Partnering for Education
April 28, 201711:30am-1pm atNorth Oaks Golf Club
Ritesh Gupta, a 1994 graduate of Mounds View High School, has been announced as the keynote speaker for the sixth annual Partnering for Education Luncheon in April. Ritesh is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and executive producer in the creative world of television, film and advertising. Recently he has made films and content for some of the biggest brands in the world in Budweiser, Toyota, Ritz, Subway as well as some of the biggest content providers on the planet like ESPN, VICE, the NFL and MTV.
Ritesh started his career as a sportscaster working for the CBS affiliate in Tallahassee before moving on to New York City to work as a producer and journalist for MTV’s News and Documentaries department. During that span, he covered some of the biggest stories in the world including the 2004 presidential election, the battle to fight the AIDS epidemic on the African Continent, and documenting the death and destruction of a tsunami in Southeast Asia. Those duties led him to work directly with a wide-range of notable figures including Beyonce, Bono and Bill Clinton.
Ritesh credits his interest in journalism to his time at Mounds View High School. There he was influenced by his involvement with The Viewer, Mounds View High School’s student newspaper. Bernie Troje, The Viewer advisor at the time, provided guidance that he appreciates to this day. He is also grateful for encouragement he received from teacher Julie Rowles—in both her acting and speech classes— to pursue his passion in the creative field. Ritesh’s story reflects an exceptional career that began right here in our community, in Mounds View Public Schools. He will share his story and reflect on the education he received on April 28 at the Partnering for Education Luncheon.
Ritesh sits on Florida State University’s Alumni Association National Board of Directors. In his role, he is the Membership & Marketing committee chair helping to advocate for his university’s 300,000 alumni around the world. In addition, he also specializes in spearheading opportunities in networking to help new graduates achieve their career goals. Shelley Diffley, MVSEF Trustee, a high school classmate of Gupta’s, was quick to offer his praises as a fellow classmate. “Ritesh was always a charismatic and engaging individual. He exuded enthusiasm wherever he was. In fact, if I were to assign him a moniker it would be ‘Mr. School Spirit.’ He was highly respected and challenged conventional thinking which I believe helped him pursue and achieve a very successful career.”