The Alfred University (AU) Judson Leadership Center (JLC) will host Elsa Garrison, noted sports photographer with Getty Images, New York City, as its spring 2016 lecturer in the Pamela Lavin Bernstein “Women of Influence” Speaker Series.
Her talk will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. The program is free and open to the public.
Garrison is responsible for a wide variety of assignments including the National Football League Super Bowl (nine times), Major League Baseball’s World Series, the National Basketball Association finals, the National Hockey League Stanley Cup finals, World Cup Soccer, the Olympics (summer and winter), and the Kentucky Derby.
Over the course of the lecture, she will share interesting facets of her career as well as her experience as a woman in a male-dominated profession. After 19 years in the industry, Garrison says she has only recently noticed more females photographing from the sidelines, but says the demands of the industry still pose a unique challenge for women in the field.
A graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, Garrison was hired out of college by Allsport Photography, Los Angeles, as its first female staff photographer. Her work has been published on websites and magazines around the globe including: The New York Times, Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Boston Globe.
Pamela Lavin Bernstein, AU Class of 1971, a founding member of the JLC advisory board, made a gift the Center in 2014 to endow the Women of Influence Speakers Series, which was renamed in her honor. The proceeds from her gift allow the JLC to bring in at least one “high-profile” speaker each year, in addition to the speakers, including alumni, who volunteer to be part of the annual series.
The JLC, established in 2006, builds on AU’s heritage as the first truly coeducational institution in the nation. The Women of Influence program brings powerful female role models to campus, providing opportunities for inspiration and guidance through lectures and small group discussions. Past speakers have included a NYS Supreme court judge, a dean of a medical college, and a lobbyist from Albany.
The JLC offers women and men the opportunity to explore and fulfill their potential as leaders personally, professionally, and in their communities as they meet the challenges in a complex society. For more information about the Women of Influence Series at AU, call the JLC at 607.871.2971.
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