC's Institutional Advancement Team

STAC Chats droplet logo maroon and gold STAC’s Institutional Advancement team members, Jacques Tortoroli, Linda LoRe, and James Errico discussed the significance of STAC’s “Giving Tuesday” initiative which took place on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020, focusing on the College’s mission of access, affordability, and admissions for all.

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November 2, 2020: Social Justice & Equity on Campus

STAC's Social Justice & Equity Forum

Social Justice and Equity Maroon logo with three figures in gold, yellow, and orange. Sam, Cindy, and Nick head shot photos smilingListen in on “STAC Talks,” hosted by Jacques Tortoroli, VP of Institutional Advancement at St. Thomas Aquinas College, as he speaks with guests Samantha Bazile, STAC's Director of Admissions, Cindy Garvey, Associate Director of Financial Aid, and Nick Migliorino, Director of Student Engagement as they discuss the College's Social Justice and Equity (SJE) Forum.

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October 26, 2020: Student-Athletes Balancing Sports and Academics

Nicole Ryan, STAC Athletic Director and Matt Schuster, STAC's Men's Ice Hockey Coach

Spartan Head maroon and gold athletics logoListen in on STAC’s Athletic Director, Nicole Ryan and Men’s Ice Hockey Coach Matt Schuster as they discuss ways STAC student-athletes build determination and sportsmanship, develop critical life skills such as leadership and personal discipline, and make lifelong friendships with like-minded peers.

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October 19, 2020: STAC Talks Radio Show

Angela McDonnell, STAC Hospitality Management Program Coordinator and Daniel Dominguez, Current Student

Angela and Danny smiling head shot photosJoin host James Errico, as he speaks with Angela McDonnell, Coordinator, Hospitality Management Program at St. Thomas Aquinas College and Daniel Dominguez, student in the Hospitality Management Program. Learn how a Daniel’s entrepreneurial spirit is opening doors to a new (and delicious) business venture: Daydream Creamery! 

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October 13, 2020: STAC Talks Radio Show

Sean Pica, Executive Director, HudsonLink for Higher Education in Prison & Eldredge Blalock, Hudson Link Alumnus

Sean and Eldredge smiling; two separate head shotsJoin host Jacques Tortoroli, as he speaks with Sean Pica, Executive Director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, and Eldredge Blalock, alumnus of the Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison program.

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October 5, 2020: STAC Talks Radio Show

Garvenchy Nicolas '14 & Ludgar Mednard

Garvenchy and Ludger smiling; two separate head shotsJoin host Jacques Tortoroli, as he speaks with Garvenchy Nicolas '14 & Ludgar Mednard as they discuss the Haiti ABC Foundation. Garvenchy is a proud alumnus, a Project Manager in the New York Financial District area, the Creative Director of the Vinshek fashion clothing line, and the Founder and CEO of the Synergy Today Foundation. Ludger Mednard is the Founder and President of Haiti ABC Foundation Inc., an organization that empowers children through education.

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September 29, 2020: STAC Talks Radio Show

Dr. Kirk Manning, Vice President and Dean for Student Development

Kirk Manning smiling outside of Borelli Hall main entranceJoin host Jacques Tortoroli, as he speaks with Dr. Kirk Manning, Vice President and Dean for Student Development. They will discuss what makes STAC student life unique, the College’s new Social Justice & Equity Forum, and how Student Engagement has been impacted by COVID-19 protocols.

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September 24, 2020: STAC Talks Radio Show

Michael DiBartolomeo, Vice President for Enrollment Management

Mike DiBartolomeo smiling standing outside of Borelli Hall main entranceJoin host Jacques Tortoroli, as he speaks with Michael DiBartolomeo, Vice President for Enrollment Management. They will discuss Enrollment & Challenges during a pandemic.


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September 15, 2020: Education and Criminal Justice

Sean Pica, Executive Director, HudsonLink for Higher Education in Prison

Sean Pica smiling, Hudson River in backgroundSean Pica, Executive Director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, discusses the topic “Education and Criminal Justice”. Sean serves on STAC's Criminal Justice Advisory Board. He also recently founded and launched New Beginnings, a reentry housing initiative for Hudson Link students.

