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Short interviews, thought-provoking questions
Elaine Powell enters her sixth season leading the Langston University Women’s Basketball program in Fall 2021. In her fifth season at the helm, the Lady Lions overcame a COVID-19 shortened 2020-21 season to reach their first bid to the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship Opening Round under Coach Powell and 14th overall in program history.
Robin McDowell - Associate Press, Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist
Robin McDowell, an Associated Press reporter who lives in Afton, was one of three AP reporters who won a Pulitzer this year for their series of stories on Thailand’s commercial fishing industry’s use of slaves. Their investigation led to the release of more than 2,000 slaves and traced the seafood they caught to supermarkets and pet-food providers throughout the U.S.
Vince DiPofi, PE, President & CEO SSOE Group
SSOE Group is a global architecture, engineering, and construction management firm. With 70 years of history, 900-plus employees, and projects in more than 60 countries, SSOE is recognized the world over as a leader in its field. Vince DiPofi is the President and CEO of SSOE. Though he took on his current role in 2019, Vince has been with SSOE for more than 20 years, during which he’s worn many hats. Now, he works to continue the firm’s history of excellence while executing its strategic plans for growth.
Vince first started at SSOE in 2000. In today’s talent market, more people tend to hop between companies. But Vince has been a permanent fixture at SSOE for half of his 40-year career. He only worked at one other company—a place where he spent his first 20 years.
Alastair Moock is a GRAMMY-nominated American folk and family music performer from Boston, Massachusetts. He is known for his gruff voice, playful lyrics, and fingerpicking guitar style.
Moock's interest in traditional music started at a young age when his father took him to see Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie in concert. What he heard and saw that evening affected him strongly. While invigorated by the music, he noticed how the audience became part of the event by joining in the singing. A few years later he discovered Woody Guthrie's Library of Congress recordings.
Alastair says that he's always been moved by music "that connects me to progressive issues and social involvement.
It's always been a big part of what I've wanted to do as a musician."
That social involvement has resulted in Moock often organizing benefits to help those in need.
Lisa Blackshear is the Senior Vice President for Communications and Digital Operations at Comcast. She oversees a team of several hundred individuals who get to communicate directly with our customers every single day.
Lisa began at Comcast in 2007 as a Director of Strategic Communications for Comcast Business. Prior to joining Comcast, she spent twelve years at a global shipping and logistics company in communications and led employee and merger and acquisitions communications for North America, Asia and Europe. Lisa got her start in broadcast journalism, and the “breaking news” skills she developed in the newsroom still serve her.
Lee Wong (黄良华) is an Asian-American ethnic Chinese man from Ohio who served in the U.S. Army for 20 years.
He was 18 years old when he immigrated from Malaysia to the U.S. in the early 1970s. He went on to earn a bachelor’s
degree in pharmacology in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
While in the U.S. Army, Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal science and served as a special agent for the U.S. Army police force’s Criminal Investigation Command (CID). He was the first Chinese American to get in one of the most elite U.S. Army organizations.
Mr. Hugh C. Welsh is the President & General Counsel of DSM North America. Mr. Welsh currently serves on
several DSM global and regional management teams and is responsible for legal, government affairs, corporate communications,
financial and HR and other shared services, corporate partnerships and DSM’s sustainability, inclusion and diversity initiatives
in the region North America. Before joining DSM, Hugh worked for the American Standard Companies McCarter & English LLP and others.
Donald Fan serves as senior director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion in Walmart Inc.Donald has been responsible for leading various functional areas at different times, including strategy development, marketing & communications, analytics, business insights, program design & implementation, and stakeholder relations. Prior to it, Donald worked in Walmart Information System Division with various technical and analytical roles.
Dr. Franklin Evans
Dr. Franklin Evans is the first Black president in West Liberty State University’s 183-year history.
Evans – who is West Liberty’s 37th president – is formerly president of Voorhees College and was previously interim president of South Carolina State University.