Featured Alum: Betsy Kalin '91CC

In 1997, Betsy Kalin '91CC formed Itchy Bee Productions, a full service production and distribution company, specializing in high-quality films that entertain, educate, and inspire. The director received a BA in Women's Studies from Columbia College and an MFA in Directing from the University of Miami.

Kalin recently completed a nine-year-long film project, East LA Interchange. CAA Arts Access spoke with Kalin about this undertaking.

 

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Featured Alumna: Naama Tsabar '10SOA


Featured Alum: Katie Enna '05CC

Katie Enna '05CC is the executive director of Gallim Dance. She has a breadth of experience in the art world‚ÄĒwithin both the for-profit and non-profit sectors‚ÄĒwhere she has been recognized for organizational growth through fundraising, operational efficiencies, strategic partnerships, and marketing.

Most recently at American Express, Katie led a strategy and business development team, where she oversaw investments, partnerships, and growth strategies, including a long-term plan for Arts & Entertainment and an innovative non-profit marketing campaign. Katie also spent several years at Christie's, where she implemented sustainable operational improvements across the business. A passionate arts advocate, Katie has also served a variety of arts organizations across the nation in a pro bono capacity, including grant writing for the Aspen Institute Arts Program, educational programming and marketing for Bay Area museums, and a feasibility study for a Brooklyn-based performing arts organization.

Katie earned her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and her BA in Art History and French from Columbia University. While at Stanford, she was selected by faculty to teach coursework in strategic leadership and served as co-president and CFO of Board Fellows, a program placing MBA students on non-profit boards across the Bay Area.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Without Precedent

When Ruth Bader Ginsburg entered the legal world after graduating from Columbia Law School in 1959, the best jobs were off-limits to women.  

As she noted in a recent article she penned in The New York Times, "[In 1956] women accounted for less than 3 percent of the legal profession in the United States, and only one woman had ever served on a federal appellate court."

Thanks to her pioneering and tireless efforts, the rest is now history. 

In the 57 years following her graduation from Columbia, where she was elected to the Law Review and graduated at the top of her class, Ruth Bader Ginsburg became a staunch courtroom advocate for the fair treatment of women, a founder in 1972 of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project, and Columbia Law School's first tenured woman professor. In 1980, Justice Ginsburg was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She served there until she was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, making her the court’s second female justice, following Sandra Day O’Connor. 

"In my long life, I have seen great changes." Justice Ginsburg remarked. 

At 83, Justice Ginsburg recently published a new book titled My Own Words. It includes a wide sampling of her writing, from a childhood newspaper piece to current Supreme Court opinions and dissents. 

To recognize Justice Ginsburg's remarkable life and legacy - and her special connection to Columbia - we've compiled a few of our own favorite quotes by and about Justice Ginsburg by Columbians who knew and worked alongside her.


 

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Columbia Alumni On Networking

Interactions are an important aspect of what it means to be successful today. Whether it be with regard to your career or just traveling for fun, networking brings with it endless possibilities, including meeting people, cultivating friendships, and learning new things together. Here are some of the things Columbia alumni had to say about networking, and how one should take advantage of it today. 

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Columbia Alums On Careers

One of the primary goals of a college education is undoubtedly how to land the "perfect" career. Here are some of the things Columbia alumni had to say regarding job-searching and the important aspects that should be considered in choosing--and staying in --the right career. 

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Alumni Artists: Filmmakers Douglas Tirola '92SOA and Ramin Bahrani '96CC

The story of an institution that inspired a comedy revolution. A modern-day parable set during the 2008 housing crisis. On paper, these two films would most likely not make for the smoothest double feature. However, the films Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: the Story of the National Lampoon and 99 Homes share a commonality: Columbia-affiliated directors.

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An Alumni Reflection from the Paralympic Games

Jason Rizzi '14SPS gives fellow alumni an inside look at the 2016 Paralympic Games. 

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Featured Alumni: Interview with Lena Gershkovich '11BUS

Lena Gershkovich '11BUS currently serves as the COO of CultureHorde, a private arts club that makes accessible New York culture via partnerships from leading cultural institutions. At CultureHorde, Lena helps run the day-to-day business, focusing on event-curation, business strategy and partner relationship management. Before joining CultureHorde, Lena worked as a marketing professional on the agency, brand and media sides of the industry with companies such as Coca-Cola, L'Oreal, MetLife and Viacom. Lena's engagement with Columbia is not new; when Lena was pursuing her MBA, she was a member of the Columbia Business School community, served on the board of The Marketing Association of Columbia and Follies, and served as a Peer Advisor and Hermes representative. Along with her MBA from Columbia, Lena received her BA with honors from New York University.

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Read My Pins: Madeleine Albright '68SIPA, '68, '76GSAS