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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.

Departing Diana Hyde Shares Tips on Student Life

Student Government, LAUNCH, Stern Chats, Leadership Fellows—from day one as a Sternie, these and other programs make up the framework for Stern’s inclusive and diverse community. Diana Hyde, Senior Director of Student Engagement, describes the community as having a certain “coolness” cemented by years of tradition that makes “Stern, Stern.”

Those core community-building programs? Diana has helped improve (or create, in some cases) all of them in her work at the Office of Student Engagement over the last seven years. Since her arrival in 2011, Diana has won the Administrator of the Year award three times and completed her MBA as a student in the part-time Langone program.

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