Tracy Li, 2010 Mentor Coach
Ziff Brothers Investments, Analyst
Harvard University, BA, 2009
I became a Mentor Coach because I believe in the power of mentoring. I’ve been fortunate to have role models in my life who’ve provided invaluable advice through my academic, professional and personal decisions. As a NYNY Mentor Coach, I hope to pay it forward. In my experience thus far, I’ve been ceaselessly impressed and inspired by the Fellows and other Mentor Coaches. I feel fortunate to be part of such an outstanding organization of people.
Iolani Lightbourne, 2011 Mentor Coach
Morgan Stanley, Diversity Campus Recruiter
New York University, BA, 2008
As a recruiter in the financial services industry, I am able to use my background in coaching college students to help my Fellow effectively articulate and ultimately realize her career ambitions. By drawing upon a variety of experiences such as being a part of an analyst rotational program at Lehman Brothers/Barclays Capital, performing in a dance company, and college internships in advertising and law, I hope to build her self-confidence and help my Fellow reach her maximum potential.
Vivian Liu, 2011 Mentor Coach
OrbiMed Advisors, Private Equity Analyst
Stanford University, BA, 2008
Being a Mentor Coach is a tremendous privilege. It has been such a rewarding experience to work with the motivated, curious, ambitious students in the NYNY Fellows class. My Fellow's enthusiasm is inspiring, and I hope he learns as much from me as I do from him.
Kia J. Lowe, 2011 Mentor Coach
L'Oreal, Management Development Program
University of Virginia, BA, 2001; Columbia University, MBA, 2011
I became a Mentor Coach because I recognize how important having a strong network can be to career success. I want to be involved with an organization that provides exceptional academic, professional and personal resources for students that may otherwise not have them. NYNY provides the Fellows with opportunities that will hopefully change the course of their life and will provide unlimited upside potential for their future.
Alexis Maule, 2010 Mentor Coach
Credit Suisse, Global Industrials Analyst
Harvard University, BA, 2008
My mother is a Colombian immigrant who came to the US for a better education. She was first in her family to attend college, heading to a state school, when her guidance counselor suggested she apply to Harvard. That suggestion changed the course of her life. I became a Mentor Coach to help guide first generation college students, like my mother, who have high achievement and intellectual curiosity but need tools and resources to fulfill their career aspirations and develop as professionals.
Jon McKenzie, 2010 Mentor Coach
Georgetown University, BS, 2006
The fellowship class to me represents New York. The diversity, the drive - it's refreshing. I remember being in their shoes at one point. Resume blank, no specific skills or experience to offer, except an ability and desire to learn. NYNY addresses this challenge by providing the Fellows with an audience to display their ability and an opportunity for them to earn a seat in the field of their choice. This is what makes NYNY a special organization to be a part for me.
Zoila Mendez, 2010 Mentor Coach
J.P. Morgan, Originator
Community Development - Tax Oriented Investments
Fordham University, BS, 2007
Management Leadership for Tomorrow INROADS
My Fellow, Maria, is interested in a career in social justice. She is passionate and dedicated to absolving the world’s problems. Our passions for social impact are aligned. Currently, I work in community development, providing financing for social and economic projects in low income communities. I have learned to combine my interests with realistic career functions. I hope to pass on the same knowledge to Maria so she can accomplish all her personal and professional goals.
Alma Mends, 2011 Mentor Coach
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Senior Associate
Tufts University, BA, 2003; Columbia University, MBA, 2009
I became a Mentor Coach because I believe that there are many talented and motivated young people who need career guidance, but may not have the support or resources necessary to achieve their goals. NYNY provides an excellent opportunity to provide direction to college students and also offers great career preparation opportunities. Being a Mentor Coach has not only allowed me to share my experiences with the Fellows, but has also provided me with a new source of inspiration.
Lamar Myers, 2010 Mentor Coach
Alvarez & Marsal, Associate
Baruch College, BS, 2006
When asked about what drives me to get out of bed in the morning, my answers have always been my family, building a successful career and giving back to my community. I am a Mentor Coach with New York Needs You because I am driven to give back to a high-potential college student in New York City.
