Alumni in the KNOW Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series

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


David Wajsgras, Kogod/MBA '89

 David C. Wajsgras is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Raytheon Company.
 He has held this position since March 2006 and is a member of Raytheon’s senior leadership
 team, where he directs Raytheon’s overall financial strategy. Wajsgras provides extensive financial
 and operational expertise. His responsibilities include financial reporting and controls, merger
 and acquisition activity, planning and analysis, investor relations, tax and treasury. Wajsgras is
 currently a member of the Kogod Advisory Council for the Kogod School of Business at American
 University in Washington, D.C. Wajsgras earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the
 University of Maryland in College Park, and has a master’s degree in business administration
 from American University.

Edward McGinnis SIS/MA ‘92

Mr. McGinnis is responsible for the Department of Energy's international civilian nuclear energy
activitiesand 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.

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.