Proud to BU

Incredible Stories. Unique Careers. Proud Alumni. The Proud to BU podcast showcases the career journeys of some of Boston University’s most interesting and accomplished alumni. Inspiring BU grads share the highs, the lows, and the challenges they’ve overcome along their journeys from Comm Ave to innovative careers, providing listeners with unique perspectives and fresh ideas as they navigate their own professional development. No matter where your path takes you, be Proud to BU!

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4 days ago

As the former editor in chief of the Daily Free Press, journalist Saba Hamedy (COM’13, CAS’13) was responsible for publishing a daily newspaper and managing a crew of students, all while completing a full-time dual-degree program at BU.
On this episode, learn about Saba’s career journey from FreeP to covering entertainment, politics, and culture at news outlets such as the LA Times, Huffington Post, CNN, and her current role as culture & trends editor for NBC News Digital.
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Monday Apr 08, 2024

For Mary McManus (COM’76) contracting polio in Kindergarten was just one of the many challenges she faced throughout her childhood. Despite her difficult upbringing, Mary went on to have a long career in social work until, in her early-50s, she was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome, a neuromuscular disease that doctors said could cause Mary to lose her mobility.
In this episode, hear how this devastating diagnosis inspired Mary to defy the odds and complete the unlikely goal of running the Boston Marathon, and how she has channeled her health struggles and personal trauma into a successful second career as a poet, author, and motivational speaker.  Her 7th book, "A Most Unlikely Runner: Inspiration From The Heart of a Warrior" will be released on May 25, 2024. Find details on her website at http://www.marymcmanus.com/mostunlikelyrunner and don’t miss the profile of Mary in Bostonia Magazine.
Please note: this episode includes a discussion of a family member’s suicide. If you are dealing with thoughts of suicide, call or text 988 to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
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Monday Apr 01, 2024

Over more than two decades in media and politics, Marcelo Garcia (Pardee’96) has become a foremost expert and grassroots organizer in digital leadership, fighting the rising scourge of online disinformation and digital violence.
In this episode, hear how Marcelo’s creation of the BU Mexican Students Association lit the political spark which eventually led him to a position in the Mexican Congress, and how his role as the Co-Founder of the Academia Política Digital empowers him to bridge the digital transformation gap and train the public leaders of the future with the tools to excel in our evolving digital world.  
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Monday Mar 25, 2024

As a cello performance grad student, Kendall Ramseur (CFA’12) was thrust into the spotlight when his BU student quartet Sons of Serendip became a national sensation on hit competition show “America’s Got Talent.”
On this episode, hear about Kendall’s incredible musical journey of emotional healing and connection -- from performing for Dr. Maya Angelou to touring across the world with Sons of Serendip to composing solo and symphonic work for various media – and about his latest venture as Co-Founder and Music Director for the upcoming Sound Grove Community Studios in Malden, MA.
Listen to Kendall’s music and learn more about his work at https://www.kendallramseur.com/.
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Monday Mar 18, 2024

After an early career practicing law, Larry Freedman (Questrom’85) took a leap toward his first love of professional sports and moved to Hollywood to manage a portfolio of minor league baseball teams across the country. When his business partner entered the ownership group of the nascent Los Angeles Football Club in 2014, Larry became instrumental in creating the brand new MLS team – from designing a stadium to building corporate partners to cultivating a loyal and passionate fanbase. 
On this episode of Proud to BU, hear about Larry’s path from aspiring pro athlete to becoming the Co-President and Chief Business Officer for the championship-winning LAFC that, against all odds, has become the most valuable franchise in Major League Soccer. 
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Monday Mar 11, 2024

It’s been five years since we spoke with NASA Engineer Dr. Jenny Gruber (ENG’99 ‘99) and former Facebook media relations executive Anthony Harrison (COM'81), and a lot has changed! On this episode, Jenny and Anthony come together to discuss the joys & disappointments they’ve experienced these past five years, the hard decisions they’ve made in their professional lives, and what really matters to them as they enter new stages in their lives.  
As the current and most recent Presidents of the BU Alumni Association, Jenny and Anthony also discuss the creation of the Alumni Association Scholarship and their vision of support that alumni can offer to the next generation of BU students. If you want to help future alums achieve their academic dreams, contribute now to the BU Alumni Association Scholarship. 
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Monday Mar 04, 2024

