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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. Anthony Fama

CEO, CSO, CISSP at Executive Technology Group

Mr. Anthony Fama was the guest speaker for Professor Albert Bina’s class, MSIN 647 - Computer Networking Routing and Switching ,on November 28th, 2022.

Mr. Anthony Fama is currently the CEO, CSO, CISSP at Executive Technology Group. The topic that was discussed was Current issues in real world security.

Ms. Sherisse Brown

IT services & training at Weill Cornell Medicine

Ms. Sherisse Brown will be the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class, MSIN 607 - Effective Oral and Written Communication for Managers, on November 23rd, 2022.

Sherisse Brown is currently working in IT services & training at Weill Cornell Medicine. The topic to be discussed is her Career Journey - meeting the IT needs of a diverse population in an academic setting.

Mr. Anthony Kelly

Head of Information Technology at MEKANISH

Mr. Anthony Kelly was the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class, MSIN 607 - Effective Oral and Written Communication for Managers, on November 2nd, 2022.

Mr. Anthony Kelly is currently the Head of Information Technology at MEKANISH. The topic that was discussed was Cultivating partnerships, and building lasting relationships.

Mr. Anthony Fama

CEO, CISSP at Executive Technology Group

Mr. Anthony Fama was the guest speaker for Professor Albert Bina’s class, MSIN 647 Computer Networking Routing and Switching, on May 9th, 2022.

Mr. Anthony Fama is currently a CEO, CISSP at Executive Technology Group. The topic summary was current issues in real-world security which included Anatomy of attacks, types of hackers and how they conduct their attacks. There was a brief discussion on encryption algorithms, protocols on WAN design and requirements for different business verticals, routing protocols security weaknesses and on quantum computing and qubit.

Ms. Mailen Nunez

Operations Analyst at the Teachers’ Retirement System

Ms. Mailen Nunez will be the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class, MSIS 607 Effective Oral and Written Communication for Managers, on April 27th, 2022.

Ms. Mailen Nunez is currently an Operations Analyst at the Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York. The discussion will be about innovative technologies in the workplace. This will include managing and balancing daily activities.

Mr. Anthony Kelly

Director of Information Technology at Redscout

Mr. Anthony Kelly will be the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class, MSIS 607 Effective Oral and Written Communication for Managers, on April 6th, 2022.

Mr. Anthony Kelly is currently a Director of Information Technology at Redscout. The discussion will be about the ability to do troubleshooting and project management.

Ms. Sherisse Brown

Education and Outreach Coordinator at Cornell Medicine

Ms. Sherisse Brown will be the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class, MSIS 607 Effective Oral and Written Communication for Managers, on March 30th, 2022.

Ms. Sherisse Brown is currently an Education and Outreach Coordinator at Cornell Medicine. The discussion will be about your career journey and will include the training and support that meets your needs.

Master of Arts in Web and Multimedia Design

Ms. Pilar Newton-Katz

Animator / Illustrator / Author at PilarToons

Ms. Pilar Newton-Katz will be the guest speaker for Professor Emmett Goodman’s class, WMM 640 - Principles of 2D Animation, on December 7th, 2022.

Ms. Pilar Newton-Katz is currently the Animator / Illustrator / Author at PilarToons, LLC. The topic to be discussed is Animation Culture in New York City.

Mr. Kannan Sankaran

Artificial Intelligence Engineer at Deutsche bank

Mr. Kannan Sankaran will be the guest speaker for Professor Lina Zuur’s class, WMM 601 - UX/UI Design Principles, on November 30th, 2022.

Mr. Kannan Sankaran is currently the Artificial Intelligence Engineer at Deutsche bank. The topic to be discussed is The role of UX designers in a sprint process.

Ms. Polina Bulman

Self-Employed Family Photographer

Ms. Polina Bulman will be the guest speaker for Professor Jolie Ruelle's class, WMMN 660 Digital Photography for Designers, on April 28th, 2022.

Ms. Polina Bulman is currently a Self-Employed Family Photographer. The discussion will be about photography.

Mr. Ali Berk Uyanik

UX/UI Designer at Groove Jones

Mr. Ali Berk Uyanik will be the guest speaker for Professor Joseph LoCicero’s class, WMMN 625 Corporate Design, on March 31st, 2022.

Mr. Ali Berk Uyanik is currently a UX/UI Designer at Groove Jones. The discussion will be about using UX/UI Skills for Corporate Design. This will include going from a student to a professional designer.

