Adegoke Adediran, 2013 Mentor Coach
Davidson Kempner Capital Management, LP, Technology & Quantitative Analytics
Columbia University, BS, 2006
I believe that a society that offers equal opportunity to its members is fundamentally good, and such a society will thrive and be successful. I recognize that first-generation college students especially miss out on opportunities because they do not have the right knowledge or access. I joined NYNY to help equalize these opportunities. Also, I hope to build meaningful relationships with Fellows and help in any way I can, while learning about their experiences and deriving inspiration from it.
Geraldine Aine, 2012 Mentor Coach
Liberty Mutual, Counsel
Trinity College, BA, 2002; University of Connecticut, JD, 2005
As a first generation college graduate and the child of immigrant parents, I have faced some of the challenges and issues Fellows may experience. For this reason, and more, I decided to provide the guidance that I could have used when I was going through school. As a member of the NYNY family, I am surrounded by people who are committed to helping individuals grow personally and professionally. Such an environment motivates me to give back even more!
Saman Akhtar, 2013 Mentor Coach
Teach for America, Recruitment and Infrastructure Strategy Analyst
University of Texas at Austin, BS, 2007; University of Pennsylvania, MA, 2009; Columbia University, MS, 2013
I have been fortunate to have had great mentors throughout my life that have given me sound advice. I feel an obligation to pay it forward in an impactful way. By becoming a Mentor Coach for NYNY, I hope to provide the same valuable guidance to driven and passionate Fellows as they go through college.
Alex Albarracin, 2014 Mentor Coach
Morpheus Capital, Associate
Rutgers University, BS, 2008
I decided to join NYNY and become a Mentor Coach because I had to learn how to get into and graduate from college on my own with no path to follow. I wish I had had a mentor to lead me or help me open my eyes as to what types of opportunities exist. I know how it feels to have no idea what to do with your life in college, and I want to help a Fellow understand the various challenges that exist in the real world so they can be top contenders post graduation.
Jonathon Alexander, 2011 Mentor Coach
IntraLinks, Sales Executive
Georgetown University, BA, 2007
Being a Mentor Coach is rewarding every time that you meet with Fellows at NYNY. NYNY is an organization where you can see the effects of hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm each and every day. There were many people that helped me as I navigated the transition from college to the real world. Making a contribution to NYNY is one way that I can give back a small percentage of the mentorship that I benefitted from over the years.
Chanel Alexander, 2014 Mentor Coach
J.P. Morgan, Analyst
Country Risk Management
Temple University, BA, 2011
Most of my academic and professional success can be attributed to lessons learned from mentors along the way. My mentors motivated me, helped me build my confidence and encouraged me to embrace new experiences and opportunities. Becoming a Mentor Coach for NYNY will allow me to provide this same guidance to my NYNY Fellow; drawing from both my experiences and network.
Yasmeen Allen, 2013 Mentor Coach
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Development Associate, Institutional Giving
Tufts University, BA, 2004; George Washington University, JD, 2007
I wanted to become a Mentor Coach because I believe that mentors are important resources for students and young professionals. My own journey taught me the value of a strong network and support system, and I am eager to help someone else pursue his or her passion. I look forward to supporting NYNY’s mission and learning from my Fellow and colleagues in the process.
Aroon Amarnani, 2014 Mentor Coach
Active Equity Research
Lehigh University, BS, 2011
I've benefited from many mentors / advisers who have guided me in both personal and professional capacities. I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without their help and support, and now I feel it is my turn to pay it forward. Over time I worked to create a professional network which ultimately helped me to land my first job. I believe others can apply the "roadmap" I've created to help land jobs in their respective fields.
Christine Ammirati, 2014 Mentor Coach
Memorial Sloan-Kettering , Physician Assistant
Intensive Care Unit
Touro College, BS, 2008
I became a Mentor Coach because I had the pleasure of meeting a few Fellows who really inspired me. I am honored to be involved in furthering the education and career of first-generation college students. I have been a physician assistant for almost 6 years and truly enjoy it. I understand the importance of mentorship and look forward to assisting Fellows interested in the healthcare industry.
