TESSTalk Series

TESSTalk Series

In May 2020 the TWU Office of Alumni Engagement launched the TESSTalk Series, a speaker series featuring TWU alumni, faculty and staff who will share their perspective on leadership, professional journeys and personal adventures. This program is named in honor of the former nickname of TWU students—Tessie.

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Roxanne Gonzales-Vogel

"Choose Your Own Adventure: How Taking the Road Less Traveled Led to My Dream Job"
Sept. 30, 2021, at 6 p.m. CDT

Mountaineer and sports nutritionist Roxanne Gonzales-Vogel '17 will join us for a fireside chat moderated by Nancy DiMarco, PhD, TWU professor emerita of nutrition, mentor and friend to Gonzales-Vogel. The discussion will focus on how non-conventional choices led Gonzales-Vogel to her dream job at GU Energy Labs, summiting the highest mountains in the world and her world-record climb of Mount Everest in 2019.

Past Speakers

Nutrition Communications Consultant in Dallas, TX
TWU alumna and registered dietitian Neva Cochran ’78 shared her advice on nutritious eating during the pandemic.
RN Service Manager, Emergency Department Parkland Memorial Hospital
TWU alumnus Henry Biddle ’80 discussed his time at TWU and his time in the USAF Nurse Corps, the DEA and as an emergency medical worker.
Founder & CEO, BuzzBallz/Southern Champion
TWU alumna and entrepreneur Merrilee Kick ’09 shared how she built her company from scratch and gave a master class in building your brand.
Chancellor & President Texas Woman's Univeristy
TWU's Chancellor Carine M. Feyten, PhD, discussed the "State of the University" and changes made to enhance safety during the pandemic.
TWU alumni Shakar Soltani ’17 and Quitney Pryor ’14 discussed the importance of diversity and representation in the workplace.
President, Mott Community College
TWU alumna Beverly Walker-Griffea, PhD ’04 shared her truths and the stories that defined her professional journey in higher education.
Founder & Principal Consultant, Career Resource Services
TWU alumna Lesley Regalado ’10 provided insight into the college to career journey many young alumni experience.
Psynet Group
Drs. David and Jody Popple discussed organizational development trends and structures for positive results in any economic climate.
New York Post
Luis Rendon ’10 shared his journey into the professional world of media and journalism and reflects on his time as a male student at TWU.
Scenic Painter
Christina Williams ’06, ’08 shared how TWU impacted her professional journey and the "mental tool kit" that helped her to persevere.

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