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Posts published in “Issue 3: December 2022”

Bricks for All: Lego, Not Just a Kid’s Game

I was recently walking around Rockefeller Center, admiring the holiday-dressed stores when one in particular caught my attention: Louis Vuitton. It looked so bright and colorful but, wait – is that Lego brick soil? I took a few steps closer and realized that the display was mostly made of Lego bricks! They even had a Lego Christmas tree. Louis Vuitton collaborated with certified Lego master builders to create the displays for different stores across the world. This campaign coincides with Lego’s 90th anniversary and all bricks used will be reused in special projects for local schools, with the goal to teach kids to build and inspire them through play.…

Productivity Tips for the New Year 

We know what you are thinking…  you could’ve used these tips before finals. Sorry, we had finals too! 😉 However, we wanted to share some tips that will help you succeed in the new year. Grad school is a ton of work, and even more so for those who have full time jobs and other responsibilities. We all know how important good time management is, yet we keep making the same mistakes (are we masochists?) like procrastinating until the very last minute, while getting distracted and underestimating how long things will take. These are some of the practices we have personally adopted, and hope they’ll help you too! …

The Graduate: Ryan Piela  

Ryan currently works for the Estée Lauder Companies on their New Incubation Ventures team. The team sources investments and incubation targets globally in the luxury and prestige beauty space. In this role, Ryan looks to partner with new and emerging brands, as well as the associated technologies that enable the creation of new brands.

Ryan, who is originally from Seattle, was living there prior to his acceptance and attendance at NYU. Before Stern, he spent 5 years in consulting roles. Ryan worked three of those years at BroderickHaight Consulting L.L.C. where he helped start and run the business from the ground up.…

Faculty Spotlight : Professor Natalia Levina

This month’s faculty highlight is Professor Natalia Levina. Professor Levina has been nominated for the best professor award by EMBA students and regularly speaks at industry conferences. Her work focuses on how people span organizational, professional, cultural, and other boundaries while producing and using technological innovations. Currently, she studies the evaluation and adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in medicine, open innovation, theories of smart contracts, and firm-community relationships in crowdsourcing. We were lucky to get a chance to catch up with her and here are some excerpts from our conversation.

Hello, Professor, Thank you again for meeting with me today!

‘Tis the Season of Giving : Consider Volunteering over the Holidays

As we wrap up 2022, we wanted to take a break from talking about business and turn our attention to helping our community. For that, we thought we’d compile a list of places to volunteer over the holidays both in NYC and remotely. Donating financial resources is great, but there’s something particularly special about volunteering your time. It’s an opportunity to bond with others and make your community a better place. Getting to know people from different walks of life is an enriching experience that not only forces you to reflect on your worldview, but it turns you into a more understanding and compassionate individual… and quite frankly, the world needs more of that.…

Where is my Stuff…..and Why is it So Expensive?!

Do a quick search on the New York Times’ website for the term “Supply Chain” and filter to articles published in 2012, and you will find 190 pieces. Do the same for 2022 (so far) and you will get a list of 1,180 articles, a 521% increase in just 10 years. A topic that received little news coverage outside industry-specific publications has been thrust to center stage in recent years and is often seen as the cause, and sometimes solution, for a litany of challenges facing the business world and population at large. 

One of the most prominent and recent examples of the ills caused by supply chains is inflation.…

Stern Somebody – Tyler Garnett

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.

Tyler Garnett loves the challenge of building things from scratch. He never shies away from pursuing his own path–choosing creativity and risk over conventional wisdom and security. Over the last decade, he has started multiple companies and nonprofits and is now building the NYU Stern Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Club from the ground up.

I first learned about ETA when I met Tyler, working on a project for our Marketing class. I was intrigued by this novel approach to entrepreneurship and was curious to learn more.…

The Oppy Gift Guide

‘Tis the season! I love picking out gifts for my friends and loved ones and, honestly, for most people it is all about the gesture. It is a lot about the context and the success of your choice depends on so many factors – that is why gift giving can be so nerve-wrecking. A big part of the gift giving experience is based on the giver’s ability to observe the recipient – the most successful gifts I have given were signaling I paid attention to my recipient. What do they like? A common trap is thinking about what we, as gift givers, would like to receive, but we need to remove our own desires and consider our recipient.…

A Modern Cover Letter

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am writing to express my interest in securing an Associate of Synergies position at your firm. I believe my ultra-competitive, high-stress, and diversified dating experience provides me with the credentials needed to thrive as an Associate. Though I bring none of the relevant 10+ years of experience that you require in your application, I hope to demonstrate that the skills acquired from dating will highlight how I will add value to your team. 

Research and Analysis

Evaluating a potential mate is fraught with uncertainties, poor calculations and….overstatements let’s say. After investing four months into M only to find out he doesn’t believe in evolution, I established a more rigorous background check process before committing any future resources.…

Cape Town: In A Different Light. 

Admittedly, Cape Town wasn’t my first choice for a study abroad program. But the opportunity presented itself for me to do something where the path was not laid out for me, and I said “yes” because that is why I came to Stern. I spent the next three months weeding through logistics, performing class schedule gymnastics, bugging the administration, and reminding myself that nothing worth having isn’t worth fighting for. By September, I was on the plane to Cape Town with my extremely supportive family to attend The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB). By November, my heart was in Cape Town. …

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