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Forecasters Series

The Alumni Council and the Alumni Relations Office are proud to commence the inaugural season of the Forecasters Series.

The Forecasters Series showcases alumni leaders in their industries and asks them to "forecast" the next 18 months in their respective areas of expertise. This collection of leaders is sure to help you understand the changes in their fields and explain how these changes may alter your daily lives. Whether your interest is professional or personal, these one-hour presentations are sure to enlighten and help all of us navigate the future.
Registration for each Forecasters episode will open 3-4 weeks prior to the event. Advance registration is required to receive Zoom details.
Questions? Contact Becky Love at or 508.291.8572

Past Episodes

List of 10 news stories.

  • June 17

    Watch Now: Season 1: Episode 10

    As more and more of our personal lives and business activities are conducted online, understanding the future of cybersecurity will show us how to make the best use of our resources and stay safe from future attacks. Join leading expert Alex Lanstein '03, senior director at FireEye, Inc, as he examine the state of cybersecurity, predict what hackers will possibly do next, and provide thoughts on best practices, both personally and professionally. 
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  • June 15

    Although 2020 was a dismal year for numerous small businesses and startups, venture capital firms raised more money last year than ever before – over $73 billion in the United States alone. James Joaquin '83, co-founder and managing director at Obvious, and Jon Callaghan '87, co-founder of True Ventures, will explore trends in venture capital and look ahead at possibilities for growth, where innovation is flourishing, and what ideas seem to be getting the most exposure in Silicon Valley.
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  • May 19

    Season 1: Episode 8

    It is hard to imagine a more variable time in the real estate industry. Low housing inventory and low interest rates have made this a red-hot seller’s market. Many are wondering if we are in the midst of a bubble, and when it will burst. Join Matthew Joblon ’99, founding partner and chief executive officer for BMC Investments, and Andrew Joblon ’02, founder and managing principal of Turnbridge Equities, for a look at the next 18 months in the commercial and residential markets.
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  • John Gannon ’83, Dave DeFilippo ’84, and Nicole Greene ’95

    April 21

    Watch Now: Season 1: Episode 7

    We all see a light at the end of the tunnel. But exactly what kind of work place might we be returning to when we are given the “all clear.” In all likelihood, office life and the way we go about our daily business will be far different in a post-COVID world. And for many of us, the business of work will not be business as usual. Our three panelists, John Gannon ’83, Dave DeFilippo ’84, and Nicole Greene ’95 bring decades of leadership and accumulated wisdom to this presentation. Having managed, led, and trained teams in a variety of industries, their insights will prove useful to all of us, regardless of our career journey and the industry in which we reside.
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  • AJ Troiano '06 & Mark Peluso '84, Forecasters Speakers

    March 10

    Given the ever-changing nature of the coronavirus pandemic and the now very real possibility that tens of millions around the world will receive a vaccine in a matter of weeks, we are thrilled that Dr. AJ Troiano ’06, Chief Scientific Officer for Safer Behaviors, and Dr. Mark Peluso ’84, Chief Health Officer for Middlebury College, have agreed to join forces, and return to the Forecasters Series to share their latest insights and recommendations for the road ahead.
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  • Patrick Collins '03

    February 17

    You’d be hard-pressed to think of something more speculative, and therefore more in need of an informed Forecaster, than the future of cryptocurrencies. Patrick Collins ‘03 is a leader in the field, having set up cryptocurrency teams at major banking institutions and hedge funds. Learn what he has to say about how opportunities in this area are impacting worldwide finance.
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  • January 13

    Watch Now: Season 1: Episode 4

    Jaqueline Shire ’84 and Matthew Reynolds ’82 have both had distinguished careers at the State Department and the United Nations and in think tanks and academia. Their portfolios range from international aid in the Middle East to counter-terrorism to international diplomacy to nuclear non-proliferation, to name a few. Jackie and Matt, two uniquely well-informed insiders, will highlight the future of American foreign policy.  
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  • Joby Branion '81

    December 16

    Watch Now: Season 1: Episode 3

    Joby Branion ’81, Founder & CEO, Vanguard Sports Group, is one of the foremost sports agents in America. He has a front-row seat to the lives of professional athletes and the inner workings of the leagues in which they compete. Joby will share his thoughts on the future of professional sports, particularly the NFL, NBA, and MLB, and explain how the coronavirus pandemic will impact athletes as well as casual and everyday fans.
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  • November 11

    Season 1: Episode 2
    A distinguished panel of alumni discussed how COVID-19 has impacted three critical areas of higher education: student wellness, athletic recruiting, and college admissions. In addition, Mark Peluso ’84, Middlebury College physician, Holley Tyng ’97, Colby College hockey coach, and Ariel Leitao ’08, MIT admissions officer,  highlighted how the current crisis may create a very different educational experience than the existing status quo.
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  • AJ Troiano, PhD

    October 21

    Watch Now: Season 1: Episode 1

    Drawing upon his diverse laboratory experience as well as his work on the front lines of the Ebola pandemic in 2015-16, Dr. AJ Troiano '06 offered his insider perspective on the future of COVID-19, vaccine production, epidemiology, and how emerging infectious diseases are reshaping the world in which we live.
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