Hartwick Hosts “Making and Managing Change in the Inevitable Unknown” Panel

April 23, 2013

On May 11, 2013, Hartwick College will host a panel discussion titled "Making and Managing Change in the Inevitable Unknown," welcoming back four notable Hartwick College alumni for the occasion.

The event is free and open to the public, and will take place in Slade Theatre of Yager Hall from 9-11 a.m. Moderated by Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Laurel Elder, the members of the panel will speak to the topics of innovation, globalism, economy, work force, and more. The panel members include John Doelp '76, David Long '83, Cyrus Mehri '83, and Rob Rowe '81.

"We look forward to welcoming these alumni back to campus to share their thoughts and reactions during this panel discussion," said Hartwick Vice President for College Advancement, Jim Broschart. "This event will expose current Hartwick students and other attendees to alumni who have achieved a high level of success in their chosen career field due in part to skills learned during their experience at Hartwick."

Biographies for the panelists are as follows:

John Doelp '76John Doelp '76 graduated from Hartwick with a major in Sociology, then earned advanced degrees from Berklee College of Music and Columbia University.  He has worked throughout the music industry, first as a performer, then as an arranger, producer, and now industry executive. Doelp is Senior Vice President of A&R (artist and repertoire) and Marketing at Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment, with offices on Madison Avenue in Manhattan.  His client list includes artists such as John Legend, Susan Boyle, Harry Connick, Jr., Frankie J, and Ricky Martin.  He has worked with Celine Dion since 1990, co-producing three of her albums with collective sales of 45+ million units worldwide. Previously, Doelp served as President of Crescent Moon Records, a joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment and Emilio and Gloria Estefan. In the 1990s, Doelp served as Executive Vice President of Sony 550 Music and Senior Vice President of the Epic Records Group. At Epic, he created and implemented marketing plans for many successful projects, including recordings by Pearl Jam, the Spin Doctors, Michael Jackson, and Gloria Estefan, as well as the movie soundtracks from Sleepless in Seattle and Forrest Gump.

David Long '83David Long '83 is President and CEO of Liberty Mutual Group, a Fortune 100 global insurance company with $33.2 billion in revenues and $1.7 billion in net income (2010).  Based in Boston, MA, Liberty Mutual operates in more than 25 countries worldwide. Long began his career with Liberty Mutual in 1985 as a Financial Analyst. His most recent promotion to CEO quickly followed his appointment as President and member of the Board of Directors of Liberty Mutual Group in 2010, President of Liberty International in 2009, and Executive Vice President and President of Liberty Mutual's Commercial Markets in 2005. After earning a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Hartwick, Long graduated first in his class from Boston College with a master's degree in finance. As an undergraduate, he was named a John Christopher Hartwick Scholar and was selected as an All-American from Hartwick's Division I soccer team.  He was inducted into the Hartwick College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 and served on the College's Board of Trustees from 2002 until 2011. Long is married to fellow Hartwick gradu­ate Stephanie Isgur Long '84

Cyrus Mehri '83Cyrus Mehri '83 is a founding partner of the law firm Mehri & Skalet, PLLC., which litigates cases involving discrimination, civil and consumer rights violations, and corporate fraud.  He graduated from Hartwick with a bachelor of arts in political science and earned a juris doctor from Cornell Law School. Mehri has served as co-lead class counsel in some of the largest and most significant race and gender cases in U.S. history; most recently Norflet v. John Hancock Life Insurance Co. (2009) and Carter v. Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (2011). In 2002, Mehri released a seminal report on the National Football League's record of hiring minority coaches, which resulted in the adoption of a comprehensive diversity plan by the League. In 2004, Mehri and the National Council of Women's Organizations announced the Women on Wall Street project, which focuses on ending gender discrimination in financial institutions. In 2008, Mehri testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee along with Supreme Court plaintiff Lilly Ledbetter about pay equity and the need to diversify the pools of candidates considered for the federal bench.  In 2009, he and the NAACP announced the Madison Avenue Project and released a seminal report on employment discrimination in the advertising industry.  In 2010, Mehri co-founded Voices for Corporate Responsibility, designed for senior executives and professionals concerned about corporate wrongdoing and who seek to rectify those wrongs before Congress, regulators, and the courts.

Rob Rowe '81Rob Rowe '81 is the epitome of a liberal arts education, as he lives a balanced life as a leader in finance and an on- and off-stage member of a theatre troupe. Rowe graduated from Hartwick with a bachelor of arts in theatre arts and enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he received the Charles E. Jehlinger Award for excellence in acting. He joined their production company after graduation. His experiences include touring Europe in a production of Amadeus with the American Theatre Company. Rowe worked with the Mirror Repertory Company for many years and joined their junior Board of Directors.  He is now active with the Accidental Theatre Group, serving as treasurer of the Board of Trustees and occasionally as an actor. Rowe began his finance career in 1989 when he joined Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Company in the Mergers and Acquisitions unit of their Investment Banking Division.  In 1995, he became an Assistant Vice President with the Institutional Fixed Income Sales Group (IFG) of the newly-combined firm Smith Barney Shearson.  In 2006 he was promoted to Managing Director and in 2007 assumed control of the firm's U.S. agency strategy effort.

For more information on "Making and Managing Change in the Inevitable Unknown," contact Senior Director of Donor and Alumni Relations Alicia Fish at 607-431-4021 or

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