10:38 AM

Gator Grit Series to Highlight ‘Storytelling in a Digital World’

UHD Alums and Successful Professionals Jennifer Evans, Laolu Davies-Yemitan will Share Experiences

University of Houston-Downtown alumni Jennifer Evans (’94) and Laolu Davies-Yemitan (’05) will share their experiences of “Storytelling in a Digital World” during the second Gator Grit Speaker Series of the Fall semester from Noon-1:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22.

The virtual event will be held on Zoom and moderated by Dr. Hank Roubicek, UHD Professor of Communication Studies.

Evans, who serves as Chief Brand Officer for Invicta Health Solutions, earned her bachelor’s degree in Humanities from UHD and her Master of Arts in Communications/PR Studies with Honors from the University of Houston. In her current position, she mentors in-house and outside teams in brand reputation, marketing, culture-building and social responsibility.

In Evans’ career as a communications strategist for more than 25 years, she has counseled many corporate and organizational brands including Marathon Oil, the American Cancer Society, Galveston Island Convention & Tourist Bureau, the Greater Houston Partnership and McDonalds.

Davies-Yemitan is principal of Five Woods, a real estate development and consulting firm where his work focuses on developing and implementing strategies to facilitate comprehensive community development; incorporating the creation of urban in-fill market rate housing and long-term affordable multifamily housing, by leveraging a mix of private and public funding sources.

Additionally, Davies-Yemitan operates the My Brother Podcast, an online platform designed to capture stories of success and achievement of African American men in various facets of life and industry, as a means of providing examples for others to look to as models they can look to emulate. He earned his bachelor’s from UHD in Biotechnology with a minor in Chemistry.

This event is open to the community and advance registration is encouraged.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.