Joshua Sandals, 2012 Mentor Coach
Morgan Stanley, Analyst
Cornell University, BA, 2004
I grew up outside Boston, MA in one of the area's most ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities. Throughout my schooling I witnessed first-hand the struggles of some of my first-generation friends and classmates as they tried to achieve at a high level. In helping with classwork, test prep, and, later, the college application process, I came to understand the value in sharing one's knowledge and experience with those less advantaged. I continue this commitment today via NYNY.
Edward Santos, 2011 Mentor Coach
Neuberger Berman, Analyst
University of Michigan, BS, 2007; Pace University, MS, 2009
As a former public school teacher in East Harlem, I observed daily the difficulties that students in low-income communities face. I know that support is needed to insure that every student is successful. My experience, ranging from magazine publishing to banking, gives me unique insight to help fellows think about their career choices. In supporting first-generation college students through NYNY, I am able to encourage students from low-income communities to believe that anything is possible.
Bill Seymour, 2012 Mentor Coach
AIG Chartis, Senior Underwriter
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, BA, 2007
I became a Mentor Coach with the hopes of sharing my life experiences with Fellows and helping them achieve their goals. The limited interaction I have had so far with those involved with NYNY has me very excited to join and add value to a fantastic organization.
Neel Shah, 2010 Mentor Coach
Oaktree Capital Management, Vice President
University of Pennsylvania, BS, 2004; London School of Economics and Political Science, MS, 2005
Mentorship has been an important part of my character growth that continues to further my personal and professional development. As a first-generation American, having a mentor has helped me bridge the gap between the experience of my immigrant parents and that of someone more knowledgeable about building a successful career in this country. While I still have much to learn, being a NYNY Mentor Coach allows me to give back to the community and hopefully help others in a similar situation.
Ricky Shah, 2011 Mentor Coach
Irving Place Capital, Associate
Harvard University, BA, 2009
In the 3 months that I've been working with NYNY, I've gotten so much out of being a Mentor Coach. Not only have I been able to leverage my own experiences to help guide my Fellow toward his goals, but in exchange, I've learned so much from him through his struggles and successes. Moreover, my fellow Mentor Coaches, who come from a diverse set of backgrounds, continue to inspire me with their unique experiences, stories and ideas.
Jocelyn Shields, 2012 Mentor Coach
J.P. Morgan, Associate
University of Michigan, BBA, 2001; University of Maryland, JD, 2008; Cornell University, MBA, 2010
As a first-generation college and graduate school student, I attribute the success in my career to the invaluable guidance and advice of so many that have supported me along my career path. Being a NYNY Mentor Coach affords me the opportunity to pay the mentorship forward and share my experiences in business and law to help the Fellows achieve their career goals. I am excited about being able to further NYNY’s mission and provide my Fellow with the resources to reach their aspirations.
Kristy Simchick, 2011 Mentor Coach
Centerbridge Partners, Executive Assistant
William Paterson University, BA, 2002
Working with first-generation college students through the NYNY program has given me the opportunity to make a positive and constructive impact on our community, which is one of the reasons why I decided to become a Mentor Coach. So far, I have found the experience to be nothing less than wonderful, am proud to be a part of it, and look forward to watching the NYNY community grow to have an even larger impact.
Steven Skolnik, 2012 Mentor Coach
J.P. Morgan, Analyst
University of Wisconsin-Madison, BBA, 2011
I became a Mentor Coach because I think back to all the people that have helped me over the years and I don't know where I'd be without their guidance. Nothing is more rewarding than having the ability to make a positive impact on someone else's life. NYNY is not only beneficial for my Fellow, but it enables me to grow as an individual and motivates me to reach my highest potential. My insight from prior experiences has prepared me to help my Fellow be successful in school and in life.
Nestor Solari, 2012 Mentor Coach
Developing World Markets, Private Equity Analyst
Pennsylvania State University, BS, 2010
Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence
I became a Mentor Coach so that I may share my experiences as a first-generation college student with the Fellows accepted into the NYNY program. Due to the impact of mentors on both my education and my career, I have made an effort to mentor younger colleagues, students and children at various levels.
Alex Stern, 2011 Mentor Coach
Goldman Sachs, Acquisitions
Cornell University, BS, 2008
My volunteer experience with the bright and motivated Fellow Class of 2010 was the impetus for my decision to return as a Mentor Coach this year. I believe that NYNY’s program bridges the generational gap between traditional mentors like parents or teachers and provides Fellows with a resource for professional and personal development that they can relate to. I look forward to forming lasting bonds with the Class of 2011 and helping them achieve all that they want and I know they are capable of.
Cathy Sun, 2012 Mentor Coach
Harvard University, AB, 2011
NYNY fellows are some of the brightest, most passionate, and ambitious college students I've ever met. It is an honor to share my experiences and thoughts with them, and I'm excited to be a part of their development, struggle, and eventual success in the next two years.
Devin Thomas, 2011 Mentor Coach
J.P. Morgan, Investor
Endowments & Foundations Group
Brown University, BA, 2007
I became a Mentor Coach because I strongly believe in the mission of New York Needs You and the way that the organization is run. I've been the beneficiary of having a strong mentor in my own life and am excited for the opportunity to pay it forward.
Abraham Tiamiyu, 2012 Mentor Coach
Pomona Capital, Investment Analyst
Georgetown University, BA, 2009
Having moved to the U.S. at the age of 16 to attend college, I have benefitted a great deal from mentors who helped to guide my personal, academic and professional development. The mentorship program at NYNY allows me to give back and to serve my immediate community here in New York.
Rob Varady, 2011 Mentor Coach
SAC Capital Advisors, Risk Manager
Harvard University, BS, 2006
Aside from meeting some amazing people, the experience of being a Mentor Coach forces you to recognize those things that you're good at, crystallizes those lessons you've learned, makes you appreciate the opportunities you've had, and challenges you to reach outside your comfort level, since that's exactly what you're pushing your Fellow to do.
Matt Wang, 2011 Mentor Coach
Pine Brook Road Partners, Associate
University of Pennsylvania, BS, 2009
Joseph Wharton Scholar
In the field of finance, we talk a lot about investing. I believe the greatest investments are those made in other people, which is why mentorship has immense value. I’ve had caring mentors greatly influence my life and see my commitment to New York Needs You as a way to pay that forward.
Bessie Watts, 2011 Mentor Coach
Morgan Stanley, Associate
Spelman College, BA, 2009
One of the main reasons I became a Mentor Coach is my natural affinity for helping and relating to others. For me, there is great value in advising someone through adversity. Assisting my Fellow in her pursuit for higher education inspired me to hold myself accountable for my own next steps. In all, fostering this relationship ended up being not only a gratifying experience, but also an opportunity to grow alongside her. I would recommend this experience to anyone.
Josh Weissenstein, 2011 Mentor Coach
Tishman Hotel & Realty, Associate
Cornell University, BS, 2008
I became a Mentor Coach to help provide the academic and professional opportunities to others that I've been fortunate enough to have been provided with myself. My Fellow is interested in pursuing a career in international business upon graduation. Since I've lived abroad and currently work in an international industry, I am excited to leverage my personal experiences and network to help him achieve his many goals.
William Yu, 2012 Mentor Coach
CI Capital Partners, LLC, Senior Associate
University of Pennsylvania, BA and MA, 2005; Harvard University, MBA, 2011
I firmly believe that any success I have had in life (what little of it) is thanks to the guidance of mentors, support of friends and family and a healthy dose of good luck. While I may not be able to change luck, I hope to at least be able to provide my Fellow, the same level of support and guidance that I received.