“To me, American Studies stands out from most other programs at our university and at any other university because it is so multifaceted and lends itself exceedingly well to most areas of adult life. The program doesn't just encourage individual creativity — it requires it, forcing students to question and challenge seemingly everyday parts of our culture (many of which we likely take for granted) as cultural artifacts worthy of intellectual pursuit and analysis. In this way, the program teaches students how to think in a world where we are increasingly teaching our kids — and, at work, our employees — how to do.
A little over a year ago, Queens College invited me to give a talk to their students and faculty about how a liberal arts student could cultivate a successful career in business.
I've had unforgettable career opportunities that I can directly attribute back to what I learned in the American Studies program. Right out of NU, I landed at the Bank of New York Mellon in NYC where, after a short year serving in an operations role, I joined a small team of senior sales executives at the firm as their junior support person. My managers specifically chose me over the other candidates because they said I demonstrated a unique ability to think critically and synthesize and articulate complex ideas from multiple points of view. This is exactly what NU's American Studies program teaches its students.
From there, after a few years I moved to BlackRock, to help establish and grow the firm's enterprise relationship management program catering to its top institutional clients. I partnered with business leaders across our global franchise to deliver new, innovative investment and technology solutions to our clients, aligned to their evolving needs. I then spent 16 months in BlackRock's Financial Markets Advisory team, and now, since November, have served as the firm's head of US & Canada Institutional Product Strategy. In this role, I lead a team responsible for setting and carrying out our investment product priorities for the firm's institutional investor client base in the US and Canada. This role is all about connecting resources and stakeholder groups across various parts of the firm, while honing sales strategy to make sure we are delivering the right products to the right clients at the right time. I truly believe that the underlying skill set that made me a good fit to take on this opportunity comes from American Studies."
In more personal news, I am happily married as of May 2019 (photo attached — we got married in the Boston Public Library, which was hands-down the coolest experience I've ever had!) and living in Manhattan."