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The Next Step: Ross Gordon of Sounder

‘The Next Step’ is a monthly series that features recent graduates who’ve made exciting moves after Stern. We hope that their stories will inspire you and excite you about what’s next.

This month, The Oppy is featuring Ross Gordon (Dec. ‘21), soon-to-be tech MBA and chief of staff at Sounder.fm, a podcast company that is shaping the future of audio. As a former colleague of mine from our LinkedIn days, I was delighted to sit down with Ross and to have the opportunity to share his story. Read on to learn more about Ross’ professional journey and his non-traditional path through the Tech MBA and to Sounder, which involved ingenuity, hard work and a touch of serendipity.…

The Graduate: The NFL’s Blake Stuchin Plots Football’s Digital Game Plan

There is a reason all of us Sternies choose to pursue an MBA here, and Blake Stuchin is honest about his.

“Some people choose the school based on the quality of the program or the nature of the job placement,” Stuchin says. “I chose it because I was already in Union Square and I had a great deal on an apartment.”

He is being tongue-in-cheek, of course. Talk with Stuchin for a few minutes about New York University and you’ll find he has experience with more schools under the NYU umbrella than most. While Stuchin is a Stern graduate, his parents met as students at NYU in the 1970s, and his wife holds a masters from NYU’s Integrated Marketing program.…

The Graduate: Meika Hollender

The Oppy is reconnecting with some prominent NYU Stern alumni with our ‘Graduate’ series. Each month, we’ll interview notable alumni that have made an impact on their community and industry.

This month, The Oppy is featuring Meika Hollender (‘13), entrepreneur, author and activist who built the first sexual wellness brand focused on women and sustainability, Sustain. Grove Collaborative acquired Sustain in August 2019, and Meika took on the role of VP of Communications at Grove. Meika and I sat down, virtually, to talk about her journey building and growing Sustain and the opportunities that followed after.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

The Next Step: How the Stern EMBA experience changed our lives

The Oppy is proud to continue ‘The Next Step,’ a new monthly series that will feature recent graduates who’ve made exciting moves after Stern. We hope that their stories will inspire you and excite you about what’s next.  

By Mambu Sherman, Christian McKenzie, Jay Freeman, Broderick Johnson, Matthew C. Meade, Allix Wright, Veronique Hutchinson, Michael Serwadda

Our Journey

The average percentage of Black students in a United States MBA program lingers around 8%. For context, it’s 5% at Harvard. The most recent cohort to graduate from NYU Stern was a record 20% Black. While top business schools and corporations struggle to recruit and retain Black talent, these nine recent NYU Executive MBA graduates reflect on the face of today’s Executive MBA: young, talented, and Black.…

The Graduate: Dataiku’s Romain Fouache shows there’s nothing artificial about the future of AI

The Oppy is reconnecting with some prominent NYU Stern alumni with our ‘Graduate’ series. Each month, we’ll interview notable alumni that have made an impact on their community and industry. 

This month, The Oppy is featuring Romain Fouache (‘17), COO & CRO of Dataiku. Romain and I sat down in Paris and New York, respectively, to talk about his career as a data scientist and business leader. Read on to learn more about Romain’s love of math and his perspective on the future of “everyday AI,” including one hot topic that may interest you: how to best prepare yourself for careers in data and AI. …

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