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Class of ‘20 Sophomore Summit

The Road Ahead:Creating a life
& career that matter

Class of ‘20 Sophomore Summit

The Road Ahead: Creating a life & career that matter


Advice, stories, and expertise from a panel of Human Ecology Alumni

Being a college student and in particular, a sophomore, can be one of the most exciting and perplexing times of our lives. We are officially college students. We have left high school behind. Adulthood beckons us forward. As we contemplate our futures, there are more questions than answers. Have I chosen the right major? What kind of life do I want to live? What is the nature of my contribution to college life and my community? What are my values? Are they different or the same as my parents and friends? How do I make the most of this experience?

Take a deep breath and relax. We have all had to face these questions. And the good news is that life will give us many opportunities to answer them. Join us for this year’s Sophomore Summit. It’s a place to explore how to navigate the path to your best self; now and in the future.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

MVR 166

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Buffet dinner

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Program

7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Continued conversation with the speakers

FREE and open to Human Ecology and Cornell Sophomores

Space is limited register soon!


Edward J. Lee ’03
Edward J. Lee is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Ed’s practice focuses on both friendly and hostile mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and complex capital markets transactions. Ed has significant experience in both cross-border and domestic transactions, as well as spin-offs and carve-outs, joint ventures, LBOs, and initial public and other securities offerings. He also frequently advises companies and their boards of directors on takeover defense and shareholder activism situations. Ed’s clients on recent significant M&A matters have included United Technologies, Colgate-Palmolive, Harman International, Verizon, Sikorsky Aircraft, FMC Corp., Riverstone Holdings, Warburg Pincus, Carlyle, Samsung C&T, Tim Hortons, Walgreens and Publicis Groupe.

Ed received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Ed is actively involved in city and national civic and professional organizations. He is a David Rockefeller Fellow, Class of 2017-2018, and a member of the Legal Advisory Group for the Partnership for New York City’s Innovation Council. Ed is also currently Co-Chair of the Corporate Law Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York.

Piper Titus Kline ’03 
Piper Titus Kline ’03 is the owner and CFO of Page Trucking. Prior to joining the operation as the Controller in ’08 she worked in public accounting for DiMarco, Abuisi & Pascarella where she earned her CPA. As a Syracuse University MBA graduate in 2007, Piper brought not only her accounting skills but innovative business practices to the trucking company. Over the last ten years she has worked to improve technology, asset and human capital utilization. In 2012 she partnered with her brother and purchased the $35M trucking business from her mother. This year the company will break $100M in sales, has launched new lines of business and continues to be the innovator in the specialty trucking market.

Piper is mother of two; Olive 2.5 and Eleanor 8 months. She and her husband, Brian, reside at their historic home in Baldwinsville NY where he practices medicine with St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Laura Santacrose ’11

Laura Santacrose is the Assistant Director at the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell University where she focuses on mental health promotion, suicide prevention, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, sexual violence prevention and hazing prevention. Laura studied Human Development in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. After completing her term as the first Public Health Fellow at Cornell University, she attended the University at Albany School of Public Health, where she obtained a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Social Behavior and Community Health.

Reginald H. White ’80
Reginald H. White is a Sr. Management Consultant at Cornell University. In this role, he is responsible for leading and managing the design, development, implementation, and delivery of University-wide training. He consults, designs and facilitates in the areas of university culture change, diversity and inclusion, planning and prioritizing, leadership and management development, and executive coaching as well as partners to develop an integrated approach to talent and diversity management.

Prior to joining Cornell, he was President of a consulting firm, Toran Enterprises, LLC, that specialized in executive
coaching, diversity and leadership development. In this role, he has traveled extensively and facilitated sessions in South Africa, Amsterdam and London. Prior to that he was at Merrill Lynch as Vice President, Divisional Marketing Manager. Before joining Merrill Lynch, he spent a number of years at Fidelity Investments in various roles including Vice President, Marketing, Internal Management Consultant and Vice President, Human Resources.

Reginald is an active Cornell Alum currently serving as President, Human Ecology Alumni Board and member of the Cornell Council. He received his B.S. in Psychology at Cornell University and his Executive M.B.A. at Boston University.

For more information, contact the Human Ecology Alumni office at heaad@cornell.edu or 607-255-7802.

We look forward to sharing the evening with you!

Sponsored by the Human Ecology Young Alumni Council