Career Advising

Updated September 3, 2019

Resident Tutors: Gorick Ng (Lead), Emma Ogiemwanye, Jarron Lord, Jerren Chang, Shandra Jones, Shannon Jones

Non-Resident Tutors: Caleb Johnson, Chichi Anyoku, Grace Young, Kyi Thant, Omar Abdelsamad, Ratnika Prasad, Santiago Pardo, Shelly Xu

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Our mission is to support students who are interested in post-college careers not immediately associated with graduate school (e.g. tech, consulting, finance, social impact, corporate, entrepreneurship) and students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in business.  We meet our mission by:

  1. Organizing events and sharing resources that build greater awareness of different career pathways
  2. Helping students navigate the internship search and post-college career planning process
  3. Connecting students to resources available through the greater Harvard community (e.g. OCS)
  4. Assisting students in their applications to business school (e.g. HBS 2+2 and Stanford GSB)
  5. Building a community of like-minded students and alums via dinner office hours and other programming

 

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Let’s grab a meal! Please feel free to email any of us anytime. We’d love to get to know you.

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    Resident Tutors

    Gorick Ng

    Gorick Ng

    Hey Adams! I am a fourth-year tutor and lead the career advising team and the first-gen/low-income community. I graduated from HBS in 2018 and Harvard College in 2014 as a Government concentrator in Lowell House. I am currently writing a book to help new grads succeed in their first jobs (a topic I care deeply about because I am the first in my family to graduate from college and work in a professional setting). I am also a Research Associate at the HBS Managing the Future of Work initiative. Prior to HBS I worked in management consulting at BCG and in corporate innovation at BCG Digital Ventures. In college I was a member of Harvard Student Agencies (where I ran HSA Cleaners), the IOP, and the Harvard College Consulting Group. I have touched the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors after having worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse, public policy for the Ontario provincial government, and a few non-profit boards. I’ve dabbled in quite a few things over my college career and can hopefully speak to many of the topics you might be scratching your head about: cross-registering, finding summer and term-time opportunities, managing your time, picking your concentration, pursuing grad school, studying abroad, writing a thesis, figuring out what to do with your life... the list goes on. Hit me up anytime for a meal! I LOVE d-hall meals.

    • Email:  gng@mba2018.hbs.edu
    • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/gorickng
    • Experience:  
      • BCG / BCG Digital Ventures
      • Credit Suisse
      • HBS
      • Education policy
      • Startups
      • Book publishing
      • Non-profits
    • Talk to me about:  
      • Navigating college as a first-generation, low-income college student
      • Navigating the recruiting process as an international student
      • Overcoming rejection
      • Maneuvering around the "unwritten rules" of the professional world
      • Getting a job in investment banking, consulting
      • Starting a startup
      • Studying abroad over the summer
      • Pursuing a fulfilling career out of college
      • Thinking about the public, private, and non-for-profit sectors
      • Applying for deferred admission to business school
      • Wrestling with the idea of “doing well and doing good”

     

    Emma Ogiemwanye

    Emma Ogiemwanye

    Hi Adams! My name is Emma Ogiemwanye, and I'm an Master of Urban Planning candidate at the GSD. Originally from Long Beach, CA, I graduated from Stanford in 2012 where I majored in Urban Studies (but not before getting my start as a EE/Pre-Med for the first half of college). Prior to grad school, I spent nearly five years working for Google in Washington, DC, the Bay Area and finally Tokyo. My experiences there sparked a passion for exploring ethics and technology. I am studying Urban Planning because planners take big issues of the built environment and create systems and solutions with human well being in mind. I think this body of knowledge can be well applied to the Internet, a space in its own right. Currently, it's the Wild Wild West and I hope to spark a movement to bring the ethos of planning to our digital world. Looking forward to learning more about your career aspirations and supporting your path to graduation and beyond!

    • Email:  emmaoh@gsd.harvard.edu
    • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmaogiemwanye
    • Experience:  
      • Urban planning
      • GSD
      • Communications
      • Google
      • Harley-Davidson
      • Northrop Grumman
    • Talk to me about:  
      • Studying abroad
      • Working overseas
      • Working in tech as a liberal arts major
      • Working as a woman/person of color in non-diverse spaces
      • Tech ethics
      • Silicon Valley
      • Multi-tasking
      • Quitting social media
      • Finding your truth and honoring it 

     

    Jarron Lord

    Jarron Lord

    Hey Adams! My name is Jarron Lord, and I recently moved to Cambridge with my partner, Kathryn Reed, a pre-law tutor here in the house. I grew up in Western Massachusetts. After attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, I commissioned into the Army as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer. Since graduating, my partner and I have lived in Virginia (twice), the Florida pan-handle, Albuquerque NM, and Fayetteville NC. I have primarily worked with the Department of Energy at many of the national labs. Through our moves, Kathryn and I have renovated three homes, so ask me about the stress and excitement that comes with buying houses. I am excited to be back in Massachusetts (not sure if I am ready for the winters again). You will see me walking our adorable Shiba Inu, Windsor, around campus. He gets a little spooked in the city, but he loves treats, so feel free to stop us and ask for one!

