Launched in 2012 by the AU Alumni Association, Alumni in the KNOW (AITK) is a distinguished alumni speaker series featuring AU alumni sharing their pathways to success.  AITK speakers are corporate and non-profit executives, entrepreneurs, business owners, and newsmakers. Typically, events are lecture-style presentations with a concluding Q & A session and dessert networking reception. 

Alumni in the KNOW events are free opportunities (for current students) to hear how alumni have excelled since their days as AU students. Come get to KNOW our successful alumni!  For more information, contact Isaac W. K. Thweatt, director of alumni outreach, at (202) 885-5930 or

Upcoming Speakers

Past Speakers

Ana Polanco, SPA/BA '98
Thursday, October 8, 2015 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Ana Polanco is an organizational coach, campaign strategist and the Co-Founder of Si Tú Quieres (STQ). Polanco has over eighteen years of experience working with international and U.S. membership based organizations and individuals to deliver purpose driven campaigns that create sustainable impact. She specializes in the intersections of movements, with an emphasis on worker rights, anti-violence, reproductive justice and immigration. Polanco is a lifelong learner, with a BA from American University and a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Adam Friedman, SOC/BA '79
Tuesday, October 6,2015 6:30-8:00 PM

Join alumnus Adam Friedman, founder and president of Vertical Ascent, for an exploration of his amazing 20+ year entertainment career and insights on his latest production Shout Gladi Gladi narrated Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep. An award-winning filmmaker and television producer, Friedman began his career directing a documentary entitled Wolves of Winter, which went on to receive two Emmy nominations.

Jeff Sine, SIS/BA '76
Thursday, September 17, 2015 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Jeff Sine is a founder and partner of Raine. Prior to Raine, Jeff was Vice Chairman & Global Head of Technology, Media & Telecom Investment Banking at UBS Investment Bank since joining UBS in April 2001 and was a board member since 2003. Mr. Sine sits on the boards of The Manhattan Theatre Club, The International Radio and Television Society, The Museum of Television and Radio Media Center, The USC Annenberg School of Communication / Law Center Joint Venture and is a member of the Board of Trustees  of American University. He has also produced many plays and musicals over the past two decades on Broadway and in London’s West End and is a three-time Tony Award Winner.

Women in Leadership
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Join the AU Alumni Association,  AU Women's Network, and the Career Center as a panel of distinguished alumnae discuss and share their experiences as women in leadership. The panel was moderated by Gail Hanson, Vice President for Campus Life.  The alumnae panel featured:
    • Lisa Rickard, WCL/JD ‘82, President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform; President of Workforce Freedom Initiative; Executive Vice President of the  U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    • Virginia Louloudes, CAS/MA '84, Executive Director at Alliance of Resident Theaters
    • Carmen Iezzi Messera, SIS/BA '00, SIS/MA '01, Executive Director at the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
    • Ayofemi Kirby, SOC/MA '12, Account Supervisor, MWW, Former Communications Director for the Congressional Black Caucus

Rick Davis SPA/BA '74
Monday, November 10, 2014
Richard Davis is CNN's executive vice president of News Standards and Practices. In this capacity, Davis works to ensure that CNN Worldwide's on-air reports and programs are fair, accurate and responsible. He was named to this position in July 1998. Davis previously served for eight years as CNN's vice president and senior executive producer for Washington Public Affairs Programs. He oversaw 20 on-air hosts and panelists and was responsible for CNN's Crossfire, Late Edition, The Capital Gang, Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields, Both Sides with Jesse Jackson and Reliable Sources.

Monica J. Hazangeles CAS/MA '96
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Ms. Hazangeles received her masters degree from American University in Art Management and began working at the Friends of Chamber Music in Kansas City, Missouri. She is currently President of Strathmore, a multi-disciplinary arts organization located in North Bethesda, Maryland. Hazangeles currently oversees Strathmore's day-to-day administration. During Hanzangeles tenure as President, she has dramatically expanded ticket sales, surpassing the $2 million ticket sales mark and fosters a culture of keeping Strathmore fresh and innovative. 

