A Dangerous Age: GS Alumna Debuts Novel

 

Many know Kelly Killoren Bensimon '98GS as an author, trendsetter, model, and break out star on Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City. Kelly has made a career reporting on fashion and style with her own insights gleaned from years spent in the fashion industry. With a refreshingly modern sensibility, Kelly translates trends and contemporary culture for the public, with a unique take that is fresh, playful, and accessible.

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School of the Arts' James Schamus Makes Directorial Debut

Earlier this year, Columbia University School of the Art's Film Program faculty James Schamus made his feature directorial debut for the film adaptation of Philip Roth's 2008 novel Indignation. 

Set in 1951 during the Korean War, the story follows Marcus Messner, a young Jewish student from Newark, NJ, who travels on a scholarship to a small conservative Ohio college to avoid the draft. But once there, Marcus's growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton, and his clashes with the college's Dean put his and his family's best laid plans to the ultimate test.

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Columbians at 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Columbia will be at the center of it all at this year's Sundance Film Festival, celebrating the accomplishments of our alumni filmmakers. More than 20 of their films will be showcased in Park City, Utah, this month.  

We've rounded up all of this year's talented Columbia directors, producers, writers, and actors:

VIEW THE LIST HERE


Planning to be at Sundance this year? Join fellow Columbians for a reception at The Spur Bar and Grill on Saturday, January 21. 

Check out the alumni featured in last year's Festival.





Congratulations to all of the Columbia filmmakers! 

Interested in more arts-related programming? Learn more about CAA Arts Access here.


Featured Alumna: Jenna Matecki '11BC

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Jenna Matecki is a Brooklyn-based journalist and the founder and CEO of Matecki & Co., a story development company. She is also the creator and host of Notes on Doing, a weekly podcast that features people who love what they do. 

Before Matecki founded Matecki & Co., she consulted international government clients at a strategic communications and public affairs firm, pitched social media analytics for a tech startup, and consulted at a leading public affairs firm. Matecki graduated from Barnard with a degree in comparative politics. Apart from her work, she teaches classes and is writing a book on Notes on Doing. Jenna also loves traveling, languages (Italian and Spanish), and really good conversations.

Matecki recently spoke with CAA Arts Access about her career.

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Decision-Making Strategies for Dual-Career Couples

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
Originally published on Forbes.com

As a recruiter, I've seen many job offers fall apart over the significant other. For example, in a relocation, the candidate was willing to make the move, but the partner nixed it. Even in an offer situation for the same city, a partner's hesitation could derail the deal. A deal-breaker raised by the significant other was so common that one of my recruiting colleagues always included a dinner with the partner during the selling process. 

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Your Weekly Low Down | January 6, 2017

Happy New Year, Columbians! Here's what you may have missed from your alumni community:

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Alumni Featured in Forbes '30 Under 30' List

The 2017 Forbes "30 Under 30" list highlights the achievements of some of the most influential and creative minds today. Of the unique and inspiring individuals honored, several hail from Columbia. Read more about them below.*

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The Power of the Sun

Easy_Solar.jpgIn sub-Saharan Africa, 650 million people lack access to electricity. In Sierra Leone in particular, only 5% of the population is on the grid. That means that six and a half million people can’t study, cook, eat or work after the sun goes down except by dim candlelight or expensive kerosene lamps. To charge their mobile phones, most Sierra Leoneans have to go to public charging kiosks.

Three Columbia alumni from the School of International and Public Affairs found a solar solution to this challenge. Their startup, Easy Solar, hopes to introduce solar-powered products into Sierra Leone households, replacing the kerosene lamps that have negative environmental and health impacts.  

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An Eight-Step Process to Discover Alternative Careers

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
Originally published on Forbes.com

Hannah asks: What are the best ways to determine alternative careers based on one's skills and experience, careers that might not be obvious?

The best way to learn a job is to do the job, but you can't try out every single career idea before settling on one‚ÄĒwho has the time or energy? So, you need to find a way to learn about a career from the outside looking in. Then you can make an informed choice about whether to commit your efforts in that direction. Here is an eight-step process for identifying viable alternative careers:

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What To Do When a Coworker Steals Credit for Your Work

By Melody Wilding '11SW of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
Originally published on Forbes.com

You're sitting in a meeting and a coworker takes credit for your idea. Or maybe you stay late to finish a project, but your name is left off of the final presentation. Your boss grabs the limelight and accepts all the praise.

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