Advisory Board

The Department of Communication’s Advisory Board, established in 2009, was tasked with providing support, advice, and counsel to the chair, faculty, students, and staff on issues central to the Department’s mission and helping to build bridges to the Department and University’s alumni. Our Advisory Board members provide invaluable resources to our students: mentorship at the networking event, COMMConnect; visits to their organizations during NYCOMM and CaliCOMM; and internships and other opportunities. The board is comprised of Cornell alumni (primarily Communication graduates), and all are industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and role models in the field of communication. They span a wide range of professions, and they approach communication from a multitude of perspectives, working in media, news, marketing, gaming, film, investment, law, and non-profit.

Members

Chief Executive Officer, ShareThis

Kurt is the CEO of ShareThis. Prior to joining the company, Kurt served as CEO of SocialMedia.com, a leader in online display advertising, which was acquired by LivingSocial. Before SocialMedia.com, Kurt spent several years at Google, where he managed the direct sales channel for publishers and helped lead the global launch of Google AdSense as Director of the Content Media Group. He also served as the Director of Global Sales & Operations Strategy and as Director of Sales Operations for North America. Before joining Google, Kurt served as Chief Operating Officer of Jupiter Communications and as President of Jupiter Media Metrix, where he helped establish Jupiter as one of the leading Internet research organizations. Kurt received his Bachelor of Science in communications from Cornell, and a Master’s degree in public policy from Harvard.

Chief Executive Officer, M Booth

Dale joined M Booth as CEO in October of 2013. M Booth is an integrated communications agency specializing in public relations, digital strategy and content marketing and is headquartered in New York with presence in Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco and Boston. Under her leadership, the agency has nearly doubled in size and been awarded every industry accolade including overall Agency of the Year and Best Place to Work (2x).

Prior to joining M Booth, Dale was Senior Partner, Director of Global Practices, and a member of the 9-person worldwide executive team at the global communications agency, Ketchum, where she worked for more than 25 years. At Ketchum, she was responsible for the evolution and growth of the agency’s five global practices: Brand Marketing, Food & Nutrition, Corporate, Healthcare, and Technology Practices. She also oversaw the development of Ketchum's global media network, global creative community, and Ketchum Sports and Entertainment.

Dale was recently appointed for a 3-year term to the Board of the PR Council. She is a member of Women in Communication and has served as a senior judge for industry and marketing awards programs, including the PR Week Awards, Silver Anvil awards and the Effie Awards. She also brought the award-winning, crowdsourcing platform “Mindfire” to Cornell. In 2013, she was awarded the CALS Outstanding Alumni Award and in 2016, she was awarded the Department of Communication's Outstanding Service Award.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, THRIVE

When it comes to putting great people in touch with other great people, Lou Diamond is a master connector. He has more than a quarter century of experience in sales, relationship management, business development, and executive coaching. Lou’s authenticity, energy and enthusiasm, along with his unwavering passion and desire for helping people achieve their business and personal goals, is unmatched.

Lou is a Coach, Consultant, Bestselling Author, Speaker & Motivator. He was a top producer for firms such as Accenture, Deloitte, Omnicom, Merrill Lynch, and Bank of America, leading teams to achieve record revenues year after year. Lou founded THRIVE, a leading consulting and coaching company focused on making the most incredible leaders and top performers even more amazing. Most recently, he launched ThriveLOUD, a weekly podcast dedicated to inspiring people to reach their peak potential in every facet of their life.

A Cornell University graduate, Lou is a passionate sports fan, avid golfer, loving husband, and extremely proud dad.

Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer, Viacom Media Networks

Colleen is Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer for Viacom Media Networks (VMN). In her role, she leads the company’s Research & Analytics team, supporting Viacom senior management and providing guidance to research teams across the company's portfolio of brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central. Colleen oversees the development of VMN’s consumer insights research on new media behaviors and emerging technologies. This work informs the company’s creative and business operations, from programming and digital strategy to ad sales and content distribution and marketing. Colleen has been instrumental in driving innovation in the cross-platform measurement space and creating solutions for the industry’s key measurement challenges. She has shared VMN’s research and insights in presentations at The White House, on Capitol Hill and on Wall Street. She has spoken at premiere consumer and research-focused conferences held by “The Economist,” The Advertising Research Foundation and The Institute for International Research, as well as at international venues including the Monaco Media Forum and the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association Conference. Colleen joined Viacom in 1996, where she served most recently as Senior Vice President of Research for VH1/CMT.

Colleen began her career at CBS, holding a series of positions at the company’s O&Os and broadcast network. She went on to serve as Director of Research at Telemundo, before becoming Associate Partner and Director of Research at J. Walter Thompson. She serves as the chairman of the board of the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF), is chairman of the executive committee for the Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement (CIMM) and is a 2009 TAMI Award winner for her integral role on the CTAM Research Committee.

She holds a B.S. in Communications from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Communications Department at Cornell. In 2010, she was named to Ad Age’s list of Media Mavens, and in 2009 was recognized by Working Mother Magazine as a Working Mother of the Year.

Retired President and Chief Operating Officer, Nintendo of America Inc.

Reggie Fils-Aime joined Nintendo of America Inc. in December 2003 as Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. In May 2006, he was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer. Reggie runs the day-to-day operations of Nintendo of America. He retired in April 2019 with world-wide acclaim as an executive who loved leading his business and interacting with its employees, business associates, and consumers.

A graduate of Cornell University, Reggie began his career at Procter & Gamble. He later brought his innovative and creative problem-solving skills to the restaurant and beverage industries. He also worked in private equity for a global durable goods initiative, and in the media and entertainment industry.

Beyond his business success, Reggie believes in a principled approach when addressing challenges and opportunities. Creative and non-linear thinking are common elements to his biggest business and personal accomplishments.

Melissa is an award-winning entertainment marketer, most recently having served as the Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing and Client Solutions, at AMC television. There she was responsible for developing and executing content and experience-driven marketing campaigns between the AMC brand and network partners, and for creating all go-to-market initiatives supporting AMC programming including Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead. Prior to working at AMC, Melissa was Vice President of Marketing Activation at CBS Radio, where she led campaigns between national clients and CBS affiliated radio stations throughout the United States. Earlier in her career, she worked in music television as Director of Consumer Marketing at VH1 and in Affiliate and Consumer Marketing at MTV. Melissa has also worked in public relations and as a marketing consultant.

Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, and she enjoys remaining connected with students and faculty. She lives in Chappaqua, NY where she loves to relax and spend time with her husband, Seth, two daughters, and several pets.

Lorette began her career at the global advertising agency D’arcy Masius Benton & Bowles where she served in the New York and Los Angeles offices. Her major clients included Proctor & Gamble, Burger King, Kraft, and Mars. She then went to work for clients Nestlé and Disney at Dailey & Associates. Lorette left Dailey to spend more time with her family and to pursue philanthropic causes. She is a dedicated member of the Women’s Guild at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she served as president. This non-profit group has raised more than $50 million for projects at the medical center, including The Breast Center, The Lung Institute, and The Simulation Center. She has also served in volunteer/leadership positions at Harvard-Westlake School and Curtis School.

Lorette is a Cornell Communication (CALS) and Johnson School graduate and proud supporter of Cornell University, specifically the Cornell Health Center, the Greek system, and the Department of Communication. She has been a member of the Cornell University Council, the Cornell Parents Committee, as well as the Department of Communication Advisory Board. In addition, she is serving as co-chair of major gifts for her 30th Cornell class reunion in June 2019 (which she co-chaired for the 25th reunion as well). She was recently elected to Cornell’s Board of Trustees by her fellow Alumni.

Lorette lives in Beverly Hills, California with her husband Keith and their two sons Bennett ‘20 and Matthew ‘23.

