Fords on Friday
Fords on Friday is an opportunity for students to chat with alumni about their career path and industry trends. Alumni offer career advice and field questions from students.
All events take place on Fridays at noon in the CCPA unless otherwise specified.
Shaun Hill '01
Owner and Brewer, Hill Farmstead Brewery
- Friday, September 6, 12:00 p.m.
- Stokes 300
An 8th generation Vermont native, Shaun Hill began homebrewing beer when he was 15 years old. After studying Philosophy at Haverford College, Hill returned to Vermont where he launched a house painting company. At age 23, he spent his mornings as a teacher at a private seasonal high school and his afternoons washing kegs and cleaning fermenters in a brewery. At age 25, he spent six months backpacking and traversing the planet - these countries, people, and experiences created the "inner images" that he would pursue and attempt to elaborate throughout his career as a brewer. After brewing professionally in the United States for several years, Hill moved to Copenhagen, Denmark in 2008 where he took a position as the head brewer for Nørrebro Bryghus. Following two years of continued travel, learning, and collaboration, Hill returned home to his ancestor's former dairy farm in Greensboro and opened the doors of Hill Farmstead Brewery with the $65,000 that he had managed to save and raise from predominantly Danish investors.
Hill Farmstead Brewery opened in March 2010. It has grown in popularity and recognition and is widely considered as one of the very best in the craft. Hill continues to explore collaborative opportunities with creatives around the globe. He has preserved much of the farmland surrounding the brewery through development easements with the Vermont Land Trust and Nature Conservancy and continues to expand the experience and campus in Greensboro. He lives with his two brotherly cats, Scout and Chablis, grows (and juices) wheatgrass, listens to Radiohead and leadership podcasts, meditates daily, and has aspirations for building a house that is further than 20 feet away from where he works.
Ashby Jones '92
Deputy U.S. News Coverage Chief, The Wall Street Journal
- Friday, September 13, 12:00 p.m.
- Stokes 300
Ashby Jones '92 is the deputy chief of U.S. news at The Wall Street Journal in New York. In that capacity, he helps manage a team of about 50 reporters and editors throughout the country who cover a wide variety of topics, from real estate to immigration to education and white-collar crime. Ashby ran the law bureau at the Journal from 2016 to earlier this year, and helped lead a series of stories on hush-money payments connected to Donald Trump that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting. He also worked as a legal affairs reporter at the Journal for several years.
Prior to becoming a journalist, Ashby worked as a lawyer at a large law firm in Seattle and clerked for a federal judge in New York. He holds a law degree from the University of Michigan. At Haverford, he majored in English and played varsity baseball for four years. He grew up in Orange County, Calif.
Ali Wolf '98
Veterinarian, Highland Animal Hospital
- Friday, September 20, 2:00 p.m.
- Stokes 300
Alexandra is a small animal veterinarian at Commonwealth Veterinary Hospital, a five doctor general practice in Newton, Massachusetts, where she has been working since the fall of 2018. Alexandra earned her DVM at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, after which she completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Upon her completion of her internship, Alexandra began working as a general practitioner in Ashland, MA where she practiced for three years before taking a brief hiatus to birth a human child. She then returned to practice in the fall of 2011 at Highland Animal Hospital in Needham, where she worked part time for seven years.
Prior to her career in veterinary medicine, Alexandra worked as a grant writer and fundraiser for a non-profit civil legal services organization in New York City for almost two years, before realizing that an office job was too tidy for her liking. After volunteering during her lunch breaks at the Humane Society of NY became the most meaningful part of her day, Alexandra quit her job to become a cage cleaner in the Humane Society veterinary hospital, where she was given her first opportunity to occasionally assist in veterinary procedures and in the exam room.
Since Alexandra was missing the majority of the prerequisite courses (remember, English Major), she enrolled at City College of NY and then, after a move to the Boston area, UMass Boston, to complete the science and math courses she needed to apply to veterinary school. During this time, she also worked part-time as a veterinary technician honing her technical skills and volunteered at the Boston Museum of Science's Live Animal Center. In 2003, she was accepted into the DVM program at Tufts, where she enrolled immediately after getting hitched to her now husband, Ben Sprecher, Haverford class of '99. She does not recommend this particularly as a strategy for newlyweds.
Although she was raised in sunny Santa Monica, CA, Alexandra now calls Newton, MA her home where she lives with her aforementioned husband, human child, and rescue mutt Brother Lucky. When she is not working, Alexandra enjoys running, spending time with friends and family, and fighting uphill battles for issues such as common sense gun reform and affordable housing.
Bob Elwood '82
Chief Operating Officer, Practus LLP
- Friday, October 4, 12:00 p.m.
- Stokes 300
Robert Elwood '82 is co-founder, chief happiness officer, and an attorney at the unconventional law firm Practus LLP. Practus disrupts the traditional law firm model by allowing attorneys to work where they want, when they want, and how much they want. Bob specializes in investment management, tax, and business law. He's been the co-chair of his Haverford class since graduating and is the recipient of the Alumni Association's William E. Sheppard Award (for service to the College after 9/11) and the Charles Perry Award, for helping to raise more than $25 million for the College.
