Alumni Entrepreneur Series
Throughout Fall 2020, you’ll get the chance to meet a few incredible recent Pace graduates who have gone on to launch their own robust businesses and take their respective industries by storm. Find out more about how they leveraged their Pace degree and see where your Pace Path might take you!
Pace produces some of the top entrepreneurial talent in the area, and now, thanks to Alumni Development, you’ll get to meet some of them! Join us as the GOLD Program kicks off a series of virtual events featuring three incredible recent Pace graduates who have created robust businesses since they left campus. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to leverage your Pace degree in the world of innovation, as well as what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur today. Join us for what will surely be great discussions about these amazing alumni and all they have achieved so far!
Featured alumni include:
Gina Holzer, Founder and CEO of Wholy Dose
Gina Holzer ’17 is the founder and CEO of Wholy Dose, a collagen-based supplement company geared towards better beauty and health. Wholy Dose offers clean supplement powders that are scientifically proven to improve skin, hair, and holistic health.
Holzer received her BBA in Entrepreneurship and MBA in Marketing Management from Pace University in New York City. She started Wholy Dose while in graduate school in 2019.
Holzer has been featured across many publications including NBC News and The Zoe Report, and was a guest speaker at the 2020 Ingestible Beauty Summit. Wholy Dose has been featured in publications like Vogue, Essence, Fashionista, and Trend Hunter—to name a few.
Come meet Holzer virtually with us to hear more about her career:
Wednesday, October 28
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Register for the talk with Gina Holzer
Ryan Barone, Co-Founder and CEO of RentRedi
Ryan Barone ’16 is RentRedi’s co-founder, CEO, and CTO, and the brain behind RentRedi’s landlord-tenant software and mobile apps. Barone previously worked at Goldman Sachs and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and graduated top in his fields with a double major in economics and mathematics as well as a minor in computer science. As a student, Barone was actively involved on campus, serving as executive president and Dyson president for the Student Government Association, the editor-in-chief of On the Margin (an economics newsletter), and sitting on the New York City Master Plan committee.
At RentRedi, his mission is to empower landlords to easily manage their properties themselves and make stress-free renting affordable and accessible to everyone. As a Dyson advisory board member, his mission is to help Pace students achieve success in the rapidly changing job market.
Come meet Barone virtually with us to hear more about his career:
Tuesday, November 10
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Register to attend the talk with Ryan Barone
Topaz Smith, Founder of EN-NOBLE
Topaz Smith ’14 is a cultural enthusiast and the founder of EN-NOBLE, a nuanced concierge service that creates itineraries for immersive unique cultural experiences. Smith has a background in tourism and policy and previously worked for a leading hotel in Positano, the Amalfi Coast, the United States Peace Corps, and a United Nations global initiative in New York City. After traveling throughout five continents and residing on three, Smith decided to craft cultural immersive travel experiences because of her firsthand knowledge. Smith is a senior consultant managing projects for the past five years in Ethiopia.
Smith has taught STEAM in NYC to grades K-5. She strongly believes that socio-cultural learning is imperative for the future of the world’s youth. She teaches cross-cultural communication and global literacy and has recently partnered with a Brooklyn technology company to teach youth about travel, their world, and how to communicate with people from different ethnic backgrounds.
Her company EN-NOBLE is a nuanced concierge service that curates immersive experiences for the socially conscious traveler. They believe in sustaining local markets through travel and seek ways to access resource-filled communities lacking exposure to the broader tourism market. They specialize in global navigational tools for major cities and engaging itineraries that create new found awareness. EN-NOBLE is devoted to providing this service as a sustainable and vital benefit to empower the resilience of the people and environment as a vital part of their mission.
Come meet Smith virtually with us to hear more about her career:
Thursday, November 12
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Register to attend the talk with Topaz Smith
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Rachel Vetterman ’22 transferred to Pace to pursue a combined degree: a BA in Childhood Education and an MSEd in Special Education. She’s passionate about supporting all the students she’s worked with, but it was one moment on the job that really changed her perspective.
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On Tuesday, October 20, Emmy Award-winning actor and political activist Richard Schiff will talk all things politics with Pace President Marvin Krislov. Schiff will also discuss his role in the hit drama series The West Wing, and how life often imitates art.
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