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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.…

Playing Hooky is Hard Work

By Maxine Rusbasan

Playing hooky has taken on a whole new meaning lately.  Not just about how schools and businesses across the globe have gone remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also about the newly formed MGM/United Artists Television and its first deal with Play Hooky Productions, founded by the Oscar-winning actor, Sam Rockwell, and NYU Stern’s own Mark Berger. 

You may know Sam Rockwell from his roles that definitely stole my heart as the dastardly villain, Eric Knox in Charlie’s Angels (2000), the Southern cop, Dixon, in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017,) for which he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, or, most recently, as the endearing Nazi, Captain Klenzendorf in this year’s Oscar-winner, Jojo Rabbit (2019).…

The Graduate: Adam Grossman

The Oppy is commemorating another decade of NYU Stern with ‘The Graduate’ series. Each month, we’ll interview a notable alum from each decade since the 1960s through the 2010s that has made an impact in their community and industry. This month’s ‘The Graduate’ interview is with 2010s alum Adam Grossman, CEO & Founder, of Block Six Analytics.

Few positions across team sports involve the pressure and isolation that comes with being a goalkeeper. Take it from this month’s notable alum. Before Adam Grossman came to Stern to pursue his MBA, he was a goalkeeper during his undergraduate years for Northwestern University’s men’s soccer team.…

Fun with Ricky Bobby: Stern alum Adam Grossman breaks down valuation

This month’s Stern Alumni spotlight is CEO and founder of Block Six Analytics, Adam Grossman. Block Six Analytics determines valuation for sponsorship and marketing opportunities in professional sports, and during The Oppy’s recent interview with Grossman, we asked him to give an example of this the only way we knew how: with comedians, racing cars, and mass-produced white bread.

[Full interview with Stern alum Adam Grossman]

Block Six Analytics measures the value of certain sponsorships, so I wanted to ask you about a thought experiment: Have you seen the movie Talladega Nights with Will Ferrell?

Oh yeah.

In that movie, Ferrell’s character Ricky Bobby is a NASCAR driver sponsored by Wonder Bread.

Commencement in the Time of COVID

I find myself lamenting many facts about our new normal. Those exciting events that once felt like momentous occasions—graduations, weddings, and big vacations—feel insignificant in today’s context, when healthcare workers are struggling to find the necessary supplies to care for the sick and over 6 million Americans are filing for unemployment in one week.

Of course, I know it’s still natural to grieve for the loss of these milestones. I was personally so excited for my family to visit NYC for my MBA graduation. Their flights from Florida were already booked and their hotel reservations made. It would be my 10-month-old niece’s first trip on an airplane, my boyfriend’s family’s first time meeting my family, and my mom had won two tickets to Hamilton for us and would take me as a graduation present.…

The Graduate: Alan Gallo

The Graduate: Interviewing Notable Alumni from Every Decade of Stern

The Oppy is commemorating another 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 has made an impact in their community and industry. 

The Graduate, 1990 Edition: Alan Gallo, EVP, Chief Audit Executive of American Express

This month’s ‘The Graduate’ interview is with Alan Gallo, executive vice president and chief audit officer of American Express. He has over 30 years of career experience at a global corporation. He’s also a double Sternie (both MBA and B.S.),…

Finding Your Voice: Career Advice from Karen Reynolds Sharkey (MBA ‘98)

By Alyssa Brewer

Karen Reynolds Sharkey (MBA ‘98), a leader in the finance world who launched and continues to lead the national business owner strategy at Bank of America’s Private Bank, is channeling her years of experience into supporting female entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Driven by a desire for a career on Wall Street, Karen Reynolds Sharkey joined J.P. Morgan after completing her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University. She completed the part-time MBA program at Stern while working on the trading floor in equity derivatives, then moved to San Francisco to head up a team covering the West Coast. As she moved into senior leadership positions, Sharkey’s career brought her back to New York, followed by a transition into the private banking sector with Bank of America.…

Alumnus Ben Wise Drives Strategy at Global Aid Group for Refugees

Described by the New York Times as the “golden standard of aid groups working with refugees,” the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has an active presence where there is conflict, whether it’s as close to home as the US-Mexico border, or the war zone in Syria. 

Particularly, the IRC is focused on providing emergency aid and long-term assistance for refugees and the displaced, uniting families as well as helping them to resettle and restart their lives with opportunities. In their list of “reasons to give to the IRC,” there is a remarkable notion of “we never, ever give up on refugees,” emphasizing the strongest commitment to their cause.…

Alumna’s Award-winning Studio 189 Focuses on Fashion Sustainability

Coming hot off of a successful New York Fashion Week (NYFW) production, alumna Abrima Erwiah (Stern BS ‘04) is gleaming with optimism and excitement for the future. Abrima’s startup, Studio One Eighty Nine, was born in the desire to enact change with fashion rooted in deep culture, history and tradition.

Since its beginning in 2013, the fashion start up has received global accolades and support as it creates a movement to fashionalize our society and give new meaning to socioeconomic and political transformation.

We had the opportunity to catch up with Erwiah to learn more about the origin of Studio One Eighty Nine and the future.…

Talking Social Impact Investing with Emcee Co-Founder Arash Asady

Currently based out of Stern’s very own W.R. Berkley Innovation Labs on the fourth floor of Tisch Hall is a four-person band of engineers, consultants and former Wall Street traders who are helping to shape the future of investing.

Their mission is to spread wealth and financial progress to the next generation of investors, and they’re doing it through a sleekly designed social investment platform that allows the user to mirror the investments of his or her peers and donate a portion of profits to a charity of choice.

Founded just 10 months ago, Emcee has already been through several incubators, including the $300K Entrepreneurship Challenge, Stern Venture Fellows and the NYU Tandon Future Labs.

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