Alan Cohen '83
Connection Coach and Speaker
Alan Samuel Cohen is a leadership, connection, and communication coach, sought-after speaker, and corporate trainer. His expertise in the areas of connection as it relates to business, relationships, community, and leadership make him an ideal speaker for conferences, meetings, and workshops. His wide-ranging professional experiences give him unique insight into making the connections in all areas of life in order to become more productive, more effective, and more successful in the ways of the mind, body, voice, spirit, and heart.
Prior to becoming a professional coach, nearly a decade ago, Alan worked in public relations and human resources for more than twenty years. In addition to writing his first book, “Those Difficult Talks for PR Pros: How Best to Say What Needs to be Said to Clients, Colleagues, and Employees,” Alan co-founded “The Positivity Project,” an initiative intended to create global optimism in the workplace. Among the numerous and notable positions he has held over the years, Alan served as the Director of Communications for The Broadway League, the national trade association for the commercial theater industry and presenter of the Tony Awards; Vice President of Talent Acquisition for MWW Public Relations; and Scholastic Inc.’s Director of Corporate Training and Development and Director of Publicity, leading the promotion team for the multi-million-copy bestselling Harry Potter book series.
Alan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre from Connecticut College, and an MBA from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business, with a focus on leadership development. He is an accredited member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is one of only 2,000 Professional Certified Coaches in the world. He was a trainer for The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), one of the only International Coach Federation (ICF)-accredited coaching institutes in the world. Alan is a member of the National Speakers Association. His new book “The Connection Challenge: 52 Weeks of Creating New Possibilities” will be released in 2017.
Alexa Sherr Hartley, Esq. '96
President of Premier Leadership Coaching
Alexa Sherr Hartley is a former Big Law litigator gone rogue. Reincarnated as a Columbia University trained organizational and executive coach, Alexa works with high-achieving and high-potential mavericks, outside the box thinkers, and progressives interested in disrupting the status quo to achieve outstanding greatness in their careers. Having made the leap in her own life, she inherently understands the courage, risks, and rewards involved in pursuing one’s passion.
As President of Premier Leadership Coaching, an executive, and organizational coaching firm, Alexa has consulted with industry leaders in the fields of business, law, financial services, and non-profits about the planning and implementation of significant organizational change, leadership development and decision-making. Facilitating sustained development is Alexa’s mission and where she is at her best, helping clients achieve personal and organizational effectiveness, while drawing upon the tenets of positive psychology. She serves clients in the private and public sector, guiding them in enhancing focus, improving individual and team performance, and aligning leaders with corporate missions and strategies
Alexa holds her Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Florida, Levin School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Connecticut College. Prior to her metamorphosis as an executive coach, Alexa was a Litigator in both the Manhattan and West Palm Beach offices of Greenberg Traurig with a focus on business and commercial litigation.
Vice President at JPMorgan Chase
Andrew is a passionate global citizen that has lived on five continents and spends his time working professionally and personally to change the global landscape and dialogue with the hope of providing a better future for the advancement of people everywhere. He is currently a Vice President at JPMorgan Chase. Before joining JPMorgan Chase, Andrew received his MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS). Prior to that, he worked at Travelers Indemnity Co. in their International Strategy team and in their Personal Insurance Direct-to-Consumer Business. Prior to that, Andrew worked at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) graduating top of his class in the 2-year Financial Leadership Program.
In tandem, Andrew not only received numerous professional and academic awards, but also continued to serve his global community and country by graduating from the Hartford Citizens Police Academy and then graduating from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Citizens Leadership Academy. Additionally, Andrew served as the Co-President of the HBS Africa Business Club and co-founded truIT Uganda Ltd, which provides cost-effective, high-speed, wide-reaching and reliable satellite broadband services to consumer and enterprise markets in Uganda. Lastly, during the summer of 2013, Andrew worked as a special advisor to the Ugandan Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED).
He currently resides in New York City and sits on the boards of truIT, Uganda Ltd., DIFFvelopment, and the Paper Fig Foundation.
Erica Lovett '14
Diversity Manager and Recruiter, Condé Nast
As the Diversity Program Manager & Recruiter at Condé Nast, Erica develops, implements, and supports diversity initiatives across the 22 Condé Nast brands which include: Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Brides, Self, GQ, GQ Style, The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit, Epicurious, Wired, W, Golf Digest, Golf World, Teen Vogue, Ars Technica, The Scene, Pitchfork and Backchannel. She is responsible for building a pipeline of qualified diverse talent across all areas of the business.
Before Condé Nast, Erica worked as a Recruiter at Rent the Runway, a women’s clothing and accessories rental service. She graduated from Connecticut College in 2014, with a BA in History. At Connecticut College, Erica was the co-chair of the History Department, co-chair of the Senior Giving Committee, Alumni Liaison for Umoja, member of the Student Government Association Advancement Committee, and student representative on the Presidential Search Committee.
Ethan Underhill '15
Ethan Underhill ‘15 recently entered the financial consulting industry after spending his first year and a half out of college with an executive search firm that specialized in recruiting nonprofit leaders. He has lived and worked in Washington, D.C. since graduating and is well-versed in starting “real life” from scratch in a new environment. At Connecticut College, Ethan double-majored in Government & Religious Studies, sang with the Co Co Beaux, spent a semester in Italy, and served in various student government roles.
Jazmin Long '12
Director of Community Relations and Community Partnerships
Jazmin oversees all welcoming activities that engage organizations and communities in supporting and engaging Greater Cleveland’s 115+ various ethnic groups in immigrant integration efforts, including the Welcoming Cleveland, Latino, Asian and African American Initiatives. As the Director of Community Relations and Strategic Partnerships, Jazmin works to build community awareness of Global Cleveland’s mission to welcome international newcomers into our Northeast Ohio community. Additionally, she works to establish partnerships that focus on empowering people and neighborhoods through economic development tools.
Jazmin is a graduate of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, where she obtained a dual masters degree in Social Administration and Nonprofit Management. Jazmin comes to Global Cleveland with considerable community organizing experience. Additionally, Jazmin is the co-founder of the Cleveland Young Professional Minority Women’s Group (CYPMWG), an organization whose mission is to position women of color as assets in their community.