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Commencement 2022 Speakers

Coinciding with Rosemont’s Centennial year, the theme for Commencement 2022 draws on a statement from Rosemont’s mission statement: “fostering joy in the pursuit of lifelong learning.”  

Rosemont’s 2022 Commencement speakers are:  

  • David Gould, Chief Diversity and Impact Officer at Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment, will deliver Rosemont College’s Undergraduate Commencement Address.  
  • Jacqueline Adams Stevens ‘09, mental health advocate and content creator, will deliver the School of Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement Address.  

About the Speakers

David Gould

David Gould  

David Gould is the Chief Diversity and Impact Officer for Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment (HBSE), an organization comprised of sports and entertainment properties, including the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, the Prudential Center, HBSE Real Estate, HBSE Ventures, Sixers Innovation Lab, and more.   

He was named to the newly created role Chief Diversity and Impact Officer (CDIO) in September 2020, after HBSE’s Managing Partners, Josh Harris and David Blitzer, unveiled the company’s racial equity action plan, including a commitment of $20 million to fight systemic racism and champion equality.   

As the CDIO, Gould is responsible for overseeing HBSE’s $20 million commitment to racial equity and efforts to promote diversity equity and inclusion within the company and across the communities that HBSE’s teams live, work, and play. This includes employee recruitment and professional development programs; guiding leaders in establishing and maintaining business practices that will invest in, support, and communities of color; and building relationships with community leaders to drive change and make an impact on the communities in which HBSE businesses operate. Examples include:

  • Investments to promote affordable housing and homeownership in low-income Philadelphia communities  
  • Maximizing HBSE’s spend with diverse businesses  
  • Programs leverage the 76ers and New Jersey Devils platforms to promote small, local diverse businesses among the teams fanbases  

Prior to joining HBSE, Gould served as a Deputy Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Rebuild initiative, a more than $400 million effort to revitalize community parks, recreation centers, and libraries across Philadelphia while growing small, diverse businesses and connecting women and people of color with careers in construction. Gould’s efforts focused on ensuring that community members were able given a voice in shaping the vision for the revitalization of their community space and supporting Rebuild’s efforts to maximize the participation and growth of diverse workers and businesses working on Rebuild’s construction projects.  

Gould also spent four years at the William Penn Foundation where he served as a Program Officer, managing a $20+ million grant portfolio focused on public space and community development projects in underserved communities across Philadelphia.  

Gould serves on the Board of Trustees for the Free Library of Philadelphia and on the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank’s Economic and Community Advisory Council.  

Gould earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Rochester and his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania.   


Jacqueline Stevens

Jacqueline Stevens ‘09 

Jacqueline Stevens, a philosophy major and business minor from the Class of 2009, is a mental health advocate and content creator at jacquelineistevens.com. She produces motherhood, womanhood, and lifestyle content encouraging women to be their most authentic selves.

 

Jacqueline grew up in the New York City foster care and group home systems. However, she credits her grandparents’ unconditional love and her Rosemont experience with helping her reach beyond what many believed were her limitations. Jacqueline notes, “I applied to 30 colleges during my senior year of high school and prayed that one would accept me. Give me a chance to leave my negative environment and prove that I can be more than another teenage statistic. Rosemont College gave me that chance!”


After graduating from Rosemont, Jacqueline worked in administration for businesses such as Price Waterhouse Coopers, MasterCard, Newman’s Own, and Deloitte. In 2016, after experiencing the loss of her grandfather’s passing and operating in high-pressure conditions, she noticed her mental health struggles increased. Encouraged by those closest to her, Jacqueline sought out professional help. She became a mental health advocate and decided to make a career change after experiencing the transformative effects of therapy. Understanding the importance of education, she returned to school to pursue her MSW. Jacqueline will officially graduate from Sacred Heart University on May 14th.
Her mission is to de-stigmatize mental health for all. She does this by writing funny, relatable, and encouraging content on her blog. Jacqueline writes, “This blog is the culmination of my healing. So join me as I share the highs and lows of life. My life is far from perfect, that’s not the picture I want to portray, but I would like to show you the positive results of what happens when a person lives life authentically.” She believes that if you want to live your best life, you must live your most authentic life. You can find her demonstrating this and encouraging others to do the same on her Instagram page @thejacquelinestevens.And still, her most significant accomplishments are being a wife to her husband, Simeon, and a mother to their remarkable three children – Maddison (14), Charles (12), and Avery (8).