Two distinguished alumni join the LaunchPad for in-person Fireside Chats on September 29 and October 6

Melissa Richards-Person ’89, Newhouse Advisory Board Member, and Steve Zimba ’86 G’87, Maxwell Advisory Board Member, are coming to the LaunchPad for Fireside Chats on September 29 and October 6. Both events are open to the Syracuse community.

Melissa Richards-Person, Thursday, September 29, 3 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad

Melissa Richards-Person

Join Melissa Richards-Person ‘89, an insight-driven brand strategist for a chat on customer discovery and how to develop transformative brands that can build next-level business growth. A member of the Newhouse Advisory Board, Melissa is a brand strategist for major companies and currently consulting with a startup called Nextbite, helping them think through how they create, build and launch brands and refining their marketing organization and go-to-market strategy. She was formerly chief marketing officer at Papa Johns. Based in Louisville, Kentucky. Melissa will be in person for this event.

Steve Zimba, Thursday, October 6, Noon, Blackstone LaunchPad

Join Steve Zimba ’86 G’87, founder and CEO of Nulia which specializes in helping people develop digital skills by driving deep adoption and use of Microsoft Office 365. Nulia Works platform is the first of its kind in the SaaS industry, using data intelligence to tech enable a new generation of digital adoption and change management solutions. A member of the Maxwell Advisory Board, Steve’s unique blend of strategic planning, business development, channel building, sales and marketing, and operational skills has produced significant results in a broad range of sectors. He was the founder of MaaXcloud, where he boot-strapped a multi-million dollar professional services business in the fast paced cloud IT industry, helping businesses migrate to and use the most popular SaaS and IaaS services available from the largest Cloud ISVs on the planet. He established global channels for the services through leading IT distributors, cloud resellers, telcos, and managed service providers, and developed a partnership and multi-million dollar contract with Microsoft as one of the first Office365 Concierge Partners. Based in Eugene, Oregon, Steve will be in person for this event.