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Career Panel

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 01:00pm

Thomas Aquinas College Career Panel
Advice from Successful People
who Understand the Value of Your Education


Jane NemcovaJane Nemcova (’98)

Mrs. Nemcova (’98) is the vice president and general manager of global services for machine intelligence at Lionbridge, a global language services provider. In a recent profile of Mrs. Nemcova, Legatus magazine reports “In the rapidly developing field of artificial intelligence she is playing her part to ensure that ethics will influence the emerging technology.” A mother of three children and holder of three master’s degrees, she specializes in linguistic support for machine learning and artificial intelligence, employing her expertise in the language localization industry throughout the world.

“Her field is extremely technical,” the story continues, but “it was her classic liberal arts and philosophy education at Thomas Aquinas College … that gave her the intellectual foundation to make sense of how future technology will impact human societies.” Indeed, studying the great books under the light of faith “has turned out to be an invaluable asset for a business career.”

Says Mrs. Nemcova of her undergraduate education, “It’s not only a nice thing to have, but it’s very important for the future,” given current technological trends. “Artificial intelligence is going to put a lot of pressure on people to learn how to learn. I think Thomas Aquinas provided an outstanding education for that.”

Berni and Robert Neal

Berni NealMrs. Neal is a member of the College’s Board of Governors. She currently serves on the boards of Catholic Leadership Institute, EWTN, Legatus and the Magnificat Foundation. Mrs. Neal chairs the advisory board of the Obria Group. Her committee work includes the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, the Leonine Forum, and the Philanthropy Roundtable’s Culture of Freedom Initiative.

Rob NealMr. Neal is a managing partner with Hager Pacific Properties, an owner of $2 billion of commercial and industrial real estate, and oversees the firm’s acquisitions, renovations, and dispositions. He is also an active community member and holds or has held board positions with the following non-profit organizations: the Orange County Council of the Boys Scouts of America, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Leadership Institute, Second Harvest, The Pacific Club of Newport Beach, Magis Institute of Reason and Faith, the Orange Coast Chapter of Legatus International, and Christ Catholic Cathedral Corporation.

Mr. Neal and Mrs. Neal have been married for over 30 years and are parents of two adult children. Together, they are stewards of the Papal Foundation.


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