Manager, Brand Communications, PEOPLE

Alyssa is Brand Communications Manager for PEOPLE. In this position, she is responsible for promoting the weekly magazine, People.com, and events, in addition to helping increase visibility for PEOPLE’s executives, editors, and reporters. Alyssa also leads PR for PeopleTV, the ad-supported streaming network from PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly. She works to promote the network, as well as individual shows, executives, and talent.

Prior to joining Time Inc. (now Meredith Corp.), Alyssa was Senior Account Executive at the Manhattan-based entertainment public relations agency, FerenComm, where her client roster included: Bravo, CNBC, Crackle, Travel Channel, SundanceTV, and more. Before joining FerenComm, she was Account Executive at the entertainment public relations and marketing agency, Beck Media & Marketing. While working for this agency in both Los Angeles and New York City, her client roster included: NBCUniversal, Hulu, National Geographic Channel, award-winning actors, and more.

In addition to being an Advisory Board member for Cornell’s Communication Department, Alyssa is a Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador and, while living in Los Angeles, helped to coordinate the Cornell in Hollywood internship program. Alyssa graduated from Cornell University in 2012, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Communication, with a minor in Development Sociology.

Senior Vice President, Citigroup

Allison Kornet White, a 2004 graduate of the Department of Communication, is a Senior Vice President for Operations & Technology Risk Management at Citigroup, Inc. in New York. She focuses on establishing standards and controls to prevent employees from having inappropriate access to company data. She is certified as an Associate Business Continuity Professional from the Disaster Recovery Institute International. In 2012 Allison married Matthew White, also a Cornell graduate; they have a daughter together and live and work in New York.

Chairman, Zazoom Media Group

Tim is a pioneer in creating, distributing, and monetizing content for the generation of consumers that perceives television viewing to be optional. As CEO of Zazoom Media Group (2011–2017), he built a company leveraging technology for scalable production of original short-form video programming. From its start in his mother-in-law’s dining room, ZMG became a global producer and distributor of online news and entertainment. ZMG’s videos have been viewed more than 1.5 billion times, in English, Spanish, and French. Partnerships with the best media companies in the industry, including Verizon, MSN, Hearst, Gannett, and Disney/ABC, deliver ZMG’s popular Buzz60, Veuer, and TPSY brands to mobile devices and apps and thousands of websites. Since 2017, Tim has served on the board of ZMG while assuming the role of managing partner at East End Strategic, a consulting company based in New York. EES primarily assists companies seeking to build digital content businesses. Earlier, as an on-air correspondent at NBC, ABC-7 Eyewitness News in New York City and WTVJ in Miami, Tim’s reporting earned 18 Emmy awards and other local and national honors. His journalism career started in Ithaca, where he wrote stories for the New York Times while at Cornell.

In the summer and fall of 2018, Tim took a senior leadership role in the campaign of Perry Gershon for Congress, a Democrat on Long Island. Tim was responsible for managing all aspects of the campaign other than fundraising. This included strategy, communications, media, direct mail, and budget.

Tim, who is also a professional soccer referee, lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Senior Vice President, Showtime Networks

Rob is SVP, Deputy General Counsel, and SVP, Digital Strategy in Showtime Networks’ New York office, with a concentration in technology and digital distribution. Before joining Showtime, he was an associate with the Willkie Farr & Gallagher law firm where he was involved in intellectual property and technology-based corporate transactions. Prior to that, Rob was an Account Supervisor with the Ogilvy & Mather advertising agency. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell’s Department of Communication and his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School. Rob is a former president of the Cornell Association of Class Officers and currently holds a position on the Cornell University Council.

Senior Advisor and Executive in Residence, Interactive Advertising Bureau

Scott Schiller is a consummate media executive known for growing businesses and developing people. Entire career hallmarks include creating and maintaining a competitive advantage for brands and their marketing partners during a period of intense disruption in the business. He brings a wealth of experience on the critical aspects of communication success at the intersection of content, context, and data.