Edward McGinnis SIS/MA ‘92
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Mr. McGinnis is responsible for the Department of Energy's international civilian nuclear energy activities and also serves as Steering Group Chairman of the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation. Prior to working in the Office of Nuclear Energy, Mr. McGinnis led United States Government initiatives at the Department of Energy including having served as the senior Director for the office of Global Radiological Threat Reduction. McGinnis holds a master's degree from The American University's School of International Service in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of the Kennedy School's Senior Executive Fellows Program as well as the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at Harvard University.

Chris Womack, SPA/MPA '85

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Chris Womack is executive vice president and president of external affairs for Southern Company, one of America's largest producers of electricity. In this role, Womack directs the company's public policy strategies and oversees the company's federal and state governmental and regulatory affairs and corporate communication initiatives. A native of Greenville, Alabama, he holds a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and his master's degree in public administration from American University.

Women in Leadership
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Join the AU Alumni Association,  AU Women's Network, and the Career Center as a panel of distinguished alumnae discuss and share their experiences as women in leadership. The panel will be moderated by Gail Hanson, Vice President for Campus Life.  The alumnae panel will feature:

    • Judge Jeannie Hong, WCL/JD ‘92, Associate Judge with the Baltimore City Circuit Court
    • Noralisa Leo, SIS/MS '00, KSB/MBA '03, Senior Vice President at SKDKnickerbocker
    • Lisa Rosenthal, SPA/BA '97; KSB/MBA '01, Co-founder and chief executive officer of the Mayvin Consulting Group
    • Rayneisha Watson, KSB/MBA '08, Manager, Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Daniel Robinson, SIS/BA '79
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Dan Robinson has been Voice of America's Senior White House Correspondent since 2010. Voice of America is the official external radio and television broadcasting service of the United States federal government and is one of five civilian U.S. international broadcasters working under the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Before Voice of America, Mr. Robinson worked on Capitol Hill where he covered the House of Representatives from 2002 to 2009.

The Honorable Loretta L. Sanchez, Kogod/MBA '84
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Congresswoman Sanchez is currently the representative of California's 46th Congressional District. A recognized leader on military and national security issues, Rep. Sanchez is the second highest ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee. Rep. Sanchez is also  the leading voice in Congress for women in the military. She is founder and co-chair of the Women in the Military Caucus and is the highest ranked female on the Armed Services Committee. Rep. Sanchez is a graduate of Chapman University in 1982 and American University's MBA program in 1984.

James E. (Jim) Kennedy, SOC/MA '77
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Kennedy is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Communications for SONY Corporation of America, where he oversees the communications team, which is responsible for external and internal communications in the United States. He joined Sony in 2005 after serving as a spokesman for President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Joe Lieberman. Kennedy earned  his Master of Arts in Communications and Public Affairs Journalism from AU in 1977. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Rochester. 

Lori George Billingsley, SOC/MA '91
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Billingsley is the Vice President of Community Relations for Coca-Cola Refreshments, where she manages community giving and engagement in North America. Since her time at AU, Billingsley has served in numerous roles within the Public Affairs and Communications (PAC) department of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC), including Director of Community and Multicultural Communications and Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Coca-Cola North America PAC. Billingsley earned her Bachelor of Arts in public relations at Howard University in 1986.

Brian Keane, SPA-SOC/BA '89
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Keane is the founder of Smartpower, a nationwide nonprofit marketing organization dedicated to promoting clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency. A former advisor to the late Senator Paul Tsongas (D-MA) and congressional aide to Representative Les Aspin (D-WI), Keane has an extensive background in management, political communications.

John Wineglass, CAS/BS '94
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
A native Washingtonian, Wineglass maintains a distinguished career as a composer, performer, teacher, and businessman. As a recipient of three 2001-2005 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series and three 2002-2005 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards,Wineglass holds five ® EMMY nominations.