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The Graduate: Mayoral candidate and Stern alum Art Chang takes on City Hall

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. 

It’s generally considered poor form for a journalist to eat lunch during an interview. I’m not proud of violating that principle, but fortunately for me, the subject of this sitdown was 2021 New York Mayoral candidate Art Chang.

“Oh, you can go ahead and take ten minutes to eat if you want,” he said before noting that he, too, had his lunch waiting on the side.

For a man with years of experience in city development, tech startups, and New York’s municipal government, Chang (Stern MBA, 1998) is almost disarmingly lax in conversation.…

The Graduate: Melissa Gow

“A career isn’t built in a day or week or a month or a year. Careers build over time, so have patience. But have perseverance, too. Each thing that happens is part of the journey – it’s about the long haul. That’s the way to build a successful career.” – Melissa Gow

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 interview has been edited for length and clarity. 

This month, The Oppy sat down with Melissa Gow (‘96), Managing Director at IHS Markit.…

The Next Step: Ashley Crone & Propel

The Oppy is introducing ‘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.  

Our inaugural article features Ashely Crone (‘20), Director of Business Development at Propel, Inc., a fast-growing startup that builds software for low-income Americans who are often overlooked by traditional tech innovation. I sat down with Ashley (virtually, of course) on a sunny Friday afternoon to talk about her career, passion for social impact, and advice for soon-to-be graduating MBAs.  

Why did you choose to attend Stern and what were you looking to get out of it?

The Graduate: Ben Sesser

“It’s a lifestyle decision, a different path. There are great parts of it and really challenging parts of it. If you look at probability, it’s not going to be the most lucrative and it’s not gonna be the easiest. But you’re doing it because you cannot not start a company.” – Ben Sesser

The Oppy is reconnecting with 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.

This month, we’re bringing you the story of NYU alumnus Ben Sesser (‘12), co-founder and CEO of the startup BrightHire.…

The Graduate: Kevin McNally

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.

Kevin McNally is the Portfolio Manager of Clough Finn Investment Partners LP, a long/short hedge fund investing in closed-end funds (CEFs) and exchange traded funds (ETFs). He has over 27 years of industry experience focusing exclusively on these markets. Prior to joining Clough Capital Partners LP in 2014, he served as the Director of Closed-End Funds at ALPS Fund Services, Inc. from 2003 to 2014, where he was instrumental in launching approximately $13 billion in total assets of CEFs in 14 funds.…

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