Leila Mabourakh, 2013 Mentor Coach
Google, Inc, Solutions Consultant
Barnard College, BA, 2011
About a year ago, I had the pleasure of attending a NYNY fundraising event and hearing a speech from a Fellow who have graduated from the Program. To say that I was blown away by this Fellow's story and charisma would be more than an understatement. I decided then and there that I wanted to become a Mentor Coach because I wanted to inspire as well as be inspired. I've luckily had mentors of all kinds throughout my career, and cannot wait to pay that same attention and opportunity forward.
Christopher Maguire, 2014 Mentor Coach
Ernst and Young, Senior Consultant
Lehigh University, BS, 2011
Having graduated from college not long ago, I understand the seemingly daunting transition from college to the working world. I decided to become an NYNY Mentor Coach to help others make this transition as seamless as possible. Over the next two years, I look forward to supporting my NYNY Fellow by sharing my own experiences while also learning and growing from this impressive group of NYNY Mentor Coaches and Fellows.
Sakkara Marsh, 2014 Mentor Coach
J.P. Morgan, Associate - Organizational Development Specialist
Pepperdine University, BA, 2006; Pepperdine University, MBA, 2012
I am a focused organizational development professional supporting multiple lines of business in the financial services industry, developing programs related to leadership development, team building, and communication. I am an avid adventurer and have traveled to Sao Paolo, Warsaw, Nice, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Geneva, Heidelberg, London, Dubai, Guangzhou, Beijing, and Hong Kong. I look forward to sharing my experiences with the 2014 Fellows Class!
Leticia Mata, 2013 Mentor Coach
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Leadership Fellow
Tunnels, Bridges, & Terminals
University of California, Berkeley, BA, 2009; Carnegie Mellon University, MS, 2012
As an undergraduate, I worked with the Upward Bound Math & Science program and helped provide guidance and resources to ambitious students so they can build successful careers. These students were survivors! I am also a proud product of various programs geared towards low-income, first-generation college students. In graduate school, I had a few key mentors who informed me of opportunities in my field and provided introductions to key individuals in hiring positions at various organizations. In the spirit of reciprocity, I am eager to reciprocate these favors with others.
Sarah Mathew, 2012 Mentor Coach
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Brand Manager
Harvard University, BA, 2000; University of Michigan, MBA and MS, 2006
Dean's Fellow Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
I became a Mentor Coach because, as a former high school teacher, I missed my daily interactions with students and the joy I got from their success. I believe strongly in NYNY's mission and was eager to join a community so passionate about helping students achieve their full life potential. What I didn’t realize is how much I would learn in the process. The NYNY Fellows are amazing. At the end of each workshop, I look around and wonder who learned more – the Fellows, or me?
Kendra Ruth Mathias, 2014 Mentor Coach
Toys 'R' Us, Senior Financial Analyst
Financial Planning & Analysis
University at Albany - SUNY, BS, 2003; University of Chicago, MBA, 2011
As an integral part of my company’s Finance Team, I provide financial and strategic guidance. As a New York native, I serve my community in the areas of financial literacy and empowerment. My prior experiences in investment banking and as a member of the US Army, will allow me to support a Fellow in navigating instances requiring leadership and fortitude. Excellent mentors and programs have been positive catalysts in my life, and I hope to share the lessons I've learned with my Fellow.
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.
Kenyada Meadows, 2013 Mentor Coach
Maryknoll, Audit and Financial Compliance Management
University of Denver, BS, 2001
Throughout my childhood, I was surrounded by adults who encouraged inquisitiveness and independent thought. As I grew, my network expanded beyond close family and friends to include other excellent mentors. One of them fostered my exposure in ways I would never have imagined, pushing me to sit on boards and lecture at my alma mater. These opportunities segued into others, and the best was to become a mentor myself. Through NYNY, I will work to help Fellows to someday join this cycle of mentorship.
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.
Margaret Menefee, 2012 Mentor Coach
NBC Universal, Producer
The University of Tennessee, BS, 2008
I knew from a young age that media was the career path I would choose. I was fortunate to have a lot of guidance along the way. Whether it was family, mentors or professors, their wisdom inspired and helped me land where I am today. I'm still on the journey to success but I think it's important to pass along what I've learned in my short years and help guide someone else. This is an incredibly valuable program in helping to shape someone else's life and I feel privileged to be a part of it.
Cris Mercado, 2014 Mentor Coach
GrantAnswers LLC, Founder
City College of New York, BA, 2002; John Jay College, MA, 2005
I have helped hundreds of low-income, first generation students go to college and earn over $1 million in grants/scholarships. I did the same for myself, making it all the way to Ph.D. study at CUNY debt-free; and I did it all as an undocumented immigrant. Recently, I created GrantAnswers LLC, a social enterprise that specializes in grants, scholarships and admissions. The synergies between NYNY & I are too powerful to ignore and so is the extraordinary potential of CUNY's NYNY Fellows.