Ramsey Nabahani, 2011 Mentor Coach
BNP Paribas, Debt Capital Markets
University of California, Berkeley, BA, 2007
As a first generation Lebanese American, I hope to harness some of my personal experiences to pass on to my fellow. I grew up in Southern California and have since moved out to New York to pursue a career in finance. Along the way, I have drawn inspiration from parents, coaches, and managers. Now, I look forward to serving as a Mentor Coach and guiding my Fellow towards his life and career aspirations.
Amna Naseer, 2011 Mentor Coach
Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Head of Strategy for Wealth Management & Investment Solutions
London School of Economics and Political Science, BSc, 1997; Oxford University, MPhil, 1999
Senior Scholar, Merton College, Oxford University
I became a Mentor Coach to help contribute to the development of extremely inspiring individuals who are set to become exemplary leaders in their chosen fields tomorrow!
Matthew Newcomb, 2011 Mentor Coach
Financial Markets Advisory
Brown University, BA, 2007
I decided I wanted to become a Mentor Coach after several conversations with friends and work colleagues involved in NYNY. I was amazed by the unique impact Mentor Coaches have had through the NYNY program, by the stories of the relationships forged between Mentor Coaches and Fellows, and by the strong sense of community that permeates the NYNY network. I've only been a Mentor Coach for a few months, and can already say that I've benefitted personally and increased my own sense of confidence.
Luke Norris, 2011 Mentor Coach
Yale Law School, Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow
Gettysburg College, BA, 2006; Oxford University, MSc, 2008; Yale University, JD, 2011
I became a Mentor Coach because I enjoyed working with students as a teaching fellow at Yale University. My Fellow is interested in attending graduate school and potentially pursuing a career in finance. I have been fortunate enough both to attend graduate school and to work with financial institutions as a summer associate at a large NYC law firm, so it's great to be able to share my experiences and thoughts with my Fellow as he makes exciting choices about his future.
Laura Numair, 2011 Mentor Coach
Goldman Sachs, Fundamental Equity
University of California, Berkeley, BA, 2007
My Fellow is interested in pursuing a career in investment banking and I feel that I can heavily draw upon my experience at Goldman Sachs to help her achieve her career aspirations. I believe that I can leverage my first-hand knowledge of the on campus recruiting process to help my Fellow identify internship opportunities that are aligned with her professional interests. At the same time, I am excited to leverage my network to help my Fellow recognize and attain her long term career goals.
Ernesto Padron, 2011 Mentor Coach
New York City Economic Development Corporation, Assistant Vice President
Real Estate Transaction Services
Duke University, BA, 1999; Columbia University, JD, 2002; Columbia University, MS, 2006
As a first generation college student myself, I can appreciate the value New York Needs You adds to the Fellows' college experience. NYNY provides the Fellows with highly applicable real world skills and insight. The workshops are fun, informative and very well structured. I look forward to building a relationship with my Fellow and watching him progress over the next two years.
Carmel Paleski, 2011 Mentor Coach
Borough of Manhattan Community College, Director of Academic Affairs
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, 1999; Harvard University, Ed.M., 2005
I'm the only person in my family to graduate from college and later to earn a Master’s Degree from Harvard. No small feat for someone with many statistical odds against her. Obtaining a four year degree has the potential to change the life trajectory of young people. I’m deeply committed to supporting currently under-represented populations successfully graduate from college, particularly first generation students. This is why I am a Mentor Coach. My Fellow is interested in pursuing a career in chemistry. I’m looking forward to pulling my resources together to help her navigate her career path.
Helen Pan, 2011 Mentor Coach
Barclays Capital, Associate
Harvard University, BA, 2008
I joined NYNY as a Mentor Coach in the hopes of sharing my own experiences as a first generation college student with others. I have been able to do more than this - through NYNY, I have been inspired by the experiences of others, including my Fellow. I have received far more from this program than I ever thought I would and am truly happy to be part of NYNY.
Erin Patten, 2010 Mentor Coach
Lord & Taylor, E-Commerce Merchandiser
University of Texas at Austin, BBA, 2007
I decided to join NYNY as a Mentor Coach because both of my parents are first-generation college students. I knew from their experiences how necessary on-going support, mentorship, and encouragement are to successfully earn a college degree and subsequently find the right career. Since joining the organization, I have not only formed close bonds with Fellows helping them to gain critical self-confidence, but also made lifelong friends with volunteers.
