The Alumni Office is hosting an alumni panel series focused on a variety of topics. You can view the recordings below. Additional industry-specific virtual networking events will take place throughout the year. Visit our Alumni Homepage to view upcoming events.
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Alumni Football Panel
September 13, 2021
A panel discussion on Zoom discussing how we identify student athletes, the admissions process, financial aid, and how alumni can support these efforts. Featuring Athletic Director Jarrett Shine, Director of Admission Sarah Markhovsky, Director of Financial Aid Amy DeBorst, and Associate Director of Admission Johnny Thompson.
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Hornet Football: Sports Performance
July 20, 2021 The Sports Performance team builds long-term athletic development programs that are age and skill appropriately related to team and student needs improving fitness, wellness, and performance. Hear from Jessen Houston, Director of Sports Performance, about the strength and conditioning programs, nutrition education and comprehensive approach in supporting our athletes.
Jessen Houston Jessen Houston is Greenhill's Director of Sports Performance where he develops the strength and conditioning programs for our Hornet student-athletes. Houston is a certified Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Athletic Trainer, and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. His specialties include Dietetics and Performance Nutrition, Athletic Training, Sports Rehabilitation, Strength and Conditioning, Personal Training, Wellness Consulting, and Curriculum Development. Houston holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Athletic Training, Sports Medicine, and Exercise Science as well as a master's degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University.
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Careers in Advocacy & Activism
February 22, 2021 This panel brings together alumni working in the field of social justice and advocacy. We will discuss the challenges and rewards of careers in social justice, companies are exploring corporate responsibility/philanthropy these days.
Chelsey Birgisdóttir '11 Chelsey Birgisdóttir is the Policy Associate at the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties where she works with community partners to help develop and execute campaigns addressing police accountability and transparency. She represents the ACLU-SDIC in the Coalition for Police Accountability and Transparency (CPAT) and also works with other ACLU California affiliates as part of the Police Practices and Tech and Civil Liberties teams to support the development and passage of legislation at the state level. Birgisdottir also does community education work where she shares data that reveals the extent and magnitude of biased policing in our region.
Payal Dalal '99 Payal currently serves as the Senior Vice President, Social Impact, International Markets at the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth. She joined the Center in April 2018, oversees the Center’s philanthropic investments around the globe and manages the Center’s international team across Dubai, London, Miami, New York and Singapore. Previously, she was Head of Global Community Programs for Standard Chartered Bank. In this capacity, she designed the Bank’s new community investment strategy and oversaw all programs related to education, girls’ empowerment, global health, emergency response, and disaster relief. Payal joined Standard Chartered in July 2008 as the Head of Public Affairs for the Americas With a professional background in international philanthropy and politics, Payal has worked for a wide range of public sector organizations including the World Affairs Council, the Global Philanthropy Forum and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Payal also worked on foreign policy for the Office of President William J. Clinton. In 2014, President and Secretary Clinton appointed Payal to be a program advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative; she continued in this role until CGI ceased in 2016.
Payal has extensive experience in financial services as well. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, she worked on the launch of the AT&T Universal Savings and Reward Card for Citi. Payal serves as a trustee for Global Impact UK and is a fellow at the RSA and the Institute for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. A Texas native, Payal has a BA with honors from Stanford University and an MBA and an MPA from New York University.
Moderator: Monsie Muñoz '05
Monsie Muñoz is the Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion at Greenhill School. She started teaching in Italy after graduating from Williams College. Over the course of her 11 year career, she has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels. As a career educator, she understands the power of education and the positive impact it can have on all students. She prioritizes the creation of a vibrant and engaging school environment for all students that celebrates each them for who they are and what they bring to their communities. Her current role as Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion allows her to focus on creating equitable and inclusive practices by shaping curriculum, engaging in community conversations, and creating programming across divisions.
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Alumni on Economics
December 16, 2020 Alumnus and On-Air Business Analyst, David Johnson '67, will moderate a discussion on COVID-19's disruption to the financial markets. Hear alumni perspectives on challenges with supply and demand, uncertainty for business leaders, adapting to changes, and how we will move forward. We hope that this will be informative and a networking opportunity for our Alumni working through this interesting economic time.
Cindy Solomon '93, Vice President, Client Services, the Vega Group Cindy Solomon is a marketing executive who is currently the Vice President of Client Relations for The Vega Group, a hospitality and events agency that specializes in sports and entertainment experiences. A native of Dallas, Cindy went to Greenhill School and then graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University.
Omar Mallick '95, Chief Investment Officer and Founder, Holbrook Management Omar Mallick is the Chief Investment Officer and founder of Holbrook Management, an investment firm with a flexible mandate to pursue opportunities across asset classes, industries, and geographies in the public markets. Prior to Holbrook, Omar worked at Compass Global, a family office in New York, where he invested in global equities and fixed income. Before Compass, he worked at GoldenTree Asset Management, a credit manager specializing in high yield debt and distressed investing. Omar began his career in the private equity industry at Bear Stearns Merchant Banking and The Cypress Group.
Omar has an AB in Economics from Princeton, an MBA in Finance from Wharton, and a Quantitative Studies for Finance certificate from Columbia. Omar graduated from Greenhill in 1995 and lives in Dallas with his wife Sarah and three-year old daughter Eva.
David Johnson '67, Business Analyst David Johnson has been KRLD 1080 NewsRadio's Business Analyst for 40 years and is one of the most respected business voices in radio. David delivers real-time updates, insights, and breaking news from Wall Street and financial markets across the world every day. You'll also hear him interviewing the top CEOs from around the country during the CEO Spotlight. David has served the Greenhill community for decades through the Alumni Board and Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Deborah, are parents to two Greenhill Alumni: Ben '01 and Sam '06.
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2020 Alumni Awards Panel
October 22, 2020 Join the Greenhill Alumni Board as we celebrate the 2020 Alumni Award Honorees through a virtual program including a panel discussion with award recipients. This session features Karen Rupert Toliver '84 and Christopher I. Clark '89 and is moderated by 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Michael Davis '84.
Karen Rupert Toliver '84 Karen Rupert Toliver '84 is the Executive Vice President of Creative for Sony Pictures Animation. She is producer of the 2020 Academy Award-winning animated short film, Hair Love, directed by Matthew A. Cherry.
Christopher I. Clark '89 Christopher I. Clark '89 began his service career at Greenhill as an alumni board member in 2003. He served in various leadership positions including Alumni Board President for two years. Chris led the board through his work on various committees: Operations, Nominating, Greenhill Fund Alumni Chair, Vice President, and Alumni Liaison. Chris developed the first full alumni board bylaws and served as counsel, assisting in the revisions of the bylaws for the last 10 years.