How to Build a Life of the Mind as a Working Professional

Join us for a two-part event featuring a presentation by Samarth Bhaskar (AM '11), Senior Editor at the New York Times, followed by small table discussions with various alumni mentors who are pursuing careers in the digital economy and society

After leaving the academic environment, investing in your intellectual growth can be difficult.
samarthbhaskarSamarth Bhaskar (AM '11), Senior Editor at the New York Times, will share some ideas and lead a discussion around building a life of the mind in your professional, social and personal spheres.

His professional career to date:

  • Senior Editor, Digital Transition Strategy, NY Times
  • Adjunct Professor, Fordham University
  • Data Analyst, Etsy
  • Senior Data Analyst, Obama for America

He will include tips on career development, using the Internet to find like-minded communities, and finding time to read, write and think.

Following his presentation, attendees are invited to join in break out discussions with other alumni mentors who will speak on their digital career paths:

Anneafst-photo-alumni-event Szustek Talbot (AB’03, AM’04) is a longtime communications and content professional, with nearly a decade and a half of experience on both the journalism and PR sides of media. Presently she is the director of content at BX3 Capital, a business advisory firm providing guidance to firms looking to break into digital sectors such as blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Her most recent journalism position was as the online editor at Institutional Investor, where, among other responsibilities, she helmed the publication’s op-ed and thought leadership content, and saw how fintech was revamping everything from hedge fund administration to educating new would-be investors on exchange-traded funds.  Her topic for discussion will be "While the industry/context changes, the skill set is a constant".

Greg Nangregnance2ce (AB ’11) is Co-Founder and Chairman of Moneythink as well as Founder and CEO of As a second year in 2008, Greg cofounded Moneythink to teach students money management and goal-setting skills. In the decade since, several hundred Maroons have volunteered as Moneythink mentors, and the program has grown to impact more than 15,000 students in 30 communities and earned recognition by President Obama as a “Champion of Change".

At, a mentorship platform that has helped students earn $27 million in university scholarships, Greg has created mentorship opportunities for over 50 Maroons and Metcalf internships for 13 more.  Since 2014 he has been an advisory board member of the Chicago Project on Security Threats, advising founder Robert Pape on fundraising and development strategy.  He is a recipient of the 2019 Young Alumni Service award. His topic for discussion will be "Leverage your digital footprint to climb higher and make an impact".

willam-scheckel-7crop-1000William Scheckel is Chief Marketing Officer of the cybersecurity and advertising technology firm Oxford BioChronometrics, as well as an adjunct professor of social media at New York Institute of Technology. A frequent speaker on national tv and radio, at events and universities, he specializes in B2B marketing, fundraising strategies, social networking, digital branding and business development.

Since 1992, he has contributed to the marketing efforts of many of the world’s leading brands, including SAP, where he served as chief-of-staff for global marketing, IBM, Shell, and Deutsche Bank. He has also served as a marketing advisor to three heads of state with whom he has gained rare expertise in nation branding. In his spare time, he manages the career of his 12 year-old son, whose comic book website,, has made international headlines several times. A graduate of The University of Chicago (AB '92) and Universität Konstanz, William also serves on the boards of several cultural charitable organizations. His topic for discussion will be "You already learned the secrets to success, the trick is applying them".

Yuri ZbrutskyYuri Zbrutsky has over 15 years of experience in predictive data analytics, consulting and risk management with the likes of SAS Institute, Ernst & Young, ANZ Banking Group, IPG Mediabrands and currently New York Life Insurance. Most recently his focus is on researching and deploying new data sources for predictive analytics at the underwriting data science team of New York Life.

Yuri is an actuary admitted by the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, MSc and BSc in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from National Technical University of Ukraine. He is a certified surf life saver and passionate about rugby and snowboarding.
  His topic for discussion will be "The skills and requirements to a cross-industry career switch".

The event schedule is as follows:

  • Doors open at 6:15
  • Presentation begins at 6:30
  • Small table discussions begin at 7:30
  • Event ends at 8:15



Event Information

Cost: $15.  Light finger food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided


6:15PM - 8:15PM Wed 26 Jun 2019 ( Timezone: Eastern )


Interface NYC
140 W 30th St
New York, NY 10001

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Look Who's Coming:

Anne Apuzzo
  Investis Digital
Laura Galli
Steven Wang
Sabrina Ricci
Michael McGowan
Anna Lau
Edward Krum
Brendan Beirne
Dana Chandler
Yao Wang
John Lekberg
  Securities and Exchange Commission
Tony Capozzoli
Joanne Fay
Jennifer Carlevaro
Yuri Zbrutsky
  New York Life Insurance
Lara Bernstein
Anthony Saracco
Andrea Bischof
John Ellis
Andrew Kavesh
  The Kavesh Group
Emily Nieder
  Athena Art Conservation
Nirali Trivedi
  RALI Bottle
Laurence Magro
Gavriel Loria
  Droit Financial Technologies
Abhinav Sah
Matthew Talbot
... a total of 34 guests.
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Event Contact
Reggie Ambatchew AB '88