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The Graduate: Vanessa O’Brien

There cannot be failure unless one gives up – I know that for certain.Vanessa O’Brien 

This month’s edition of “The Graduate” features Vanessa O’Brien (‘97), a British-American mountaineer, explorer, author and (of course) notable Stern grad! Among Vanessa’s many achievements, she set a Guinness World Record by becoming the first woman to reach the Earth’s highest (Mt. Everest 8,848m) and lowest (Challenger Deep 10,925m) points. Vanessa is the first American or British woman to successfully summit K2, the world’s second-tallest mountain, has summited the highest peaks on every continent (the Seven Summits) in a 295 day span, and has skied the last degree to the north and south poles in 11 months (Explorers Grand Slam). Her…

The Graduate: Ilana Fischer

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

As the nation waited in limbo for election results last Friday, I had the refreshing distraction of sitting down, virtually, with Ilana Fischer, CEO of Whisps and Stern MBA (2011). Ilana spoke about leadership lessons she’s learned during her career and how her life-long passion for cheese ultimately led to her dream job.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Let’s start off with an ice-breaker question. Describe your go-to-cheese board?

The Graduate: Jim Louderback

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

Jim Louderback is among the most respected figures in digital media with a 20-year history of leadership at the intersection of publishing, media and technology. 

He currently runs events business VidCon as an independent division of Viacom.  Jim  joined VidCon in 2014 as editorial director of the industry track, and took over as CEO in 2017.  In early 2018 he led the sale of VidCon to Viacom.  He is also a Venture Partner at seed investment firm Social Starts and recently did extensive consulting with a variety of top tech and media companies.…

The Graduate: Joan Bloom

The Oppy is commemorating the last decade of NYU Stern with our new ‘The Graduate’ series. Each month, we’ll interview notable alum from each decade since the 1960s through the 2010s that have made an impact on their community and industry.

The Graduate, 1960s Edition: Joan Bloom

This month’s ‘The Graduate’ interview is with Joan Bloom, former PR director in the lifestyle and travel space. She graduated from the MBA program at NYU’s Graduate School of Business in 1966 (before it was named the Leonard N. Stern School of Business in 1988), and answered my questions via email and over the phone. …

Reflecting on the SHA Alumni Career Insights Panel

By Prashant Kota

Last week, the Stern Healthcare Association (SHA) hosted an alumni career insights panel to guide those MBA students interested in careers in the healthcare industry amidst the rapidly changing healthcare landscape. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to moderate the panel, and we were lucky enough to hear from healthcare industry leaders such as Tim Nolan from EmblemHealth, Pooja Chatterjee from Abbott, and Josh Kurtzig from United Family Healthcare. 

Tim, a health insurance expert with over 30 years of experience in healthcare, leads EmblemHealth’s efforts in revenue growth and clinical and provider network as EmblemHealth’s Executive Vice President.…

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