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September 14, 2020: STAC Talks Radio Show

Kenneth D. Daly, President of St. Thomas Aquinas College

Ken Daly head shot smiling

Join host Jacques Tortoroli, as he speaks with President of St. Thomas Aquinas College, Kenneth D. Daly.

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August 26, 2020: There is No New Normal

David Sable, Author, Entrepreneur, Social Activist

David Sable head shot smiling-white shirt black rimmed glassesAs a senior advisor at WPP, Sable mentors and consults across the company. WPP is a British multinational communications, advertising, public relations, technology, and commerce holding company headquartered in London, England. He is a designated LinkedIn Influencer, ranking among the most widely read business leaders in the world. 

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August 6, 2020: Race and Ethnicity in America

Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Author and Associate Professor of History and American Studies, Georgetown University

Marcia Chatelain smilingHear from Dr. Chatelain, a scholar of African American life and culture who is a frequent public speaker and consultant to educational institutions. Chatelain delivers lectures and workshops on inclusive teaching, social movements, and food justice.

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August 4, 2020: Professional Athletes: Being Prepared for What's Next

Tom Laidlaw, former NY Ranger and Entrepreneur

Tom Laidlaw smiling, blue sky backgroundTune in to hear Tom Laidlaw, as he chats with Dr. Jacques Tortoroli and co-host Gary Dworkowitz. Laidlaw has a lot to share: "Fitness, motivation, discipline, dedication, passion, and integrity are not just words I read about, but words I live my life by. This is the True Grit Life and it is glorious."

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July 31, 2020: Entrepreneurial Spirit and Social Responsibility

Jack Teeling, Co-Founder, Teeling Whiskey

Jack TeelingThe Teeling family has deep roots in the Irish whiskey industry dating back to 1782 when Walter Teeling had a craft distillery in the heart of Dublin City. The Teeling Whiskey Company was founded or "reborn" by Jack Teeling in 2012. Over the last eight years, it has established itself as the leading and most progressive Irish whiskey producer.

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July 23, 2020: Political Psychology and Racial and Ethnic Politics 

Dr. Camille Burge, Associate Professor at Villanova University & Assistant Director of The Center for Peace & Justice

Camille professional head shot smilingHear from Camille D. Burge, a scholar of American politics with an emphasis on racial and ethnic politics and political psychology. Her research revolves around three key themes of Black-White relations, the role of emotions in Black public opinion and political decision-making, and intersectionality.

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July 9, 2020: Stress, Mental Health, and Resilience

Dr. Jean King, WPI Peterson Family Dean

Dr. Jean King smiling, blue jacketIn this STAC chats episode, hear about ways to connect with students and colleagues, cope with stress, and stay resilient during the challenging times we are facing together.

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June 8, 2020: Design Thinking

Owen Rogers, Senior Partner, IDEO

Owen Rogers shares his thoughts on the role of design in business and IDEO’s focus on impact.

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June 3, 2020: Times of Transition

Teresa Kenny, Supervisor, Orangetown

Teresa Kenny, Orangetown Supervisor LCM 247 Studio’s Patrick Heaphy and St. Thomas Aquinas College moderator, Angela McDonnell, Professor of Hospitality Management, LIVE streamed an interview with Teresa Kenny, Orangetown Supervisor about her vision for growth in Orangetown in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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June 1, 2020: Reflections on Leadership

Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, President, St. Thomas Aquinas College

Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick is interviewed by President-Elect Ken Daly as she moves closer to retirement on June 30th. She reflects on her decision to enter a career in higher education, imparts her wisdom, and expresses her appreciation for her STAC relationships. Dr. Fitzpatrick is also proud to acknowledge the many students she has the privilege to meet, guide, and mentor over the years.

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May 21, 2020: Women in Leadership & Entrepreneurship

Mylinda Viola, Founder and CEO, Gameday Gateway

Hear about technology as an industry disruptor, discovering "white space" in established industries, and the "how to" on executing your vision.

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