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OppySpotlight: Roy Paul & Cents Ability

The Oppy’s Spotlight Series exposes Sternies to writers, artists, and causes outside of our typical professional networks. This month’s article highlights Roy Paul, Executive Director of Cents Ability, a financial literacy organization.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 

Roy and I sat down (virtually) in April and had a wide-ranging conversation about financial literacy: why it’s not taught in schools, what common misconceptions it has, and how Cents Ability is helping. Roy’s enthusiasm was palpable in his colorful storytelling. The Jackson Five house in Gary, Indiana makes an appearance. So sit down and learn more about this fascinating topic; at the end, we tell you how to get involved.…

OppyArts Spotlight: Donnie Aki

Welcome to another installment of OppyArts Spotlight, where the Oppy highlights exceptional artists navigating the Corona environment, showcases their creative process, and searches for ways for MBA students to get involved in their local arts communities. This month’s feature is LA-based musician Donnie Aki.

Donnie started his career in early 2020 and had to quickly shift and adapt to a pandemic paradigm. Since his debut, he’s put out multiple singles and been featured in a number of collaborations with other LA-based artists. His recent release, “Rich Lovin,” already recorded over 300k streams on Spotify alone and led to his first music video, which I must say, is just a delight.…

OppySpotlight: Orcé Cosmetics

The Oppy’s Spotlight Series exposes Sternies to writers, artists, causes and entrepreneurs outside of our typical professional networks. This month’s article highlights Yu-Chen Shih, founder and CEO of Orcé Cosmetics based in Los Angeles, California.

Born half Malaysian and half Taiwanese, Yu-Chen Shih, 28, grew up in Singapore and was often bullied for her darker complexion. She was put on skin whitening treatments and endless diets since she was eight or nine years old. To many, including her family, she did not fit the traditional beauty standards held in Asian cultures defined by white skin, slim figures and sharp features.…

OppyArts Spotlight: Ernest Brockenberry

Welcome to another installment of OppyArts Spotlight, where the Oppy highlights exceptional artists navigating the Corona environment, showcases their creative process, and searches for ways for MBA students to get involved in their local arts communities. This month’s feature is Brooklyn-based musician Ernest Brockenberry.

Ernest started releasing music in 2019, culminating with the release of his first EP “Cruel Alchemy.” He started performing in early 2020 before the pandemic shifted the course of the world. While last year presented countless challenges to artists and the general public, the year allowed Ernest to build dedication to his music, his vision, and his image of himself as an artist.…

OppySpotlight: Jamie Bruno & Urban Agriculture Cooperative

The Oppy’s Spotlight Series exposes Sternies to writers, artists, and causes outside of our typical professional networks. This month’s article highlights Jamie Bruno, co-founder and Program Director of the Urban Agriculture Cooperative (UAC) based in Newark, NJ.

Jamie has worked in urban agriculture in Newark for the last eight years with various nonprofits. Outside of the UAC, Jamie is an Artist and Data Analyst. She served the Greater Newark Conservancy as their first Foodcorps Service Member between 2014-2015. In 2017, Jamie helped to develop creative messaging for green infrastructure and environmental education projects as a Resident Artist with Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership and coLAB Arts in New Brunswick, NJ under a National Endowment for the Arts Grant.…

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