     

    Jerren Chang

    Jerren Chang

    Hey Adams! My name is Jerren Chang and I am a joint degree MBA/MPP student at HBS and HKS. Originally from the New York suburbs, I went to school at Duke, where I studied economics and math. After graduating, I was a management consultant at McKinsey, where I initially focused on consumer products before I transitioned to public and social sector work. I left consulting to join the Mayor's Office in Chicago as an economic development policy associate. Since starting at the Kennedy School last fall, I've been working on a civic engagement startup that seeks to empower young people to become leaders in their local communities. Outside of school and work, I do a daily yoga and meditation practice, love watching/playing basketball and tennis, and enjoy talking about politics and the role of business and government. Looking forward to meeting you all soon!

    • Email:  jchang@mba2021.hbs.edu
    • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerren-chang-bb9a9038
    • Experience:  
      • HKS / HBS joint degree
      • Startups
      • McKinsey
      • City of Chicago
      • Proctor & Gamble
      • INTL FCStone (investment banking)
    • Talk to me about:  
      • Working across the private, public, and social sectors
      • Consulting recruiting
      • Public sector careers
      • Evaluating grad school
      • Resume tips and tricks
      • Finding a meaningful career path  

     

    Shandra Jones

    Shandra Jones

    Hello Adams Neighbors! My name is Shandra M. Jones, and I am excited to be one of your Pre-Career Tutors in the House. I am a doctoral student at the HGSE, where I focus on human development, specifically adolescent and young adult ethnic-racial identity development and how it supports post-secondary success. I was born and raised in Prichard, Alabama - Mobile County - and am a first-generation college...everything! As an A Better Chance and LEAD alumna, I graduated from Indian Springs School (a leading boarding and day school located in Alabama) before traveling out West to study Political Science at Stanford University. At Stanford I was "pre-JD/MBA" and focused on international conflict resolution through courses, research and work with the Forgiveness Project. After graduating from The Farm, I worked as a retail buyer in Ohio before moving to New York, where I became Director of Operations responsible for firm operations and service enterprise, financial management, research team recruiting and retention as well as spearheading special projects such as leadership succession planning at a legal services firm. After moving to North Carolina, I found my niche/passion between strategy, human capital and education in student services leadership, admissions and recruiting strategy, and diversity, equity and inclusion within Higher Ed and EdTech. And I completed the MBA at UNC-Chapel Hill (opting to drop the "JD" part). At each stop along the way, I've carried with me my love of cooking (and eating!); live music; board/card games; yoga and activities like swimming, hiking and jogging; spending time in the water; and finding amazing people. And somehow created a pretty awesome family too. I am looking forward to getting to know you over study breaks, meals, ice cream and just passing in the halls to/from I11!

    • Email:  shandrajones@g.harvard.edu
    • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/shandramjones
    • Experience:  
      • Pursuing MBA and PhD Degrees/Careers (and law)
      • Admissions & International Education (EdTech, UNC-Chapel Hill MBA Admissions/Diversity & Inclusion, Graduate medical programs)
      • Service Operations Management
      • Justice/Tween Brands (retail ops)
    • Talk to me about:  
      • Major selection
      • Career pivots
      • Graduate school admissions (I've worked in admissions and been an applicant! Let's talk essays, SOPs, letters of rec,...)
      • Non-traditional paths
      • Value of a network
      • Inclusion vs. diversity vs. equity
      • Work/life "balance"
      • Navigating college and career as a 1st gen student / professional (balancing self, family, financial benefits, and doing good)
      • Your favorite recipe or hometown memory!

     

    Shannon Jones

    Shannon Jones

    Greetings Adamsians! My name is Shannon Jones and I recently joined the house with my wife Shandra who is a third-year PhD candidate at HGSE (and a resident / careers tutor). I am originally from San Diego, "The Land of Perpetual 70-degree Weather", so make sure and check on me in February / March when winter is in full swing as I will surely need a hug! I went to Stanford undergrad where I majored in chemical engineering so amazed at the similarities and differences in dorm life here at Adams House. I am currently the Northeast Director for an energy nonprofit (Center for Sustainable Energy) where I lead two statewide electric vehicle incentive programs for the states of MA and CT; manage a U.S. Dept of Energy efficiency program in four Western states (California, Hawaii, Arizona and Nevada); and conduct energy research at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY so my work life is full of all kinds of innovative approaches to decarbonize transportation and buildings in many states and cities. I go by Shawn Jones professionally. My passion is helping students write their own story as mine started out as the youngest of 10 kids and the first in my family to graduate from college and work in a professional setting. Prior to CSE, I founded an Atlanta-based startup focused on converting food waste into transportation fuel and before that, I worked for an applied energy research facility for 4 years in North Carolina, a waste-to-energy company for 6 years in New York that converted turkey guts and tires into renewable diesel, and destroyed chemical weapons for a defense contractor based in San Diego when I graduated.

