alumni UBC Around the World: USA

UBC’s global alumni network is over 370,000 strong, with alumni living in 150 countries worldwide. As our world has become increasingly digital over the past year, alumni UBC has identified new ways to bring our global alumni community together virtually. One example of this is the global event series alumni UBC Around the World, which launched in June 2021, with a focus on helping alumni meet fellow grads in their region, learn more about UBC’s global footprint, and stay connected to UBC no matter where they may be.

In October, we offered an event for UBC alumni living in the US. The program began with a short In Conversation segment featuring Chicago-based host Jennifer Gardy (BSc’00) and Los Angeles-based filmmaker and music video director Cole Walliser (BA’05). Cole directs a lot of female-driven beauty content for companies like Covergirl, Pantene and Revlon, and has directed music videos, tour content and documentaries for artists like Pink, Katy Perry, Tinashe, Selena Gomez, Cher and Britney Spears. With 10 million followers on TikTok and nearly 250,000 followers on YouTube, he has clearly found success in his field!

During this interview, Cole spoke about his path from his student days at UBC to his successful career in the entertainment industry, shared tips with guests about how to grow their presence and influence on social media, talked about his favourite celebs (the ones he’s met, and the ones he’s yet to meet), and shared his advice for alumni on following their passion.

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Jennifer Gardy, BSc’00 (she/her/hers), Chicago

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Cole Walliser, BA’05 (he/him/his), Los Angeles

Recorded October 7, 2021.