Category: Fall 2020, Georgetown Magazine

Title:Alumni share their often-unusual career journeys in webinars

Author: Tammara Sutton
Date Published: November 18, 2020
Julie Farr and guest sit at their respective studios
Julia Farr (C’88 and Parent), executive director of the Alumni Association, hosts the 1789 Seconds webinar series. Her kickoff guest in July was entertainment executive Andrew Jameson (SFS’90). Learn about new programming at

To keep alumni connections strong during a time of social distancing, Alumni Career Services relaunched the “1789 Seconds” webinar series in July. In just under 30 minutes—approximately 1789 seconds—the webinars provide attendees an opportunity to hear about a fellow Hoya’s experience on the Hilltop and learn about alumni who have forged career paths that are not necessarily linear or conventional.

Julia Farr (C’88 and Parent), executive director of the Alumni Association, hosts each episode. The July broadcast featured Andrew Jameson (SFS’90). Originally a business affairs lawyer, Jameson is now a Hollywood entertainment executive who has produced more than 100 primetime television shows, including Power and The Good Life. Jameson credited his Georgetown education for a skill that’s been key to his success: “Diplomacy is a constant in my life. It’s something I do every day. The foundation of that was clearly the School of Foreign Service,” he shared.

Peter Hamby (C’03), Emmy-award winning producer and host of Snapchat’s “Good Luck America,” was Farr’s September webcast guest. Hamby recounted that he chose Georgetown because of his interest in writing, international politics, the D.C. location, and the “nerdy, Jesuit academia” that he credits for developing his intellectual curiosity, finding his voice, and creating a community that inspired his interest in investigative journalism.

Lulu Garcia-Navarro (SFS’94), host of National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday was the October guest.

Sarah Smith, senior associate director of Alumni Career Services and program organizer, says that 1789 Seconds showcases “Georgetown’s 200,000 alumni who are doing 200,000 different, amazing things.” The series will continue to broadcast live episodes monthly throughout the current academic year.

You can register for upcoming webcasts at If you miss a session, you can catch a recording at We encourage you to share the recorded broadcasts with anyone in your network.

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