What I Wish I Knew

Friday, May 7, 2021
12:30 – 1:30 pm
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Walking into a new internship or full-time job as a URM in 2021 is super stressful. What’s it going to be like? How are your new colleagues and bosses going to treat you? What do you need to do to make a strong first impression? What if you hate it there?

This panel event continues a tradition that is the backbone of Sloan: Sloanies of color helping other Sloanies of color. You will hear the candid truth from Sloan alums about their experiences walking into internships and full-time jobs as URMs. This is your chance to ask the questions that have been weighing on you. To find out what you didn’t know that you didn’t know about internships and the early days at your full-time job. And to start building valuable relationships with the URM alumni network.

Our panelists:

Katherine Curiel, MBA ’18
Jared Johnson, MBA ’20
Xavier Vargas, MBA ’19

Our facilitators:

Cynthia Pong, JD, is an award-winning, MWBE-certified career strategist, speaker, and author of Don’t Stay in Your Lane: The Career Change Guide for Women of Color. An NYU-trained public defender turned career coach, she is frequently sought out to provide relevant and timely career advice for women and people of color. She is a LinkedIn Top Voice for Job Search and Career with over a decade of experience in advocacy and negotiation, as well as experience in restorative justice facilitation. Cynthia is a proud introvert, a classic middle child, and an unapologetic Rottweiler enthusiast. We have invited Cynthia to lend her expertise in creating and holding a safe space for students to explore difficult issues.

Dela Gbordzoe, also known as the “GOAT” to many current Sloanies, completed his MBA in 2019 and had an immense impact on Sloan through his leadership roles in the Senate working on diversity and inclusion initiatives. A CPA turned tech strategist, after graduating from Sloan, Dela worked most recently as the Collegiate General Manager of esports startup PlayVS and as Chief of Staff to Director of People Ops/COO & Head of DV North America for BCG Digital Ventures, where he led diversity recruiting and hiring. He enjoys Texas A&M sports, collecting sports memorabilia and being an early adopter of all things related to tech, fashion, media and entertainment. Dela currently resides in Los Angeles and will be joining these small group discussions to connect and provide his perspective both as an alum and employer.

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