Meet Robertson Engelsman '11

Where do you live?Robertson Engelsman

Long Island City, Queens, NY

What do you do for work currently?

Co-founder & Strategy Partner at Quick Study, a modern approach to strategic planning & cultural relevance.

What did you learn at IC that helped you get to where you are today (personally or professionally)?

I studied Journalism at Ithaca, and have carried the art of storytelling through everything I do. My career actually started on campus as the first ever multimedia content specialist (now known as a community manager) for the college, and eventually I moved to New York City thanks to some Ithaca connections to join an advertising agency. The rest is history - but it's all been rooted in the principles I learned from the Park School and also my minors in religious studies & politics.

How did you get involved with IC after graduating (did you volunteer? Did you speak in a classroom? Attend events?)?

My first two years post-graduation I remained at Ithaca as an employee in the marketing & communications office. It was a great opportunity to celebrate both current students & also alumni across the world through content creation and fun social media activations. When I moved to NYC from Ithaca I soon became involved in the NYC metro alumni committee - first as communications chair, and then as the leader of the committee. It was a great way to stay involved and meet more members of the alumni community in New York. I also have visited campus to speak to students during Alumni Weekends, and maintain a close group of Ithaca friends that I see often!

Why do you LOVE IC?

This is hard to put into words! Ithaca, to me, felt like a second home immediately when I arrived my freshman year. The mix of stimulating courses, great people, and myriad extracurriculars made it so easy to fill up the days (some might say overfill!) with meaningful experiences. The opportunity to spend many nights in the Park School basement working on projects with other passionate people is a particularly important memory, and an energy I still try to capture today as an agency leader & teammate.

Anything else interesting/pertinent that you’d like to include: (Are you close with other alumni? A professor you loved? Student orgs you were involved with?)

One of my favorite jobs on campus was being a tour guide! I got to meet so many interesting families from all over and still have a ton of IC trivia locked into my brain.