    • Email:  shawn@50mileenergy.com
    • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawn50mileenergy/
    • Experience:  
      • Center for Sustainable Energy
      • US Department of Energy
      • Massachusetts Climate Action Network
      • Southern Research Institute (project management)
      • General Atomics (defense contractor)
      • Engineering
      • Non-profits
      • Startups
      • Renewable Energy
    • Talk to me about:  
      • Energy
      • Sustainability
      • Nonprofits
      • Federal/State/Local Government work
      • Equity
      • Inclusivity in STEM
      • Moving from Coast-to-Coast
      • Real Mexican food
      • First Gen
      • Storytelling
      • Resiliency
      • Big Families

     

    Non-Resident Tutors

    Caleb Johnson

    Caleb Johnson

    Hi Adams! I was born and raised in America's Chalkboard Capital of Slatington, Pennsylvania, and I graduated from Harvard College and Adams House in 2017 with coursework in Economics and Comparative Religion. I spent the first few months of out of College working as a contractor for Google Expeditions, where I helped test, build, and sell their latest venure into educational augmented reality. Currently, I work for a growing logistics consultancy in Norwell as an account manager. In my free time I play basketball, read, write fiction, hike, drive around and tend to my cute little dog.

     

    Chichi Anyoku

    Chichi Anyoku

    Hi Adams House! My name is Chiamaka (also known as Chichi), and I am pursuing an MBA/MPP degree between Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. I graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a double concentration in Economics and Latin American Studies. After college, I spent 4 years working in consulting - first as an investment advisor at Cambridge Associates, and subsequently as a management consultant at A.T. Kearney. I spent last summer at New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) facilitating real estate public-private partnerships in New York City. Happy to talk about any of my experiences and offer advice where I can. Check my LinkedIn in case there's any way I can help!

    • Email:  canyoku@mba2021.hbs.edu
    • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chichianyoku
    • Experience:  
      • Cambridge Associates
      • A.T. Kearney
      • New York City Economic Development Corporation
      • HBS / HKS joint degree 
      • Brown University
    • Talk to me about:  
      • Studying languages
      • Working overseas
      • Being a WOC (with all of the intersections) in consulting, real estate
      • New York City
      • Joining boards

     

    Grace Young

    Grace Young

    I studied Mathematics and did an Advanced Standing masters in Applied Math. I took a two year medical leave of absence during undergrad, during which I worked at a bakery in New York and then an influencer marketing startup in San Francisco. During undergrad I was involved in the Harvard Hong Kong Society and the Organization of Asian American Sisters in Service (OAASIS). I love to bake, read, travel, and go to art museums and galleries.

    • Email:  youngestgrace@gmail.com
    • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/giligy
    • Experience:
      • Affect Mental Health (tech startup)
      • Formlabs (3D printing)
      • JP Morgan
    • Talk to me about:
      • Mental health
      • Sexual assault
      • Advanced Standing
      • Leaves of absence
      • Careers in tech
      • Living off campus
      • Cross-registering at MIT

     

    Kyi Thant

    Kyi Thant

    Hey Adams House! My name is Kyi (also known in my college days by my nickname Toat Toat!) and I graduated from Harvard College (Quincy House) in 2015. I was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar, and at Harvard, I concentrated in Economics, with a secondary in Psychology. My academic focus throughout college and senior thesis was around behavioral economics and am particularly interested in applying behavioral science in financial markets and public policy. After graduation, I worked as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs based in Hong Kong. Soon after, I joined the investment team at the International Finance Corporation (private investment arm of the World Bank Group) based in Washington D.C. At the IFC, I invested in food and agriculture companies in fragile and conflicted countries. I am currently in the MBA/MPP joint degree program at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. I did my first summer internship at Ginkgo Bioworks, the organism company based in Boston. I am passionate about food and agriculture technology and financial markets. Please reach out to chat about anything!

