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Emily Motayed (MORGAN RACHEL LEVY)

Emily Motayed, BA’10: Interior design on a dime

In 2013 Motayed co-founded the digital design firm Havenly, which for $199 develops floor plans for customers seeking affordable chic.

Amanda Farnsworth, left, and Dee Dee Turner prepare to fly to Havana Aug. 9, 2016. (COURTESY OF AMANDA FARNSWORTH)

Amanda Farnsworth, BS’81, MS’83: Historic flight

In August 2016, Farnsworth grabbed headlines by piloting her fixed-wing, single-engine Cirrus SR22T to Cuba, a feat made possible by the diplomatic thaw underway between the U.S. and the communist nation.

Aliza Berger, BMus’11: Sermons of song

Aliza Berger, BMus’11: Sermons of song

Recently, Berger graduated from Massachusetts-based Hebrew College, where she was ordained a rabbi–cantor—the school’s first, and one of only a handful in the country.

George Embiricos, BS’12: Hot chicken junkie

George Embiricos, BS’12: Hot chicken junkie

Embiricos is associate editor at Food Republic, a New York City-based online magazine that “explores the culture of food through stories, interviews, global conversations and experiences.”

Hattye Yarbrough (JOHN RUSSELL)

Hattye Yarbrough, MLS’66: History in the Making

Yarbrough’s World War II scrapbook is now part of the foundational collection of the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Michael Caruso, BA’72, PhD’16: A Tale of Two Doctors

Dr. Michael Caruso, BA’72, PhD’16: A Tale of Two Doctors

Caruso graduated with his Ph.D. in philosophy in 2016, and today he uses what he learned to teach ethics to medical school students.

Tatum Hauck Allsep, BS’97: Health Care High-Note

Tatum Hauck Allsep, BS’97: Health Care High-Note

In 2012 Allsep founded her own nonprofit, Music Health Alliance (MHA), to help members of the music community protect themselves through health insurance and health care planning, and now serves as its executive director.

Christina and Willie Geist with their two children, George William, 7, and Lucie Joy, 9 (COURTESY THE GEIST FAMILY)

Message Delivered: Christina Sharkey Geist, BS’97, Adds Entrepreneur and Author to Her Résumé

Christina Sharkey Geist is many things: a mother, wife, brand strategist, small business owner, “mompreneur” and, now, a children’s book author.

Wes Powell, BA’91: Crusader for Justice

Wes Powell, BA’91: Crusader for Justice

After his law firm agreed to represent Guantánamo prisoners in 2004, Powell—a corporate litigator and antitrust lawyer for 20 years—received a phone call from the partner in charge of pro bono work at his firm. Hours later he was lead counsel to three French citizens who had been held in Guantánamo since early 2002.

Sykes Wilford (COURTESY SMOKINGPIPES.COM)

Sykes Wilford, BA’02: Smoking the Competition

Wilford launched Smokingpipes.com in the summer after his sophomore year. It was the dawn of the Internet era, and technology promised to jolt an industry bound by its tweedy tradition. Eighteen years later Smokingpipes.com is among the world’s top pipe retailers, with $15 million in sales in 2016—and this at a time when smoking is at an all-time low in the United States.