Scott has been at the forefront of audience convergence, particularly full-episode video and original content. At NBCUniversal, he built and led a $500 million internet media advertising business that resulted from refining 16 separate sales/marketing organizations brought together with the acquisition of NBCUniversal by Comcast. Prior, Scott spent the majority of his career in marketing, sales management, and media roles with increasing responsibility at a wide variety of entrepreneurial and Fortune 50 companies. He was responsible for business transformation, team alignment, and advancing talent.

Scott was a co-founder of the Interactive Advertising Bureau as part of a small group of industry leaders who imagined the future business opportunity for digital media. Today, he is its Executive in Residence and leads the Digital Media Sales Certification program with more 15,000 participants to date.

Scott is on the advisory board of Cornell’s Department of Communication, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU's Stern School of Business, and serves on the Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish/Metro New York, where he is chair of the Governance Committee. He earned a BA in Economics from Cornell University and has an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Kellogg School of Management, at Northwestern University.

Head of Corporate Compliance, Raymond James

Emily Schoolman is the Head of Corporate Compliance at Raymond James, where she leads enterprise-wide programs for policy governance, compliance risk assessments, regulatory examination and liaison management, regulatory change management, compliance metrics, communications, reporting to the board of directors, compliance issue management, compliance supplier risk management, and emerging compliance risk management. Emily is also responsible for developing and strengthening governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) technology solutions at the firm.

Prior to joining Raymond James, Emily served as the Head of Compliance Governance and Oversight at Citigroup, where she led programs for compliance metrics and reporting, GRC technology, regulatory change management, planning and strategy. Emily previously practiced law at the global firm Jones Day.

Emily received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and her JD from Cardozo School of Law in New York City. At Cornell, Emily was a Presidential Research Scholar and founded Cornell’s first publication celebrating undergraduate research, The Research Paper, which is more than 20 years in existence. At Cardozo, Emily served as editor-in-chief of the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal and received a Heyman Scholarship for Corporate Governance.

Strategy Lead, CLEAR

Marc is a Strategy Lead at CLEAR, a biometric technology company that empowers touchless experiences, where he focuses on expansion into new business verticals. Before joining CLEAR, Marc served as Chief of Staff at an early-stage healthcare startup and was a venture investor at Time Warner Investments, a media-focused corporate venture capital fund at the parent company of Warner Bros., HBO, and Turner. Prior to Time Warner, Marc spent three years at BuzzFeed, the global news and entertainment company, in roles spanning finance, strategy, and international growth.

At Cornell, Marc was an undergraduate researcher in the Department of Communication and served as a Teaching Assistant for COMM 2450: Communication and Technology. Since graduation, he has worked as a Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador in New York City and has guest lectured for several Communication courses. Marc graduated from Cornell in 2012 with a double major in Communication and Applied Economics & Management.

He lives in New York City, is a big New York Mets fan, and is an avid (but admittedly slow) distance runner, having completed 5 NYC Marathons.

Founder and Principal, Origin Story Entertainment

Academy Award winning filmmaker Ryan Silbert is a writer, producer, author, and founder of Origin Story Entertainment, a multi-platform entertainment company with a global focus on storytelling. Silbert’s next project is Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light, an original, first-of-its kind audio storytelling event produced by Amazon’s Audible Studios and starring Grown-ish's Yara Shahidi. Created by Silbert, Luke Lieberman, and Stan Lee, in the late cultural icon’s final collaboration, A Trick of Light is an audiobook original that will be published later as a full-length novel in hardcover. With work recognized by the Academy Awards®, the Canadian Academy of Film & Television, Sundance, MoMa, IFP, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Berlinale, Ryan's expansive repertoire includes such films as the Academy Award® winning God of Love and Spike Lee’s The Girl Is in Trouble. As the founder of Origin Story Entertainment, Ryan is currently in development on television, film, and immersive narratives projects created specifically for audio platforms.

Ryan is an appointed member of the Cornell Communication Advisory Board and Cornell University Council. He graduated with honors from Cornell University with a dual degree in Communication and Business and is an MFA Candidate at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program where he also recently completed a post-doc fellowship investigating immersive narratives in games and film. As a writer and producer he is currently represented by Foundry Literary+Media.