Women in the News: Kirsten Gillibrand

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently released a memoir entitled Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World.  In this work Gillibrand details the personal and professional events that have shaped her career and the issues she has prioritized as a public servant.   She also shares the challenges she has faced as a woman in a male-dominated workplace, and offers advice for women navigating a career in which women are underrepresented.  Off the Sidelines debuted at number 8 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Gillibrand was elected to serve in the US House of Representatives in 2006.  She was sworn in to the Senate in 2009 following Hillary Rodham Clinton’s nomination to be Secretary of State.  In her book, Gillibrand emphasizes the importance of women’s involvement in key decisions and urges women to advocate for and take the lead in developing solutions to the problems and issues that affect them.  In addition to the book, Gillibrand has also launched the Off the Sidelines campaign, which provides resources, connections, and support to encourage women to run for office and engage in activism and efforts to make a positive impact on causes they care about.

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Women in the News: Malala Yousafzai

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Last Friday Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, 17, became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.  Yousafzai gave her first speech on education rights in 2008 in Peshawar.  She later chronicled the growing influence of the Taliban in a blog for BBC Urdu.  During the time that Yousafzai blogged for the BBC, military operations led to the closure of many girls’ schools and violence inhibited girls from pursuing educational opportunities.  Yousafzai described the destruction of over a hundred girls’ schools as well as the implementation of a ban that prevented girls from accessing education.  She recorded the impact of this activity on her ability to continue with her studies and career aspirations.

On October 9, 2012 Yousafzai was the victim of an assassination attempt by a Taliban gunman, who attempted to kill her and two other girls on a bus.  Yousafzai sustained brain damage as a result of the gunshot wound, but recovered within a few months of the shooting.  This assassination attempt provoked worldwide media attention as well as local protests throughout Pakistan.  The Right to Education Bill was ratified in Pakistan following the assassination attempt.

The Nobel Peace Prize is one of Malala Yousafzai’s numerous accolades over the past two years.  She was also featured on the cover TIME magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” 2013 issue, and spoke at the United Nations in 2013.  The Nobel Peace Prize honors Malala Yousafzai’s courageous defense of and commitment to education rights.  It also indicates confidence in her potential as an activist to positively influence attitudes toward and culture surrounding girls’ education and to preserve educational opportunities for all children.

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Recruiting season begins with Career Networking Event

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Recruiting season is here!  Corporate presentations, networking events, coffee chats and the like are underway and our calendars are steadily getting busier than ever. In an attempt to provide our members with a casual networking opportunity prior to narrowing in on certain recruiting tracks and firms, CWiB hosted a Career Networking Event on October 3rd with many firms across financial services, consulting and technology represented. We had approximately 60 CWiB members come to talk to firm representatives, many of whom were alumnae of CBS. We would like to thank many of our sponsors for participating in this event and providing continued opportunities for our members to learn about their firms. We hope to see everyone back at Conference on November 14th where the learning and networking will continue!


The Careers and Corporate Relations Team

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Spotlight on…Our New AVPs

This week we thought we would introduce everyone to our newest Board members – the Class of 2016 AVPs. Keep reading to find out who traveled the furthest to attend CBS, who loves salsa dancing, and which of our AVPs are indoor cycling enthusiasts.

Lily Aidem

Lily Aidem, AVP Leadership Development: Lily Aidem ’16 was born and raised in New York, NY.  After graduating from Stanford University in 2011, Lily returned to New York to work for American Express.  In her first role, she worked on the Membership Rewards® Program, covering digital marketing optimization, web development, and brand management.  Later, Lily helped manage Premium Access Benefits and Entertainment Sponsorships, and built 100+ experiential marketing programs within the dining, entertainment, music, fashion, sports, and culinary & wine sectors.  In her spare time, Lily enjoys traveling, film, and cycling.

Ruchi Bhambhani

Ruchi Bhambhani, AVP Conference: Ruchi Bhambhani ’16 is originally from Houston, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA in Finance in 2011. Prior to attending Columbia Business School, Ruchi worked in Model Governance and held various Risk Management roles at BBVA in Dallas. At CBS, Ruchi is focusing her studies on Finance and pursuing a career in Investment Banking. In her free time, Ruchi enjoys yoga, traveling, dancing, exploring NYC, and volunteering for women’s empowerment organizations such as Zonta International.

Victoria Bresnahan

Victoria Bresnahan, AVP Marketing: Victoria Bresnahan ’16 is originally from Lincoln, MA and graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in History.  Prior to CBS, she worked as a marketing strategy consultant serving clients in the healthcare industry at Rosetta Consulting in New York City.  Victoria is pursuing a career in Marketing and Brand Management.  Outside of school and work, Victoria loves to run, travel, hike, and explore all of the art and cultural activities that New York City has to offer.

