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Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

New York City is a vital center of innovative activities in both technology and communications.

The people who generate ideas, start businesses, and spark the area’s technological growth are experts and forward thinkers in their fields. Many are invited to speak to our students as part of a robust guest speaker program that brings industry leaders into Touro GST classrooms every semester, not only connecting our students with the latest industry trends, but giving them networking opportunities that are priceless as they start their careers.

We learn from industry experts!

Master of Science in Information Systems

Mr. Mikhail Gershkovich

Vice President of Business and Solution Architecture at Deloitte

Mr. Mikhail Gershkovich will be the guest speaker for Professor Braj Agarwal’s class, MSIN 677 Advanced Data Visualization, on December 2nd, 2020.

Mr. Mikhail Gershkovich is currently the Vice President of Business and Solution Architecture at Deloitte. The topic that will be discussed is analytics and database. This will include current industry trends, current popular topics, and software as well as job prospects in IT.

Mr. Ari Fass

Senior Systems Administrator at ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers)

Mr. Ari Fass was the guest speaker for Professor Joseph Herbst’s class, MSIS 640 Fundamentals of Cyber Security and Networking Technologies, on November 10th, 2020.

Mr. Ari Fass is currently a Senior Systems Administrator at ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers). The topic that he spoke about was cyber security in the global enterprise. He discussed the cyber security issues in a global enterprise environment. He used his experiences in a few global enterprises for data, mobile users as well as phone technology. He also set aside time to address employment, educational and certification issues in the real world from his perspective. He also reflected how his education at Touro GST helped him traverse the challenges of an ever evolving and changing technological world.

Mr. Dennis Britt

Vice President of Marketing and Delivery Management at City Bank, North America

Mr. Dennis Britt was the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz's class, MSIN 607 Effective Oral Communication and Written Skills, on May 6th, 2020.

Mr. Dennis Britt is currently the Vice President of Marketing and Delivery Management at City Bank, North America. The discussion was about careers in management and business communication.

Mr. Ari Fass

Senior Systems Administrator at ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers)

Mr. Ari Fass was the guest speaker for Professor Joseph Herbst's class, MSIS 640 Data Communication, on May 5th, 2020.

Mr. Ari Fass is currently a Senior Systems Administrator at ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers). The discussion was about his career and education.

Mr. Anthony Fama

Mr. Anthony Fama will be the guest speaker for Professor Albert Bina's class, MSIN 647 Computer Networking Routing and Switching, on May 4th, 2020.

My Anthony Fama currently works at Executive Technology Group. The discussion will be about current issues in real world security. The summary of the discussion will be about anatomy of attacks, types of hackers and how they conducts their attacks - Brief discussion on encryption algorithms - Protocols on WAN design and requirements for different business verticals - Routing protocols security weaknesses - Brief discussion on quantum computing and qubits - Brief discussion on AI.

Mr. Anthony Kelly

Director of Information Technology at Mekanism in NYC

Mr. Anthony Kelly was the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz's class, MSIN 607, Effective Oral Communication and Written Skills, on April 29th, 2020.

Mr. Anthony Kelly is currently the Director of Information Technology at Mekanism in NYC. The topic that was discussed was careers in Information Technology and business communication.

Ms. Samantha Samaroo

Ms. Samantha Samaroo will be the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz's class, MSIN 607 Effective Oral and Written Communication, on April 1st, 2020.

Ms. Samantha Samaroo is currently a Product Manager at Work-Stride. The topic that will be discussed is career journey and business communication.

Mr. Tom Kaprowicz

IT project Manager

Mr. Tom Kaprowicz will be the guest speaker for Professor Neil Masih's class, MSIN 611 Project Management Tools, on March 31st.

Mr. Tom Kaprowicz is currently an IT project Manager. He will share his inspirational story on his project management journey and how he ignites his team to produce successful project results.

Ms. Sherisse Brown

Administrative Assistant for Education Tech for Weil Cornell Medicine

Ms. Sherisse Brown will be the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz's class, MSIN 607 Effective and Oral Communication, on March 25th, 2020.

Ms. Sherisse Brown is currently an Administrative Assistant for Education Tech for Weil Cornell Medicine. She will discuss computer training support and education technology.

Master of Arts in Web and Multimedia Design

Mr. Malcolm Carrott

Animator at 321 Launch-Animation

Mr. Malcolm Carrott will be the guest speaker for Professor Dominika Juraszek, WMMN 641 3D Animation, on December 3rd, 2020.

Mr. Malcolm Carrott is currently an Animator at 321 Launch-Animation. The topic that will be discussed is 3D skills and career trends. This will include 3D texturing and portfolios.