Liz Hercher '11
Director of Data Analytics, AppNexus/AT&T
Economics Major, Spanish Minor
- Friday, October 25, 12:00 p.m.
- VCAM 102
Part of the Tri-Co Big Tech Days
Elizabeth (Liz) Hercher is the Director of Client Insights Analytics at Xandr, AT&T's digital and video advertising technology company. Liz came to Xandr by way of AppNexus, a digital advertising platform company that was acquired by AT&T in June 2018. Liz had worked at AppNexus since March 2013, beginning her tenure there as a Technical Account Manager working with buy-side and sell-side clients. In this consultative role, Liz not only gained value customer service experience and knowledge of the product and industry, but she also began building her technical skills through on-the-job training. Recognizing her passion for this technical and analytical work, Liz moved to the Analytics side of AppNexus, where she has spent the last 4 years working in Client Insights Analytics.
Client Insights Analytics (CIA) leverages large volumes of platform-wide data to build analyses and custom UIs that help our clients achieve their digital advertising performance, delivery, and user reach goals. The team employs multiple languages and tools, such as SQL, Python, Flask, Docker, and APIs, to manipulate and visualize data to help them tell their client's story. As the head of Client Insights Analytics, Liz's role calls on her background in research, customer service, and leadership to manage a team of exceptional analysts and determine the strategic direction of the business within the ever-changing world of data science and analytics. She enjoys splitting her time between working with her teammates to advance their careers, further developing her own technical and analytical skillset, and collaborating with other leaders across the company to use data to inform their most difficult decisions.
Outside of the office, Liz spends most of her time hanging out the parks of Manhattan with her dog, Marlowe, and her husband, James (Haverford College, Class of 2011). Haverford is still a constant presence in Liz's life - whether she is spending time with college friends, working with the Haverford in Tech Alumni Affinity Group, volunteering with the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), or going for a run in the park (GO BEES!!!), she always has the Haverford values and community in mind.
Bridget Rodriguez '91
Managing Director, The Education Redesign Lab
- Friday, November 8, 12:00 p.m.
- Stokes 300
Bridget is the Managing Director of the Education Redesign Lab. Bridget most recently served as the Director of Planning and Collaboration in the Executive Office of Education (EOE), the Massachusetts Secretary of Education’s office, where she led the Innovation Schools initiative and facilitated the establishment of 54 Innovation Schools across the Commonwealth. She also served as the Secretary’s designee to the Board of Early Education and Care and the Early Literacy Expert Panel.
Bridget was formerly the Education Liaison to two mayors of Cambridge. She has also been a school principal and a bilingual teacher. She has served as a consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education evaluating and providing support to underperforming schools. She received her undergraduate degree from Haverford College and a Masters in Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Bridget is the parent of two Cambridge Public School students.
Ted Love '81
President & CEO, Global Blood Therapeutics
Molecular Biology Major
- Friday, November 15, 12:00 p.m.
- Stokes 300
Dr. Love joined GBT in June 2014 as president and chief executive officer with broad leadership and management experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. Before that, he was executive vice president, research and development and technical operations at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he played an instrumental role in initiating and completing several of Onyx's first Phase 3 clinical trials. Prior to Onyx, Dr. Love served as president, chief executive officer and chairman of Nuvelo, Inc., where he led growth of the company to a market capitalization of $1 billion. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president, development at Theravance, Inc. Earlier in his career, Dr. Love held a number of senior management positions in medical affairs and product development at Genentech, where he served as chairman of Genentech's Product Development Committee. As vice president, product development, Dr. Love oversaw the development strategy and execution leading to approvals of Rituxan®, Herceptin®, Xolair®, TNKase®, Raptiva and Avastin®. Dr. Love has served as a consultant in medicine in the Department of Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He currently serves on the board of directors of Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. Dr. Love holds a B.A. in molecular biology from Haverford College and an M.D. from Yale Medical School. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Andrew Saunders '93
Founder, Castle Hill Capital Partners
- Friday, November 22, 12:00 p.m.
- Stokes 300
Andrew spearheads the consulting services and capital introduction program at Castle Hill Capital Partners.
Prior to founding Castle Hill, Andrew was the head of Capital Introduction at Lazard Capital Markets. He has also had leadership positions at Direct Access Partners and EFX Prime Services, a First New York initiative.
His first position on Wall Street was with Taylor Rafferty, a boutique cross-border investor relations firm. During his 7-year tenure, Andrew assisted senior management in implementing all aspects of their investor relations programs including corporate strategy development, IPO/Secondary roadshows, media relations and assisted senior management coordinate the investor relations activities for 12 ADR listings and IPOs on the NYSE and NASDAQ.
Andrew graduated from Haverford College in 1993 with a B.A. in Economics. He holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation (CAIA) and is the Head of the New York Chapter with ~1,000 members. Prior to entering the financial services industry, Andrew spent four years in Malaysia and Indonesia as a teacher and entrepreneur.
Andrew holds the Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses.
Andrew is married with two children and lives in Brooklyn, NY and is currently training for his 10th Marathon.