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Prof. Talks

Welcome to Prof Talks, an interdisciplinary, interactive interview series at MCCC featuring diverse professionals from various fields. This series aims to enrich MCCC students with the experiences of these individuals, giving our students new insights into academic journeys and career paths. This is a unique project led by Dr. Stephanie Nnadi and Amanda M. Leftwich, M.S.L.S. Contact Dr. Stephanie Nnadi ( or Amanda M. Leftwich ( for more information. 

Guest Talk Speakers

Tisha E. Joy graduated from Cornell University, achieving a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering. She spent the last 13 years working in the oil, gas, and chemical industries. Her career began as a laboratory technician developing formulations for engine oil. It progressed through many other functions where she has been able to use her skills and training in STEM in various ways. She constantly refers to science, whether problem-solving using her knowledge of chemistry during product design, creating a detailed project plan, or understanding how raw material markets affect product cost. She is currently a Global Category Manager in the procurement organization at BASF Corporation. She loves sharing with others her passion for science and how much she can be used to transform the world.

Friday, February 9, 2024, at 12:30 pm

Laura Zowney (She/Her) is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Holy Child Academy (HCA). Laura brings a wealth of experience and creativity to the small school community. Her background in branding allows her to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of digital and traditional media. She has a proven track record first at Urban Outfitters and now at HCA of elevating brand awareness and fostering community engagement. Her keen understanding of marketing played an important role in innovative solutions while never straying from the brand’s ethos. In addition to her current position at HCA, Laura provides her community outreach experience to a Cystic Fibrosis (CF) non-profit, the Take A Breather Foundation. This organization grants a wish experience to children and adults coping with the many complications of living with CF.  Laura holds a BFA in Fashion Design with a concentration in Art History from Moore College of Art and Design and a Liberal Arts associate's degree from Delaware County Community College. 

Friday, March 8, 2024, at 12:30 pm


Adriene K. Hobdy, MBA, Ed.D. is an educator, human resources professional, publisher and podcast producer/host who is passionate about helping people to thrive academically and professionally. Dr. Hobdy is a seasoned administrator with a broad set of experiences that span across industries including higher education and finance. Professionally, Dr. Hobdy serves as the Director of Talent Management & Leadership Development at Montgomery County Community College where she is responsible for managing aspects of employee relations and leading the College’s leadership development, performance management, and employee education and development functions. Dr. Hobdy is the publisher of two children’s books authored by her 10-year-old son, John Xavier. Together, Dr. Hobdy and her son support local early-childhood literacy initiatives by hosting book drives, author visits and writing clinics throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Their work and impact have been highlighted on Good Morning America, Good Day Philadelphia (FOX 29), 6ABC, The Philadelphia Tribune and other local media outlets. Additionally, Dr. Hobdy serves as the Producer and Co-Host of Scratching & Thriving Podcast on Exposure Television (TV) Network. Dr. Hobdy holds a bachelor’s in political science from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Master of Business Administration (Human Resources Management) and Master of Science in Budget and Finance, both from The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hobdy earned her Doctor of Leadership and Innovation from Wilmington University.

Friday, April 12, 2024, at 12:30 pm