Emerson Profiles

Some of our most successful alumni share their Emerson experiences and career advice.

  • Kim Swann

    Kim Swann , 1981

    Partner, Executive Producer at Carousel Entertainment Group

    Award-winning television producer, production executive, and creative consultant Kim Swann credits Emerson College alumni for helping her find her way.

  • Laura van den Berg

    Laura van den Berg , MFA '08

    Writer, teacher, editor

    A number of experiences at Emerson helped shape my writing: the teachers I worked with, the connections I formed with my peers, the support and camaraderie, the wealth of opportunities available in Boston and its rich literary culture.
  • Lisa Gregorian

    Lisa Gregorian , '83, MA '86

    Chief Marketing Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group

    There's a lot of us in the business. You can't escape Emersonians.

  • Matt Labov

    Matt Labov , 1990

    Hollywood Publicist

    Labov says the days he spent earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism at Emerson College helped him establish a strong work ethic, something he has relied on throughout his career as a publicist.

  • matthew salesses

    Matthew Salesses , MFA '10


    Editing Redivider, the graduate literary journal, was one of the highlights of Emerson for me. Getting a look at the other side of publishing was really helpful to my writing, and gave me the chance to meet some great writers and people.
  • Paul Ryan

    Paul Ryan , '11

    Graduate student in Publishing & Writing

    Paul Ryan describes his experience as a graduate student in Publishing and Writing in the Writing, Literature and Publishing program.

  • Rachel Freedman

    Rachel Freedman , '12

    Undergraduate student in Interdisciplinary Studies

    Rachel Freedman is an undergraduate student in Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Raj Sharma

    Raj Sharma , '83

    Managing Director of Investments/private wealth advisor, Merrill Lynch

    Be a continuous learning machine. The best thing you can do is add to your knowledge in several dimensions.
  • Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook

    Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook , '76

    U.S. Ambassador-at-Large, International Religious Freedom, Former Emerson Trustee

    Stay focused and never lose your dream. Dreams don't have an expiration date.

  • Samantha Sussman

    Samantha Sussman , '11

    Graduate student in Communication Disorders

    Samantha Sussman shares her experience as a graduate student in the Communication Disorders program.