Vanessa Pranzo, 2011 Mentor Coach
Dickinson College, BA, 1992; Monterey Institute of International Studies, MBA, 1996; New York University, MA, 2007
I have been a part of the international community in one way or another for my entire work life. My career began at The World Bank and then I went to international business school in California. It is where I began a career in advertising and worked mainly on global accounts. I returned to NYC in 2002 and eventually went to NYU and became a teacher. I became a Mentor Coach because I wanted to use all of my experiences to help someone else to succeed in their own life.
Jason Price, 2011 Mentor Coach
J.P. Morgan, Prime Brokerage Sales Analyst
University of Southern California, BS, 2010
NCAA Academic and 2x Athletic All-American (Track & Field)
The role of Mentor Coach has made me aware of my unique position to share my experiences and help influence meaningful growth in the live of a student with similar aspirations to my own. The program helps you realize how providing opportunity and perspective can dramatically change the course of a young person's life; we are the catalysts to move our Fellows beyond past difficulties and hardships and to realize their full potential.
Keith Putnam-Delaney, 2010 Mentor Coach
Reputation Institute, Senior Consultant
Marketing Strategy / Management Consulting
Brown University, BS, 2007
I joined NYNY at the prompting of two board members. Little did I know this organization would sweep me off my feet. I'm incredibly impressed by the Fellows; their backgrounds, ambitions and successes. It's been a pleasure to help them on their journeys. Like many of them, I've struggled to find the right career fit and balance my interests with my profession. For those Fellows dealing with similar issues, I think I can provide some great advice.
Nasir Qadree, 2010 Mentor Coach
State Street Corporation, Officer
Investment Manager Services
Hampton University, BS, 2008
It’s what my mother and grandmother told me I have to do. From an early age, they instilled in me the importance of giving back. Being a Mentor Coach allows me time to work with my Fellow to help him design a game plan of the best way to realize his dreams and ambitions. I want to ingrain in my Fellow’s mind that he can do anything that he dedicates his heart, mind and energy to, regardless of the resources available to him. I’m extremely passionate about this concept because when I was going through college I did not have anyone to serve as a soundboard for my thoughts, aid me in planning out my career, and help me understand the importance of service. As a Mentor Coach, I strive to instill in my Fellow confidence and sharpen his ability to express his ideas. I also attempt to share with my Fellow my experiences and perspectives as a young professional in the financial services industry as well as connect him to resources and people that will help him in pursuing his goals. I sincerely care about my Fellow and his goals and I am wholeheartedly dedicated to working tirelessly to ensure that he is prepared to compete alongside the best in this world.
Jeffrey Raphael, 2011 Mentor Coach
Credit Suisse, Analyst
University of Maryland, BA, 2009
As a first-generation American and former college student, I know first-hand the value of mentorship. While my family support helped me become part of the first generation to reach the university level, without a cast of committed mentors, successful matriculation would have been impossible. I became involved with NYNY not only because I am familiar with its cause, but because I wanted to share what was so unselfishly given to me. This has absolutely been one my most rewarding experiences.
Benis Reyes, 2011 Mentor Coach
Columbia Business School, MBA Candidate
New York University, BA, 2007
As the first in my family to go to college, I feel extremely fortunate for my experiences and where they have led me to today. However, if I could have benefited from a program like that of NYNY’s, I am certain that I would have had many more exciting opportunities to choose from upon graduation. I believe I would have been precisely the kind of candidate that NYNY’s mission targets, and I have made it my own personal mission to give back to others who faced similar challenges.
Morgan Richardson, 2011 Mentor Coach
Bloomingdale's, Business Manager
Designer, Advanced, & Modern Collections
Harvard University, BA, 2009
I would suggest becoming a Mentor Coach at NYNY because it provides a great opportunity for you to pay it forward. As a Mentor Coach, you will not only contribute to the career success of another individual, but your experience as both a Mentor and Coach enhances your own leadership skills. The experience also allows you to hone the professional skill sets you have developed and share them with a first generation college student, ultimately preparing them to enter the work force.