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, 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".



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


Wednesday, 06/26/19 at 6:15pm - 8:15pm | iCal


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

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Anne Apuzzo
  Investis Digital
Laura Galli
Steven Wang
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Event Contact
Reggie Ambatchew AB '88