Upcoming Convocation Speakers:

Jeffrey Tambor, Star of ‘Arrested Development

Jeffrey Tambor
  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014
  • Time/Place:
    • Noon
    • Union Ballrooms
  • Free


A veteran of film, television, and the Broadway stage, Jeffrey Tambor is one of the most iconic and respected character actors of his generation. As a man of many talents, Tambor is highly creative, using his overwhelming love for life and the lessons learned along the way as sparks of inspiration for his keynotes. He speaks from the heart, sharing his personal truths as a way to inspire audiences young and old to embrace human connectivity.

Most people know of Tambor’s versatile and accomplished acting accolades in film and television. These include his unforgettable roles in the popular programs The Larry Sanders Show and Arrested Development, as well as in the films And Justice for All and Meet Joe Black. These roles and many others display his innate, unique acting gifts. Tambor has also received numerous honors for his professional work, including six Emmy nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well a Television Critics Association Award nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Comedy Series. However, his greatest honors have since come in his own personal life, which he willingly shares with his audiences.

Tambor attended San Francisco State University, where he received a BA degree in drama in 1965. He then went to Wayne State University earning an MA in 1969. Although he moved on to acting before receiving his PhD, he developed a deep connection with academia and vowed to never forget his roots. What many people do not know is that in addition to co-owning Skylight Books, Tambor taught at his Alma Mater and has been a teacher for over forty years, educating all groups of people from actors to corporations to animators from Dreamworks and others. He passionately empowers his students through lessons they cannot gather from their textbooks. As a down to earth and personable educator, he uses his life experiences, both dark and entertaining, to advise others to face their fears.

Tambor’s presentations are models after himself: larger than life. He brings audiences across the country a new kind of lecture, one they have never seen before. They are interactive, humorous, real, and most importantly, relatable. He has the ability unlike any other speaker to share anecdotes from his decades in front of the camera, inspire businesses to find creative solutions and strategies, delve into his family’s struggle with mental health issues, reflect on his role as a father of four young children, and offer wisdom learned from his Jewish upbringing.

Incorporating themes of creativity, authenticity, and self-awareness into his speeches, Tambor boldly crafts customized and empowering messages for each audience he addresses. As a gifted storyteller, his honesty captivates the audience, giving them a sense of meaning in their own lives by reconnecting them with their hopes and dreams. Tambor’s presentations will no doubt inspire and forever resonate with all who have the opportunity and honor to listen to his words, making them cry with laughter and sometimes, reflection.



Alyssa Mastromonaco
White House Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Obama Administration

Alyssa Mastromonaco
  • Thursday, November 6, 2014
  • Time/Place: TBD
  • Free


As the youngest woman ever to be Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations at the White House, Alyssa Mastromonaco certainly has some amazing stories to tell. After all, you’re talking about “the” person who had the power to decide who gets to see The President of the United States, and when. But Alyssa was more than a Presidential gatekeeper. She was the person responsible for running and managing the whole 18-acre White House compound – including the 1,700+ employees in the Executive branch - ensuring that the entire department ran smoothly, even when the rest of the government did not. Through her tenacity, ingenuity and sheer determination, Alyssa instituted an array of new strategies and processes that kept the White House up and running efficiently throughout a ceaseless series of budget cuts, international crises and even a government shutdown.

This stalwart attitude and ability to measure and take risks served Alyssa well throughout her White House career. It enabled her to manage the hiring process for all Executive political appointments, screen nominees for Cabinet positions and help coordinate the nation’s response to some of the worst natural disasters in our country’s history. Throughout it all, Alyssa continued (and continues) to break down barriers, develop new paths for progress and achieve “what couldn’t be done,” transforming the allegorical “glass ceiling” for women into a stairway of opportunity.

Now, Alyssa is entering the next phase of her remarkable career…speaking to audiences about the amazing journeys she has taken and sharing the many things she has learned along the way. Such as how to successfully assemble and lead large teams of people, and draw the best out of each and every one. Or, discuss proven ways to handle crises of all sizes, turning negative events into positive outcomes. And, as an empowered woman, she proudly speaks about the choices that have led to her success, showing others how they can create their own paths to greatness, and paying tribute to all of the wonderful teachers and mentors who helped her to gain the confidence, bravery and intelligence that led her to where she stands today. Book an event with Alyssa, and hear an inspiring journey that stretches from the hills of small-town America to the Oval Office…and beyond.


  • 2014-2011: Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Obama administration.
  • 2011: Named to The New Republic's list of Washington's most powerful, least famous people.
  • 2008: Appointed Director of Scheduling and Advance Operations, Obama administration.
  • 2007: Director of Scheduling and Advance, Obama presidential campaign.
  • 2006: Political Director for Hopefund, Obama's Political Action Committee.
  • 2005: Joined Obama's United States Senate office as Director of Scheduling.
  • 2004: Director of Scheduling, Senator John Kerry presidential campaign.
  • 1998: University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., Political Science.


Tara Peris-Caputo