New York Career Month Event 2016

Join us in NYC for an industry exploration and networking fair featuring prominent area alumni.

Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

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In November the Alumni Club of New York City, along with clubs in many other cities, will participate in Career Month. These annual events connect alumni with each other, leverage their professional expertise, and demonstrate the power of the UChicago alumni network. Join us in NYC for an industry exploration and networking fair featuring prominent area alumni.

Investment Management
Daniel Lerner
, AB'87 serves as Portfolio Manager and Head Trader for Eos Credit Opportunities Fund.
Prior to joining Eos in 2008, Dan was previously a high yield credit trader at Lehman Brothers, where he traded the consumer and retail sectors. Prior to Lehman, Dan traded high yield at KBC and Grantchester, a division of Wasserstein Perella. Dan has previously traded options on the American Stock Exchange, and he was an investment banker in mergers and acquisitions at Salomon Brothers and Peter J. Solomon Company. Dan has a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago.

David Kalow, AB'74 JD'76
graduated from the College at University of Chicago in 1974 (physics and math major) and from The Law School in 1976. He was a general litigator before focusing exclusively on intellectual property. In 1996 he started a new IP law firm, continuing the litigation, licensing and protection of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. In 2013 he started his solo practice, focused on IP Strategy.  He has represented Applied Biosystems, Beckman, Cartier, Conan (and Kull), Dharmacon, Millennium Chemicals, Orchid, Philips and SCM, and class-action pharmaceutical antitrust plaintiffs.  He has taught at Fudan University (Shanghai), Beihang Aerospace University (Beijing), Seton Hall Law School, Columbia Business School, NYU Business School, NYU-Poly, Stevens Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago Law School and Business School.

Management Consulting
Yogesh Riyat, MBA'07
is a Client Development Executive at McKinsey & Company.  In his current role, he is helping the Firm build new businesses areas that leverage the Firm’s core strength in advisory.  Yogesh has worked in management consulting for over 10 years on strategy projects across a variety of industries including aviation, B2B/B2C technology, healthcare, logistics, non-governmental organizations, private equity, renewable energy, and transportation.  Yogesh has a MBA in accounting, finance, and strategic management from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Life Sciences
Nicole McKnight, AB'02  (PhD), Director, BioLabs New York.
Nicole is Director of Cambridge BioLabs’s latest expansion project, BioLabs New York, a premier co-working space for growing biotech startups. She is dedicated to promoting the success of biotech start-ups in New York and was an original member of NYC Tech Connect’s Advisory Panel. Nicole is co-founder of Keystone for Incubating Innovation in Life sciences Network (KiiLN), a non-profit organization that provides acceleration programming for very early-stage biotech startups and entrepreneurial scientists. Dr. McKnight is a molecular and cell biologist whose 12 years of scientific research has made her well-versed in disease areas such as cancer and neurodegeneration. She has trained at the University of Chicago (AB, honors), Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess, University College London and most recently at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she was co-chair of the Postdoc Executive Committee. Nicole obtained her PhD from UCL/Cancer Research UK.

Paulina Chapa, AB'10.
As a Specialist, Advertising & Media at the NBA, Paulina Chapa is responsible for creative development and implementation of strategic advertising and media campaigns for the NBA, WNBA, and D-League properties, events, and products. Since joining in 2012, Paulina has been an integral part of developing award-winning advertising campaigns including 3 Silver ADDY Awards and a Mosaic Award for Multicultural Advertising Campaign of the year in 2014. Prior to joining the NBA, Paulina served at the advertising agency Foote, Cone & Belding, where she assisted on all phases of strategy, creative development and production of advertising campaigns for S.C. Johnson and Paccar Parts Inc. Paulina previously worked with the Chicago White Sox where she focused on developing high impact marketing programs and grassroots campaigns with the Multicultural Sales and Marketing group.

Alex Niemczewski, AB'09 is the CEO and co-founder of BallotReady, an award-winning startup voter guide to local, state, and national elections. Previously, Alex founded and led a human-centered design consultancy whose findings were used by groups including civic organizations, schools, and the White House. She also taught coding at a Chicago developer school and at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Alex graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in philosophy.


Jacob Park, AB'99 is an in-house futurist and Principal Sustainability Advisor at Forum for the Future, an international non-profit working globally with business, government and other organizations to solve complex sustainability challenges. He uses methodologies such as scenario planning and trends analysis to enable Fortune 500 companies, philanthropies, multi-stakeholder groups, and others to create more resilient and adaptive strategies. Recent projects include working with Levi's to reimagine the future of sustainable fiber; creating future scenarios that are being used to drive sustainability strategy and innovation processes at companies including Target, Unilever, and Ikea; and running multi-stakeholder futures projects in Bangkok and Manila as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Informal City Dialogues project.
The first part of his career was spent as an international human rights advocate at various NGOs in New York, including Human Rights First and the Center for Economic and Social Rights. Jacob has an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a BA in History from the University of Chicago.

Alexander Horwitz, AB'02
is Chief of Staff at The Doe Fund, a thirty year old, $60 million nonprofit organization serving individuals with histories of incarceration and homelessness. In his role, Alexander coordinates the work of the organization's executive team, ensures quality outputs across the agency, and oversees public policy, government and media affairs, and communications for the organization; he is adviser to the Chief Executive Officer, liaison to the Board of Directors, and an officer of the corporation.
Prior to joining The Doe Fund, Alexander worked in the private sector as a communications and change strategist for major corporations, noprofits, and executive suites, including Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals, GMHC, Johnson & Johnson, Rockefeller Center, Creative Artists Agency, and others. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.


Event Contact
Lucie Sandel