Beth Slater Winnick
MPA - 1996
Why did you choose NYU Wagner for graduate school?
After being immersed in the “inside-the-beltway” mentality for several years working in the U.S. Senate, I wanted to delve into professional community connections and learn practical lessons; NYU offered learning experiences from top professionals (alongside researchers), offering me real-world perspectives that were most worthwhile.
Can you tell us a bit about your job responsibilities?
I facilitate, coordinate and nurture the Cyber-Seniors program across the U.S. to help bridge the digital divide, prevent social isolation and connect generations through technology; recently developed the virtual curriculum rolled out at Best Buy Teen Tech Centers across the country; act as liaison between Cyber-Seniors, funders, schools and senior centers; and develop the program to make a positive impact on both teens' and seniors' lives.
What impact do you hope to make through your career and/or organization?
Half a lifetime ago, I remember saying to my parents that if I could earn a living where I'm making a positive impact on others' lives rather than just on my own, why wouldn't I do that? I continue to believe that by working in public service -- whether in government, with the non-profit world, though teaching or education -- we all do better when we all do better.
What is your next move?
I am truly excited to have recently received a Mayoral appointment to the Minneapolis Advisory Committee on Aging, to help position the City of Minneapolis for the oncoming "silver tsunami," while continuing my work with Cyber-Seniors to keep seniors connected.