Anneka Anand, 2010 Mentor Coach
AEA Investors, Associate
University of Pennsylvania, BA, 2007
Many people have served as mentors in programs where mentees did not put forth the full effort required to improve. NYNY is unique in that Fellows are extremely ambitious, motivated, and hard working. The time you spend with them results in readily apparent impact. I suggest becoming a Mentor Coach if you want to develop meaningful relationships with bright, inspiring Fellows who are willing to put in all the work necessary to advance their career and professional development.
Simon Ang, 2014 Mentor Coach
Macquarie Capital, Senior Vice President
University of New South Wales, Australia, Bachelor of Commerce, 2006
Throughout college and my career, I have had the privilege of experiencing the wisdom and guidance that mentors bring - their impactful words of advice have helped forge my path in the finance world. As a Mentor Coach, I believe I can meaningfully help my Fellow continue to overcome any challenges to achieve their life goals and career ambitions. I am excited to work with highly motivated, intelligent and talented individuals to develop their skills and bring out their best.
LeAnne Armstead, 2011 Mentor Coach, 2013 Mentor Coach
Shiseido Cosmetics America, Associate Manager
Villanova University, BA, 2008
Becoming a Mentor Coach for New York Needs You (NYNY) means living a new experience, helping to bridge talent with opportunity, while also passing on what I've learned to others. My Fellow intends to pursue a career within the Creative/Arts field; I hope the knowledge I've gained through previous publishing internships, and in my current role as Advertising/Creative Services Coordinator at L&T, will help her navigate this field, and ultimately acquire an internship in display advertising, design or in a curatorial position. I hope to continue recharging my professional and personal growth with NYNY.
Trina Assur, 2012 Mentor Coach
Oppenheimer & Co., Analyst
University of Pennsylvania, BA, 2010
Thomas J. Watson Academic Scholarship
I attended a NYNY event the year I moved to New York after graduating college. Meeting the other Mentor Coaches and the Fellows they influenced inspired me to want to get involved. I think NYNY is an influential force in New York and I am happy to be able to be part a team doing so much good.
Jade Auzenne, 2012 Mentor Coach
J.P. Morgan, Credit Analyst
Emory University, BBA, 2010
Volunteering with NYNY over the past few months has been a tremendously rewarding experience, and I am excited to continue this year as a 2012 Mentor Coach. I attribute many of my accomplishments to the guidance that I've received in the past from mentors in my life. It is an honor to be able to pass on that guidance as a Mentor Coach and help the Fellows to achieve their goals.
Marissa Ballan, 2010 Mentor Coach, 2012 Mentor Coach
Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Associate Director
Barnard College, BA, 2001; New York University, MA, 2003; University of Pennsylvania, MBA, 2008
As someone who has made several career changes, from finance to real estate and hospitality, I have found that the key to a successful transition is identifying one’s core skill sets and emphasizing their universality and relevance. Similarly, as the Fellows transition from school and internships to a career, I hope to draw on my experiences to help them recognize the inherent value in all of their experiences and be confident in the strengths and skills they have gained.
Vincent Barr, 2011 Mentor Coach
MongoDB, Online Marketing Manager
College of William and Mary, BA, 2008
I became a Mentor Coach to help the NYNY Fellows achieve their career aspirations. For one Fellow this may mean helping them to recognize their personal and professional strengths and, for another, it may mean expanding their view of the career opportunities available to them. Or, maybe it's just having a Mentor Coach around to motivate and encourage them. In hindsight, I recognize how valuable a mentor would have been in curating my own goals and identifying the most efficient steps to reach them. There are a lot of stops, hooks, and snags between the day one receives a diploma and the day one receives an offer letter – many of which are magnified for first-generation college students. I am excited to be a part of the program that reverses a considerable opportunity gap through an enriched community and well-planned curriculum. It is very rewarding.
