David Mezzapelle ’90 came back to campus in July to discuss his new book Contagious Optimism: Uplifting Stories and Motivational Advice for Positive Forward Thinking at Fairfield University Bookstore in downtown Fairfield. This event was part of the Inspired Writer Series presented by the MFA in Creative Writing Program.
Mezzapelle, a graduate of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, believes that everyone has the capacity to make optimism contagious just by sharing life’s adventures, and his book features stories from people around the world documenting how every cloud has a silver lining.
From 1990 to 2007, Mezzapelle was the founder and director of marketing for Goliath Technology, a data center infrastructure company that supported corporations, schools, and government agencies worldwide.
Mezzapelle has also orchestrated an innovative internship program that has become a staple for organizations today. He was an intern for IBM while attending Fairfield, and has hired interns from Fairfield to help edit his book.
Mezzapelle hopes to turn the well-received book into a series. Early reaction to the first volume has been positive. “Reading Contagious Optimism will allow you to appreciate and understand the principles that people of all races, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds live by and have exhibited during their life’s adventures,” said Daniel P. Tully, chairman emeritus of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
A portion of the profits from the sale of all Contagious Optimism books will benefit Fairfield University, along with other charities.