Keynote Address

2013 Keynote Address

New College Interns: An Investment with High Returns
How a Liberal Arts and Sciences Education Can Transform Business! 

New College alumnus Robert Hans knows first-hand the value of hiring a New College intern. When Tristan Zucker was a student, Hans offered him an internship at his company, IOS Partners, Inc. During the talk, Hans spoke on the benefits of hiring New College interns and was joined by Zucker, who shared his experience.

Robert Hans received a Humanities degree from New College in 1980. Today, he is the founder and CEO of IOS Partners, Inc. and its affiliate firms. IOS Partners, located in Miami, is an international consulting firm focusing in on key international development issues including, poverty reduction, social sector strengthening, the facilitation of public-private partnerships (PPP), investment facilitation, regulatory framework development and pension / social security reform.

Tristan Zucker graduated from New College in 2012. He currently works for Cornerstone Research in Boston and plans on an MBA in the future, after which he will probably pursue an international development-focused career in venture capital or social impact entrepreneurship.

2012 Keynote Address

New College of Florida: [Coffee] Grounds for Success!
How a Liberal Arts Education Can Transform Business

Alumnus Jonathan Smiga and graduating senior Johannah Birney spoke about how their New College education helped them get where they are (or where they are going). Smiga is the CEO of Barnie’sCoffeeKitchen™, formerly known as Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Company. He earned a B.A. from New College in Humanities.

Birney graduated from New College in 2012 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Born into the restaurant business, her research focused on food as a leverage point from which to influence society. After graduating, she assumed the helm of the Four Winds Café, an on-campus student-owned dining establishment created from a student Independent Study Project. Her goal: a four-star Green Restaurant rating.

Office of the Provost
New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida  34243

Phone: (941) 487-4200
Fax: (941) 487-4201