Career Advising

Updated September 29, 2020

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

Non-Resident Tutors: Alex Hem, Ana Tracey, Caleb Johnson, Camille Coppola, Chichi Anyoku, Emma Toh, Eric Hendey, Evan Yao, Fernando Espino Casas, Flora DiCara, Jordan Diminguez, Kyi Thant, Lance Katigbak, Michael Bervell, Natalia Hendrickson, Nga Kguy, Omar Abdelsamad, Santiago Pardo, Shannon Lytle, Shelly Xu, Sophie Randolph, Violet Li, Vishnu Kalugotla

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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 office hours and other programming

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Please feel free to email any of us anytime. We are on this page because we want to help you.

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    Resident Tutors

    (Your main advising contacts in Adams House)

     

    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 

     

    Gorick Ng

    Gorick_Ng

    Hey Adams! I graduated from HBS in 2018 and Harvard College in 2014 as a Government concentrator in Lowell House. I am author of the forthcoming book, The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right (HBR Press, April 2021). I care deeply about helping students navigate the job search and questions around "What do I do with my life?!" because I was the first in my family to graduate from college and work in a professional setting (and so had to navigate many of these questions through trial and error). 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! I'd love to get to know you.

    • 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 unspoken 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”

     

    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  

     

    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

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      Non-Resident Tutors

      (Members of the extended Adams advising network which you should feel free to contact!)

      Alex Hem

      Alex Hem

      Hi Adams! My name is Alex Hem, and I graduated from Harvard College (Leverett House) in 2016. I grew up in Mississippi along the Gulf of Mexico before coming to Cambridge, where I studied ESPP with a secondary in Ec, spent a lot of time playing ultimate frisbee with Red Line, and served as the Leverett House Resource Efficiency Program rep. I knew I wanted to work in sustainability, but it took me some time to figure out where in that broad umbrella I wanted to fit in. I decided not to job search during my senior year, and instead took a gap "year" (about 8 months) to spend time with my family and job search at my own pace. I was very fortunate to get the opportunity to spend about a month of that time teaching English abroad, too. I eventually found an opportunity that felt right at indoor vertical farming / agtech startup AeroFarms based in Newark, NJ (yes, you can work at a startup without a CS background!). I've done a lot of different things here, and I currently work as a project manager as we work to build a research facility geared towards climate resilient, efficient agriculture. I'm passionate about sustainability, food security and nutritional outcomes. In my free time I like playing basketball, ultimate frisbee, running, watching movies, and learning ASL. I hope you'll reach out if there is anything at all you'd like to to talk about!

      • Email:  alexanderhem@alumni.harvard.edu
      • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-hem/
      • Experience:  
        • AeroFarms
        • Sustainability
        • Startups
        • Indoor Agriculture
        • Professional Ultimate Frisbee
      • Talk to me about:  
        • Environmental interest in general
        • Honing general "sustainability" interest into specific opportunities
        • Working at a startup without a technical background
        • Food and Ag Tech
        • Taking some time between college and the job search
        • Balancing athletic demands
        • Making friends after college

       

      Ana Tracey

      Ana Tracey

      Hi Adams! My name is Ana Tracey and I am a proud Adams House alumna (Harvard College Class of 2015). I am currently an MBA student in my first year at Harvard Business School, and prior to that I spent five years working in investment management at PIMCO in New York and Toronto. When I was in your shoes, at Harvard College, I studied Economics and Psychology and was mainly interested in the intersection of the two: behavioral economics and decision-making. Outside of the classroom, my interests were eclectic: I was a member of HUWIB and the International Society, as well as, an IOP Director’s Intern (at the Institute for Central, Eastern, and Balkan Europe in Italy) in the summer of 2013. Ultimately, after a fun summer internship, I decided to “dabble” in financial markets and joined PIMCO full time; I ended up spending five years at the firm and learning a great deal about asset management along the way. Happy to discuss any questions you may have on undergrad recruiting, being “the liberal artsy kid” in your intern / analyst class, finding mentors in your early career, “buy side” vs. “sell side”, or anything else you may be curious about. Additionally, I was an international student at Harvard College (from Macedonia!) and have navigated many of the hurdles and curveballs an international student encounters during the job recruiting process in the US. I am happy to chat about the acronyms all too familiar to us internationals (OPT, H1-B, L-1) and discuss potential pathways for employment in the US and abroad—with or without luck in the H1-B lottery (hint: lottery luck is not paramount). I am very excited to support you on your internship and career journey! Please do not hesitate to reach out; I look forward to connecting in person or on Zoom!