Temi Fawibe

Temitope Fawibe, AVP Events: Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, Temitope Fawibe graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S In Economics, and the University of St Thomas with a B.B.A in Finance. Prior to business school, she worked as Project Coordinator at an Oil and Gas procurement and project management firm. Temi is focusing her MBA studies on Finance and Social Enterprise and is pursuing a career in social finance. In her spare time, Temi enjoys cooking, reading fiction and salsa dancing.

Eugenia Gandoy

Eugenia Gandoy, AVP Finance & Membership: Originally from Galicia, Spain, Eugenia Gandoy ’16 graduated from ICADE University in 2011 with a BA in Law and a BA in Business Administration. Prior to CBS, Eugenia worked at Goldman Sachs in the investment banking division in London and Madrid, focusing on the financial institutions sector. Eugenia is focusing her MBA on finance and entrepreneurship. In her spare time, Eugenia enjoys running, reading and traveling.

Divya Goenka

Divya Goenka, AVP Careers & Corporate Relations: Originally from Bangalore, India Divya Goenka ’16 is an Economics major from Brandeis University and the London School of Economics. Prior to Business School, Divya worked with several startups in the online retail space in India, most recently India’s first online grocery store – Bigbasket.com. In her spare time Divya enjoys doing yoga, reading books by women authors and exploring new parts of New York.

Jaime Lewis

Jaime Lewis, AVP Conference: Jaime Lewis ‘16 graduated from the George Washington University, where she studied International Business and Human Resources. Prior to CBS, Jaime worked at Deloitte Consulting in its Human Capital practice, specializing in organization transformation and talent. At CBS, she is focusing on management, leadership and strategy. In her spare time, Jaime enjoys traveling, cooking and painting.

Angela Ma

Angela Ma, AVP Events: Angela (Angie) Ma ’16 is originally from the Bay Area, California and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics. Prior to business school, Angie worked in Risk Management Consulting with a focus on contract risk compliance, fraud, forensics and litigations in the technology industry. Angie is focusing her MBA studies on Strategy and Operations. In her spare time, Angie enjoys indoor cycling, hosting dinner parties, traveling and walking around in New York City.

Laura Pouderoyen

Laura Pouderoyen, AVP Careers & Corporate Relations: Laura Pouderoyen ’16 is originally from New Jersey and graduated from Boston University in May 2008 with a BA in Math and Economics. Prior to attending Columbia Business School, Laura worked in sales and equity research at Barclays. In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling, wine and learning to cook.


Clare Premo

Clare Premo, AVP Women’s Week: Clare Premo ‘16 is originally from Southern California and graduated from Princeton University with a major in International Politics and minor in French. Prior to business school, she worked at a boutique strategy consulting firm focused on the marketing industry. Clare is focusing her MBA studies on marketing and international business and is pursuing a career in brand management. In her spare time, she enjoys hosting dinner parties, wine tasting, keeping up with the news and running in Central Park.

Jessica Rogers

Jessica Rogers, AVP Leadership Development: Jessica Rogers ’16 graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Marketing Communications. Prior to CBS, Jessica worked in Digital Marketing and Brand Management at PepsiCo. Her most recent role was on the Brand Pepsi Productions Team, where she focused on creating Pepsi MAX branded viral videos. Jessica continues to pursue Marketing at Columbia. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys tennis, traveling, and yoga.


Aparajita Singh

Aparajita Singh, AVP Leadership Development: Originally from India, Aparajita graduated from Washington and Lee University with BS in Physics and BA in Economics. Prior to CBS, Aparajita was pursuing middle market Investment Banking focused solely on Technology. Outside of work Aparajita is passionate about the art of cocktails, Russian literature, technology and squash.

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CWiB Cohorts are up and running!

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By: Marisa Reisman ’15

On Friday, CWiB held its inaugural Cohort Pyramid Dinner. This was the first social event for our newly formed cohorts, and the program is off and running! Each of CWiB’s twelve cohorts met at a different restaurant on the Upper West Side, and everyone enjoyed spending some quality time over an intimate meal. Next, three cohorts joined forces at each of four bars throughout the Upper West Side for some mingling across cohorts. Lastly, we all came together at George Keeley’s to finish off the night. In all, roughly 80 women participated, and the event was a huge success for everyone involved. Keep your eyes peeled for more fun cohort events to come!


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