As the VP of Talent and Partnerships for legendary entertainment company Dick Clark Productions, Jeremy Lowe (CGS’12, Questrom’14) manages relationships with entertainers, creators, and brands for numerous dcp shows, including The Golden Globes, Academy of Country Music Awards, and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. On this episode, Jeremy tells us about the qualities it takes to be successful in Hollywood and about how his BU student experience (both inside and outside the classroom) taught him the leadership, marketing, and communication skills that have propelled his career toward the stars.  
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Monday Feb 26, 2024

As Official White House Photographer for Presidents Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, and a respected photojournalist for numerous news organizations, Pete Souza (COM’76) has spent decades on the front lines of history; but it was as a junior at BU that his journey into photography began. On this episode, hear about Pete’s experience working closely with two of the most iconic Democrat and Republican presidents in modern times, his thoughts on the importance of authenticity in journalism, especially in the dawning age of AI, and about using his platform to speak out where he saw wrong.
See more of Pete’s work at https://www.petesouza.com/ or follow him on Instagram @petesouza.
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Monday Feb 19, 2024

When family concerns led Ayele Shakur (Questrom’87) to change her trajectory from aspiring screenwriter to a business degree, she set in motion a career that’s just as inspiring as any Hollywood biopic. On this episode, hear how Ayele went from being a teacher in Compton to the CEO of BUILD, a national nonprofit supporting students from under-resourced communities, and what brought her to her current role as President of the Redstone Family Foundation where she provides funding for organizations that are creating innovative programs to end racism and antisemitism. 
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Monday Feb 12, 2024

Robert Vail (SHA’85) first developed a love for the intersection of food, culture, and hospitality as a kid, traveling the globe on his dad’s business trips. Upon completing BU’s Hotel and Food Administration Program and after several years working to open a chain of restaurants around New England, Robert was looking for a new opportunity in the food and beverage industry. When he interviewed to join a small team at the scrappy brewery behind Sam Adams Boston Lager, he didn’t realize he would be embarking on a three-decade career with the company. On this episode, hear about Robert’s journey to Head of Innovation at The Boston Beer Company, and how his philosophy of “science and music” drives his pursuit for new products, new flavors, and new ways to give the people what they really want.  
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Monday Feb 05, 2024

When Hannah Olson (SHA’17) contracted Lyme disease as a sophomore Hospitality Administration major, her life was thrown into a difficult world of hospital visits, IVs, and other health challenges. But from that illness came the idea for Chronically Capable, an online platform connecting people with chronic illnesses to supportive businesses. Next, she launched Disclo, an HR tech software startup that streamlines the process of workplace disclosures and accommodations.  
Hannah spoke with us about her growth as a leader and how she transformed personal adversity into innovation and advocacy for the disability community. Shortly after our recording, Hannah was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2024. 
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Friday Jan 26, 2024

Mary Alice Stephenson (CGS'88, COM’90) spent years at the height of haute couture -- from fashion director for publications such as Vogue, Allure, and Harper’s Bazaar to beauty consultant for major celebrities and style commentator across popular television and news. On this episode, hear how Mary Alice’s drive toward service, inspired by lessons she learned from her parents and as a BU student, led her to create GLAM4GOOD, a nonprofit organization facilitating the donation of millions of dollars of clothing and personal care items to families in need.
Season 3, Episode 3
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Friday Jan 26, 2024

Archie Cubarrubia (Sargent’01, Wheelock’02) knew he wanted to work in higher education from his days as a student leader at BU, but it was through an internship with the US Department of Education that he first began to understand the breadth and impact of higher education for students across the country. After receiving his doctorate from George Washington University and leading institutional effectiveness for Miami Dade College, Archie was recruited to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he now oversees catalytic investments that help remove barriers to college success for lower-income and underrepresented students.  
Season 3, Episode 2
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Friday Jan 26, 2024

