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Stern Somebody: Nicole Ripka

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

Nicole graduated with a Bachelor in Applied Science, magna cum laude, from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania (U Penn). She spent the early years of her career exploring various creative pursuits – opening her own gallery, working as a product specialist, and taking on different roles at creative agencies, specializing in the video art form. When the pandemic hit, the agency she was working at shut down and she found herself moving back home, unemployed – looking for her next opportunity.…

The Graduate: Conor Clark, Oppy Alumni

The Graduate: Conor Clark, Oppy Alumni 

By: Phuong Tran 

This month’s The Graduate features Oppy alumni Conor Clark, whose career has traversed architectural engineering, consulting, and as of late, a band, music label, and acting. He maneuvers these ventures with the grace and business acumen of someone who has…you guessed it, an MBA. I’ve known Conor since I took over his famous Stern Singles column (from which he is now engaged!), and it was wonderful to catch up and learn more about just how applicable business is in every interest you may have in life. 

Conor Clark…where do we begin with him?

Stern Somebody: Eryn Park

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

If there is one place Eryn Park never thought she would be at this point in her life, it’s a soon-to-be MBA graduate working as a product marketing manager for a sustainable beauty brand. Since childhood, she’s always dreamed of moving to NYC and becoming a pastry chef. She cites the muffin man scene from Shrek as having a huge impact on her. The gumdrop buttons! So she packed up, moved across the country for undergrad at NYU, and worked her way up from fine dining kitchen intern to executive pastry chef.…

Stern Somebody: Aditya Sundaresan

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

Aditya Sundaresan, more popularly known as Sunny, cannot be put in a box. He is a veteran, an entrepreneur, a TikTok influencer, and among it all, a first year full-time MBA student at NYU Stern. After graduating with a major in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Sunny chose to do the unexpected and joined the army. After five years of service, Sunny has now rejoined civilian life and has recently launched Zuvier, an adventure and leisure brand.…

Stern Somebody: Christian Blanchet

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

Christian Blanchet is a second-year EMBA student at Stern. He has a B.S. in Business Management from the University of South Alabama, where he graduated as an NCAA Academic All-American in men’s golf. Over the past year, Christian launched a men’s swim and resort wear brand called Marèa Maréa. He found a partner his first year and leveraged the NYU network to help build it. I got the chance to sit down with Christian to discuss his exciting venture!

Stern Somebody: Michael Modak-Truran

Michael Modak-Truran is a J.D./ M.B.A. at Stern. Growing up, he was inspired by his parents who are both lawyers and is now pursuing specializations in intellectual property and technology law, media & entertainment, and business strategy. In addition to his school work, Michael is also taking on an ambitious project of directing the first and only authorized feature documentary about William Faulkner, a Nobel Prize winning author. Featuring Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts as Faulkner, the film is nearly finished after 5 years in the making. I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Michael where we spoke more about his background, interest in law and passion for storytelling.…

Stern Somebody: John O’Rourke – From Wall Street to Hollywood

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

Meet John O’Rourke, a first-year Langone student from North Jersey who works and lives in Los Angeles and travels back and forth to New York for classes. I got the chance to speak with John last week when we bonded over watching movies in the theater (the only true way to enjoy films) and our love for Hans Zimmer, and I learned about how a guy who once dreamed of working on Wall Street went on to become a Director of Motion Picture Distribution at a Hollywood studio.…

Stern Somebody Presents: Josue Gonzalez

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

​​Josue Gonzalez is an MBA2, Bronze Star Recipient in the U.S. Army and small business owner. He’s also going to McKinsey in the fall after a successful summer associate internship. What an underachiever. Joking aside, Josue is among the most genuine and helpful people at Stern, with an easy laugh and quick sense of humor. I had the pleasure of first meeting Josue through consulting prep. Despite my clear lack of experience and comfort with casing, he patiently guided me along and helped me work on my frameworks.

Stern Somebody: Kristin Tablang

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

Kristin Tablang is a 2nd-year part-time Langone student specializing in tech product management and marketing. She comes from a background in publishing and spent six years working at Forbes as an assistant editor in the Lifestyle department. She currently works at Hearst at House Beautiful as a Senior Editor. Throughout her career, she’s written for a handful of publications including Forbes, New York Family, AVENUE, Four Seasons Magazine, Urbanette, SmartAsset, What Should We Do, Haute Living, and more.…

Stern Somebody Presents: Henry Mumford

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

Henry Mumford is an MBA2 at NYU Stern. He graduated from Harvard in 2013 with a degree in economics and a solid education in lacrosse and a cappella. Prior to coming to Stern, he worked in finance and media. He now lives on Long Island with his wife and dog. He interned at BCG over the summer and will be going back full time after graduation.

 I knew the name “Henry Mumford” long before I ever met him.

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