      • Email:  atracey@mba2022.hbs.edu
      • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/anatracey/
      • Experience:  
        • IOP Director's Intern
        • PIMCO
        • Investment Management
        • HBS
      • Talk to me about: 
        • Recruiting as an international student
        • Early career in investment management
        • Finding mentors in the workplace
        • The importance of workplace culture
        • Work / life balance
        • Living in NYC
        • Navigating the random H1-B (work visa) lottery
        • What can you do if you don't get selected in the random H1-B lottery
        • Relocating to a foreign (non-US) officeLiving in Toronto
        • Applying to business school

       

      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.

       

      Camille Coppola

      Camille Coppola

      Hi Adams! My name is Camille Coppola and I graduated Harvard in 2014 in History of Art and Architecture -- I lived in Kirkland House! In undergrad, I was heavily involved with The Harvard Advocate, where I served as Art Editor, and the Harvard Art Museums Undergraduate Connection. I've always been interested in products, objects, and technologies that transform the way we interact with each other and understand ourselves. I first explored this interest in New York working for a variety of arts-related nonprofits before moving into the business strategy side of Vanity Fair's Editorial Department. After three years at the publication, I moved to the west coast where I joined a startup called musical.ly with 9 other US employees that soon rebranded to TikTok. There, I worked as the Product Manager for the platform's core product experience, the "For You" feed. It was an incredible journey to be part of an organization that grew from 9 US employees to over 450 in 2 years and to work with colleagues both in the United States and in China. Happy to chat about transitioning into tech as a humanities major, exploring product management, working in AI, career paths for humanities majors, and anything else that crosses your mind!

      • Email:  czcoppola@gmail.com
      • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/camillez/
      • Experience:  
        • TikTok
        • Vanity Fair
      • Talk to me about:  
        • Product Management
        • Working in tech as a humanities major
        • Woman in tech
        • Transitioning to tech from traditional media
        • Public art
        • Working in China

       

      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
        • Brown University
        • HBS / HKS joint degree
      • Talk to me about:  
        • Studying languages
        • Working overseas
        • Being a woman of color, WOC (with all of the intersections) in consulting
        • Real estate
        • New York City
        • Joining boards

       

      Emma Toh

      Emma Toh

      Hi Adams! My name is Emma Toh and I graduated from Harvard College (Adams House!) in 2020. I did a joint-concentration in East Asian Studies and Statistics, with a brief stint studying piano at New England Conservatory. On campus, I was involved in teaching and research: I was a Statistics TF, Math CA, and did research through the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, the Radcliffe Research Partnership, and HSURV (the Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Village); I also did fieldwork in South Korea for my senior thesis! Beyond academics, I rowed on the Adams IM Crew team, played chamber music, and sang in the Radcliffe Choral Society. My blockmates and I were regulars at every Apthorp Open, Tea, and entryway study break - you can ask any of the Adams dogs! I am starting as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Co. Fall 2020. In the meantime, I am spending time with my family in NYC, hanging out with friends (albeit virtually), learning how to cook, and working on some projects with a social impact venture capital firm in India. I’m so excited to meet you - please feel free to reach out about anything and everything!

      • Email:  emmatoh@alumni.harvard.edu
      • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmatoh/
      • Experience:  
        • Bain & Company
        • EY Parthenon
      • Talk to me about:  
        • Choosing a concentration (or doing a joint concentration!)
        • Writing a thesis
        • Doing research
        • Studying abroad
        • Getting a job/internship in consulting
        • NYC
        • Music
        • Staying connected with family and friends

       

      Eric Hendey

      Eric Hendey

      Hi Adams! My name is Eric Hendey, and I graduated from Harvard College (Lowell House) in 2014 in Statistics. I'm originally from Fresno, CA. After college, I spent two years in investment banking at Evercore, where I worked in the technology M&A group in New York. Since then, I've worked at FPR Partners, an investment firm in San Francisco. I am happy to chat about careers in finance/investing, interviews, recruiting, and anything else that would help you out.

