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Posts published in “Issue 6: March 2022”

The Graduate: Nadja Bellan-White, Global Chief Marketing Officer of Vice Media

This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.

This month’s “The Graduate ” features Nadja Bellan-White, who is the Global Chief Marketing Officer of Vice Media. Since receiving her MBA from Stern, she has had an eminent 25+ year career in brand transformations at Digitas, Publicis Modem, and Ogilvy, where she became CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Africa and consequently Executive Partner/Chief Client Officer of Ogilvy in London. Her career, beginning in New York, has taken her across the world to help brands through pivotal transformations. Notable brand transformations Nadja has worked on include for clients such as American Express, LG Electronics, IKEA North America, RBS Citizens, Bharti Airtel, Coca-Cola, Siemens, and Safaricom/Vodaphone.…

Stern Faculty Spotlight: Ilan Lobel

Our Stern Faculty Spotlight this month is Dr. Ilan Lobel, Associate Professor of Technology, Operations and Statistics. Dr. Lobel received his Ph.D. from MIT in Operations Research in 2009 and came to Stern in 2010. His research focuses on how marketplaces are changing the nature of operations management and his teaching accolades include being named to the 2017 Poets & Quants Top 40 MBA Professors Under 40 list and receiving the 2018 Stern Distinguished Teaching Award.

This interview has been edited for clarity.

Would you please introduce yourself, your areas of expertise, and what you teach at NYU?

I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but I have been living in the US for almost 18 years now.…

Social Innovation Symposium: How crisis drives world changing ideas 

Can you guys start by telling us your names, year at Stern and your role within SISA?

HR: Hannah-Rose Mann, Full-time MBA2, VP of Flagship Events for SISA 

LC: London Clark, Full-time MBA1, AVP of Flagship Events for SISA, incoming Co-President for the 2022-23 school year

This year’s conference team also included Maddie Montes de Oca, Hayley Mead, Julie Tzeng, Rowan Kurtz, Alessandra Nunez, Tyler Rice, and Juan Fernando Junca-Neira.

What is SISA?

LC: SISA stands for Social Impact and Sustainability Association. Our mission is to grow a community of past, present, and future Sternies who have the skills, network, and motivation to lead their organizations towards a more equitable, sustainable future.…

Enable Stern: Bridging a Gap

The World Health Organization reported that rates of depression and anxiety have gone up by over 25% during the pandemic. Workers all over the world are citing deteriorating mental health as the top reason for leaving their jobs amidst the great resignation. Research has shown that disabled students are the least represented group in business schools. These shocking disparities in the workplaces and schools can often be traced back to schools not providing students with adequate resources. Most schools have an enormous gap when it comes to affinity groups and clubs that address the needs of students who are disabled or live with mental illness.…

Contemplation #1: First Follower’s Indispensability


What if I said that to effect any change, any movement, any revolution, there is someone as indispensable as the Leader? Derek Sivers proposed in his TED Talk that in a push for change, the first follower is that indispensable entity without whom movements cannot occur. I first came across this concept in Professor’s North’s ‘Leadership in Organizations’ class and was taken aback at how obvious and underappreciated this phenomenon was.

“If the leader is the flint, the first follower is the spark that makes the fire… Leadership is over-glorified.” – Derek Sivers

The first follower brings legitimacy to a leader’s idea.…

B-School Newspaper Coalition: March 2022 Roundup

Last year, The Oppy reached out to other business school newspapers around the country to get a sense of how they’re running their papers. After meeting with several editors-in-chief from MBA programs, we decided to form a coalition with a small but growing group of top graduate business schools. We are going to share some of their best articles from their monthly issues.

For March, we have ChiBus, the newspaper from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Some of their more interesting reads:

From the Archive: The Future of Work – An Interview with The Economist’s Callum Williams

As we slowly emerge from the shadow of the pandemic, Booth students interview The Economist’s Callum Williams to understand more about the major trends that will shape the future of work post Covid.

Books You Missed: Last Resort by Andrew Lipstein – A Review

You will enjoy this if: You have read The Plot and wished it focused more on the legal and ethical nuances of writing, you enjoy flawed characters making dubious decisions, you enjoy novels about novels!

Caleb’s wildest dreams are about to come true: he is going to become a published author.

There’s just one problem though. It may not be his story to tell.

Of late, there seems to be an influx of fiction with one writer stealing another’s work, The Plot being one of the more popular releases from 2021. Where The Plot collapses under the weight of its own hubris (a plot of a lifetime!…

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