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GPWomeN-PCCW Speaker Series: The Work Life Balancing Act

November 6, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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A conversation that will change you from surviving through life to your whole self truly thriving.

In this conversational talk, participants will learn:

  • What does balance really mean?
  • How to understand your true self and your strengths
  • How to have the guts to author your own life
  • How to be confident in decision making.

Allison serves as the Head of Diversity & Social Responsibility for Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based Private Equity firm with over $13 billion in equity capital invested in restaurant and retail consumer brands such as Jamba Juice, Arby’s & Sonic. Allison is responsible for developing and leading Roark’s initiatives related to diversity and inclusion, philanthropic giving, and community service. Allison previously served on the Executive Team at one of Roark’s portfolio companies, Miller’s Ale House, as the Vice President of Marketing, where she led the re-branding and re-positioning of the 80-unit chain with some of the highest unit volumes in the casual dining sector.  Prior to that, she held global and domestic brand and marketing roles with The Coca-Cola Company and Sprint, as well as developed and launched two start-up concepts in the retail and restaurant industries.  Allison earned her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Cornell University, where she is currently serving a 6-year appointed term and is on the Steering Committee for the President’s Council of Cornell Women.  She also serves on the Board of The Michelle McGann Fund which advocates for diabetic children.  Allison has been married to her college sweetheart, Geoff, for 25 years.  They have two daughters, ages 18 & 15, and 3 dogs.  Allison also loves live music, cooking, traveling, running, reading and sometimes just doing nothing.

Lunch served at 12:15 pm.


November 6, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Graduate Student Life
Transferable Skills
Balance & Resilience
Office of Graduate Student Life


Clark Hall, Room 700
142 Sciences Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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