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Alumni Perspectives on Overcoming Obstacles and Leading in the Workplace

Thursday, July 9
2 – 3 p.m.

This event will be held virtually via a Zoom webinar. RSVP to receive a link to attend.

This event will feature two accomplished GSAS alumni, Dessa Glasser, Ph.D., GSAS ’86, and Juliet “Jules” Okafor, GSAS ’03. In a conversation with members of the GSAS community, Glasser and Okafor will describe their professional journeys and offer perspectives on career development and workplace leadership, while recounting adventures along the way, as they navigated life beyond graduate school.

Dessa Glasser has a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Fordham University and is a principal at Financial Risk Group with a 30-year track record designing and implementing innovative solutions and organizations in risk, data, and analytics. She has also held senior positions at Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, IBM, and KPMG.

Juliet “Jules” Okafor holds an M.A. in public communication and media studies, and received her J.D. from Beasley School of Law at Temple University. Jules has built a career by leading executive teams in developing cybersecurity solutions, where she has exemplified innovative leadership at every step of the way. She is currently the CEO of RevolutionCyber.

Glasser and Okafor will join us for a discussion. They will share details regarding their post-graduate journeys and current positions. Topics include approaches to career development in challenging economic conditions, work-life balance, diversity in the workplace, and strategies for professional growth. This event will leave ample time for Q&A from attendees.

GSAS Futures is a professional development initiative that promotes career pathway preparation, career diversity, and well-being among students in Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


This event is open to alumni, faculty/staff, parents, students, and the public.