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

Upcoming STAC chats

Role Modeling: Garvenchy Nicolas, Alumni, Author

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

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

Previous STAC chats


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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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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