Hometown: Rochester, NY (Brighton)
My goal is to work with employers from all different sectors, sizes and organizational cultures to ensure UConn students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) have the opportunities to translate their UConn academic experiences into post- graduation jobs.
Given my years as a professional marketer, business leader and manager of young professionals at Fortune 1000 companies and global nonprofits, I can “speak the employer language”. With my insider view, I listen, collaborate and guide employers on what is right for UConn students.
I guide employers on how to best navigate posting and promoting their opportunities on Handshake, and then, find ways for employers to meet you. This could be in person, through a virtual meeting or even through email messaging.
Things I enjoy: I have a long-standing commitment to volunteerism. I am a member of organizations that promote education, the arts and provide support for marginalized groups. I have volunteered in many capacities including service projects, event planning and fundraising and securing donated items. My other interests include music and sports. I am a violinist since the age of 5 – playing in school and community orchestras and teaching the Suzuki method. When it comes to sports, I also grew up playing soccer in a wide range of teams including playing internationally with my corporate Danone/Dannon team- a great employee benefit. I am also a sports fan especially during March Madness – and while I do cheer for UConn – I cheer a bit louder for another “blue uniformed” team.
Advice to students:
Emphasize, Explore, Experience to gain Employment; Emphasize taking the time in your fun and busy schedules even as First Years– to think and plan for your post graduate journey, Explore what is out there by meeting with Career Consultants, attending career fairs or employer sessions, and Experience working as a young professional – in part time jobs, internships- that may or may not be in a field you ultimately land. This formula will help you when you do graduate and are seeking Employment for your first job post UConn. This helps you become a “life long employment seeker” help you as you eventually find your “dream job”.
New York University/Stern School of Business, New York, NY
MBA, Marketing and International Business
Summer Internship, (Mondelez (RJR Nabisco): Vice President of Urban Business Assistance Corporation (student-owned consulting business for minority-owned businesses), Duke Symphony
Duke University, Durham, NC
A.B. Public Policy and History
Summer Internship: National Consumer League, communications and lobbying assistant
Study Abroad: Queen Mary College/University of London, Suzuki Violin Instructor, Club Soccer
- Nonprofit Agencies: Director, New Business Save the Children, Marketing Project Leader, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Consumer Products Manufacturers: Marketing Director and Manager positions for numerous brands and product lines: Edgewell (Schick/Playtex), DANONE North America (Dannon yogurt),Georgia Pacific/James River (Brawny, Quilted Northern, Dixie), Mondelez/RJRNabisco (Cream of Wheat/Toastettes)
- High Tech Manufacturers: Marketing Director, Pitney Bowes – Small Business Division including internet postage
- Financial Services: Commercial Lender and Management Trainee, Wells Fargo,N.A., (First American Bank) Washington, DC
- Women’s Service Organizations: National Charity League (Grade Level Advisor), Association of Junior Leagues International – Connecticut and NYC chapters (Fundraising and Cultural arts), Greek Orthodox Philoptochos Society (Community Service)
- Community: Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Fairfield Public Schools (Board of Education Representative, Secretary and Programs): Asistant Coach Girls’ Recreation Soccer
- Higher Education: Alumni organizations: Community Service, Reunion Committee and Sports-watching
- Music: Board Members, Bridgeport Symphony (Finance Committee), InterSchool Orchestra Society (Marketing Committee)