SPOTLIGHT: Alums in the News

From Seneca to the Stage
After playing to rave reviews and capacity crowds in London and Edinburgh, Love for Sale, a cabaret-play devised and performed by Kelly Burke ’05, ran at the Off-Broadway Soho Playhouse in New York early this year. The play was directed by HWS Professor Emeritus of Theatre Robert F. Gross, with Broadway music director Charlie Alterman (Pippin, Next to Normal) on the piano. Time Out New York also named the show on their list of Top 10 Things to Do in February.

Cohen ’67 Publishes Debut Book
Trustee Stephen L. Cohen ’67 shares his more than 40 years of experience in The Complete Guide to Building and Growing a Talent Development Firm, which offers practical strategies for establishing and growing a successful consultancy. Cohen is the founder and principal of Strategic Leadership Collaborative, Inc., a private consulting practice focused on business strategy and leader development.

The (Top) Doctor Is In
Medical magazine The Pathologist named Dr. Rashna Clubwala Meunier ’07 as a rising star on their Power List. Nominated by her peers and honored by an esteemed judge panel, Meunier practices pathology at Glens Falls Hospital in Glens Falls, N.Y., and served as the vice chair of the College of American Pathologists Residents Forum.

Decoding Intelligence
During the past few months, former CIA officer John Sipher ’83, P’19 has been called on frequently by news shows like PBS NewsHour, CNBC and CNN to offer his expertise on relations between U.S. and Russia. Retiring from the CIA in 2014, Sipher was stationed in Moscow in the 1990s and served as the Deputy of the CIA’s worldwide Russia program for three years.

Red Carpet Regulars
In the latest chapter of their illustrious careers, Brad Falchuk ’93, L.H.D. ’14, Trustee William T. Whitaker, Jr. ’73, L.H.D. ’97 and Warren Littlefield ’74 were recognized for their exceptional contributions to entertainment. Falchuk ’93, L.H.D. ’14 won the Emmy for “Outstanding Limited Series” and the Golden Globe for “Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Whitaker ’73 won an Emmy for “Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting in a News Magazine” for his work on 60 Minutes. Littlefield ’74’s series Fargo won Emmys for “Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie” and “Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special.”

Charlie Rose
Joshua Horowitz ’98 and Reynold Levy ’66, L.H.D. ’14 appeared on back-toback episodes of Charlie Rose to discuss their respective fields: Horowitz weighed in on this year’s Oscar nominations while Levy, former president of Lincoln Center and current president of the Robin Hood Foundation, discussed his efforts to help New Yorkers receive illegally blocked benefits. Horowitz, who got his start in the entertainment industry at Charlie Rose, described the homecoming as a “surreal and wonderful honor. To come back in this capacity wasn’t something I ever seriously thought might happen.”

Mathai ’94 Shines in Kenya
Wanjira Mathai ’94 was recently featured as the “Personality of the Week” by The Daily Nation, one of Kenya’s most popular newspapers. An international steward of environmental sustainability and women’s equality, Mathai is the chair of the Greenbelt Movement, co-chair of the Global Restoration Council, chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation and director of the Women Entrepreneurship in Renewables Hub.

Javier Saralegui ’80 leads the new venture, DangerTV, which is quickly expanding as the latest tech venture to catch fire. The over-the-top channel streams extreme sport content and short videos, featuring wildlife, speed, weather and disaster as well as professions like search and rescue team members, and adventures like extreme paragliding.


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