Guests

Terri Trespicio, MFA ’02 Creative Writing

She is an award-winning writer, speaker, and brand advisor. Her TEDx talk, “Stop Searching for Your Passion,” has more than 6MM views and Hubspot named her one of the “Top 18 female speakers who are killing it.” A former magazine editor and radio host at Martha Stewart, she has appeared on the Today show, Dr. Oz, The Early Show, The Anderson Cooper Show—as well as Oprah magazine, Marie Claire, and Business Insider. An in-demand speaker, Terri has also performed stand-up at famous venues including Caroline’s, Dangerfield’s, and Gotham. Terri earned her BA in English from Boston College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she currently sits on the Alumni Board of Directors. Her forthcoming book, tentatively titled Stop Searching for Your Passion, will be published in spring 2022 by Atria Books. She lives in Manhattan. Visit her at territrespicio.com

Megan Mitchell ’14, Broadcast Journalism

Megan Mitchell is an anchor and reporter at the NBC Affiliate, WLWT, in Cincinnati. She is a three-time Emmy Award nominee, received the 2017 Excellence in Local Broadcasting Award from the National Association of LGBTQ Journalists and has been awarded half a dozen other regional broadcasting awards, including Best TV News Reporter by the NDBA. While an anchor and reporter at KFYR-TV, Megan was the first journalist to break the Standing Rock Reservation’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, sparking international outcry. Megan sits on the Alumni Board at Emerson College and has interned for MSNBC and Viacom. Visit Megan Mitchell on wlwt.com, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Eitan Chitayat, MA ’99, Integrated Marketing Communication

A global citizen and founder of the Natie Branding Agency in Tel Aviv, Eitan has been delivering international brands for over 20 years and has lived in Hong-Kong, London, Tel Aviv, New York and Boston. He created "I'm That Jew" which has been viewed over 10 million times on various platforms and has been exhibited at the Museum of the Jewish People. He also recently gave a TEDx talk about why he created it. Clients have included Google, Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Medisafe, Nutrino and Waterlogic. He’s worked at Arnold Worldwide in Boston, Ogilvy & Mather and BBDO in New York and was TBWA Digital’s executive CD in Tel Aviv. Eitan consults regularly, speaks at global conferences and has been a judge for the One Show. Visit Eitan Chitayat on natie.com, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Maurene Goo, MA ’07, Publishing & Writing

Maurene Goo is the author of several acclaimed books for young adults, including I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE, THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL, and SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW. She lives and writes in Los Angeles. Visit Maurene Goo on maurenegoo.com, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Jaimee Hall ’03, Theater Studies

Jaimee has been in the legal industry for over 8 years. She started by leading a 100+ person back office for a global litigation firm as the CEO. She helped grow this firm from a 22 state presence to over 40 states and the UK in 6 years as well as reduced turnover and improved financial performance! Legal Back Office launched in 2018 because of a need in the industry to help smaller firms become more successful. Legal Back Office is passionate about helping attorneys build a successful business. Legal Back Office powers the business of law by offering strategic planning and consulting as well as outsourced accounting, marketing and HR services to small and mid-sized law firms across the U.S. Visit Jaimee Hall on legalbackoffice.co, LinkedInInstagram, and Facebook.

Manny Jaquez ’13, Writing for Film & Television

Manny is a Miami native who began his career at Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) in the Comedy Touring department. He moved on to the Talent & Development team at Comedy Central, where he's spent the last five years identifying comedic voices and developing content for Comedy Central's on-air and digital channels. At Emerson he was on the inaugural staff of Emerson Channel's "Breaking News!" and a member of Stroopwafel. He's pretty sure there are still some DH credits on his Emerson ID for anyone who can find it.

Janice O'Leary, MFA ’96, Creative Writing

Janice began her career in book publishing and has touched about every kind of publication out there over the last 20 years, from literary journals to alumni mags, to newspapers and big, slick newsstand titles, and of course, digital and now podcasts and Zoom happy hours. She began in New York, did a lot in Boston, and now lives out in LA. Janice thinks she’s held nearly every editorial title on a masthead you can hold, from intern to editor in chief and she’s also managed to publish and still write some fiction and poetry. Janice is looking forward to the next evolutions in media and storytelling, which she hopes to drive forward with Emerson's new grads in the coming years. Visit Janice O'Leary on robbreport.com and LinkedIn.

Bunny Kinney ’07, Film

Canadian-born, Texas-raised, London-based writer, filmmaker and creative director working in fashion and digital media. Visit Bunny Kinney on nowness.com, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Paloma Valenzuela ’09, Writing for Film & Television

Paloma Valenzuela is a Dominican-American writer, director and actress originally from the city of Boston. She is the creative director of the production operation La Gringa Loca Productions based in Boston and the Dominican Republic. She is the writer/producer/creator of the comedic web series "The Pineapple Diaries". The show was featured in the Latina Magazine's "5 Web Series Every Latinx Needs to Watch Right Now". In 2019 Paloma was featured in Boston Magazine's "Boston's New Creative Guard" and selected as one of the WBUR The Artery 25, a series highlighting millennials of color making an impact in the Boston arts scene. Paloma has collaborated with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and is currently editing and launching the third season of "The Pineapple Diaries". She is the recipient of the 2016 Creative City Grant, 2018 City of Boston Opportunity Grant and the 2019 City of Boston Artist Fellowship. She also works as a teaching artist at GrubStreet in Boston teaching classes in Dramatic Writing and Screenwriting. Visit Paloma Valenzuela on Youtube@La Gringa Loca, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and The Pineapple Diaries.