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Lessons Learned: Audrey Morrissey, My Life My Choice

Wednesday, February 17, 2016Audrey Morrissey from My Life My Choice
12:30 pm
Alumni Hall
Audrey Morrissey is the associate director of My Life My Choice and has been an integral part of the organization since 2003, when she was the first survivor in Massachusetts to mentor commercially sexually exploited girls. Drawing from her personal experience in “the Life,” Ms. Morrissey has helped develop and lead survivor-led programs that aim to prevent the exploitation or re-victimization of vulnerable girls aged 12 to 18, reaching more than 200 girls annually. Her expertise has also informed My Life My Choice’s nationally recognized exploitation prevention curriculum which she co-authored, and is currently used in 27 states.
Ms. Morrissey currently leads educational, training, and public awareness initiatives at My Life My Choice. She has served as a consultant to the Administrative Office of the Trial Court’s “Redesigning the Court’s Response to Prostitution” project, as well as the Vice Chair of the Survivor Services Task Force as part the Massachusetts Human Trafficking Task Force chaired by Attorney General Martha Coakley. Audrey is a 2008 recipient of the prestigious Petra Foundation Fellowship and a 2012 Boston Neighborhood Fellow.


Lessons Learned: Laura Christine Joyce, Clinical Social Worker

Wednesday, April 8, 2015Laura Christine Joyce
12:30 pm
Alumni Hall
As part of the College’s “Fisher says No More” Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign, Laura Christine Joyce, a clinical social worker at Boston Children’s Hospital with an expertise in domestic violence and sexual assault issues, and owner of Simplified Life Therapy, will be speaking about managing aggression and relationships and how to master the art of interpersonal communication.
This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

Lessons Learned: Jerome Singleton, Paralympic Champion

Paralympic Champion Jerome Singleton, Jr.Wednesday, February 18, 2015
12:30 pm (doors open at 12:00 pm)
Alumni Hall
Born without a fibula in his right leg, Jerome Singleton was only 18 months old when doctors amputated his leg below the knee. Yet throughout his life, the resilience, dedication and talents of this young and unpretentious American have shined evermore brightly.
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Lessons Learned: TJ Taormina, Host of AMP 103.3’s Morning Show

AMP 103.3's TJ TaorminaWednesday, March 4, 2015
12:30 pm (doors open at 12:00 pm)
Alumni Hall
TJ was the kid who walked to school with his headphones plugged into his radio. Having discovered morning talk shows as a 13-year-old while growing up in Hillsdale, NJ, he became hooked. In high school, he called countless radio stations–asking to intern, organize CDs, sweep the floors, anything!–just to get his foot in the door.

Finally, in his junior year, Fairleigh Dickinson University gave him a chance. He started out running public-service tapes on Sunday mornings for WFDU-FM, his mom giving him a ride to the station, since he was still too young to drive.

In 2002, after getting accepted into FDU’s broadcasting department, he landed an internship at Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show in New York City. During the 10 years he spent there, he learned as much as he could from the different positions he held: answering phones, doing phone pranks, producing, and eventually becoming a co-host on Elvis’ show in 2010.

When TJ is not on the radio, he enjoys movies, live music, stand-up comedy, and still loves listening to his favorite radio shows. A major animal lover, he probably has more photos of dogs than people in his phone.

Lessons Learned: Odell Bizzell, IMPACT Leadership Speaker

Odell BizzellWednesday, February 11, 2015
12:30 pm (doors open at 12:00 pm)
Alumni Hall
Odell Bizzell is a nationally recognized blogger, podcast host, author, entrepreneur, and dynamic keynote speaker. He has been featured in USA Today, Yahoo Finance,, and more than 200 media outlets. He’s also the author of three books and is a nationally recognized voice in teaching individuals how to become unforgettable and indispensable leaders in school, life, and work.

Odell has presented on the same stages as Super Bowl winning coach Jim Caldwell, Senior Political Adviser for the Obama administration Dave Axelrod, Dave Letterman, & Oprah Winfrey but yet maintains a light-hearted, fun, and humble disposition. He doesn't deliver a normal lecture; it's fun, enlightening, engaging, and it will make an IMPACT.
For more information about Odell, visit his website,

Dr. Anique Olivier-Mason

Fisher College Anique Olivier-MasonNovember 12, 2014
12:30 pm (Doors open at 12:00)
Alumni Hall, 116 Beacon Street
Forensic expert, Dr. Anique Olivier-Mason, knows a thing or two about crime scenes. She will talk about her experiences in a New York forensic biology lab and how the practice of "doing science" helped her to finally connect scientific concepts with real-life applications. As part of this talk, she will describe the lab she worked in, the laboratory steps between crime scene and courtroom, and how you can best prepare for a future job in a forensics lab.
She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute educator at MIT in the Drennan HHMI Education Laboratory, but she is also a laboratory-trained biologist, having completed her doctoral research in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Brandeis University. Prior to Brandeis, Anique had the unique experience of working as a criminalist for the New York City Forensic Biology Laboratory at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, where she examined evidence and did DNA typing from crime-scene samples. During that time, the scientific concepts that she’d dutifully memorized during school began to come to life, and she realized how important the study of science was to many human endeavors. She now works to inspire young people to study science and push educators to reveal the exciting applications of scientific concepts so that students should not have to ask, “Why should I learn this?”

