Manoli Tribute Lecture Series to Feature Michael Kriak

by Public Relations | Jan 22, 2019

Kriak HeadshotLATROBE, PA – The Saint Vincent College School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing and the Charles G. and Anita L. Manoli Scholarship Committee will present a lecture by Michael Kriak C’96 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the Saint Vincent campus. Kriak’s presentation is entitled, “The Once and Future Internet,” and will discuss “What Web3 and blockchain is trying to get right in the 2020s that the first Internet got wrong in the 1990s.”

The presentation is open to the public, and reservations are requested by phoning Marsha Kush in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at 724-805-2814, or by emailing marsha.kush@stvincent.edu. Reservations will be accepted through March 13.

Kriak currently serves as the media circle global lead for ConsenSys, the leading blockchain venture production studio, and works alongside the technologists and entrepreneurs building and funding solutions for the media and entertainment industry. These initiatives include Civil, a platform for sustainable and trustworthy journalism, and Ujo, a digital rights management platform enabling fairness, transparency and profitability in music and other creative works.

Kriak most recently worked as chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Mashable, the global media and entertainment company with upward of 100 million monthly users. Along with directing operations, he led the strategic capital funding as well as mergers and acquisitions, while he was integral in leading the process to sell Mashable to the publicly-held Ziff Davis in Dec. 2017.

Prior to Mashable, Kriak worked at Haymarket Media, one of Britain’s largest private media companies, as the chief operating officer of its United States division. He has also worked at RxCentric, the early digital media and marketing company for the health care industry, after beginning his career at Arthur Andersen’s Technology practice auditing and advising some of the internet’s first companies.

In addition to his work in media and technology, Kriak is a Tony Award-winning producer of Dear Evan Hansen and co-producer of the Broadway musical The Prom. He sits on the board of Lincoln Center Theater and mentors at Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in underrepresented technology founders such as women, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals.

Kriak is a 1996 graduate of Saint Vincent, earning a bachelor of science in accounting, attending the London School of Economics during his junior year.

The late Charles G. Manoli Sr., Saint Vincent College emeritus professor of history, taught at Saint Vincent for more than 40 years. He was a graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School (1945) and Saint Vincent College (1951), and was honored by the college with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in 2005. After a brief illness, he passed away on Aug. 13, 2016, at the age of 89.

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Photo: Michael Kriak C’96, the next featured speaker in the Manoli Lecture Series

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