Samantha Batista, 2014 Mentor Coach
Goldman Sachs, Senior Analyst
Quinnipiac University, BS, 2012
I am extremely thankful for the mentorship and guidance I received early in my college career as it guided me towards my current career. I am eager to mentor an ambitious and motivated NYNY Fellow. I understand the importance of being able to relate to someone who may have faced similar obstacles, and I am excited to be that person for my Fellow.
Whitney Baxter, 2013 Mentor Coach
Goldman Sachs, Associate
Harvard University, BA, 2007; Harvard University, MBA, 2011
I am very excited to be a 2013 Mentor Coach and to be of service to a great cause. NYNY provides a great platform to work with thoughtful, ambitious, and dedicated Fellows. I have been very fortunate to have had great mentors throughout my life, and I am keen to pay it forward.
David Beard, 2014 Mentor Coach
Moody's Investors Service, Corporate Credit Analyst
Lehigh University, BS, 2011
I have been fortunate enough to have several mentors throughout my personal and professional journey, so joining NYNY is about ensuring that others receive that same support. I'm looking forward to helping Fellows expand their networks and pursue their goals, drawing from my own experience in financial services where possible.
Paola Benavides, 2012 Mentor Coach, 2014 Mentor Coach
Binghamton University , BS, 2007; Hofstra University, MBA, 2012
Every Fellow is special and they are so because they're defeating odds every day. My sincerest wishes are to support them in their journey to stardom. Being the first in my own family to reach graduate school I feel blessed to be able to participate in the lives of other students like myself moving through academic and professional waters never before chartered by anyone in their families.
Ayesha Bhagat, 2014 Mentor Coach
Saks Fifth Avenue, Senior Assistant Buyer - Men's Furnishings
Buying - Men's
Colgate University, BA, 2011
I grew up in New York City and then attended Colgate University. After graduating in 2011, I pursued a career in retail merchandising at Macy's, and more recently, at Saks Fifth Avenue. After participating as an NYNY Career Coach and experiencing the mutual support and dedication between Mentor Coaches and Fellows, I was inspired to become a Mentor Coach. I am thrilled to be given this opportunity.
Sanjay Bhatt, 2013 Mentor Coach
Glenview Capital Management, Investment Analyst
Brown University, BA, 2011
I became a Mentor Coach to put my experiences, resources, and network to use in helping young and ambitious Fellows achieve their educational and professional goals. I've greatly benefited from the advice and support of various mentors throughout my life, and would love nothing more than to pay it forward by guiding and helping a Fellow realize his or her goals.
Ken Biberaj, 2011 Mentor Coach
Russian Tea Room, VP
Restaurant & Commercial Real Estate
American University, BA, 2002; Harvard University, MPP, 2004; New York Law School, JD, 2008
I became a Mentor Coach because I like making connections, and believe deeply in NYNY's mission of connecting ambition with opportunity. NYNY puts a premium on selecting amazing Fellows and Mentors and putting together workshops that are substantive and interesting. As I have opened up my network to NYNY, I have already started seeing results and know that I am making a difference for the Fellows. This is why I became a Mentor Coach and also why I will remain involved with NYNY.
Deborah Boone, 2012 Mentor Coach
Deutsche Bank, Analyst
Hampton University, BS, 2010
Although I am not a New York City native, I am excited to have the opportunity to impact the life of a college student and mentor with New York Needs You. As a young professional working in financial services, I have benefited from mentorship and I am thrilled to help a Fellow cultivate her current skills and reach goals. Thus far, my experience with NYNY has been both motivational and inspirational and I am excited to be a part of the new Mentor Coach class.
Joshua Bowen, 2011 Mentor Coach
CrowdTwist, Inc., COO & Co-Founder
Cornell University, BS, 1998
Hopefully, sharing my experiences changing industries and careers to find something I love doing can help others find something they are passionate about. I'm excited to be a 2011 Mentor Coach and look to help in any way possible.