Friday, January 29, 2010

Cassidy Podell (CAS ’03) – World Renowned DJ

cassidy1_1296x864.jpgCassidy Podell, better known as DJ Cassidy, is the most desired deejay in the industry. He has deejayed for countless celebrities including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez, and Jay-Z. His list of clients also include record labels, networks and designers. Last year, he was requested by President Obama to deejay for his Presidential Inauguration.

DJ Cassidy started deejaying at the age of eleven when his parents gave him two turntables and a mixer for his birthday. He continued to develop his talent as a junior high school student and he soon became the deejay of choice for many private school parties. While he was a student at NYU, he was able to find his style and an audience to appreciate the music. He has since been able to musically connect with everyone he encounters. As he says, “There is simply no crowd I can’t move and there is no better feeling than that.”

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Alexandra Mayzler (CAS '05) - Entrepreneur and Tutor Extraordinaire

Mayzler.jpgAlexandra Mayzler (CAS ’05) was recently profiled in the New York Times Business section. Thinking Caps Tutoring has grown from a business that Alexandra started in her NYU dorm room to a thriving company that employs 30 tutors and part-time employees. She is looking to expand so that the business can be her lifelong career. According to the Times,

"to carry itself for the next 40 years, Ms. Mayzler says, Thinking Caps must ‘become more of a stand-alone brand, not an Alexandra brand.’"

In addition to working as the Founding Educational Director of Thinking Caps, Alexandra had the time to co-author ''Tutor in a Book,'' which will be published by Adams Media in July.

To read the entire article, click here. For more on Alexandra Mayzler and Thinking Caps, visit their website.

Photo of Alexandra Mayzler from NYC Private Schools Blog.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lisa Drayer (GSAS '00) – Nutritionist and Weight Loss Expert

drayerbk.jpg Lisa Drayer, an alumna of the Masters Program in Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting at GSAS, is a nutritionist who has helped many individuals improve their health and achieve their weight loss goals. She was a regular contributor to CNN with her “Breakfast with Daybreak” segment. She has also made appearances on network morning shows, including the "Today" Show on NBC and ABC’s "Good Morning America." Lisa is the weight loss and nutrition expert for Women’s Health magazine, where she answers readers' diet questions in her monthly column. Her advice has appeared in several other national magazines and newspapers, including Elle, Fitness, McCall’s, Family Circle, Marie Claire, Bon Appetit, Seventeen, Natural Health, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune.

Lisa has written two books, most recently The Beauty Diet: Looking Great has Never Been So Delicious.

She is the recipient of the American Dietetic Association's 2005 Media Excellence Award, given on behalf of ADA's 70,000 members.

For more information on Lisa Drayer, check out her website.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Elizabeth Gilbert (WSC '91) - Following Up Her Bestselling Memoir

Committed.jpgElizabeth Gilbert’s (WSC ’91) hugely popular memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, chronicles her journey to Italy, India, and Bali after going through a divorce. While that book was about finding herself while traveling through three countries, her new book, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage, is about doing something she never thought she’d do again – remarry. According to an article in O Magazine
“If [Eat, Pray, Love] was a response to Gilbert's brutal divorce, her stirring new book, Committed, is a meditation on marriage.”
If you’re in the New York City area on January 5, you can attend a reading by Ms. Gilbert at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square. For more information on Elizabeth Gilbert and her new book, which is being released today, visit her website.