Damien Echols

Fisher College Damien Echols
October 22, 2014
Alumni Hall, 116 Beacon Street
Damien Echols grew up in Mississippi, Tennessee, Maryland, Oregon, Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. At the age of 18, he was wrongfully convicted of murder and received a death sentence. He spent 18 years on death row, where he devoutly studied meditation and energy work and was ordained into the Rinzai Buddhist tradition. He was released from prison in 2011, and has a practice teaching meditation, reiki, and tarot.

Echols has been the subject of Paradise Lost, a three-part documentary series produced by HBO, and West of Memphis, a documentary produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. Echols is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Life After Death (2012), and the author of Yours for Eternity (2014).

Howie Carr

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Howie Carr
Fisher College will host critically acclaimed, New York Times best-selling author, Howie Carr. Carr will be discussing his latest book, Ratman - The Trial and Conviction of Whitey Bulger. Carr is an award winning front-page columnist for the Boston Herald. Known for his scathing exposes of local politicians, he has raised lots of eyebrows and voices over the years. He's famous for pushing the envelope and not regretting that he went too far, especially by the TV stations he's regularly featured on: NBC Today; MSNBC; C-SPAN; Court TV; Geraldo; CNN; Larry King Live; The Fox News Network; CBS This Morning. New England tunes in to Howie Carr.

Besides being heard on his flagship station WRKO 680 in Boston, Carr's The Howie Carr Show is syndicated across New England. Carr has interviewed numerous politicians, authors, and celebrities, and he's not afraid to ask those "no comment" questions.



Fisher will kick off Fashion month with Society Original Products Founder and CEO Marcel Angol. Society Original Products has gained a large following due to its line of fresh tees, hats, pants, sweaters, outwear, and...
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Anthony Amore, Director of Security, isabella stewart gardner museum

March marks the 14th anniversary of the famous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, in which $500 million dollars worth of priceless artwork was stolen.  Mr. Amore is responsible for the security and protection of the museum and coordinating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to recover the 13 works of art stolen from the museum on March 18, 1990.
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Casey Sherman & Dave Wedge, Authors of "Boston Strong"

Boston Strong Speakers
With April being the first anniversary of the Boston marathon bombing, Fisher will host national bestselling author Casey Sherman and award-winning former Boston Herald lead investigative reporter Dave Wedge to discuss this momentous day in the history of Boston.
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2012-2013 Speakers

Digital Identity: Eric StollerEric Stoller
Social Media Educator

September 19, 2012, 12:30 pm, Alumni Hall
Eric Stoller is a thought-leader, speaker, and consultant on using social media in higher education to create connections ad enhance community.

Rock the Vote:Amanda Brown Amanda Brown
Development Director, Rock the Vote

October 17, 2012 12:30 pm, Alumni Hall
Amanda's personal commitment to the Rock the Vote cause is to build the political power of the Millennial generation such that we can create the social and political change we desire.

Civic Engagement:Margie Dillenburg Margie Dillenburg
Chief Operations Officer, Invisible Children

November 7, 2012, 12:30 pm, Alumni Hall
Margie Dillenburg is one of the founding five members of Invisible Children, and former Chief Operations Officer. She worked with Invisible Children for seven years.

Humanity:Al Letson Al Letson
Host, State of the Re:Union, critically acclaimed poet and playwright

February 20, 2013, 12:30 pm, Alumni Hall
Soul-stirring, interdisciplinary work has garnered Al Letson national recognition, critical acclaim, and devoted fans.

Health and Wellness: Dennis KolschDennis Kolsch
To Write Love on Her Arms

March 27, 2013, 12:30 pm, Alumni Hall
Denny Kolsch joined the To Write Love on Her Arms in 2008 after graduating from the Florida State University with a B.A. in humanities and philosophy.

Enrichment: Tim Baumann Tim Bawmann
President and General Manager, Lowell Spinner

April 24, 2013, 12:30 pm, Alumni Hall
Tim is in his ninth season as the General Manager of the Spinners. While in Lowell, Bawmann's staff has established pre-season marketing franchise records.


Celtics Legend JoJo White

JoJo WhiteDirector of Special Projects and Community Relations Representative, Boston Celtics

JoJo White, a standout player on two Boston World Championship teams, was hired by the Celtics as Director of Special Projects and Community Relations Representative in May 2000...For full story and video footage,
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Dick Lehr

New York Times Bestselling Author Dick Lehr

Best-selling author of Black Mass and Whitey
Dick Lehr, considered to be one of the world’s preeminent experts on Whitey Bulger and the Boston mob, visited Fisher College on September 25, 2013 to discuss his new book.
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Film producer dorothy aufiero

Film ProducerProducer of the Oscar winning film The Fighter

Dorothy Aufiero is a Boston resident and producer of the Oscar winning film The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams. Aufiero was also one of the creative minds behind Bravo’s landmark reality TV series...

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