RJ Thompson is an award-winning 10+ year Higher-Ed professor, 17+ working in marketing/design & 24+ designer working at the University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration and adjunct Professor at Point Park University.
Sit down with Shawn and this week’s guest, Dontez Ford - a Pittsburgh native, former Pitt and NFL athlete, and current medical sales representative. They discuss Ford’s slow start in sports, as he grew from a “video game kid” to a successful football player who began his college career at Syracuse before transferring to play at Pitt. They talk about the difficulties of walking on and how he persevered, overcoming his desire to leave the sport after breaking his collarbone during his senior year, and going on to play for the Detroit Lions before leaving football on his terms to pursue new opportunities. They finish by discussing the importance of family and community and the role that each, especially his Sto-Rox community, have had on his life.
Hyla Willis a Professor of Media Arts at Robert Morris University. In her Talks With Thompson, she discusses her career, the Pittsburgh design scene, typography, and career advice for undergraduate designers.
Jump Inside the Play Call with Shawn and special guest, Shirelle Jackson, as they discuss her early beginnings in sports, including how her grandma became her biggest source of motivation to succeed both on and off the track. They also outline how her job in retail buying led her to be uniquely positioned to pursue a new career path in college advising. They finish by discussing Jackson’s transition from Ohio to Miami, leaving what she once considered her dream career to pursue new opportunities, and eventually opening the Office of Student-Athlete Development at the University of Miami where she currently serves as the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Development.
Abby Guido is an Assistant Professor of Graphic and Interactive Design at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. In her Talk with Thompson, she discuses the merger between marketing and design, being an MBA in an art discipline, and offers some practical advice to young designers.
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Feb 11th, 1985
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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4 days, 20 hours
Podchaser Creator ID logo 219106