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Alumni Profile: Shereen Kassam (A.B. '05)

November 19, 2019
Shereen Kassam '05

Shereen Kassam graduated from Brown with a double concentration in Economics and International Relations and earned her MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Kassam chose Brown because it was the right balance between large state schools and small liberal arts colleges with more open-ended opportunities than an undergraduate business program. In addition to her coursework at Brown in Economics and International Relations, Kassam spent time at the London School of Economics during her spring semester of junior year. Her favorite Economics course was Economic Development because of its practicality and relevance to current events.

After her undergraduate studies, Kassam worked at Deloitte Consulting in Boston and in startup consulting, where she continued to think outside of the box, as she did at Brown. Kassam decided to pursue an MBA at the Wharton School to further build upon her analytical skills and to focus on Marketing. Kassam went on to work in management roles at Fortune 100 companies such as Amazon and Disney. Presently, Kassam is not only a Strategy Manager at Disney, but also a podcaster, comedian, and public speaker. She is the host of a top 100 Apple Podcast, “Creative Breakthrough: Jumpstart Your Creative Journey”, where she interviews successful creative leaders across entertainment, business, fashion, design, and the arts. Kassam has toured internationally as a stand-up comedian, host, and emcee on networks such as HBO and NBC. She has performed in the US, Canada, UK, Portugal, UAE, South Africa, Kenya, Vietnam, and Cambodia. With over a decade of experience in the creative industry, Kassam shares her knowledge as a public speaker on topics including creativity, work-life balance, and career planning. Kassam emphasized the importance of maximizing her undergraduate experience at Brown to find her “passion project” by going to as many club meetings, events, and performances on campus as possible.