       

      Evan Yao

      Evan Yao

      Hello Adams! My name is Evan and I graduated from Harvard in 2017 (Adams House!) with a BA in Computer Science and Math. I'm from the Boston area and have lived here for 18 of the past 20 years. I'm currently a second year PhD student at MIT studying Operations Research (which is basically applied math). After undergrad, I spent two years working as a software engineer at Facebook in the bay area where I worked on building Facebook Stories on low-end mobile devices in developing countries. Last year, I started my PhD at MIT and have been working on problems related to online optimization and manufacturing logistics. Besides research and software engineering, I'm also very interested in teaching. I spent 6 semesters at Harvard being an undergraduate TF for CS, Math and Stats courses and am passionate about helping students build their problem solving skills. Please don't hesitate to reach out. I'm super happy to help out undergraduates in any way I can!

      • Email:  evanyao@mit.edu
      • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/evan-yao-558515b1/
      • Experience:  
        • Software Engineer (full time and internship) at Facebook
        • Internship at tech startup
        • MIT PhD candidate
        • Research on theoretical computer science
        • Research in online optimization and manufacturing logistics
      • Talk to me about: 
        • Recruiting for software engineering jobs and internships
        • Technical interview preparation
        • Working in tech
        • Living in the Bay Area
        • Being an undergraduate TF
        • Writing a senior thesis
        • Applying to graduate school after working for a couple years
        • Singing in choir
        • Things to do in Boston
        • Restaurants around Cambridge

       

      Fernando Espino Casas

      Fernando Espino

      Hello Adams, my name is Fernando! I was born in the outskirts of Mexico City, but I grew up in Wisconsin. I graduated from Harvard College in 2015 (Leverett House, though I spent considerable amount of time in Adams during my undergrad years). While at Harvard, I concentrated in Social Studies, writing my honors thesis on the long-term socio-economic ramifications of NAFTA within Mexico. Outside of class, I was president of the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team, worked at the HBS newspaper, and was a Peer Advising Fellow. After Harvard, I leaned into the market research and data analytics skills I developed while in school to work as a research consultant, first in Chicago working with retail (Walmart) and telecom (AT&T), and later in the Bay Area with tech. Over several years, I honed quantitative and qualitative research methods while assisting global tech brands (Facebook and Salesforce) with marketing and communications strategy. Over the past year, I have worked at SurveyMonkey as a product researcher, generating insights and recommendations to inform upcoming improvements and innovations to the main survey platform. I will be starting my MBA at Michigan Ross this fall, looking to transition into a strategy/operations role within tech or consulting with a tech focus. Happy to talk about anything I mentioned above, or to answer any questions/provide advice on anything I can!

      • Email:  fespino@post.harvard.edu
      • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/fernando-espino-casas
      • Experience:  
        • Michigan MBA
        • SurveyMonkey
        • Facebook
        • Salesforce
        • Walmart
        • Marketing Research
        • Product Research
      • Talk to me about: 
        • Navigating Harvard and career planning as an undocumented immigrant (both with and without DACA)
        • Social Studies (including thesis research/writing)
        • Non-technical roles in Tech
        • Living in the Bay Area
        • Hiking and Camping
        • Market research and data analytics
        • The Midwest (especially Wisconsin)
        • Evaluating graduate school/MBA schools
        • Ballroom dancing (or really any type of dance!)

       

      Flora DiCara

      Flora DiCara

      Hi Adams! My name is Flora and I am a member of the class of 2020 and a proud Adams House alum. I concentrated in Social Studies, with a focus on behavioral economics and public policy. I spent much of my time on campus immersed in startups and entrepreneurship through my work running Harvard Ventures. During my summers in college I held roles in consulting, tech, and venture capital. I spent part of last summer conducting thesis research in Australia.I absolutely loved my time in Adams. I would be willing to bet that I ate more Apthorp Open cookies than any of my peers. I snuck Windsor (the dog) into the library upwards of 25 times to work on my thesis with me. He couldn’t be officially listed as a co-author, but I tried. I am so grateful for all of the wonderful guidance that I received from Adamsians and I am excited to pay it forward. I'm always happy to give advice or be a listening ear. No question is too silly!