Ms. Emily Sherman

UX/UI Designer

Ms. Emily Sherman will be the guest speaker for Professor Ilene Silverberg's class, WMMN 601 UX/UI Design Principles, on March 16th.

Ms Emily Sherman is currently a UX/UI Designer.

Ms. Jenine Lurie

Digital Innovation Leader in Experience Strategy and Design at Deloitte

Ms. Jenine Lurie was the guest speaker for Professor Valerie Taylor’s class, WMMN 614 Interaction Design for Mobile, on March 8th, 2022.

Ms. Jenine Lurie is currently a Digital Innovation Leader in Experience Strategy and Design at Deloitte. The discussion will include customer journeys and user research.

Master of Science in Instructional Technology

Dr. Jerald Cole

Professor at Harvard University

Dr. Jerald Cole was the guest speaker for Professor Jacob Gutnicki’s class, EDIN 670 - The Educational Technology Specialist, on November 28th, 2022.

Dr. Jerald Cole is currently a Professor at Harvard University. The topic that was discussed was Exploring Emerging Technologies for the Classroom.

Dr. Sonny Magana

Author of Disruptive Classroom Technologies

Dr. Sonny Magana was the guest speaker for Professor Mark Gura’s class, EDIN 653 - Technology Integration for School Leaders, on November 22nd, 2022.

Dr. Sonny Magana is currently the Author of Disruptive Classroom Technologies. The topic discussed was Perspective on contemporary pre-K -12 Education.

Mr. Morris Brown

Technical Trainer / Instructional Designer / Girl Dad / Author at MJ Brown Consulting/Kaiser Permanente

Mr. Morris Brown was the guest speaker for Professor Patricia Baia’s class, EDIN 646 Distance Learning Applications, on September 29th, 2022.

Mr. Morris Brown is currently a Technical Trainer / Instructional Designer / Girl Dad / Author at MJ Brown Consulting/Kaiser Permanente. The topic that was discussed was corporate and education – working in both sectors.

Mr. David Seelow

Learning Innovator, Author, Speaker, and Consultant at University at Albany/Revolutionary Learning

Mr. David Seelow was the guest speaker for Professor Patricia Baia’s class, EDIN 646 Distance Learning Applications, on October 20th, 2022.

Mr. David Seelow is currently a Learning Innovator, Author, Speaker, and Consultant at University at Albany/Revolutionary Learning. The topic that was discussed was game-based theory.

Ms. Ashley Lonie

Founder and CEO of Teamed

Ms. Ashley Lonie will be the guest speaker for Professor Patricia Baia’s class, EDIN 646 Distance Learning Applications, on December 1st, 2022.

Ms. Ashley Lonie is currently a Founder and CEO of Teamed. The discussion will be about staffing Agency/Resources/Internships and how to market yourself and resources to help them get a job.

Mr. Steve Sussman

Assistive and Special Needs Technology

Mr. Steve Sussman will be the guest speaker for Professor Jacob Gutnicki’s class, EDIN 652 Assistive and Special Needs Technology, on April 28th, 2022.

Mr. Steve Sussman is currently the CEO of Sussman Education. The topic that will be discussed is software for special needs students.

Ms. Camila Oliveira

Educational Consultant at All in Learning

Ms. Camila Oliveira will be the guest speaker for Professor Holly Owens’ class, EDIN 673 Designing Online Instruction, on April 14th, 2022.

Ms. Camila Oliveira is currently an Educational Consultant at All in Learning. The discussion will be about how to go from teaching to Ed Tech consulting.

Mr. Jerald Dana Cole

Educational Technology Specialist

Mr. Jerald Dana Cole was the guest speaker for Professor Jacob Gutnicki’s class, EDIN 670 The Educational Technology Specialist, on March 21st, 2022.

Mr. Jerald Dana Cole is currently a Professor at Harvard University. The topic was about technology/leadership and using online resources in a post-covid world.

Ms. Betty Dennewitz

Immersive Experience Designer at The Ken Blanchard Companies and If You Ask Betty

Ms. Betty Dennewitz will be the guest speaker for Professor Holly Owens’ class, EDIN 673 Designing Online Instruction, on March 10th, 2022.

Ms. Betty Dennewitz is currently an Immersive Experience Designer at The Ken Blanchard Companies and If You Ask Betty. The discussion will be about augmented reality in ID. This will include real-world ID experiences with AR in the field.