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Alumni Forecasters Series Looks Forward in an Uncertain World

From the coronavirus pandemic to international relations to sports management, alumni leaders have been offering 18-month forecasts in their respective fields of expertise during the inaugural season of the Forecasters Series. The virtual series, sponsored by the Alumni Council and the Alumni Relations Office, premiered in October 2020 and has so far reached hundreds of members of the Tabor community through Zoom technology.
 
For the next installment of the series on February 17, Patrick Collins ’03 will demystify Bitcoin, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies—including the safety and efficacy of digital currency and how it could affect monetary policy. Collins is the chief operating officer and founding partner at 100 Acre Ventures, a San Francisco-based technical investment firm focused on the emerging digital asset class. 
 
On March 10, AJ Troiano ’06 PhD, chief scientific officer for Safer Behaviors, and Mark Peluso ’84 MD, chief health officer for Middlebury College, will provide an update on the coronavirus pandemic, its impact on higher education, and a forecast on the vaccination roll-out. 
 
“Launching this enlightening series, which has allowed us to reach alumni, parents, and students from around the globe, is a silver lining in the pandemic,” says Director of Alumni Relations Andrew McCain ’84. “We’ve been able to tap into alumni expertise – and there’s so much of it among our alumni – for inside intel on top-of-mind subjects.”
 
Past episodes include:
  • COVID-19: AJ Troiano ’06 PhD, chief scientific officer for Safer Behaviors, drew upon his diverse laboratory experience as well as his work on the front lines of the Ebola pandemic in 2015-16, offering his perspective on the future of COVID-19, vaccine production, epidemiology, and how emerging infectious diseases are reshaping the world.
  • Higher Education: Mark Peluso ’84 MD, chief health officer for Middlebury College; Holley Tyng ’97, women’s ice hockey coach at Colby College, and Ariel Leitao ’08, admissions officer at MIT, discussed the pandemic’s impact on higher education.
  • Professional Sports: Joby Branion ’81, founder and CEO of Vanguard Sports Group and one of the foremost sports agents in the U.S., shared his insight on the future of professional sports, including the pandemic’s reach on athletes and fans. 
  • International Relations: Jacqueline Shire ’84, finance expert on the ISIS-Al-Qaeda-Taliban Monitoring Team, United Nations Security Council and Matthew Reynolds ’82, representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the United States of America and the Caribbean opined on the future of American foreign policy. 
 
Upcoming episodes will explore the future of corporate culture, venture capital and entrepreneurship, social media and technology, fashion, and live entertainment.
 
To register for “The Future of Cryptocurrency” on February 17, visit the series webpage, which also features video from past episodes and presenter biographies. 
 
To share ideas for future episodes, contact Andrew McCain ’84 at amccain@taboracademy.com.
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  • Forecaster's Series: Dr. AJ Troiano '06 and Dr. Mark Peluso '84 - The Future of COVID-19 and the Road Ahead

    The Forecasters Series showcases alumni leaders and up-and-comers in their industries who will "forecast" the next 18 months in their respective areas of expertise. Epidemiology, higher education, and professional sports are just a few of the topics slated for discussion. 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.
     
    A forecaster himself, Bruce Cobbold, taught us Heraclitus’ famous axiom, “Change is the only constant in life.” While this may never be truer than it is today, we are certainly better than ever at forecasting.
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  • Forecaster's Series: John Gannon '83, David DeFilippo '84, and Nicole Greene '95: The Future of Work

    The Forecasters Series showcases alumni leaders and up-and-comers in their industries who will "forecast" the next 18 months in their respective areas of expertise. Epidemiology, higher education, and professional sports are just a few of the topics slated for discussion. 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.
     
    A forecaster himself, Bruce Cobbold, taught us Heraclitus’ famous axiom, “Change is the only constant in life.” While this may never be truer than it is today, we are certainly better than ever at forecasting.
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