    • Email:  kthant@mba2021.hbs.edu
    • LinkedIn:  https://linkedin.com/in/kyizarthant/
    • Experience:  
      • Goldman Sachs
      • International Finance Corporation / World Bank
      • Ginkgo Bioworks (biotech / genetic engineering)
      • HKS / HBS joint degree
    • Talk to me about:  
      • Writing a thesis
      • Economics
      • Investment banking / investing
      • International student life
      • Food & agriculture

     

    Omar Abdelsamad

    Omar Abdelsamad

    Hey Adams! My name is Omar Abdelsamad and I was an Adams '09 Economics concentrator with NELC secondary. At Harvard, I was on Adams HoCo, the HIR, and (very briefly) had a dream of being on the crew team. My background is in consulting, corporate strategy, and product management. I am currently a Senior Manager at CVS Health overseeing workload sharing projects. Previously, I worked in the internal consulting group at Samsung Electronics' headquarters in Seoul. Prior to that, I interned at Amazon as a Product Manager in Seattle, worked at CVS Health in Rhode Island as a Product Manager where I launched various pharmacy messaging programs (like text message refills!), and did diligence at Stax Inc in Boston as a consultant. I received my MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2016, where I learned to love cold weather and winter sports. I love skiing, politics, traveling, and running.

     

    Ratnika Prasad

    Ratnika Prasad

    Hi Adams House!  My name is Ratnika Prasad and I’m excited to join as a Pre-Business Tutor.  Originally from India, I graduated Cornell in 2014 with a major in Applied Economics & Management (focusing on Resource Economics), with minors in Natural Resources, Climate Change and Science of Natural & Environmental Systems.  I spent my college years working across a spectrum of climate change related research and advocacy, ranging from the local county government to USAID to the UNFCCC.  This cemented my passion for sustainable development, but also really highlighted the growing intersection of the public and the private in solving environmental challenges.  After getting into the Business School through 2+2 program I've interned in investment banking and also worked in management consulting with Bain in San Francisco and across Southeast Asia across tech/private equity/telecom/chemicals/defense.  I’m back at school now pursuing the joint MPA-ID/MBA between the Kennedy School and Business School, and just completed a summer interning with the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.  Happy to chat about sustainability/economics/international development/2+2/working in SF/working in Southeast Asia/being an international student/anything that crosses your mind!  

     

    Santiago Pardo Sanchez

    Santiago Pardo

    Hey Adams House! My name is Santiago and I graduated from Adams House in 2016. At Harvard, I concentrated in History and Archaeology, was heavily involved in research with the initiative for the Science of the Human Past, and I was the Adams House Committee Chair. I was born in Colombia, raised in Georgia, and currently based out of New York and Florida. After graduating, I joined the United States Peace Corps where I served in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. In the Peace Corps, when I wasn’t walking through the bush, fishing, and rowing my canoe, I was a Community Organizer and Literacy Trainer. I focused on how to create sustainable projects to address issues of climate change and the 21st century global economy. After the Peace Corps, I left my bamboo hut on the beach and moved to NYC where I now work in ad tech. I’m currently a Solutions Consultant for Xandr (formerly AppNexus) and spend my day advising and designing digital advertising campaigns using real-time signals. Feel free to reach out about anything!

    • Email:  spardo94@gmail.com
    • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/santiago-pardo-sanchez
    • Experience:
      • AppNexus (advertising)
      • Peace Corps
    • Talk to me about:
      • Working in tech
      • Public service
      • Working abroad
      • Being an immigrant in current-day America
      • Advertising
      • Climate change
      • Exploring
      • Using the private sector to address world problems
      • International development
      • Getting off the beaten path
      • NYC
      • Sustainability
      • Maps

     

    Shelly Xu

    Shelly Xu

    Hi Adams House! I'm Shelly Xu, an MBA candidate at HBS. SO excited to meet you. A little bit about me—according to my grandma, I'm a descendent of Mulan (the Disney character/female warrior). I've lived in China, Japan, Kentucky and New York. I graduated from Columbia University in 2013 with a major in Economics-Political Science and a concentration in Sustainable Development. For my last professional role, I was on the Creative Shop team at Instagram/Facebook, where I led creative for a $50M+ book of business, using tech in new ways to help businesses, nonprofits and communities. I've also worked as a Product Manager at eBay, and an Analyst at McKinsey. The question that keeps me up at night is how can we use design + tech to create sustainable fashion that's beautiful and actually affordable. I'm the founder and designer of the zero waste fashion brand Shelly Xu Design (https://www.instagram.com/shellyxudesign). This is what I'll be scaling for the next years. Please reach out to me anytime, about anything. Can't wait to get to know you!

    • Email:  sxu@mba2021.hbs.edu
    • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/xushelly
    • Experience:
      • Facebook
      • SYPartners (consulting)
      • eBay
      • Prada
      • McKinsey (marketing)
    • Talk to me about:  
      • Working in tech
      • Breaking into new industries
      • Creating effective design
      • Developing product
      • Building a community around your work
      • Collaborating across disciplines
      • Speaking in public
      • Balancing work/life
      • Prioritizing
      • Cooking noodles