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Stern Somebody Presents: Kevin Coppola

The Oppy staff is proud to continue our feature for the paper called “Stern Somebody,” where we tell the stories of our remarkable classmates and how they became the exceptional people they are today.

Half watching the umpteenth snowstorm of this winter unfold, mostly paying attention to my strategy intensive on Zoom, I heard the words “national figure skating coach” and thought, that’s not your everyday person getting an MBA. 

Encountering Kevin Coppola in breakout rooms during some long Sunday sessions (Langone life), I wondered if he similarly felt like a fish out of water coming into business school from an entirely different industry.…

Stern Somebody Presents: Madeline Grimes

The Oppy staff is proud to continue a new feature for the paper called “Stern Somebody,” telling the stories of remarkable classmates and how they became the exceptional people they are today.

Back in the before times, when classes actually met in person, I strolled into orientation thinking I had a pretty fun object for the grown-up Show and Tell all Sternies have to prepare for. Then Madeline Grimes, the second person to present in my block, stood up in front of the room.

“This is a program from the first time I played Carnegie Hall,” she said.

It was that moment when I realized the ticket stub from my first baseball game didn’t have quite the same pizzazz I thought it had.…

Stern Somebody Presents: Alana Levy

The Oppy staff is proud to continue its feature, “Stern Somebody”, where we have the opportunity to tell the stories of our remarkable classmates and how they became the exceptional people they are today.

In this issue, it is our pleasure to present Alana Levy. Alana is a Langone student who started at Stern in 2019. She has eight years of experience building and scaling technology organizations in numerous capacities – from product development to program management to software sales. Currently at Flatiron Health, she partners with cross-functional teams to bring new products to market, translating product strategy into action. Alana received a BA from Cornell, a Post-Bacc from Columbia, and an MPH from the University of Edinburgh.…

Stern Somebody Presents: Jeanna Smialek

Running between the Classroom and the Newsroom

Jeanna Smialek is a part-time Stern student and a full-time Federal Reserve and Economics Reporter for the New York Times. In between balancing school, articles and her upcoming book, she made time to sit down with The Oppy for an interview. 

After going to UNC for undergrad, how did you decide to pursue economics journalism?

I had a fairly haphazard path into economics journalism. I grew up wanting to be a newspaper foreign correspondent, but then I interned at Bloomberg News the summer before my senior year of college and loved the company.…

Stern Somebody Presents: Megan Fairchild, MBAllerina

Megan Fairchild: part time MBA, full time mom and ballerina. Megan was promoted to Principal Dancer of the New York City Ballet at the young age of 20, and has been masterfully juggling academics, dance, and her personal life since grade school. The Utah native has been quarantining in France for the past couple of months, but will be returning to NYC to vote in the next few weeks. Her unparalleled work ethic has led her to be successful both on the stage and in the classroom, and I had the chance to sit down with Megan (virtually) and chat with her about her experiences as a dancer and her future career goals and aspirations post-MBA.…

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