About GEN Z Connect


GEN Z Connect is a community of college and college-bound students who are taking control of their futures. GEN Z is built on the belief that acquiring "real world" experiences and making connections with young professionals is the most effective way for students to explore and pursue careers, prepare for success in professional life, and find meaningful employment upon graduation. Too often those experiences and connections are exclusive to just a lucky few.

Our mission is to provide access for all students to career insights, professional contacts, and experiences that will guide them, prepare them, and create opportunities for them as they transition into professional life.

GEN Z Connect was launched in 2016.

GEN Z Connect Team

Doug Anderson, Founder

Doug has more than 20 years of experience in media and technology businesses. Most recently, Doug was the president of Bisnow Media, the largest commercial real estate news and events business in the US that was sold to the Wicks Group of Companies in 2016 for $51m. Doug has also held senior positions at Kennedy Information, G2 Intelligence, and BNA Bloomberg. Earlier in his career, Doug produced television documentaries and a weekly series for PBS. A native of Alexandria, VA, Doug went to Vanderbilt U. and has an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

Omer Riaz, COO & Co-founder

Omer joined GEN Z after spending 5 years working on corporate strategy, internal innovation, and M&A at Kaplan Inc., a global education and training company. Prior to Kaplan, Omer worked as a Technology Transfer Officer for Carnegie Mellon, where he commercialized cutting-edge research, and as the founding member of a SaaS CRM startup, where he helped build the company from the concept stage into a successful business. Omer holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School, and a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University. When he's not busy building GEN Z, he loves to play squash, and explore new countries.

Richard Schmitt, SVP Strategic Development

A former partner with A. T. Kearney, Dick's last assignment was leading the Executive Search practice based in Brussels. Previously, he worked at the White House as Special Assistant to Vice President Walter Mondale. His experience includes serving as the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration at New York University, and as a Presidential Interchange Executive working at the U.S. Department of Energy. Dick holds a BA from Xavier University and an MBA from the Tuck School. He was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Administrative Fellowship to support his work at Wilberforce University.


GEN Z Connect University Advisory Board

D. Allan Boettger M.Ed | Senior Director, Corporate and Community Outreach, The University of Iowa
Vicki P Klopsch, Executive Director, Career Planning & Resources, Scripps College
David Gaston, Executive Director University Career Center, University of Kansas

GEN Z Connect Corporate Advisory Board

Jerry Jasinowski, former CEO, National Association of Manufacturers
Ashley Goldsmith, Chief HR Officer, WorkDay
Bob London, CEO, LondonInk
Tom Davidson, CEO, EverFi
Todd Gibby, CEO, Board Effect
Jamie Riepe, VP, Corporate Development, Hobsons

Contact Us!

GEN Z Connect
2231 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202