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mary lou blas ’08

Crafting a Career

Students practice public relations and help alumni entrepreneurs boost business

Hands-on experience. Career exploration. Networking. These are just a few reasons why Assistant Professor of Communication Naomi Kooker welcomed two Regis alumni entrepreneurs to her fall 2020 Introduction to Public Relations class: Iliana Ramirez ’10, CEO and co-founder of Meaningful Occasions, a nonprofit agency that provides event planning services for the underserved communities in Boston; and Mary Lou Blas ’08, owner of Mary’s Sweet Bliss Bakery in Roslindale, Massachusetts.

“The main objective was to give students the experience of working with clients in a professional setting,” explains Kooker. “And in return, the clients—the alumni—would get the benefit of the students’ ideas, perspectives, and their work. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Ramirez jumped at the opportunity to work with Regis students to offer them an inside glance at entrepreneurship. “I enjoyed hearing the perspectives of students who are being taught cutting-edge ideas,” says Ramirez. “I recognize that students are an untapped fountain of innovation.” Thanks to the students’ presentations, Ramirez has revamped her social media and created a YouTube page.

Blas was honored to participate in the class and hoped her story could inspire students. She graduated from Regis with a major in biology. After working in the science field for eight years, she took a leap of faith and decided to follow her passion. She started her own baking company, Mary’s Sweet Bliss Bakery, and asked students to build content for social media, blogs, and her website that would help boost her company's recognition. “I hope my story taught students that if you are not given an opportunity, to create one for yourself,” says Blas. “I wanted them to walk away with the skills of staying persistent and being determined to achieve their goals.”


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