S.O.S. Speakers - 2015



Frances Cole Jones '86
Frances Cole Jones '86 is the author of "How to Wow: Proven Strategies for Selling Your (Brilliant) Self in any Situation" and "The Wow Factor: The 33 Things You Must (and Must Not) Do to Guarantee Your Edge in Today’s Business World" (Ballantine Books/Random House). She also has an app for the iPhone and iPad called “Interview Wow.” Time Magazine said, “Jones’ shrewd book will give the nervously employed that requisite competitive edge.” Her blog was voted one of the top 100 websites for women by Forbes.com. 

Jones speaks frequently around the country on topics such as “10 Things You Can Do Today to Wow Tomorrow,” “Catch Your Customer’s Attention—Keep Their Trust,” and “The Art of Selling.”  In addition to writing and speaking, Jones is the President of Cole Media Management, a media training company focused on cultivating clients’ inherent strengths to develop more powerful communication skills.
 
Prior to founding Cole Media Management, Jones worked at St. Martin’s Press, Viking Penguin and Doubleday as an editor of commercial nonfiction. The experience of helping authors translate their ideas into books that retain their unique voice is part of what makes her valuable to clients. “There’s no point in my writing a perfectly crafted sound bite that you have to strain to remember,” Jones says. “You need to sound like you. You on your best day.” Jones was an English major at Connecticut College and earned a master's degree in liberal studies from New York University. 
 
Joseph Ramos '06 
Joseph Ramos '06 self-designed a major at Connecticut College and holds graduate degrees from Brown University in biomedical engineering, innovation management and entrepreneurship, and international public health.
 
Ramos co-founded Axena Technologies, a biotechnology start-up based in Providence, RI., in 2010. That same year, he developed an entrepreneurship course for high school students, which he has taught through Brown’s Pre-College Program, both on campus and online. He currently teaches a course on "Becoming an Entrepreneur: Turning Ideas into Startups."
 
Charlie Widdoes '06 
Charlie Widdoes '06 is the digital media coordinator for the New York Knicks. His responsibilities include managing the Knicks' digital presence across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social networking platforms, as well as generating editorial content for Knicks.com.
 
Prior to his involvement with the Knicks, Widdoes was a staff writer for ClipperBlog of ESPN's TrueHoop Network and a production assistant at MLB Productions and MLB Network. He was an anthropology major at Connecticut College. 
 
Aaron Kleinman '99, human resources senior manager at Deloitte in Chicago, Ill. (Full bio to come.)

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