       

      Jordan Dominguez

      Jordan Dominguez

      Hi Adams House! I’m Jordan Dominguez, and I’m a 2015 graduate from Harvard and first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. While at Harvard I concentrated in Applied Mathematics with a secondary field in Computer Science, and was involved with Consent Awareness & Relationship Educators (part of OSAPR), Peer Health Exchange, and Act on a Dream. Since graduating, I’ve worked as a data scientist and product manager at several startups in NYC. In my free time I love to hang out with my two cats, bake, and do yoga. As an undergrad I remember being very intimidated by the tech recruiting process - I definitely encourage you to reach out if you feel the same way, especially if you’re from an underrepresented group or non-technical background! I’m also happy to talk about all things business school - why I chose to attend (even in the time of COVID), what the application process was like, and what you can do over the next few years to clarify your career goals. Looking forward to getting to know you all!

      • Email:  jordand@mit.edu
      • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordanadominguez/
      • Experience:  
        • Startups
        • Data Science/Data Analytics
        • Product Management
        • Business School
      • Talk to me about:  
        • The pros and cons of working at startups
        • Learning how to code from a non-technical background
        • Navigating technical interviews
        • Overcoming a low undergrad GPA
        • Applying to business school
        • Diversity & Inclusion in tech

       

      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:  
        • Siguler Guff & Company (private equity)
        • Ginkgo Bioworks
        • IFC - International Finance Corporation
        • Goldman Sachs (investment banking)
        • HKS / HBS joint degree
      • Talk to me about:  
        • Writing a thesis
        • Economics
        • Investment banking / investing
        • International student life
        • Food & agriculture

       

      Lance Katigbak

      Lance Katigbak

      Hey Adams! I grew up in the Philippines and transferred to Harvard as a sophomore, where I concentrated in Visual and Environmental Studies (which I believe is now known as AFMS!) I lived down the road at Quincy House and spent most of my time on a variety of extra-curricular activities including starting Springboard (a design club) and TEDxHarvardCollege. I worked as a consultant at BCG for over 3 years in the USA and Southeast Asia, before moving to a fintech startup called Clair, where I am Chief of Staff. Let me know how I can be helpful!

      • Email:  lbk@alumni.harvard.edu
      • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/lancekatigbak
      • Experience:  
        • Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
        • Fintech startups
      • Talk to me about:  
        • Working in the USA as an international
        • Adjusting as a transfer student
        • Starting a student organization
        • HBS 2+2
        • Working in Southeast Asia
        • Employment visas

       

      Michael Bervell

      Michael Bervell

      Hey Adams! I'm Michael Bervell (https://www.michaelbervell.com/), Harvard class of 2019 and HBS 2+2 MBA admissions student. During college I concentrated in Philosophy with a secondary in Computer Science. I was involved in organizations like the Franklin Fellowship as President (http://www.franklinfellowship.com/), Harvard Computer Society (https://www.hcs.harvard.edu/) as the Director of Business, and Harvard Alumni Association as a board member (and a senior gift marshall!). Also during college, I founded my first businesses, a marketing consulting company for restaurants: that was how I paid for tuition! As a child, I grew up about 30 minutes north of Seattle. Now I live at home and work at Microsoft as a Program Manager (I actually interned there twice while I was in college, feel free to ask me about this or my time at Twitter as a software engineer). I also have experience working as a venture capitalist at firms like Harlem Capital (https://harlem.capital/). Outside of work, I'm an avid blogger and podcaster about startups and the startup ecosystem. I also serve as the President for the Harvard Club of Seattle and am a master's student in communications at the University of Washington. For fun, I play piano, make clothing, and cook my way through cookbooks!

       

      Natalia Hendrickson

      Natalia Hendrickson

      Hi Adams. I graduated from Harvard College in 2015 as a Psychology concentrator in Winthrop House. I am currently co-founding a health tech startup in Vietnam. I was raised in a low income background by a single mother who passed when I was a teenager, so I care deeply about helping people navigate challenging careers and educational institutions while overcoming personal hardship. Prior to co-founding my startup I worked at various research labs as an undergrad, interned at Google, recruited for the Harvard Admissions Office, illustrated several children’s books, and wrote for a pharmacy tech startup in Southeast Asia. While at Harvard I was also part of the Varsity Women’s Rugby team during my junior year, and would be glad to discuss time management skills as a varsity athlete. Finally, I studied abroad in China, Japan, and successfully applied for approval of an additional study abroad option in the Czech Republic. Please feel free to ask me about working or studying abroad especially as a part of the LGBT community, finding summer opportunities, launching a creative career, working in tech, founding a startup, or any of the decisions you might be wondering about throughout your time at Harvard

