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Winter Alumni Social Featuring Britty ’12 and Brendan ’09 O'Connor of Flour & Salt

Tuesday, February 23, 2020
7:30 p.m.

Zoom (link sent in confirmation email)

The Colgate Clubs of NYC and Northern NJ invite you to join us for the second edition of our virtual Alumni Social. This session is open to all alumni so you'll be joined by fellow Colgate alumni from various class years and geographies.

The event will begin with opening remarks from Flour & Salt Bakery owners, Britty ’12 and Brendan ’09 O’Connor. We’ll learn from Britty and Brendan how they started their business as entrepreneurs in Hamilton, where they get inspiration from and how they continue to evolve as they pursue a second venture with Martha’s on Madison.

Following that, alumni club leaders Taylor Buonocore-Guthrie ’08 and Lauren Casella ’16 will lead us in a virtual social. Attendees will split into smaller groups for rapid conversation sessions. Each session will have a fun question prompt to spark conversation. The most exciting part? Your small group members will be a surprise - and you have no idea who might be on the other end of the line...a classmate...a mentor? Perhaps your next co-conspirator, or colleague? We just promise it'll be a fun way to reconnect with the wider Colgate community and meet some new people in the process.

Britty ’12 and Brendan ’09 O’Connor

Brendan graduated from Colgate in 2009 with a degree in Philosophy and Religion. While at Colgate, Brendan was a member of the Colgate Speaking Union and president of SA Sound. Britty graduated from Colgate in 2012 with a degree in English Literature. She received her M.A.T. and Secondary Teaching Certification from Colgate in 2013. While at Colgate, Britty was a member and president of the Colgate Resolutions. After graduating, Brendan worked as a microbiologist before moving back to Hamilton to work on an organic farm and play in multiple regional bands, including Son Bully and Rabbit in the Rye. He met Britty in Hamilton during her graduate year. Britty went on to teach middle and high school English at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. While Britty was teaching in the Hudson Valley, Brendan lived in Brooklyn, scoring an interactive play with bandmates from Rabbit in the Rye. Britty and Brendan moved back to Hamilton with no certain career plans to rejoin a community of friends. Shortly after moving back, they started Flour & Salt Bakery in 2015 as a satellite baking business. By the summer of 2016, they opened the brick and mortar location. Five years later, they are opening their second food service business in Hamilton, Martha's On Madison.

Taylor Buonocore-Guthrie ’08

Taylor graduated from Colgate in 2008 with a major in history and a minor in psychology. She was President of her class at Colgate, and has since served as a member of the Alumni Council and received the Ann Yao '08 Memorial Young Alumni Award in 2013 and the Colgate 1819 Award in 2018 for her continued service to the university. Taylor's career has spanned industries and geographies - from management consulting in New York to leadership development in Mongolia to global public health in Kenya. Along her journey, she has learned a “question-first approach” that has enabled her to quickly jump into new projects and build collaborative relationships with people around the world. Today, Taylor considers herself a student of curiosity and the art of asking questions. She co-founded Convers(ate) in 2017, as a methodology for meaningful conversation, known for the way it facilitates learning and builds trust. Convers(ate) has reached thousands of people at personal dinner tables and in board rooms around the world and was even named to a Martha Stewart gift guide. Taylor lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters and is a co-leader of the Colgate Club of NJ.

Lauren Casella ’16

Lauren graduated from Colgate in 2016 with a double major in Political Science and Religion. On campus she was a member of Link Staff, the Colgate Maroon News, and Colgate Women in Business. She is currently a Manager on the Marketing Sciences team at the advertising agency R/GA. She joined the agency in June 2016 following her Colgate graduation. In her role at R/GA she conducts marketing analytics and research to inform the creation, reporting, and optimization of advertising campaigns and activations. Her clients include Verizon, ESPN, Mercedes-Benz, and Samsung. Most recently her work for Verizon has helped launch its iPhone 11 campaign, a digital activation for Super Bowl LIV, and the recent #PayitForwardLIVE livestream series featuring top talent in support of small businesses. Outside of work Lauren has remained connected to the Colgate community by volunteering her time as the class editor for the 2016 alumni news column in the Colgate Magazine and as a member of the fundraising committee. Lauren lives in Manhattan and is the co-president of the Colgate Club of New York City.

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Tuesday, February 23
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Colgate Clubs of NYC and Northern NJ invite you to join us for the second edition of our virtual Alumni Social.
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