Priyanka Naik (CAS’10) is a celebrated vegan chef, Food Network champion, and author of cookbook THE MODERN TIFFIN. A first-generation Indian American, Priyanka's path took her from pre-med and economics to a career in media & tech, including several years as an executive at X (formerly Twitter), before launching full-time into the culinary world, merging Eastern traditions with Western culinary techniques.
Priyanka joined us to discuss her unconventional path and how she embraced her cultural identity and spirit of entrepreneurship to turn her culinary interests into a thriving career.
Season 3, Episode 1
Chef Priyanka's Upcoming Events: • February 15: Williams Sonoma Book Signing & Cooking Demo (Columbus Circle NYC) - Get tickets here. • February 23 - 25: South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBE) (Miami, FL) - Get tickets here. 
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Thursday Jan 25, 2024

The BU Alumni Podcast Returns!
Season 3 of Proud to BU showcases the career journeys of some of Boston University’s most interesting and accomplished alumni. Inspiring BU grads share the highs, the lows, and the challenges they’ve overcome along the way.
Watch for new episodes coming soon! Upcoming alumni guests include a celebrity chef, a fashion philanthropist, a Forbes 30 under 30 CEO, a Boston beer innovator, and more!
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Wednesday Nov 29, 2023

What’s the best part of being a crime scene specialist? For Andrea Feldman (Sargent’06, MED’09), nothing compares to the instant gratification when her forensic evidence helps bring the ‘bad guys’ to justice. As an undergraduate at BU, Andrea earned a degree in health studies from Sargent College and she went on to earn a master’s in biomedical forensic sciences at the School of Medicine. While she may not have followed the path she expected, pursuing her life’s work has brought Andrea tremendous satisfaction.
Recorded March 2019

Tuesday Nov 14, 2023

Leaving the field to take a corporate job at HBO wasn’t an easy decision for Jay Roewe (COM’79). Looking back on it today, he says it was one of the best decisions he’s ever made. Jay graduated from BU’s College of Communication in 1979 with a degree in television. Today, he serves as Senior Vice President for West Coast Productions at HBO and is a driving force behind some of the network’s most groundbreaking and successful shows. On this episode of the podcast, Jay sits down with Rukia Magege (COM’20) to talk shop and explore the future of the entertainment industry.
Recorded May 2020

Tuesday Nov 14, 2023

Ivellisse Morales (COM’12) is on a mission to build a national network of creatives who can help illuminate the important issues that need attention and action in America. She is the founder and CEO of bombilla, a branding and design firm with an intentional focus on reimagining the creative agency model and embodying representative storytelling to advance social change. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the College of Communication in 2012, Ivi honed her skills at world-renowned firms and organizations like IDEO, Year Up, Cone Communications, and Ogilvy. Two years ago, she launched her own firm and has been making waves in the world of social entrepreneurship ever since.
On this episode of the podcast, Ivi walks us through her unique journey to entrepreneurship and she shares her vision for a future in which bombilla scales up to become a socially-conscious creative enterprise celebrated as “a Pixar for progress, an IDEO for inclusion”.
Please note, this interview was recorded in May 2020 prior to the nationwide demonstrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. If you’d like to learn more about bombilla, visit their website, bombilla.co. As you’ll hear, this episode of the podcast is hosted by Dan Gardiner (Questrom’20) from the alumni career programs team.
Recorded May 2020

Friday Nov 10, 2023

Hyeji Byun (Pardee’11) is a licensing project manager at Big Hit IP. One aspect of her dynamic job is to find meaningful ways to bring the South Korean boy band sensation, BTS, closer to their fans. From animated characters to pop-up stores around the world, there is no shortage of opportunities to expand the reach of this cultural phenomenon. On this episode of the podcast, Hyeji shares her story and identifies the common threads between her current career and her childhood dream of becoming a Korean diplomat.
Recorded April 2020

Friday Nov 10, 2023

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are joined on the podcast by Bryan Murphy-Eustis (SPH’04), a public health practitioner with unique insights to share. Bryan earned his MPH from Boston University in 2004 and went on to found his own public health consulting practice, BME Strategies. He also served as the Executive Director of Partners in Health Liberia where he coordinated the NGO’s West African response to the Ebola crisis. Today, Bryan works to develop and deploy new global health technologies through Global Good at Intellectual Ventures. He joined us on Proud to BU to talk about his background and his perspective on our collective path forward through this pandemic.
Recorded April 2020

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