Kevin Lessard (MA, Strategic Communication, 2012) is Communications Director for the City of Philadelphia's Department of Commerce.
My time in the Strategic Communication graduate program at Villanova was one of the formative experiences of my career. From the beginning, the program challenged my research, writing and critical thinking abilities—a process that was helpful not only professionally, but also personally. The coursework also challenged my assumptions about the world and opened doors I didn't know existed, both in my career and in my mind.The small class sizes and attentive professors allowed for hyper-focused study of various communication-related topics, and it allowed me to pursue the issues that ignite passion within me: political and intercultural communication. The program's focus on the application of research and communication theory into practice in everyday life is an invaluable benefit that I'll carry with me for the rest of my career.