MBA Career Advisors

Book an advising appointment with an MBA Career advisor via Career Central. For MBA advising questions: mbacdoadvisors@mit.edu

Krys Ardayfio
MBA Career Advisor, Associate Director
kardayfi@mit.edu

Krys Ardayfio is a Career Coach with a background in economic development and an expertise in workforce development. Most recently she was a Workforce Development Consultant at Ivy Tech and has worked as the lead diversity officer at two institutions. She’s passionate about growing and living in her purpose; and she’s equally passionate about helping others do the same in their personal, academic, and professional pursuits. Krys earned her MBA from University of Indianapolis. Click for full bio.

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  • CDO Liaison to: Management Consulting Club, Black Business Students Association, and Southeast Asian Club, MSMS Program

Sumayya Essack

Sumayya Essack
MBA Career Advisor, Associate Director
essack@mit.edu

Sumayya’s background combines psychology, organizational development, and HR/talent management. She has worked across various sectors including technology, law, healthcare, and non-profit. Most recently she was on the management team as the Head of Talent at Entrepreneurial Finance Lab, a Harvard-born global fintech startup, where she oversaw a doubling of headcount growth including commercial, engineering, and product roles; formalized career paths; trained managers on coaching-based management; and project-managed global M&A. She has coached numerous mid- and senior-level professionals on career strategy and planning, with an emphasis on making career changes and communicating one’s background for a successful transition. Her areas of expertise include tech, social enterprise, startups, career change, and global environments. Sumayya received her MSW and MBA from Boston College. Click for full bio.

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  • CDO Liaison to: Technology Club, Fintech Club, Arab Business Student Club; HKS Program

Emily James

Emily James
MBA/MFin Career Advisor, Associate Director
emjames@mit.edu

Emily James (she/her) is a career advisor for MBA and Master of Finance students, providing individualized advice on each aspect of the career development process. Emily is part of a dedicated team of CDO professionals here to support students across recruiting, advising, and career resource needs. Prior to joining MIT Sloan, Emily worked at Bain Capital, where she focused on recruiting, professional development, and training for the Private Equity team. Before that, she worked in recruiting at McKinsey & Company, where she supported the recruiting efforts at MIT Sloan, MIT, and Harvard Business School. Emily holds a B.A. in Psychology from Connecticut College and an M.S. in Human Resource Management from Emmanuel College. Click for full bio.

  • Meet only for following Industries/Functions: Financial Services including Investment Banking, Investment Management, Private Equity, Diversified Financial Services; Consulting
  • CDO Liaison to: Private Equity/Venture Capital Club, Systems Thinking Club and Asian American Alliance Club

Anne Costa
MBA Career Advisor
amcosta@mit.edu

Anne Costa provides career education services to MBA students through personalized career advising. Prior to joining MIT Sloan, Anne served as Senior Director of Strategy and Operations for Professional Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she oversaw the operations, marketing, and admissions functions for over 80 non-degree programs serving 9,000 educators annually. Before working at Harvard, Anne was an officer in the United States Coast Guard, where she filled numerous operational leadership roles and served as a faculty member and Assistant Dean of Academics at the Coast Guard Academy, teaching Organizational Behavior and Leadership, running the academic advising program for the Management Department, and overseeing the Academy’s summer internship program. Anne holds a B.S. in Management from the Coast Guard Academy and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Click for full bio.

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Mark Cohen
MBA Career Advisor
ma_cohen@mit.edu

Mark Cohen has had a distinguished career as a corporate trainer, Human Resources Leader, Management Consultant and Career Coach. His business experience includes working with international corporations in computer technology, medical devices, and biopharma as well as family-owned businesses. He is a certified mediator and is the co-author of a book, The Twenty Four-Hour Turnaround, about successful management practices in small to mid-sized businesses during turbulent times. He is adept at anticipating needs and adapting accordingly. In working with clients his goal is to create a positive and effective working relationship that removes obstacles and enables students to identify and achieve their passion, develop a path to success and meet their career and life goals. Mark holds a BA in English and Drama from State University of New York at Fredonia and an MBA from Suffolk University. Click for full bio.

