Hiatt co-sponsors SoJust Leadership Forum (2/10), capstone 'DEIS Impact! event

Dec. 07, 2013

Below is information about event details, alumni reception, registration and preparation, sponsors, panelists, and attending organizations.

sojustEvent Details

Brandeis University’s 3rd Annual

SoJust Leadership Forum
Opening remarks by Frederick M. Lawrence, President

Monday, February 10, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.*
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
*Please note the event timeline.

Check out this year's Program Guide
Read the BrandeisNOW news article from last year's event.

The SoJust Forum will be the capstone event that comprises 'DEIS Impact. Featuring Brandeis alumni in diverse fields including education, law and activism, this networking event will inspire current Brandeis students to see how their passions and experiences – through academics, volunteerism, internships and campus leadership – can translate into a career in public service and social justice.

View photos from the 2013 SoJust Leadership Forum.

Event Timeline

5:30 p.m. | Alumni & Table Host Registration & Networking Reception

Table hosts and Boston-based alumni in related fields will get the chance to network with one another at this on-campus cocktail pre-reception, co-sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center and the Boston Alumni Club. The reception will be held in the Levine-Ross reception room. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

6:00 p.m. | Student Registration

6:30 p.m. | Panel Discussion

Alumni, students and table host volunteers are invited to attend this panel discussion. Panelists include:

  • Yos Bugallo '03, Assistant Director, Inclusiveness Recruiting at E&Y
  • Tara Cook-Littman ’97,  Founder, Citizens for GMO Labeling
  • Will Tickle '03, Portfolio Manager; Director of Impact Investing at Ballentine Partners 
  • Blanca E. Vega '98, Director, Higher Education Opportunity Program at Marymount Manhattan College
  • Julia Simon-Mishel ’09, Law Clerk,  Honorable Norma L. Shapiro in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania* moderator

7:15 p.m. | Round Table Networking for Students & Table Hosts

Following the panel discussion, students will rotate to different networking tables hosted by alumni and industry volunteers to learn about their organization, job function and career paths. Alumni guests will be invited to return to the reception venue at this time.

Registration & Preparation

Undergraduate Students: RSVP via B.hired  > Events > Forums

Graduate Students & Post-docs: RSVP here

Alumni: RSVP here

Professional dress is strongly recommended.

Prep Workshop: So Just Forum
Wednesday., February 5, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Hiatt Career Center, Usdan Student Center

Make the most of your opportunity to meet professionals/table hosts at the So Just Forum on 2/10! Learn how to research organizations in advance, participate in the networking round tables, and develop questions and responses that set you apart - essential preparation for this great career event. 

RSVP via B.hired > Events > Workshops

Event Sponsors

Moderator and Panelist Bios

Yos Bugallo '03, Assistant Director, Inclusiveness Recruiting

YosBugalloImageYos Bugallo is a Campus Consultant in EY’s Inclusiveness Recruiting team, specializing in the diversity recruiting strategy and development. Yos works with university stakeholders to drive strategic and systemic change regarding diversity and inclusiveness at the student, faculty, and campus level. Her role focuses on increasing the pipeline of top diverse talent into EY and better preparing students for the global workforce.

Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Yos was an Associate Director at the NYU Stern School of Business MBA Admissions office, where she handled general admissions as well as diversity, LGBT, military and Latin American recruiting. She started her work in higher education in the Brandeis University Undergraduate Admissions office where she instituted a number of innovative programs and revamped their diversity recruiting function.

Yos has also served on the Board of the New York chapter of the Association for Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) as the Director of Student Programs. She has also been involved with several organizations including Management Leadership for Tomorrow, the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, and the Posse Foundation. 

Yos holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Brandeis University. She lives in Queens, NY, with her husband Andrew, and her two children, Abby and Andy.

Tara Cook-Littman ’97, Founder, Citizens for GMO Labeling

Tara headshotTara Cook-Littman is a former New York City Prosecutor, a Certified Holistic Health Counselor and above all else a mother of three young children. She has combined her advocacy skills as an attorney with her passion for health and wellness and is advocating for improved food policy in the United States. Tara is the Director of Citizens for GMO Labeling, the grass roots organization that led Connecticut to become the first state in the nation to pass a law requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOS).  

Tara is now taking the fight for transparency in our food system to the national level by chairing Citizens For GMO Labeling, an organization supporting the state level GMO labeling campaigns throughout the country.  Tara has a blog entitled "Real Food For Real Life" and believes in making lifestyle changes that support our health, vibrance and energy. 

Will Tickle '03, Portfolio Manager; Director of Impact Investing at Ballentine Partners 

Will TickleWill is a Senior Investment Advisor and the Director of Impact Investing at the firm.  He is responsible for market research and evaluating and monitoring public and private investment opportunities for the firm's clients within his focus areas of real estate, timber and social impact investing.

Will graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with minors in International Business and Spanish.  While in college, Will spent his summers working at the firm and joined the company full time in 2003. Will holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Will lives in Cambridge, MA and spends much of his free time in the White Mountains of NH, hiking, skiing and biking, where he grew up.

Blanca E. Vega '98, Director, Higher Education Opportunity Program at Marymount Manhattan College

Blanca HeadshotA native New Yorker, Blanca E. Vega is the daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Higher and Postsecondary Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She simultaneously works as Director of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) at Marymount Manhattan College. Blanca earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Brandeis University and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education at New York University.

Blanca’s research, teaching, and administrative work centers on access to, persistence in and completion of postsecondary education for undeserved populations. Her work is informed by her interest in the role of race and racism in educational settings. Blanca has publications and has done research in the following areas: campus racial culture and critical race theory; undocumented immigrants in higher education; and performance funding in higher education. 

Blanca is currently working on two book chapters and is engaged in a research project exploring the role of stigma and postsecondary education access of undocumented immigrants. Her primary focus is her dissertation, titled Beyond Racial Incidents and Apologies: Toward a New Understanding of Campus Racial Conflict in Higher Education where she is analyzing racial incidents and their responses in higher education.

Moderator: Julia Simon-Mishel ’09, Law Clerk,  Honorable Norma L. Shapiro in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Julia Simon-Mishel Julia is currently a law clerk for the Honorable Norma L. Shapiro in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Starting in September 2014, she will begin a Skadden Fellowship at Philadelphia Legal Assistance, where she will represent low-wage workers in wage theft and unemployment compensation cases.

Prior to law school, Julia served as the national managing director for Student Peace Alliance, a youth peacebuilding nonprofit organization that she co-founded during her freshman year at Brandeis. She graduated from Brandeis University, magna cum laude, in 2009 and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, magna cum laude, in 2013.

Attending Employers 

Alzheimer's Association
American Jewish World Service

Ballentine Partners, LLC

Cambridge Camping Association
The Cambridge Institute of International Education
Citizen Schools
Citizens for GMO Labeling
City Year-Boston
Conservatory Lab Charter School, El Sistema
Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program
Ernst & Young
Grameen Bank
Greater Waltham ARC
Green Corps
Haven From Hunger
Health Policy Commission
Higher Education Opportunity Program
Interfaith Worker Justice
Jewish Family & Children's Services 
Leahy Management Group
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
Match Corps
Mathematica Policy Research
Maternal Health Task Force
Millennium Campus Network
More Than Words
Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc.
Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley
Oxfam America
Pathfinder
Peace Corps-Boston Office
Peace First
REACH- Beyond Domestic Violence
Repair the World
SEIU Local 32BJ
Spaulding Rehab & Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Teach For America
The Boston Foundation (Giving Common)
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Clerk's Office
U.S. PIRG 
WATCH Community Development Corporation
Year Up
YouthBuild USA