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Posts published in “Issue 3: November 2021”

Stern Singles Presents: Sanjana Shankar

It’s hard to get the full picture of someone in just a 30 minute Zoom interview, but I think I’ve got a great one for you this month, Sternies. 

Sanjana was nominated by a fellow full-timer who gave the literal quote: “Sanjana is great, dynamic, and into it.” That’s the strong and short delivery to describe November’s bachelorette. See below for another testimonial: 

Sternie Testimonial: 

“WOW WOW WOW. Sanjana is the Wonder Ball of people: you already love what’s on the outside, but you’ll be captivated by the inside. Sanjana is a cross-functional friend: a confidant, a phenomenal karaoke partner, a helpful hand to a classmate in need.

Stern Faculty Spotlight Presents: Simon Bowmaker

This month’s Stern Faculty Spotlight features Professor Simon Bowmaker, Clinical Professor of Economics at Stern. His most recent book, When the President Calls: Conversations with Economic Policymakers, features interviews with many of the top economic policymakers in recent U.S. history. He is currently writing a book about the U.S. Federal Reserve. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Hi Professor, thanks for agreeing to be our Faculty Spotlight for November. Let’s start off by introducing yourself, where you’re from, and what you teach at NYU.

I’m from a city called Sunderland, which is in northeast England. That’s where I was born and raised, and I’ve been in New York City since 2007.…

The Graduate: The NFL’s Blake Stuchin Plots Football’s Digital Game Plan

There is a reason all of us Sternies choose to pursue an MBA here, and Blake Stuchin is honest about his.

“Some people choose the school based on the quality of the program or the nature of the job placement,” Stuchin says. “I chose it because I was already in Union Square and I had a great deal on an apartment.”

He is being tongue-in-cheek, of course. Talk with Stuchin for a few minutes about New York University and you’ll find he has experience with more schools under the NYU umbrella than most. While Stuchin is a Stern graduate, his parents met as students at NYU in the 1970s, and his wife holds a masters from NYU’s Integrated Marketing program.…

The Graduate: Meika Hollender

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 month, The Oppy is featuring Meika Hollender (‘13), entrepreneur, author and activist who built the first sexual wellness brand focused on women and sustainability, Sustain. Grove Collaborative acquired Sustain in August 2019, and Meika took on the role of VP of Communications at Grove. Meika and I sat down, virtually, to talk about her journey building and growing Sustain and the opportunities that followed after.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

MBA Schools Around the Country Rally to Collect Donations for Afghan Refugees on Veterans’ Day

When the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan this year, tens of thousands of Afghan refugees came to the U.S., including those who worked alongside American forces over the two-decades-long war. The U.S. evacuated over 65,000 Afghans, and the government is expected to resettle 95,000 Afghan refugees by September 2022.  Many of them, who came to the States with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, are now residing in military bases waiting to be processed and resettled.

For this year’s Veterans’ Day, Stern’s Military Veterans Club is holding a clothing and household goods drive for Afghan refugees in Central New Jersey.…

The Stern Opportunity Veteran Series: My Journey to Stern

By Andrew Herbert

I used to look for what I called “the America in all of us” with my Marines. It was the type of conversation I would seek in a foxhole in the middle of a starry desert night on a training exercise in Twenty-Nine Palms, California, or during an extended chat with a young Marine while standing duty at the barracks. I was always seeking to hear others’ stories, hoping to identify the answer to the question, “So, why did you join the Marine Corps?”. I was looking for what it was about their American experience that was worth serving for them.…

The Stern Opportunity Veteran Series: My Unexpected Army Career

By Nathan Pfaff

“Nearly 15 years ago, I joined the Army reluctantly, believed the negative stereotypes surrounding it and planned to get out as soon as I could. Instead I stayed, because, thankfully, I was wrong.”

My route to the Army and, ultimately, to Stern was a circuitous one.  Although my father graduated from the Air Force Academy (or maybe because of it), 18-year-old-me had no desire for that kind of life.  Instead, I attended Baylor University and did not even consider the ROTC program there. During my junior year, the events of September 11th, 2001—yes, I am that old—set me on the path that would ultimately lead to the Army. …

The Stern Opportunity Veteran Series: Reflections on my Military Career and Business School

By Gage Andis

Business school is a microcosm, an advanced-degree diaspora where we’re expected to network immediately and make lifetime connections and friends. At least it starts that way, then you quickly realize how deep those links can go, how optimistic, anxious, excited and overwhelmed everyone around you is, and how optimistic we all look at the future. In this way, the military is not unlike Stern. 

I enlisted in the Air Force after a less-than-desirable semester at the local community college in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I tested and passed what’s called the “DLAB,” an exam that measures linguistic aptitude using a fictional language, so my job designation was as a Chinese linguist.…

The Next Step: How the Stern EMBA experience changed our lives

The Oppy is proud to continue ‘The Next Step,’ a new monthly series that will feature recent graduates who’ve made exciting moves after Stern. We hope that their stories will inspire you and excite you about what’s next.  

By Mambu Sherman, Christian McKenzie, Jay Freeman, Broderick Johnson, Matthew C. Meade, Allix Wright, Veronique Hutchinson, Michael Serwadda

Our Journey

The average percentage of Black students in a United States MBA program lingers around 8%. For context, it’s 5% at Harvard. The most recent cohort to graduate from NYU Stern was a record 20% Black. While top business schools and corporations struggle to recruit and retain Black talent, these nine recent NYU Executive MBA graduates reflect on the face of today’s Executive MBA: young, talented, and Black.…

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