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Toneisha Friday '10 Shares Her Seton Hall Story  

Toneisha Friday 320 picA double major in Journalism and Anthropology, track athlete, member of the Setonian and National Council of Negro Women Toneisha Friday '10 was very active on the Seton Hall campus.

As a student, Toneisha's favorite class was Minorities in the Media with Professor Martin. She vividly remembers one class project, which involved having her friends record her as a news reporter. She had to create news stories as if she was the lead anchor for Channel 7 news. After she completed her school and track commitments, Toneisha would go to the Pirate's Cove, "The Pirate's Cove always would have people doing poetry nights or comedy jams, I loved it. I even got a chance to interview some comedians!"

In addition to being a student, Toneisha was recruited to run track and received a scholarship to attend Seton Hall. Toneisha recalls her times with Coach Moon, "[Coach] has an amazing spirit and has tons of dedication for the runners and the track world." Coach Moon is one of the most respected and successful track coaches in the nation. Toneisha is grateful for the opportunity she had to compete as a track athlete, "Track disciplined me regarding completing my workload and fulfilling all of my degree requirements, we had an academic advisor that would always make sure we were focused and on the right path."

One of the great things about Seton Hall is the career center; she gives credit to the Pirate Mentor program, through which she received her first job. "It does not matter what [school] you go to, its what the school offers and what you make of it and I loved the opportunities that Seton Hall gave me."

Currently, at Johnson & Johnson, Toneisha is in a consumer sector role; her job is to help promote the science and innovation that’s happening behind brands like Tylenol, Neutrogena, Aveeno, and Listerine. She works a lot with the media to get the news out about the research and development of the products. In addition to her primary responsibilities, she supports the Chief Technology Officer who is the head consumer scientist at Johnson & Johnson. She facilitates speaker opportunities for the CTO on various platforms and at conferences.

Toneisha also founded Coin Financial, a non-profit financial literacy organization that offers opportunities to girls and young women. Toneisha helps them [girls and young women] increase their financial planning education by hosting seminars, and social mixers.

When asked what advice she would give to current students at Seton Hall Toneisha responded:

"Maximize the time that you are there [Seton Hall]. Seton Hall has so much to offer, if you only go to class, the cafeteria and parties, you are missing your opportunity to build your professional rapport. Look at all the opportunities that Seton Hall offers and take advantage of them. Having multiple clubs on your resume is better than doing one thing. It makes you well versed, multifaceted, and well rounded. You have to do more than the minimum if you want to get the maximum."

Toneisha is one of the 100 alumni profiles that will be featured in celebration of reaching an alumni network of 100,000. To read more about what great minds can do with a Seton Hall education, click here.

Seton Hall Alumni are being challenged to help the University reach 10% undergraduate giving rate by June 30. Help us Get to 10! 

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