      • Email:  nataliahmoreno@gmail.com
      • LinkedIn:   https://www.linkedin.com/in/nataliamhendrickson/
      • Experience:  
        • Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies
        • Harvard Admissions Office
        • Google
        • Admissions tutoring
        • Pharm-tech startup
        • Health tech startup co-founder
      • Talk to me about:  
        • Studying abroad
        • Working overseas
        • Working in tech as a social science major
        • Time management as a varsity athlete
        • Studying and working at elite institutions with a low-income or LGBT background

       

      Nga Nguy

      Nga Nguy

      Hi Adams! Greeting from a former Pfoho resident! My name is Nga Nguy, Harvard College Class of 2015/2016, Vietnamese national, and a proud quadling! In undergrad, I was a Psychology concentrator, no minor, no language citation (just did the bare minimum to graduate!) I also did my sophomore spring semester abroad and took a gap year between sophomore and junior year of college to work and travel in Japan and Taiwan. I absolutely loved my gap year experience and have been recommending it to way too many undergrads! After college, I became a consultant at McKinsey & Company, working across a variety of industries including healthcare, consumer product, and education. As of August 2020, I am pursuing an MBA at Harvard Business School.

      • Email:  nnguy@mba2021.hbs.edu
      • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/nga-nguy/
      • Experience:  
        • McKinsey & Co.
        • HBS
      • Talk to me about:  
        • Consulting
        • McKinsey & Co
        • Gap year
        • Studying abroad
        • International student experience at Harvard
        • International young professional
        • F1 OPT/STEM OPT
        • H1-B (lottery, rejection, appeal)
        • HBS/Business school applications
        • Asian women at work

       

      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. Most recently, 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.

       

      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 (Solutions Consultant, Technical Account Manager)
        • Peace Corps in Vanuatu (Community Organizer and Literacy Teacher)
      • 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

       

      Shannon Lytle

      Shannon Lytle

      Hey Adams! I am a 2017 Harvard graduate (I lived in Adams) currently working in New York City. Since college, I’ve worked in engineering, marketing, and sales at a fashion technology company, and in technical project management at a legal/fin-tech AI startup. I studied computer science at Harvard, but supplemented the technical education with a variety of non-technical activities and extracurriculars. Some things I am passionate about: technology ethics (and ethical living generally), fashion and design, environmentalism and climate change, East Asian politics and economy, futurism, and modern pop culture and media. As an undergrad, I participated in Bach Society Orchestra, Model UN, Expressions, Asian American Association, Japan Society, and Harvard Taiwan Leadership Conference.

      • Email:  shannonslytle@gmail.com
      • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannonlytle/
      • Experience:  
        • Eigen Technologies (technical project management and sales at a legal/fintech AI startup)
        • Swipecast (software engineering, marketing, and sales executive at a fashion-tech startup)
        • Jana Care (mobile engineering at a biotech startup in India)
        • International working experience (India, Japan, China)
        • Technical project/product management
        • Marketing
        • Sales
        • Interdisciplinary technical careers
        • Early-stage startups and entrepreneurship
      • Talk to me about: 
        • First generation
        • low-income experience at Harvard
        • Fashion
        • Technology
        • Entrepreneurship
        • New York City
        • LGBTQ experience
        • Ethical use of technology (AI, privacy, biotechnology)
        • Environmental issues and ethical living under climate change
        • Meditation
        • East Asian topics (Asian cinema, the rise of China, travel)
        • Cool books I’m reading

       

      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:
        • Shelly Xu Design (fashion design)
        • Instagram (creative)
        • Facebook (creative)
        • SYPartners (Strategist)
        • eBay (Product Manager)
        • Prada (Handbags & Accessories Intern)
        • McKinsey (Marketing Analyst)
      • Talk to me about:  
        • Working in tech
        • Breaking into new industry
        • Creating effective design
        • Developing product
        • Building a community around your work
        • Collaborating across disciplines
        • Speaking in public
        • Balancing work/life
        • Prioritizing
        • Cooking noodles

