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Peter Schoenke ’92, ’93 MS on Becoming a Fantasy Sports Entrepreneur

Peter Schoenke started his career in financial journalism in New York and has long since moved back to the Midwest after making a career shift. He launched a website in 1997 in the tech boom that later became a successful business,, in an industry he didn’t originally know much about. is the largest independently-owned fantasy sports website that syndicates content to, Sports Illustrated, and so on. In this episode, Peter shares advice for not only fantasy...


Amanda Litman ’12 on her Passion for Progressive Politics

Amanda Litman went into politics right after graduating from Northwestern, starting out her career in the Obama Campaign. She may not be working in campaigns now, but her passion for politics has grown even stronger. After working for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016 as the Email Director (the other emails, as she would say) she went on to start her own organization ( Her mission is to help young people run for office and she even wrote a book about it, “Run for...


Dr. Don Martin ’94 PhD on Insights for Applicants

Dr. Don Martin ’94 PhD cherished his six years earning his doctorate at Northwestern, which played into him pursuing his passion for helping others find their personal fit in a grad school. But, before Martin discovered his passion for helping people through the grad school process, he became an expert in the fields of enrollment management, student affairs, and higher education administration at some of the top Universities in the United States. Whether you’re applying for a new job or to...


Natasha Lindor '09 MS on Finding Happiness through Coaching

Natasha Lindor '09 MS, the daughter of parents who immigrated to the United States from Haiti for a better life, grew up believing that a world class education and her unrelenting work ethic would be the keys to her success. Lindor climbed the corporate ladder for years before coming to campus for her Masters in Integrated Marketing and Communications. She wanted to be a global brand manager but realized a few years after finishing her program that she was passionate about helping others...


Jonathan Eig '86 on his Career Path in Journalism

For the award-winning journalist and author, Jonathan Eig '86, his first job delivering newspapers on his bike throughout his neighborhood was only the beginning of his long career in journalism. From his junior high and high school newspapers to his most recent book, Ali: A Life, Eig has been writing for his entire career, including three New York Time's bestsellers. He spoke with us about moving from reporting to writing autobiographical books and the skills that are transferable from...


Apryl Schlueter '02 on a Career Change to Find Balance

Apryl Schlueter started her career in IT consulting but later learned that her calling was in a completely different industry. Schlueter is now the Chief Energy! Officer of The Cheerful Mind, Inc. -- a happiness and productivity coach, speaker, and the author of Finding Success in Balance: My Journey to The Cheerful Mind. After years of working in various industries, Schlueter realized her true passion for helping people streamline their lives to make more time for more joy, balance, and...


Carlos Paret '13 MBA on Integrating His Personal Life into a Successful Career

Carlos Paret came to Northwestern for his MBA and soon moved from Chicago to Southern California. He quickly got involved in Northwestern Alumni Association activities; Paret is the current president for both the Kellogg Alumni Club of Orange County and the NU Club of Orange County. He has been successful in a variety of leadership roles from early on in his career. Paret is fortunate enough to be working for a company that is transforming something that is very personal to him. Not only...


Daniel H. Pink '86 on How Timing and Motivation Impact our Lives

Daniel H. Pink graduated from Northwestern in 1986 and later became a New York Times bestselling author. Pink is the author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, and most recently, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. In this episode, Pink talks to the NAA not only about his research on timing and motivation and how that has an impact on our day to day lives, but also about his career more broadly. You...


Episode 11: Dr. Alexandra Solomon '98, '02 PhD on Loving Relationships and her Career at Northwestern

Dr. Alexandra Solomon started out in pre-med as an undergraduate but she went on to become a different type of doctor than she initially intended. Dr. Solomon came to Northwestern for her Masters and PhD programs in clinical psychology and she never left. Solomon is a licensed clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern and she is the professor for one of the most popular courses at Northwestern: Marriage 101. Her classes may have a waitlist but you can tune into this...


The Best of Alumni Career Advice

The NAA wanted to celebrate reaching the tenth episode of Northwestern Intersections by curating some special content for our listeners. Our podcast team went back and listened to our first nine interviews and pulled out some of the advice and insights that stuck with them, ranging from seeking out mentorship to ways you can figure out what you most enjoy doing in your day-to-day. We hope you enjoy this special edition of Northwestern Intersections. We will be back with more interviews...


Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow '71 on Three Successful Careers in One Lifetime

Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow is the definition of a successful career changer with three different and successful careers throughout the span of her lifetime. Her first career was as the Founding General Manager of WYCC-TV, a PBS affiliate. She later went back to a true passion of hers and became a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Wright College in Chicago. As she retired, her husband provided some wisdom that Chaplik-Aleskow wouldn't be happy just retiring so she decided to become an author...


Daniel Moser '02 PhD on Using a Theater Background to Communicate with Confidence

Daniel Moser began his career as a stock boy but quickly learned that he was destined for something very different. Moser started his creative career in music playing the trumpet and soon after that, moved into acting. After successfully working in the theater world for many years he came back to Northwestern to pursue a doctorate in performance studies. Now he is using his theater background to teach students at Northwestern the very important communication and presentation skills they...


Dave Collins '10 on Starting a Company Based on Improv

Dave Collins graduated from Northwestern and went straight to work in a large corporate consulting firm before later branching out on his own. He discusses the profound impact that his work in student theater and improv groups on campus have had on his personal professional development, as well as on his career as a whole. After a few lessons learned along the way, one of which made him think he might lose his job in the first week, he decided to start his own company, Oak and Reeds, a...


Connor Regan '16 on Growing at Google

Connor Regan knew that he wasn't going to be the valedictorian at Northwestern so he found his niche in collecting real world work experience with 9 internships while a student in Evanston. One of those internships was at Google where he went back to after graduation and has not left since. Although it is rare for a millennial to stay at the same organization for long, Regan talks about how he could work at Google for his entire career and do something different every couple of years....


Emily Klear '12 MS on a Career Change into Couples Therapy

Emily Klear '12 MS started her career in corporate America at Coca Cola selling fountain soda in the Bay Area. Klear went back to school for her Master's in Marital and Family Therapy after a few very challenging personal experiences made her want to help couples through traumatic events and tough relationship situations. Klear changed industries and quickly advanced her career to become the Director of Couples Services at The Family Institute at Northwestern University where she is an...


Emily Drewry '15 on Creating Her Own Role at Forbes

Emily Drewry has learned a lot since her first job at the local Piggly Wiggly and she has continued to grow in her current role as the Social Content Editor at Forbes. She recently interviewed Arianna Huffington for a live twitter interview series, a project that she recently developed from scratch. She moved to New York City a week after graduation from Northwestern and she has not looked back since. Listen in as Emily talks about her path in the social content journalism world and shares...


Ishan Daya '13 on Building his Business with Fellow Alumni

Ishan graduated from Northwestern where he studied flute performance and his career path has been far from traditional since then. He has a great perspective on learning something new from every experience, stemming from his first job at Summerfest in Milwaukee but he has come a long way since then. Ishan worked for a few years in consulting at McKinsey before starting his own business with three other Northwestern alumni. They have grown their team from 9 people in 2017 to currently 51...


Carter Cast '92 MBA on Career Derailers and More

Carter Cast is a successful professor, venture capitalist, and now author, but his career didn’t start out that easy. Hear Carter talk about his experiences, from being the founding chief marketing officer at Blue Nile Inc. to becoming CEO of to being a professor at Kellogg. His new book, The Right and Wrong Stuff: How Brilliant Careers are Made and Unmade, discusses the five archetypes that most often derail careers and offers advice on the different criteria to consider when...