The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2014-2015 year. Led by John Peruzzi MBA '88, Chair, and Cari Coats MBA '03, Vice Chair, the council meets twice each year.
Maggie Miller has worked in consumer marketing and consulting since graduating from Fuqua. She held positions of increasing responsibility with leading CPG companies including P&G, Unilever, Georgia-Pacific, and Avon, before returning to school in 2003 for a Master of Science in Marketing degree, focusing on brand strategy and consumer understanding. Following that, she was Vice President of Marketing for Symrise, a leading global fragrance development house in New York, and then became Executive-in-Residence in Marketing at Elon University in North Carolina in 2007. She taught graduate and undergraduate marketing classes while launching her consulting business, Marketing Scout, and then chose to focus on her business full-time in 2011. In 2013, Maggie joined KPMG, where she now specializes in marketing excellence, strategy, and transformation in consumer markets. Maggie lives in Atlanta, GA with her beagle, Scout, where she remains devoted to the Blue Devils and tries to find time to play golf!
Mike McConnell is the President of the Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association and the ASMBA STAR Foundation. He is a former Air Force command pilot with over 4,000 flying hours. During his Air Force career he served as a crew commander, instructor pilot, squadron commander and group commander as well as in staff positions at the Air Staff, Strategic Air Command, Air Combat Command, and the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an international political military affairs specialist. After leaving the Air Force, he served on the staff of a member of Congress and then joined the staff of a large international technology corporation where he evaluated new technology opportunities. He also participated in two start-up companies as director of marketing and business operations. He has a bachelor's degree in business from Texas A&M University; a master's degree in management from Abilene Christian University. He is also is a graduate of the National War College and has studied international affairs at Creighton University and Catholic University. In 1999 he graduated from Fuqua with an MBA. He is married to Dr. Dorenda McConnell (Doughtie) who is Dean of Faculty at a college in Georgia.
Erik Michielsen is the founder and CEO of Capture Your Flag, a New York City-based educational media company creating online video content for career learning and professional development. His mission is to bring Near Peer knowledge sharing programs to the world to fill the gap between peer learning and expert learning.
Since 2009, he has been producing the Capture Your Flag career documentary interview series with rising leaders to build a Near Peer, Q&A knowledge repository to help aspiring individuals find Near Peer Exemplars who have been through what they are about to go through. Through strategic partnerships with leading online publishers and professional networks, Capture Your Flag has built a library of 3000+ videos and a global audience of nearly 20 million.
The work has taken Erik into television, casting and producing a 2013 Participant Media Pivot TV branded career advice series and career documentary, "Generation Job", with Monster.com on "Finding Better". This edutainment programming built upon his Capture Your Flag digital work, serving as a resource for millennial professionals starting careers, changing jobs, or launching ventures.
A researcher, interviewer, and futurist at heart, Erik has spent 20 years connecting people and ideas to build brighter futures. Until 2009, this meant digital media and technology research and business development focused on the future of technology. Since 2009, with Capture Your Flag, it has been about creating Near Peer programming to help students and professionals find and fulfill their aspirations.
Erik earned an MBA from Duke University and a BA from the University of Michigan. He is a board member at Kilifi Kids, a Kenya-based non-profit working with health ministries and hospitals to deliver mobile health care services to 200,000+ mothers and children via a growing network of 850+ trained community health workers (CHWs). He loves running the New York City marathon (2012, 2010, 2009), hosting dinner parties with friends, and helping you Capture Your Flag.
Vikas Mittal is a Senior Manager at Accenture in its Talent and Organization Performance practice. With a primary focus on public organizations (i.e. government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and higher education institutions), Vikas has spent the last ten years helping his clients achieve business and strategic values in the areas of analytics, business processes, systems integration and HR operations. Vikas serves on the New York City Academy Advisory Board helping students in struggling schools graduate, attend college and launch careers. In addition, he is an active member of several New York City political organizations.
Vikas completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics at Columbia University in 2000 and was a member of the Cross Continent MBA Class of 2006 at the Fuqua School of Business. A native of West Texas, he currently lives and works in New York City. Outside of work, Vikas enjoys the outdoors, reading and of course, Duke athletics. Forever Duke.