Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Selena Rezvani (GSP '97, SSSW '99, '01) - The Next Generation of Women Leaders

rezvani%20book.gif Selena Rezvani (GSP ’97, SSSW ’99, ‘01), a management consultant who focuses on women in the workplace, providing career development coaching and corporate advisory services, will soon publish her first book, The Next Generation of Women Leaders. The book was written after Rezvani interviewed women executives in various industries, roles, and job functions including Jamie McCourt, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Denise Incandela, president of Saks Direct at Saks Fifth Avenue; Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America; and Katharine Weymouth, CEO of the Washington Post. These women tell their stories of navigating the corporate world and the specific challenges that they faced and how they negotiated these challenges successfully.

Rezvani says that “The Next Generation of Women Leaders encourages younger women to be their own advocates when it comes to professional growth and advancement, and it provides tangible how-to’s on negotiating the workplace as a woman.”

Sandra Salomonsen, Examiner.com book reviewer writes

It is about time that there was a "handbook" for women that told the truth about what it is to be a female in the business world and how to get what you want…Selena Rezvani's The Next Generation of Women Leaders is a resource any woman working in any field would be able to use in their careers for years to come.

The Next Generation of Women Leaders will be published on December 31, 2009. To buy the book, click here. For more information on Selena Rezvani, visit her website.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lillian Orlich (GSAS '51) - School Counselor for the Ages

Orlich.jpg Lillian Orlich (GSAS ’51) is the longest-serving employee in Prince William schools and, quite possibly, the Washington, DC region. She has accumulated more than 56 years of service at Osbourn Park High School in Virginia. After her graduation from NYU, "I struck out on my own," she told the Washington Post. She recalls the gray jumper with embroidered flowers she wore on her first day at Osbourn Park and the moment the principal introduced her as the "gal from Manhattan" to students not much younger than she. In the mid-1990s, she enrolled in Osbourn Park's Junior ROTC program so that she could be a role model for other students and to pursue a personal interest. Her role model growing up was Amelia Earhart. "That was an opportunity I never had as a young girl," she said. So, if she ever does retire, "maybe I will learn to fly."

To read the full story, and to see more photos, click here (free registration required).

photo by Dayna Smith for the Washington Post.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Jay Hopler (WSC ’92) Receives Whiting Writers Award

Jay Hopler, a 1992 graduate of Washington Square College, was one of ten writers to receive the 2009 Whiting Writers Award on October 28. The awards, which include a $50,000 prize for each recipient, have been given annually since 1985 to “writers of exceptional talent and promise in early career.” Jay was recognized at a ceremony that took place at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York on Wednesday, October 28.

Jay’s first book of poetry, Green Squall, was published in 2005 and was the winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, the oldest annual literary award in the United States. His work has been featured in various magazines and journals, including, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, and Ploughshares. In addition to his bachelors degree from NYU, he also has degrees from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Florida in Tampa.