Young Alumni Form Laurentians in Residence Career Panel

By Kathryn Corbitt '18

This year’s Laurentian in Residence panel was composed of five recently graduated alumni. Pierson Fowler ’14, Ashley Jefress ’13, Tonisha Kerr ’15, Tai Nixa Peterson ’12, and Dzifa Yador ’11 composed this year’s selected group of alumni professionals.

The Laurentians in Residence program is a collaboration of Career Services, the Student Alumni Association, and University Advancement aimed to connect current students with alumni in a range of professional industries. This program is sponsored in part by the Alumni Executive Council.

This year, the Larentians in Residence offered an interactive career panel with a reception on Thursday, March 1. This young alumni panel discussion offered career and industry advice, as well as networking opportunities.

Laurentians in Residence

Pierson Fowler ’14, Manager of Corporate Partnerships, Harris Blizter Sports and Entertainment

Pierson Fowler, originally from Michigan, graduated from St. Lawrence with a bachelor’s degree in economics and performance and communication arts. He is the manager of corporate partnerships with Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) based in New York City.

As part of the partnerships team, Fowler is focused on reaching out to local, national, and international companies to sell marketing partnerships for sports teams and entertainment properties in the NBA, NHL, EPL, and Esports under the HBSE umbrella. During his time at HBSE, he has seen the portfolio of properties grow two-fold.

Ashley Jeffress ’13, Program Manager, Women@HubSpot

Ashley Jeffress is the Program Manager for Women@HubSpot, where she creates innovative digital content, events and strategy for the advancement of women in the workplace. She works to build leadership programming that empowers women by identifying opportunities and providing resources for every stage of career growth. She oversees this initiative for HubSpot’s seven global offices.

Tonisha Kerr ’15, Junior Analyst, Canaras Capital Management

Graduating from St. Lawrence with a bachelor’s degree in economics and business in the liberal arts and a minor in Chinese studies, Tonisha Kerr serves as a junior analyst at Canaras Capital Management, LLC, where she is responsible for assisting in financial analysis and credit investment decision-making. She is currently pursuing a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Tai Nixa Peterson ’12, Database and Development Coordinator, Himalayan Cataract Project

Tai Nixa Peterson, originally from New Hampshire, graduated from St. Lawrence with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and African studies. For the past five years, she has been working in fundraising and development for organizations including the Explore & More Children's Museum and The Park School of Buffalo.

Currently based in Vermont, Peterson works as the database and development coordinator for the Himalayan Cataract Project, a nonprofit organization that works in underserved communities in the developing world to eradicate preventable and curable blindness through high quality ophthalmic care, education and the creation of eye care centers.

Dzifa Yador ’11, Producer, Velocity

While at St. Lawrence, Yador majored in performance and communication arts and minored in hovernment. During her junior year, she received an internship with MTV Networks and never looked back.

Six years later, Dzifa is now a producer for Velocity, Viacom’s in-house creative agency. She hopes that she can inspire students to think outside the box professionally and fearlessly pursue his/her dream job.

For more information regarding past and upcoming Laurentians in Residence events, contact Career Services at 315-229-5906.