S.O.S. Speakers - 2015
Frances Cole Jones '86
Frances Cole Jones '86 is the author of "How to Wow: Proven Strategies for Selling Your (Brilliant) Self in any Situation" and "The Wow Factor: The 33 Things You Must (and Must Not) Do to Guarantee Your Edge in Today’s Business World" (Ballantine Books/Random House). She also has an app for the iPhone and iPad called “Interview Wow.” Time Magazine said, “Jones’ shrewd book will give the nervously employed that requisite competitive edge.” Her blog was voted one of the top 100 websites for women by Forbes.com.
Jones speaks frequently around the country on topics such as “10 Things You Can Do Today to Wow Tomorrow,” “Catch Your Customer’s Attention—Keep Their Trust,” and “The Art of Selling.” In addition to writing and speaking, Jones is the President of Cole Media Management, a media training company focused on cultivating clients’ inherent strengths to develop more powerful communication skills.
Prior to founding Cole Media Management, Jones worked at St. Martin’s Press, Viking Penguin and Doubleday as an editor of commercial nonfiction. The experience of helping authors translate their ideas into books that retain their unique voice is part of what makes her valuable to clients. “There’s no point in my writing a perfectly crafted sound bite that you have to strain to remember,” Jones says. “You need to sound like you. You on your best day.” Jones was an English major at Connecticut College and earned a master's degree in liberal studies from New York University.
Aaron Kleinman '99
Kleinman is a talent business advisor for Deloitte, a professional services firm with 200,000+ professionals worldwide. He has been with Deloitte for 15 years and has spent his entire tenure in various roles within Human Resources. He has focused on advising his clients on core Human Resource items such as performance management, employee relations, compensation and people development.
Kleinman has worked in Deloitte's Boston, New York and Chicago offices. He has his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and is a member of the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). At Connecticut College, Kleinman was a history major and a CISLA scholar.
Lindsay Paiva '12
Paiva is currently an AmeriCorps*VISTA at Breakthrough Providence in RhodeIsland. She is coordinator of the Students Teaching Students Institute, an initiative aimed at expanding Breakthrough Providence's impact by developing expanded learning opportunities in schools and building a professional learning community of educators and youth workers across the state.
Upon graduating in 2012, Paiva lived and worked in Florence, Italy, for two years doing research on youth unemployment through a Fulbright research grant, and teaching English in public and private schools throughout the city. As a student, she studied English, elementary education and Italian, and was a PICA scholar.
Jeff Perkins '01
Perkins is a global government affairs specialist at Iron Mountain, a storage and information management company that assists organizations in protecting and managing their information, including some of the world’s most valuable historical artifacts, cultural treasures, business documents and medical records. Perkins assists the company interface with policy makers at the federal, state and local level.
Prior to joining Iron Mountain, Perkins was chief of staff and legislative director for Massachusetts State Senator Brian A. Joyce's office. He received his JD from the University of Montana Law School and was a practicing attorney at Perkins & Perkins PC from 2006-2008. Perkins was a government and history major at Connecticut College.
Drew Thurlow '01
Thurlow is a senior manager of artist partnerships at Pandora. He is responsible for helping develop Pandora’s growing role in the music business. His role includes building, booking and executing marketing programs, helping drive the artist and brand partnership strategy across the Pandora platform, and evangelizing Pandora’s value to the music community at large.
Prior to joining Pandora, Thurlow spent six years at Nonesuch/ Warner Bros Records in marketing and A&R. He began his career in music as a professional musician and session player, which he continues today. He also spent four dramatic seasons working in the front office of the Boston Red Sox from 2002 – 2007.
Thurlow is a member of ASCAP, the RIAA, the Americana Music Association and has guest lectured at both The New School and Rutgers University. He holds a degree in psychology from Connecticut College.
Charlie Widdoes '06
Widdoes is the digital media coordinator for the New York Knicks. His responsibilities include managing the Knicks' digital presence across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social networking platforms, as well as generating editorial content for Knicks.com.
Prior to his involvement with the Knicks, Widdoes was a staff writer for ClipperBlog of ESPN's TrueHoop Network and a production assistant at MLB Productions and MLB Network. He was an anthropology major at Connecticut College.