Giselle Töngi-Walters ‘21 (Los Angeles, MA), the lead star of Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’ romantic-drama, “Diliryo” (1997), finished her graduate studies at the Antioch University in Los Angeles. Her focus for graduate studies was professional development and academic classes pertaining to the nonprofit sector. She thought of nonprofit management because it is similar to attaining an MBA (Master’s in Business), but adding the NGO [non-government organization] social good structure. She hopes to one day create sustainability for future generations. She has recently been offered the executive director position for the annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC). The charitable organization’s mission is to advocate for platforms and opportunities for the Fil-Am artist community. For her regular day job, Töngi-Walters runs a consultancy company called 7107 Media, where she has various clients who need production, marketing, and cultural branding expertise. Töngi-Walters moved to the US in 2000 to attend theater school at Lee Strasberg in New York City. Uprooting to the US allowed her to go back to school. Once in a while, Töngi-Walters welcomes offers to join the cast and act in Filipino films, especially those shot in the US or Canada. In 2018, she played a minor role in a film shot in Vancouver that marked the first team-up of Aga Muhlach and Bea Alonzo. Töngi-Walters wants to do something different that might not even be showbiz-related. She is ready to recharge and travel again.
Mitch Kusy, PhD, Professor of Organization Learning and Development in the PhD in Leadership and Change program, recently facilitated three webinars with Renee Thompson of The Healthy Workforce Institute. The first webinar with over 800 registrants was entitled Helping Healthcare Professionals Understand How to Address Abusive Behaviors from Patients and Families. The second webinar was entitled How to Engage Physicians in Culture Change Initiatives—identifying the most immediate and practical strategies for successful culture change. The third webinar, What Is a Speak-Up Culture and Why Is It So Important? provided top evidence-based tips for engagement and application to professionals in organizations.