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Beyond VU

Beyond VU: Alumni Perspectives

Join in us the first Thursday of each month for Beyond VU, an interactive speaker series where students can meaningfully engage with Graduate School alumni, learn about different career paths, and gain insights into the types of leadership skills others have acquired and leveraged in their post-graduate career. 

John Hindle, PhD
Founding Partner, Knowledge Capital Partners
English ’81

September 3, 2020
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

John Hindle Is a Founding Partner of Knowledge Capital Partners, a London-based consultancy providing rigorous, fact-based intelligence and case experience in the field of  intelligent automation technology. His work helps technology providers engage their markets more deeply and successfully and helps users develop operations strategies and change management programs essential for capturing long-term value.

John has an extensive international business background, with over 35 years’ experience as a senior marketing executive and adviser to companies in the US and Europe in areas of technology and outsourcing. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the IEEE P2755 Intelligent Process Automation Working Group, a multilateral standards initiative for the emerging Services Automation industry.

He holds a doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University and has held Adjunct Professorships in Human and Organizational Development with Vanderbilt, and International Marketing with New York University in London.

John publishes widely in trade, popular, and academic media, and is a past president of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association, and former Vanderbilt Trustee. He currently serves as vice-chair of the Graduate School Advisory Board.


Cheri Hoffman, PhD
Director, Children & Youth Policy, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
Community Research & Action, ‘09

October 1, 2020
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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Cheri Hoffman is the Director of the Children and Youth Policy (CYP) Division of the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services. The CYP Division develops and reviews policy initiatives focused on the well-being of children and youth, including those in early childhood learning settings, the child welfare system, and youth programs across federal agencies. Cheri also serves as the Chair for the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, a collaboration of over twenty youth-serving agencies across the federal government.

Cheri was a 2010 Congressional Fellow of the American Psychological Association and spent five years on Capitol Hill working on health, mental health, and child welfare issues. She has also led evaluations of SAMHSA systems of care for children’s mental health and campus suicide prevention grants, was a data analyst for the Nashville Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative for youth transitioning out of foster care, and has direct service experience working with youth in residential and community-based settings.

Cheri earned a Ph.D. in Community Research and Action from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University, and a BS in Child Development from Syracuse University. She completed a NIMH pre-doctoral fellowship in child and adolescent mental health services research, and her dissertation focused on the characteristics, experiences, and strengths of homeless youth in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dante Mossi, PhD
Executive President, Central American Bank for Economic Integration
Economics, ’96

November 5, 2020
1:00 pm – 2: 00 pm
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Since December 1, 2018, Dr. Dante Ariel Mossi of Honduran nationality holds the position of Executive President of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI). He is the highest authority of the Superior Administration and the legal representative of the institution.

Dr. Mossi holds a Ph.D. in Economics with a specialization in Public Finance from Vanderbilt University; a Master’s degree in Economics with specialization in Econometrics from Duke University and a degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Honduras.

With an extensive career of about 25 years, Dr. Mossi served for 15 years in the World Bank as a resident representative in Paraguay. He also held the positions of Senior Operations Officer in the Global Energy Practice in Africa, as well as Chief of Operations in Ghana, Operations Officer and Country Economist in Honduras.

Before entering development banking, Dr. Dante Mossi worked for 10 years as an economist in various positions in the government sector and as a consultant for the private sector. Additionally, he has been an Economics Professor at the Catholic University of Honduras.


Maria Mendiburo, PhD
Technical Program Manager, Microsoft
Leadership & Policy Studies, ‘10

December 3, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Maria Mendiburo graduated with a PhD in Leadership and Policy Studies from Peabody College in 2010. After completing her degree, she worked as a Research Scientist with Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems for four years before moving to California to pursue her dream of launching an education technology startup. That dream didn’t pan out, but thanks to an all-women’s coding bootcamp in San Francisco called Hackbright Academy and Microsoft’s commitment to hiring diverse talent through its LEAP Apprenticeship Program, she successfully pivoted her career and became a Technical Program Manager at Microsoft in 2018. She has supported a number of different projects since that time including a Learning Innovation Lab, the Microsoft Learn for Educators program, and most recently, the Substrate data and intelligence platform.