Previous Arts Career Talk Presenters
Nicole Kieley: Executive Director, Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Center (NLSACP) and Co-Owner of Escape Quest
Leading within the not-for-profit sector for over a decade, Nicole Kieley has contributed towards the development, growth and success of key violence prevention organizations of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As an accomplished director, Nicole has been at the forefront of creating feminist based initiatives that are also community and survivor-centered. In an environment in which not-for-profits are faced with additional operational challenges, Nicole is known for fostering sustainability, innovation and creativity within the organizations she serves. Her roles include former Executive Director for Women in Resource Development Corporation and present Executive Director for the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre Inc. Nicole is also an avid artist and has contributed to the arts community for several years. In 2015 Nicole co-created and founded Escape Quest, a thriving real-life escape adventure business located in the heart of St. John's. She lives contently at home with her snaggle dog Navi, her kitty Lilith, and her storytelling husband Kevin in a historic (but not haunted) house in St. John's.
Nicole graduated from Memorial with a Master of Women’s Studies Degree in 2008 and Bachelor of Arts Degree - Sociology and Anthropology in 2004.
Susan Drodge: Director General, Policy, Advocacy and Coordination at ACOA - APECA
A graduate of Memorial University, Susan Drodge is the Director General of Policy, Advocacy and Coordination with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in St. John’s.
After graduating with her Ph.D. in English in 1995, Susan taught English at Memorial University in Corner Brook and in St. John’s before transitioning to a career in policy with the federal public service in Ottawa. She has held a number of positions within the Government of Canada both in Ottawa and in Atlantic Canada, including serving as Senior Policy Advisor for the Atlantic Region of Canadian Heritage and Chair of the Federal Council Policy Committee, comprised of senior policy practitioners in NL. In her current position with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Susan is responsible for leading policy research and analysis on complex economic development issues, providing strategic intelligence and advice to ACOA’s Minister and senior officials, and leading ACOA’s engagement with public policy stakeholders in NL.
From September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016, Susan will serve as the first Public Servant in Residence with the School of Graduate Studies at MUN, working with university stakeholders to build strategic networks involving federal representatives and resources and to increase awareness of federal government priorities, processes, and mechanisms.
Angela Noseworthy: Manager of Community Services at The Canadian Cancer Society NL
Angela graduated from Memorial University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts -major in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies and is the Manager of Community Services at The Canadian Cancer Society NL.
Since graduating with her Bachelor of Arts Degree, Angela has had a dynamic career within the non-profit sector in the area of community health. She has worked on the front line, supporting women experiencing mental health and addictions issues, disabilities, sexual health concerns and has also been responsible for the strategic planning and development of programs and services that offer support to individuals living with cancer. A dedicated volunteer, board member and community organizer for over 10 years, Angela is passionate about making a difference in her community.
Angela also holds a Criminology Certificate from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Natasha Hudson:Business Development Executive at NATI, the Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Technology Industries
Natasha graduated from Memorial University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts - double major, English/History and is the Business Development Executive at NATI, the Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Technology Industries. She has worked in business development, sales, marketing, communications and public relations within the advanced technology sector for the past decade.
Natasha also holds a diploma in Public Relations from the College of the North Atlantic, and attained the PMI Certified Associate in Project Management in 2008 and is presently enrolled in Memorial’s MBA program part-time.
Natasha’s primary areas of interest are international business, innovation and technology management.