Alumni Speakers

Bryant McBride ’88 - Opening Speaker

​Bryant McBride, CEO and co-founder of Burst, earned his B.A. in Political Science from Trinity and his MPA from Harvard University.  At Trinity, he was the first African American to be elected class president and was voted an All-American defenseman for Trinity’s championship hockey team.  He was also the first African American class president at West Point, where he was a Cadet from 1984-1986.  An entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in growing small and large sports businesses, Bryant has focused on building and nurturing technology businesses through which sports have been used as a strategic growth driver. He has extensive experience as a major sports league business development executive and as an investor in and as a mentor to early-stage sports technology companies.

In the past 10 years, Bryant’s entrepreneurial activities have resulted in the creation, growth and profitable sale of four companies:, Vision Sports and Entertainment Partners (acquired by the Active Network in 2005),  Football Scouts Inc. (now the core property in “ESPN Insider,”’s monthly online subscription product), and Sports Technologies Inc.  Bryant has also built growth initiatives with Fortune 500 companies and leading consumer brands including M&M Mars, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Kraft Foods, Sunkist, Sam’s Club/Walmart, Bank of America, Choice Hotels, and United Technologies.  Prior to his entrepreneurial activities, he was the Vice President of Business Development for the National Hockey League, where he led the evaluation and creation of new businesses, including international broadcasting, rink development and multiple grassroots fan base building initiatives.

Bryant lives just outside of Boston, MA with his wife and three children, including his son, Taylor '20.  He has started - and completed - 24 marathons.

Jamie Szal ’06 - Workshop Leader

Jamie Szal, an Associate at Brann & Isaacson in Lewiston, Maine, earned her B.A. in International Studies from Trinity with a focus on the Middle East and Africa.  After graduation, she obtained her J.D. at Northeastern University School of Law and earned her LL.M. in Taxation with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center, simultaneously completing a certification in State and Local Tax.

Jamie focuses on assisting businesses in all aspects of state and local tax controversy, from regulatory and administrative proceedings through civil litigation.  Prior to her current position, she spent several years at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.  As Counsel in both the Litigation Bureau and Office of Appeals, Jamie focused on complex tax issues facing corporations and pass-through entities. 

Jamie is an active volunteer with the alumni network at Trinity College and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the school’s National Alumni Association and the Women’s Leadership Council.  She has also served as an alumni coach of students enrolled in Trinity’s Oral Argument classes.  In her free time, Jamie enjoys singing with chamber ensembles, exploring Down East and its many hiking trails with her husband and dog, and indulging in all things chocolate.​

Christine E. Elia ’96 - Keynote Speaker

Christine E. Elia earned a B.A. in art history from Trinity and an M.F.A. in Motion Picture Producing from the University of Southern California.  A tech entrepreneur with nearly two decades of experience in editing and publishing, Elia serves as creative director for both Snap+Style, a personal styling app that connects users with professional stylists, and Memo Collection, a fine jewelry start-up. She also works as a consultant to several retail companies and as an adviser to the private equity group RXS Enterprises. Previously, she was founder and CEO of Closet Couture, a social shopping platform. Her prior experience includes time at ABC Entertainment, UPN Network, iVillage UK, and The Huffington Post.

Elia, a trustee since 2013, is a member of the Founders Council of the Women’s Leadership Council. In the past, she served on the Board of Fellows and the Alumnae Leadership Council. In 2011, she was awarded the College’s Gary McQuaid Award. She is the co-chair for the Information Services and Facilities Subcommittee and a member of the Finance Subcommittee.

Elia and her husband, Eric H. Simon, reside in New York City with their son.