       

      Sophia Randolph

      Sophie Randolph

      Hey Adams! I'm Sophie and I'm so excited to meet y'all. I’m originally from the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, spent my college years in Cambridge, MA attending Harvard (Class of 2016) and living/working/studying abroad in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.After graduating, I did a two-year stint in San Francisco before making my way to Texas. I worked for Xola in both San Francisco and Houston helping tour and activity companies get more bookings online.Now I run my own business consulting for small businesses and individuals. I am also a full-time student at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business (Class of 2022). I love Houston and am so excited to be here for at least two more years. But I also love adventuring. My partner and I just bought a Skoolie (@the_mintyfresh_skoolie on Instagram) to facilitate self-contained traveling amidst a pandemic and beyond!My hobbies include: dancing two-step; listening to & making music; playing soccer; cooking (and eating) vegetables & chocolate; traveling off the beaten path; running reasonable distances; hiking to and jumping off of waterfalls.

      • Email:  sophie.randolph@rice.edu
      • LinkedIn:  https://www.sophierandolph.com
      • Experience:  
        • Xola, Executive Assistant
        • Xola, Chief of Staff
        • Xola, Director of Customer Success
        • Crescendo Management, Founder & Managing Partner
        • Rice Jones Graduate School of Business, Full-time MBA Class of 2022
      • Talk to me about:  
        • Studying abroad
        • Working in tech with a liberal arts major
        • Moving to new places
        • Business school
        • The GRE
        • Work/life balance
        • Founding a company
        • Whether or not a startup is the right fit for you
        • Being a woman in business
        • Virtual networking

       

      Violet Li

      Violet Li

      Hi Adams! My name is Violet Li and I graduated from Harvard College in 2014 with a concentration in Government and a Secondary Field in East Asian Studies. I was heavily involved on the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team throughout college – while I lived in Pforzheimer House, the Adams DHall where we practiced was almost a second home. After college, I worked for L.E.K. Consulting in Boston for almost 3 years. While I loved the people that I worked with and enjoyed building a strategic and analytical mindset at L.E.K., I found myself looking to reconnect with my creative side somehow. After some soul-searching, I decided to pivot into the entertainment industry and moved to Los Angeles to join Hulu’s content strategy team. Currently, I am a second year MBA student at Harvard Business School, and just spent my summer working in Strategy & Business Development at Paramount Pictures. In my free time, I enjoy watch all types of TV, salsa dancing, and FaceTiming my cats. Feel free to reach out if there is anything you’d like to talk about!

      • Email:   vli@mba2021.hbs.edu
      • LinkedIn:   https://www.linkedin.com/in/violetli0/
      • Experience:  
        • HBS
        • L.E.K. Consulting
        • Hulu
        • Paramount Pictures
      • Talk to me about:  
        • Consulting after college (and what comes after)
        • Working in media/entertainment
        • Applying to business school
        • Moving to new places
        • “Finding a passion” in work
        • Your favorite shows/movies/apps to watch!

       

      Vishnu Kalugotla

      Vishnu Kalugotla

      Hi Adams House! My name is Vishnu, and I'm currently a product manager at Google focusing on the identity space. I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and I studied Operations Research and Computer Science at Columbia. After a couple internships, I started my career in investment banking at Evercore, where I was able to work across industries as a generalist. Wanting to get closer to working on building products within a company, I transitioned to Privacy.com, a payments startup seeking to be the best way for consumers to pay for things online. Later, I had the opportunity to work at Riot Games on League of Legends, a game I had been a fan of for many years. I feel fortunate to have been able to explore several industries and end up where I am, and I'm happy to talk about any of these experiences or offer advice. Outside of work, I love playing tennis, hiking, eating (especially fast food :D), and building PCs / other hardware. Looking forward to meeting you all -- feel free to reach out!

      • Email:  vishnu.kalugotla@gmail.com
      • LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/vishnukalugotla/
      • Experience:  
        • Google
        • Riot Games
        • Privacy.com
        • Evercore Partners (investment banking)
      • Talk to me about:  
        • Google
        • Riot Games
        • Privacy.com
        • Working in finance
        • The tech industry
        • Industry transitions
        • Geographic transitions
        • Impact of policy on various industries
        • US politics
        • Sports
        • Evercore