  • Meet only for following Industries/Functions: Healthcare, Biotechnology, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Biopharma, Life Sciences, Consulting, Human Resources, Family Businesses
Mark Hardie
MBA Career Advisor
mhardie@mit.edu

Mark Hardie is the Director of the Entrepreneur Innovation Center at Framingham State University. He’s a serial entrepreneur and start-up veteran with a passion for innovation and growing fledgling operations. The FSU Innovation Center’s hybrid model is similar to a startup incubator concept Mark developed and pitched to area venture capital investors. The son of two teachers, he has taught and lectured on technology issues at Harvard, MIT, University of Virginia, and University of Hartford. He is a career-long mentor at the MIT Sloan School and currently a professional Career Coach at Harvard Business School, working with start-up teams, founders and would-be entrepreneurs. A Massachusetts native, Mark attended primary and secondary schools in Holyoke MA, is a graduate of Tufts University and the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. He brings extensive experience launching start-ups, driving corporate strategy and business innovation, all with a focus on Internet business models, mobile device platforms, and cloud-based SaaS business models. Click for full bio.

  • Meet only for following Industries/Functions: Technology, Startups, Tech-centric roles in any industry, Product Management, Venture Capital, Incubators, Innovation, Internet, Cloud-based Technology, Device Platforms

    Note: Mark Hardie will begin posting 1:1 advising hours in Career Central in Oct 2021. Second year MBAs may email him directly for a 1:1 appointment in September.

Lew Weinstein
MBA Career Advisor
lew7@mit.edu

Lew Weinstein counsels people in the MBA, Sloan Fellows, and Executive MBA programs, providing career advice and assisting with resumes and cover letters. The balance of his time is spent as a partner in a Boston-based executive search firm which maintains a broad practice but focuses on working with private equity firms and their portfolio companies to expand or upgrade management, and with venture capital firms and entrepreneurs to build teams for early-stage businesses. Lew was raised in the New York area and attended M.I.T. and Harvard Business School. He then spent three years in corporate strategy consulting with Bain & Company in Boston before moving to Los Angeles, where his activities included 18 months at the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee; two years at a large, international search firm; and four years at a medium-sized, general-practice search firm. He has been back in New England since 1992. Click for full bio.

  • Meet only for following Industries/Functions: Private Equity, Venture Capital, Consulting
  • CDO Liaison to: Investment Management Club, Family Business Club and Jewish Student Organization
Nicola Pugliese
MBA Career Advisor
npuglies@mit.edu

Nicola Pugliese leverages her experience in global marketing and brand management to support MBA students pursuing careers in marketing, product management, business development, general management and sales across a spectrum of industries. Her passion is developing and optimally communicating a career narrative and personal brand, through written collateral (resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters), interviewing and networking. Nicola’s work experience including Gillette/P&G – Global Consumer Product Marketing, Oxford Strategic Marketing – CPG Marketing and Innovation, Strategy Consulting, National Westminster Bank – M&A Corporate Banking.  Nicola holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and German from Lehigh University and an MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. Click for full bio.

  • Meet only for following Industries/Functions: Marketing, Consumer Product Goods (CGP), Retail, Product Management, Business Development, General Management, Sales
Mike Stevens Mike Stevens
MBA Career Advisor
mste8199@mit.edu

Mike leverages standard coaching methodologies and practices specific to each individual in conjunction with his real-world practical knowledge and experience to drive meaningful actions, real behavioral shifts, and step changes in performance. He has over 25 years of professional experience spanning start-ups to Fortune 100 Companies in a number of industries including Aviation, Financial Services and Medical Servicing and functional areas including Operations, Credit and Marketing. For the last 10 years, Mike has operated his own consulting company, focused on Leadership Coaching, Career Advising and Strategy consulting. Prior to starting his own business Mike held a number of P&L Mgt. roles in Chase and Capital One as well as serving as the CEO of The Coleman Institute, a Medical Servicing company. Before joining Capital One Mike was an internal consultant for US Airways and British Airways. Click for full bio.

  • Meet only for following Industries/Functions: Consulting, Marketing, Financial Services (consumer and commercial)