The alcohol-infused goodies she produces under the brand
name Spoonable Spirits have their roots in the Jell-O shots
Lipson began making as a 21-year-old. But in place of packaged
gelatin mix, Lipson’s spiked jellies and puddings use ingredients
such as jalapeno-infused tequila, fresh-squeezed grapefruit
and Nutella, served in miniature mason jars and containing
up to 5 percent alcohol.
Lipson began full-time work on Spoonable Spirits in August
2015 and launched the company in May. While she isn’t a chef,
she brings an insider’s knowledge of the food business to the
venture. She interned with the Food Network after graduation,
which led to a job as network star Sandra Lee’s executive
assistant. Within a year she was managing events, cookbook
deals and corporate partner-
ships as Lee’s special-projects
“She is my mentor to this
day,” Lipson says. “I learned
so much about the food
industry and how to manage
a successful business by
working with her.”
Lipson, who also attends Columbia Business School, is
building an events and catering business around the product
and has supplied Spoonable Spirits to celebrity bridal showers,
ABC’s The Bachelor and a New York Governor’s Ball. She also
ships products in the New York City area and hopes to be in
specialty markets in a few years. — Matt Hughes
Iam an attorney in Washington, D.C., focusing on international- law litigation. I represent foreign
countries, domestic and foreign
companies, and individuals in court
proceedings nationwide. My career is
all the things one would expect of an
international lawyer in Washington,
D.C. — it is demanding, intellectually
stimulating, exciting and rewarding.
So whom should I thank for leading
me to such a fulfilling job? Certainly my
father, an attorney in Maine. Certainly
the several bosses and mentors who
taught me how to litigate a case. But,
if we get down to brass tacks, I need to
thank Professor Marilyn Mumford.
I met Professor Mumford when
I took one of her English courses at
Bucknell. She was a tough teacher, but
I excel under tough leadership, so we
bonded. She seemed to think I was a
good writer and encouraged me to be
even better. I became her teacher’s
assistant and friend. When it came time
to graduate and pick a path, she advised
me to do something practical and put me
in touch with one of her graduate
students, who was working at Jimmy
Carter’s wonderful internationally,
minded nonprofit, The Carter Center, in
Atlanta. I ended up working as an editor
at the center, and after two years there,
went on to law school at American
University to study international law.
Turns out, Professor Mumford was
right. A job where I can use my writing
skills to provide a practical service suits
me. And even today, when I write a
legal brief, I can hear her reminding
me to watch my word choice and keep
my sentences simple and short. Indeed!
Professor Mumford and I keep in
touch to this day.
Laina Wilk Lopez ’96 is a partner at Berliner
Corcoran & Rowe LLP in Washington, D.C.
She may be reached at LCL@BCR-DC.com.
Professor Mumford retired from Bucknell
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An Enduring Bond
By Laina Wilk Lopez ’96
ALUMNI ENTREPRENEUR: KELLI LIPSON ’09
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Laina Wilk Lopez ’96
Kelli Lipson ’09
Mentor’s approach to writing translates into
international-law practice for alumna.