Kara Miller, 2013 Mentor Coach
Draftfcb Healthcare, Assistant Account Executive
University of Virginia, BA, 2011
I am very excited about the opportunity to join the ranks of the NYNY family as a Mentor Coach. I understand how important building a network and developing professional skills are to beginning a successful career. I look forward to helping the Fellows develop their skill set and find success as they navigate their way through their respective industries.
Udayan Mittal, 2014 Mentor Coach
J.P. Morgan, Associate
Strategy and Process Improvement
Wariwick University, BA, 2007; London School of Economics, MSc, 2008; Cambridge University, MA, 2011
Currently a management consultant at McKinsey, I graduated from Cambridge University, LSE and Warwick in the UK. I've been a mentor to many students, applicants and colleagues over the last few years. However, I believe it takes the right amount of experience, understanding and connections to truly make an impact when it matters, which is why I decided to become an NYNY Mentor Coach.
Chine Mmegwa, 2013 Mentor Coach
Goldman Sachs, Analyst
New York University, BS, 2011
As the daughter of two first-generation college students, I have seen firsthand the power that a good education provides. Education has been a huge driving force in my life, and it is important to me that young people today have the formal institutions that good education requires. But more importantly are the informal networks that help give our textbooks context. That's where a program such as NYNY helps and I am excited to be a part of this great program.
Katlin Montali, 2014 Mentor Coach
Ralph Lauren, Retail Analyst
Antiques and Vintage, Fine Watches and Jewelry
New York University, BS, 2012
Becoming a Mentor Coach with NYNY was of great importance to me to help other first-generation college students assimilate not only into college, but to the city. As a graduate of NYU, I understand the importance of balancing studies while enjoying what the city has to offer. I want to share my experiences and network to help the new Fellows succeed in their chosen profession. How proud they and their families must be for this important step in their lives, and I am so honored to be a part of it!
Adora Mora, 2013 Mentor Coach
Harlem Children's Zone, Senior Associate - Strategy, Finance, & Planning
Harvard University, BA, 2010
I was lucky to have some amazing mentors who raised my expectations of myself. I became a Mentor Coach because I decided that the time to pay it forward is now. My family background as well as my dual experience in both finance and non-profit sectors allow me to provide sound advice to a range of life situations.
Catherine Mugeria, 2013 Mentor Coach
Federal Reserve Bank Of NY, Finance Supervisory Rotational Program
Depaul University, BS, 2005; Cornell University, MBA, 2013
As a first-generation college graduate and an immigrant, I have faced some of the challenges many students face. I was fortunate to gain guidance and advice from mentors. Being a NYNY Mentor Coach will afford me the opportunity to pay the mentorship forward to help the Fellows achieve their career goals. I also believe the Fellows can benefit from some of the guidance that I could have used when I was picking schools and future companies and navigating through my career.
Lamar Myers, 2010 Mentor Coach, 2012 Mentor Coach
Alvarez & Marsal, Associate
Real Estate Advisory Services
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 believe I have paid a lot of attention to the first two things on this list, but I have not lived up to my expectations in the area of giving back to my community. Becoming a Mentor Coach with New York Needs You in 2012 is a great opportunity for me to give back to a high-potential college student in New York City.
Cindy Na, 2013 Mentor Coach
BlackRock, Leveraged Finance Investment Strategist
University of Pennsylvania, BS, 2012
One quote from the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series has stuck with me all this time: “You couldn’t erase the past. You couldn’t even change it. But sometimes life offered you the opportunity to put it right.” Call it luck, hard work, or determination - I was blessed with many opportunities to pursue my education and career goals. I decided to become a Mentor Coach because I want to help another young person with big dreams and ambitions land that same opportunity to put it right.
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.
Aliza Narine, 2013 Mentor Coach
New York City Department of IT and Telecommunications, Budget Associate
Financial Management and Administration
Baruch College, BBA, 2010
Mentors were instrumental in helping me transition from college to professional life. As a Mentor Coach, I will offer support to help my Fellow advance academically and professionally. NYNY is an environment where ambitious students can get the extra encouragement and guidance they need and I am excited to get started.
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!
Sarah Nash, 2012 Mentor Coach
Seiu Local 32BJ, Law Fellow
Stanford University, BA, 2006; George Mason University, JD, 2011
I became a Mentor Coach because I was inspired by the enthusiasm of the participants and the hard work and commitment of the Fellows. NYNY seems unsurpassed in the strength of the bond between Mentor Coaches and Fellows. I wanted to share my professional experiences in a way that might help others achieve their goals. I look forward to being a part of the program.