Common Good & Creative Careers Alumni Podcast Episodes

As part of the Office of Career Strategy’s Take this Job and Love it Podcast, Common Good & Creative Careers has developed programming by interviewing CGCC Alumni. Current student and CGCC Fellow, Claire Zalla, YC ’21 has interviewed various Yale alums who are doing incredible things in the industries that CGCC covers. Below is the list of Podcasts so far. This list will continue to be updated as we push out new podcasts throughout the year.

Listen and subscribe via Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcher, and Soundcloud.

Supporting and Enriching Child Care in New Haven: Janna Wagner ’95, All Our Kin
Janna Wagner, founder and Chief Learning Officer of All Our Kin, shares her experience founding a nonprofit in New Haven to support family childcare businesses and improve children’s early learning experiences. #yale #cgcc #nonprofit #education #childcare #newhaven

Innovating National Security Solutions with Lucas Kunce YC ’04 from the Pentagon
Lucas Kunce, Deputy General Council at the Defense Innovation Fund, discusses his path to military service after Yale and his career in national security negotiating arms control treaties and writing about the intersection of security, finance, and technology.#yale #cgcc #security #pentagon #marines #technology

From Unpaid Employee to U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence with Christopher Mellon, ’84 MA
Christopher Mellon recounts his career path from unpaid employee to U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. The Yale alum also discusses his current work on the History Channel show Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation and his conviction that life exists beyond earth. #cgcc #yale #pentagon #nationalsecurity #defense #UFO

 Representing America Abroad with Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, ’87 MA
Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt discusses his career in the State Department as the American ambassador to Ukraine and Greece and how you can develop leadership skills on the international level. #yale #cgcc #yaleocs #state #statedepartment #ambassador #foreignrelations #greece

Contemporary Novel Writing with Elyssa Friedland ’03
Author Elyssa Friedland discusses her transition from lawyer to novelist and being a creative writer in the modern world. #cgcc #yale #yaleocs #elyssafriedland #floatingfeldmans #author #novels #novelist #writing #writer #creativewriting

Assisting in Trauma Recovery with Mick Hirsch, DIV ’03
Mick Hirsch, Executive Director of THRIVEGulu, discusses his experience as a chaplain specializing in trauma recovery, his work resettling refugees in Cambodia, and THRIVEGulu’s humanitarian efforts in Uganda. #yale #yaleocs #thrive #thrivegulu #trauma #refugees #chaplain #yaledivinityschool #cgcc #humanitarian

Building a Writing Career with Leigh Bardugo, YC 97
Leigh Bardugo, New York Times Bestselling Author of Shadow and BoneSix of Crows, and Ninth House, discusses the joys and struggles of writing a first draft and the road to publication.#yale #yaleocs #cgcc #LeighBardugo #grishaverse #writer #writing #author #sixofcrows #shadowandbone #Netflix

Producing a TV Show with Yahlin Chang YC ’94 
The Handmaid’s Tale Co-Executive Producer Yahlin Chang discusses writing for the silver screen and the business of television. #yale #ocs #yaleocs #cgcc #tv #writer #writing #thehandmaidstale #producer #producing #hulu

Teaching Writing & Writing Literature with Prof. Susan Choi YC ’90
Prof. Choi discusses writing literary fiction and how teaching creative writing at Yale impacts her own creative process. #SusanChoi #yale #yaleocs #cgcc #author #writing #nationalbookaward #pulitzer #writer #trustexercise #foreignstudent

More interviews to come this Fall. Stay Tuned!

By Robyn Acampora
Robyn Acampora Director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Service Careers Robyn Acampora