Communication Career Forum

Find Your Future

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
The Hub (SUB II), Ballroom

Communication Career Forum

Gain career advice and network with some of the nation’s leading communication professionals. Interactive, small-group mentoring sessions offer an opportunity to speak to 20 professionals representing a wide range of career paths – corporate communication, media production, journalism, marketing, public relations, and more. Explore your future now! Don’t wait until you graduate.

Join Keynote Speaker Rana Novack at the Communication Career Forum. 


Rana is a Mason Comm alum and is now the Leader of IBM’s Global Business Services North America Communications Strategy, Solution Owner of IBM’s Refugee and Migration Predictive Analytics Solution, and a Syrian American advocate for refugees and civilians in conflict. To learn more about Rana and the Department of Communication visit our site. 

Mentoring round table sessions begin will be led by professionals representing organizations including Mars Candy, Booze Allen, Northrop Grumman, Goodwill Industries International, Fenton Communication, NBC News, CBS Channel 9, Sage Communication, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, National Fisheries Institute, H+K Strategies, National 4H Council, Washington Nationals, the Press Secretary for the Mayor of D.C., and more! 


Mentor List:

Table 1 Internal Communication/Interpersonal Communication

  • Kelsey Agostinelli, Mars Inc., Internal Communications

Table 2 Federal Government

  • Jeff Houston, Senior Public Affairs Specialist, Naval Criminal Investigative Service,

Table 3 Local Government/State Government

  • Susana Castillo, Press Secretary, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser

Tables 4/5 External Relations/Corporate Communications/Strategic Marketing

  • Patrick Fernandez, Booz Allen
  • Paige LaPlant, Capital One

Table 6 Non-Profit

  • Suzanne Naylor, Marketing Program Manager, Goodwill Industries International

Table 7 Trade Associations and/or Advocacy Organization

  •  Gavin Gibbons, VP Communications, National Fisheries Institute

Table 8 Political Communications

  • Derrick Robinson, VP at Fenton Communications (three years at the Obama WH)

Tables 9/10 Media Relations

  • Diana Gulotta, Director of Communications, Prince William County Public Schools
  • Lana Petruzzo, Global Corporate Communications, Senior Manager, Hilton

Table 11 Media Production

  • Molly Herman, Executive Producer/Partner, The Biscuit Factory

Tables 12/13 Journalism

  • Marcella Robertson, CBS/Channel 9
  • Bill Lord, Formerly General Manager at WJLA, WRC

Tables 14/15 Agencies

 Public Relations (2 Tables for PR Industry Mentors)

  • Global: Lauren Herchert, H+K Strategies
  • Mid-Sized: Julie Murphy, Sage, IC Member

Table 16  Advertising/Marketing

  • Dvon Williams, Senior Director, PR & Celebrity Relations at National 4-H Council

Table 17 Sports Marketing

  • Kate Greenberg, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing for the Dream Foundation at Washington Nationals


Event Timeline: 

8: 30 a.m. Registration opens

            Networking Reception & Refreshments sponsored by Airbus

9:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker, Rana Novack

10:00 a.m. Mentoring Round Table Sessions Begin

(six rotations, 20 minutes each, five minutes between)

                        10:00 – 10:20 round one

                        10:25– 10:45 round two

                        10:50 – 11:10 round three

                        11:15– 11:35 round four

                        11:40 – 12:00 round five

                        12:05– 12:25 round six

12:30 p.m. Adjournment


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