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Career Talk Roundtable: Get Advice from LSA Mentors

Thursday, April 4, 2024
3:00-5:00 PM
1040 (Multipurpose Room) LSA Building Map
How can you tap into the power of shared wisdom and experience? By attending this mentorship event featuring an all-star cast of LSA alums who are leaders in the fields of print and broadcast journalism, law, marketing, and more. These alums are here to help you as you explore careers and prepare for life after graduation.

Come as you are to this informal event and have meaningful and authentic dialogue through round-robin-style small group discussions and one-on-one conversations with alums. Whether you’re a first-year student or a soon-to-be grad, get your questions answered by alums who are here to help you as you explore careers and prepare for life after graduation. Learn more about the participating alums below, and find them on LSA Connect.

This event is open to all LSA students. Food will be provided onsite.

This event is sponsored by the U-M English Advisory Board in partnership with the LSA Opportunity Hub and LSA’s Department of English.

Alum Bios:

Dennis Dennehy
Dennis is the Chief Communications Officer at AEG Presents, the live events arm of Anschutz Entertainment Group that books tours for artists including Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Tyler, the Creator, and Ed Sheeran. Dennis began his career in music at an independent record label in 1991, before moving to Geffen Records where he worked as a junior publicist and handled media campaigns for artists including Nirvana, Beck, and Sonic Youth. He then moved to Interscope Geffen A&M Records when the labels were combined; in his senior roles in publicity, media, and marketing, he has overseen campaigns for artists such as Eminem, Nine Inch Nails, U2, Dr. Dre, Lady Gaga, J. Cole, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, and many more.

Kirsten Nelson
Kirsten is currently a Senior Strategist in Customer Engagement for NetApp, a leading cloud data services and data management company. With experience in marketing and product management at Apple, VA Linux, Adobe, Clear Ink, and others, Kirsten is passionate about what people can do with technology. Her expertise is in product, strategy, messaging, and positioning. In addition to an AB in English from UM, Kirsten holds an MA in literature from University College Dublin and an Executive MBA from San Jose State University.

Cathy Zumberge
Cathy Zumberge is a retired Human Resources consultant who focuses on HR management in arts and education organizations. After graduating from UM with a degree in English, her career-long mission was to improve the employment relationship for the benefit of both workers and employers. Cathy’s HR experience includes executive work in California and Colorado, highlighted by her years as the Vice President for Personnel Administration at the Bank of San Diego. She also served as the Director of Business Programs for Extension at UC San Diego, where she developed and oversaw courses in accounting, finance, marketing, management, and process improvement. Cathy holds an MBA from San Diego State University.

Greg Fisher: TV Producer, Journalist, Media Executive
Greg Fisher is a west coast producer for the CBS News broadcast 48 Hours. Greg has been a network broadcast producer for 30 years, and a supervisor at 48 Hours. Greg spent 16 years as an investigative producer for ABC News 20/20 and PrimeTime working with Diane Sawyer, Chris Wallace, and Chris Cuomo. Among other awards, Greg has won the National Press Club Award, an Emmy Award for Investigative Reporting, and an Emmy Award for Breaking News. He began his career as a radio and newspaper reporter. Greg graduated from U-M in 1987 with a BA in English. He earned an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University in 2009.

Amy Tara Koch: Style and Travel Journalist
Amy Tara Koch is an author and journalist who has the unique pleasure of traveling the world for her job. She contributes to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Travel + Leisure, Vogue, and others. Amy earned her BA in English at U-M and began her career in style journalism before landing the position of Director of Marketing for fashion label BCBG Max Azria. After penning a column for the Chicago Tribute, Amy became an on-air style reporter at NBC/WMAQ covering fashion and beauty trends. Her maternity style book, Bump it Up (Random House) was published in 2010 to great acclaim.

Zach Esposito: General Counsel
Zach is a 2014 University of Michigan graduate and a 2017 graduate of the University of Chicago law school. While at the University of Michigan, he lived in South Quad, on Arbor Street, and on Packard Street. He spent five years as a law firm associate focused on in- and out-of-court restructurings. He currently works as in-house counsel for a major bank. Zach lives in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago and has been in the city for the past eight years.

Carlen Zhang-D’Souza: ACLU Attorney
Carlen Zhang-D'Souza graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 and the University of Michigan Law School in 2013. She is currently an attorney for the ACLU of Ohio; she has worked in private practice, as well as for the legislature, the judiciary, and an agency. She also runs a non-fiction book summary website ( where, each month, she provides a summary of a compelling non-fiction book, a recommendation for a related book, and a suggestion for a related product. She lives in Columbus, OH with her family.

Nancy Rampson
Nancy is Senior Director of Advancement for the College of Media at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked in university fundraising for over a decade, including stints at Wayne State University and Columbia College Chicago. Nancy has also produced a digital app for alumni engagement at UI. In addition to her development work, Nancy is an active writer: her screenplay “Surrogate” was a finalist in the SlamDance competition, and her poetry has been published in The Bridge, Lyceum, and Glass. She is currently finishing a novel and a memoir.

Matt Levine
Matt Levine serves as the General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of CLEAR ( Matt started at CLEAR ( in July of 2012. Matt currently resides in the Greater New York City Area.

The Opportunity Hub aims to deliver inclusive and accessible experiences and welcomes all LSA students to participate. This event is on the 1st floor of a wheelchair accessible building which includes wheelchair-accessible restrooms on the 1st floor, a gender-inclusive and accessible restroom on the 1st floor, places to sit or stand during the event, and accessible parking options nearby on Maynard Street To request other accommodations please contact LSA Hub Events at  or 734-763-4674 so we can make arrangements.
Building: LSA Building
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Alumni
Source: Happening @ Michigan from LSA Opportunity Hub, Department of English Language and Literature