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Posts published in “Issue 7: April 2021”

Good Day Sunshine: Serene Outdoor Spaces to Enjoy

NY weather is notoriously bipolar, but things are looking up. We’re deep into the spring weather, and now would be a great time to get outside and enjoy it. Focus less on the rain and allergies and more on the sun and warmer temperatures.

A big reason why you’re studying at Stern, in the heart of the city, is because you love NYC and everything it offers. That and, if you’re full-time, you didn’t get into Columbia. Part of what NYC offers is escapism. The noise, the hurry, the bright lights, the hustle and bustle–it distracts from your loneliness, worries, any problem at all.…

The Graduate: Melissa Gow

“A career isn’t built in a day or week or a month or a year. Careers build over time, so have patience. But have perseverance, too. Each thing that happens is part of the journey – it’s about the long haul. That’s the way to build a successful career.” – Melissa Gow

The Oppy is reconnecting with some prominent NYU Stern alumni with our ‘Graduate’ series. Each month, we’ll interview notable alumni that have made an impact on their community and industry. 

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 

This month, The Oppy sat down with Melissa Gow (‘96), Managing Director at IHS Markit.…

Stern Faculty Spotlight: Nate Pettit

“It’s not about everybody becoming a CEO. It’s about hopefully having conversations that give people the courage to be true to themselves. And then when I see people being more true to themselves, that’s where I sit back and I’m just like, ‘I’m so freaking lucky that I get to do what I do.’” -Nate Pettit

This month’s Stern Faculty Spotlight features Nate Pettit, an associate Professor of Management and Organizations. He teaches the core course “Leadership in Organizations” in the full-time MBA program and serves as an advisor of the Leadership Development Program.

As the faculty representative for Stern Chats, Professor Pettit has been described as a foundational part of the MBA student podcast. …

The (St)Art of Public Speaking: How to Give and Receive Compliments

Some people are innately good at public speaking, but the rest of us, unfortunately, have to work at it. It has never been something I’ve felt proficient in, and thanks to some free time during the pandemic, it’s a skill I’m trying to develop. From reading books, to listening to podcasts, and sometimes talking to myself (all in the name of practice of course), I am sharing some things I learn in this series for The Oppy.


I know what you’re thinking… “What do compliments have to do with public speaking?” And you’re right, it doesn’t have anything  to do with formally presenting, but the art of being able to effectively give and receive compliments is key in compelling communication. …

I was almost lost in the pandemic — but not from Covid-19

By Amy Vinciguerra

I felt a jolt as the stretcher popped up. I was drifting in and out of consciousness, but awake long enough to hand my phone to my husband — watching his wife get strapped into a stretcher with tears in his eyes — and asked him to text my boss that I wouldn’t be at work that day. I’ll never forget the look on my husband’s face, but he did it. Our choices say a lot about our priorities. And this choice, to think of work before my husband beside me or my own health in that moment, has stayed with me since. …

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