Professor Gari Li

Touro GST professor for Web and Multimedia Design

Professor Gari Li will be the guest speaker for Professor Ilene Silverberg’s class, WMMN 601 Interface Design Principles, on November 23rd, 2020.

Professor Gary Li is a current Touro GST professor for Web and Multimedia Design. The topic that he discussed was Interface Design Principles with Sketch. He also mentioned the similarities between Sketch and Figma as well as UX/UI best practices.

Ms. Brooke Hubbard

Owner of MB Media

Ms. Brooke Hubbard was the guest speaker for Professor Charles DeBenedittis’ class, WMMN 620 Advertising in the Digital Age, on October 29th, 2020.

Ms. Brooke Hubbard is currently the Owner of MB Media. The topic that was discussed was real world approaches and examples of consulting for clients to use social media to achieve their marketing goals. This included real world approaches where social media contents and marketing is not as straightforward as textbooks make it seem; what it looks like to consult with new clients and to have them figure out which platforms to post content to and advertise in; and reasonable expectations you can give to your clients.

Ms. Grace Ling

UX Designer at EA

Ms. Grace Ling was the guest speaker for Professor Gary Li’s class, WMMN 613 Interactive Design I (Web Product Design), on October 14th, 2020.

Ms. Grace Ling is currently a UX Designer at EA. The topic that was discussed was building an inclusive design network/community and building a career as a designer. This included the design process, internships, and networking.

Ms. Johanan Eunice Livioco Bermudez

UX/UI Designer at Erdos Technologies

Ms. Johanan Eunice Livioco Bermudez will be the guest speaker for Professor Samuel Abrahamson's class, WMMN 636 Mobile Application Development II, on April 23rd, 2020.

Ms. Jonanan Eunice Livioco Bermudez is currently a UX/UI Designer at Erdos Technologies and a Touro GST alumnus. She will introducing herself, speaking about her background and current job, and then discuss the pressures she faced as a designer.

Kamana Kamkwalala

Kamana Kamkwalala will be the guest speaker for Professor Michele Teodori’s class, WMMN 670 Video and Audio Production, on March 23rd, 2020.

Kamana Kamkwalala is currently a Video on Demand Producer at Abrams Media. The discussion will be about video career and opportunities. This will include a general overlook by a young professional of the career opportunities in the video industry.

Ms. Emily Sarkis

Ms. Emily Sarkis will be the guest speaker for Professor Joseph LoCicero’s class, Interactive Design II WMMN 614, on March 11th, 2020.

Ms. Emily Sarkis is currently the Head of User Experience, Enterprise Portal and Collaboration at Wells Fargo. Emily will talk about her experiences as a UX/UI designer. She will take questions and show samples of her work redesigning the user experience at Wells Fargo.

Master of Science in Instructional Technology

Dr. Dawn Diperi

Instructional Designer at Harvard University

Dr. Dawn Diperi will be the guest speaker for Professor Holly Owens’ class, EDIN 673 Designing Online Instruction, on November 19th, 2020.

Dr. Dawn Diperi is currently an instructional designer at Harvard University. She discussed how she landed her dream job and her experiences in education. She shared her experience with instructional design, teaching online, and helping others to learn the skill.

Ms. Carol Schapiro, MLS, MS, JD

Librarian at Touro Libraries

Ms. Carol Schapiro, MLS, MS, JD was the guest speaker for Dean Issac Herskowitz’s class, EDIT 617 Foundations of Instructional Technology, on November 17th, 2020.

Ms. Carol Schapiro, MLS, MS, JD is currently a librarian at Touro Libraries. The topic that was discussed was research using Touro Libraries. This included how to conduct research for distance learning using Touro Libraries.

Ms. Aubrey Vance

Works at PITSCO

Ms. Aubrey Vance was the guest speaker for Professor Mark Gura’s class, EDIN 653 Technology Integration for School Leaders, on November 12th, 2020.

Ms. Aubrey Vance currently works at PITSCO. The topic that was discussed was improvement of instruction. This included evaluating resources, practices, and claims where they are effective and practical.

Ms. Batsheva Schiffer

Touro GST alumni and Instructional Designer

Ms. Batsheva Schiffer will be the guest speaker for Professor Irina Berman's class, EDIN 623 Foundations of Instructional Technology Design, on April 29th, 2020.

Ms. Batsheva Schiffer is currently a Touro GST alumni and Instructional Designer. She will speak about being an instructional designer and an overview of the new model of online learning and online instructional design.

Ms. Susan Sussman

CEO for Sussman Education

Ms. Susan Sussman will be the guest speaker for Professor Jacob Gutnicki's class, EDIN 670, The Educational Technology Specialist, on March 30th, 2020.

Ms. Susan Sussman is the CEO for Sussman Education. She will discuss web based resources for the classroom.