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Fortune 500 chief marketing officer to deliver Lycoming College commencement address

Fortune 500 chief marketing officer to deliver Lycoming College commencement address

Alicia Tillman '97

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Alicia Tillman ’97, an executive leader with more than two decades of experience at the highest levels of global marketing, sales, and strategy, will deliver the commencement address at Lycoming College’s 175th commencement ceremony, celebrating the Class of 2023, on Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m. She will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Lycoming during the commencement ceremony.

Tillman is known for being inspiring, creative, and purpose-driven, engendering exceptional followership. She was recently named chief marketing officer for Delta, where she will also serve as a member of the Delta Leadership Committee. She will lead the airline’s brand strategy, overseeing the marketing, creative services, and community engagement teams to bring Delta’s story to life and deepen relationships with customers around the world. As a member of Delta’s Leadership Committee, she will influence the airline’s vision and strategy.

Previously, Tillman served in top marketing and revenue leadership roles for some of the largest, most admired and innovative brands in the world. She was global chief marketing officer of technology giant SAP and had an 11-year tenure at American Express, where she led marketing, public affairs and business services for the travel division. Most recently she was chief revenue officer of Capitolis, a leading fintech and one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.

Tillman holds a bachelor of arts degree from Lycoming College and she is a graduate of the Chief Marketing Officer program at The Kellogg School of Management. She is a board member of Gates Industrial Corporation, RainFocus, and board trustee and chair of the education committee for The Hun School of Princeton. She has been named one of the Most Influential CMOs in the World by Forbes.

As a student at Lycoming, she was elected president of the Student Senate, was a member of Gamma Delta Sigma sorority, and was instrumental in starting the women’s lacrosse program. The Lycoming College Institute for Management Studies hosted Tillman in 2018 as guest lecturer for its annual Harding Lecture Series.

Emma Wolfe to deliver senior greeting

Graduating senior Emma Wolfe, a managerial economics and international studies double major with a minor in German, was selected to deliver this year’s senior greeting at the 2023 Commencement ceremony. Wolfe is an active member of the Lycoming College community and currently involved in Student Senate, Choir, and Chamber Choir. She serves as the Baseball Team manager, and is a very active member of Gamma Delta Sigma sorority. Wolfe previously served as the president of the Panhellenic Council, and chaired the Sexual Assault Prevent Week Committee last year.

Wolfe made Dean’s List all four years, is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, IRUSKA Honors Society, and Omicron Delta Kappa, and is a recipient of the Rose Pfaff Scholarship. She is also a new member of Phi Sigma Iota, and was nominated for the prestigious Chieftain award in her final semester. She has dedicated her time as a volunteer for the annual Brandy Lee Sudol Scholarship Auction, Free the Girls Bra Drive, and 9/11 Day of Service, as well as consistently volunteering on Lycoming’s Service Saturdays, and participated in Spring Break Service Adventure 2022 and First Year Summer Service Experience.

Wolfe has also completed several professional internships and service learning experiences during her time at Lycoming, including internships at Covation Center and Paradigm, and voter registration at American Rescue Workers. On campus, she works in admissions and Keiper Recreation Center, and is a faculty assistant in the economics, German, and Religion departments.

Following graduation from Lycoming, Wolfe plans to pursue a career in political advising and campaign management in Washington, D.C.

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