Tofi Lakhani, 2011 Mentor Coach
Dataprise Inc., Technical Project Manager
Richard Stockton College of NJ, BS, 1993
As time goes by and life's hurdles become harder, we get better at jumping over them. I realize that I could have benefitted if I had someone advising me and helping me through those roadblocks. That's why I decided to become a Mentor Coach. I put myself through school, which was hard work, but the end result was sweeter because of it. When I look at others going through the same I can't help but try and be there for them. Hopefully, my assistance will help them succeed.
Natasha Lauriston, 2014 Mentor Coach
Kingsborough Community College, Internship Coordinator
Career Development Center
Brooklyn College, BA, 2009; Brooklyn College, MA, 2013
I believe there is a true value in taking the influence you've earned and sowing it back into the ground you came from. This is why I became a Mentor Coach with NYNY. I look forward to being a great source of support and encouragement during my Fellow's proud and challenging moments.
Christine Leach, 2010 Mentor Coach
Duke University, BA, 2007
NYNY has introduced me to a fantastic community of bright, motivated and interesting people: Fellows, Mentor Coaches, Volunteers, and Staff. The experience has well exceeded my expectations!
Danielle LeBeau, 2012 Mentor Coach
St. Jude Medical, Medical Device Sales Representative
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, BS, 2008
Throughout my life, I have sought advice from other professionals while striving to achieve my own career gorals. Now that I am finally at a point in my career where I can share my own unique experiences, triumphs and mistakes with others, I feel compelled to do so. I know how important it can be to have someone encourage you, guide you, and support you throughout your professional and personal development. I strongly believe in the principles behind NYNY and I am excited to play a role.
Brian Lee, 2013 Mentor Coach
Two Sigma, Associate
Private Investments Group
University of Pennsylvania, BS, 2010
I became a Mentor Coach with NYNY in order to help young and passionate individuals achieve their goals, both personally and professionally. NYNY offers a great platform that imparts many positive impacts on the lives of Fellows, and it gives me great pride to be a Mentor Coach.
Chong Lee, 2013 Mentor Coach
Neuberger Berman, Analyst
Global Client Coverage
Washington University, BA, 2010
I grew up in New York City as a first-generation immigrant and understand the challenges that our Fellows face. My own development could not have been possible without the mentors I met throughout the way. I'm here to help pave the right path for my Fellow, through successes and failures alike.
Darryn Lee, 2012 Mentor Coach
BlackRock, Portfolio Analytics Analyst
Temple University, BBA, 2011
Originally from Compton, CA, and the product of a single mother upbringing, I am able to resonate with many of the NYNY Fellows. Roles in a mentorship capacity not only broaden your sense of how you teach others, but also how you interpret varying circumstances. The Mentor Coach role within NYNY allows you to gain such exposure, and in turn, allows you to leave a lasting impact on a Fellow's life. My experiences will allow me to engage my Fellow in a way that will strengthen their character.
Samuel Levin, 2012 Mentor Coach
Daiwa Asset Management, Analyst
Lafayette College, BA, 2009
I became a Mentor Coach to provide those without any guidance the opportunity to make the most of their great potential. Being a Career Coach has given me the certainty to know I would like to be a full time Mentor Coach, introducing me to extremely capable Fellows I could directly help as a mentor and friend. I hope to make a difference by helping those without the resources that many have been fortunate enough to have.
Scott Levy, 2012 Mentor Coach
Sandler O'Neill + Partners, Analyst
The University of Texas at Austin, BBA, BSc, 2010
My mentors have been key in helping me achieve my goals by offering their advice, support, and resources. I started volunteering with NYNY last year so I could have the same impact on a Fellow’s life. After my first workshop, it was clear that NYNY has some of the most motivated, excited, and dynamic college students in New York. Their ambition was contagious. I applied to be a Mentor Coach so I could join and contribute to an organization with a great mission. I’m thrilled to be a part of it!
Alice Li, 2013 Mentor Coach
Crestview Partners, Investment Associate
New York University, BS, 2011
After moving to NYC years ago, I felt compelled to give back to the city I now called home. I saw the opportunity to assist with NYNY, and was encouraged by the enthusiasm I witnessed in the Fellows. I've always seen mentorship as a two-way relationship, and hope to develop personally from my Mentor Coach experience as I assist a Fellow in his or her professional journey.
David Li, 2014 Mentor Coach
Goldman Sachs, Analyst
University of Pennsylvania, BS,BA, 2012
Through my personal experiences, I have come to highly value the impact of mentorship. I look forward to being able to connect with a Fellow and help them achieve their goals. I firmly believe the bridging of ambition and opportunity is critical to the success of all young people and I am excited to be part of that process as a Mentor Coach.
Tracy Li, 2010 Mentor Coach, 2012 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.
Nylia Lighty, 2013 Mentor Coach
Towers Watson, Compensation Analyst
Global Database Services
Mercy College, BS, 2011; Columbia University, Graduate Business Certificate, 2013
I became a Mentor Coach because I wanted to devote more time to NYNY's movement. As a new Mentor Coach, I expect to have even greater experiences than I had as a Career Coach. I would recommend being a Mentor Coach for the rewards of giving, realized impact, and personal growth. Being a first-generation college graduate, my background and experiences will inspire a Fellow to believe, plan, persevere, accept help, and take manageable risks.
James Lo, 2014 Mentor Coach
Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Consultant
University of Virginia, BA, 2010
What drew me to NYNY was the opportunity to make a discernible and very real impact in peoples’ lives. As a New York City native and a product of its public school system, I had many helping hands along the way. Now, I work as a consultant and am looking to give back to my community, particularly through skills based volunteering. It is my hope that my professional experience will help me open opportunities for others.
Justin Lo Iacono, 2012 Mentor Coach
Goldman Sachs, Private Equity Analyst
Georgetown University, BsBA, 2010
After hearing about NYNY from friends and meeting Fellows who were interning, I knew I wanted to become a Mentor Coach. I am excited to meet more ambitious Fellows and serve as a resource to help them reach their full potential. As a Mentor Coach, I hope to leverage my professional and personal network to help Fellows achieve their career ambitions.
Junior Louis, 2012 Mentor Coach
Goldman Sachs, Analyst
Baruch College, BBA, 2012
INROADS NY Intern of the Year 2011 and INROADS Academic Achievement Award 2010
I became a Mentor Coach because I am a first-generation college student as well and can understand the difficulties the Fellows might face in school. I would recommend others to become a Mentor Coach because I believe a mentor is essential to achieve academic and professional success. I hope my experience in Accounting and Finance can help build the career of a Fellow.
Kia J. Lowe, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 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.
Lysondra Ludwig, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Associate
University of Washington, BA, 2007; Northwestern University, JD, 2011
As a first-generation college graduate, I am excited to serve as a Mentor Coach and continue a process that has meant so much to my development. I hope to not only aid NYNY Fellows in achieving their career aspirations, but to broaden their horizons. I am looking forward to participating in this program, which provides an enriching community, a substantive and well-planned curriculum that develops practical skills, and an opportunity to get an insight into different professions.
Onson Luong, 2014 Mentor Coach
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals , Assay Development Associate
University of California, Davis, BS, 2006
As a first-generation college graduate, there were often times where I had questions or wanted advice but was unsure who to turn to. Eventually, I found some great resources on campus. I look forward to serving as a resource for my Fellow. Since graduating college, I've worked at a Contract Research Organization (CRO), that many large pharma or biotechs contract their work out to, and currently work at a biotech in Westchester.