Jennifer Gootman is the Vice President of Social Consciousness and Innovation at West Elm, where she oversees the brand’s commitments around supply chain transparency, artisan sourcing and sustainability. Jennifer also serves as the Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for West Elm’s parent company, Williams Sonoma, Inc., leading social labor compliance and programming across the company’s eight brands. Prior to West Elm, Jennifer spent more than a decade working with non-profits and social enterprises in New York, Nicaragua and India, working within design-driven industries to create social impact through supply chain innovation. Jennifer holds a BA from Harvard College (1998) and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business (2010), is a recent fellow in the Aspen Institute’s First Movers program, and makes jewelry in her spare time. She has been invited to present her work at the Aspen Institute, United Nations, Fast Company Innovation Festival, Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Conference and Fair Trade Federation Conference and sits on the board of Chicago-based ethical fashion company Mata Traders.
Noor Rostoum is a Business Development Associate at Google Cloud, where he previously worked with government agencies and now primarily works with media and advertising agencies. Noor graduated from NYU Stern in 2016. In his time at NYU, he served as President of the Muslim Student Association and was an RA for 2 years. While at Stern, he interned in Asset Management and Investment Banking. He is also a recipient of the NYU President's Service Award.
Pilar Mera serves as Manager, Portfolio Sales Marketing, NBCUniversal. In this role, Pilar has focused on all trade and ad sales marketing communications for the NBCU Entertainment Group (USA, SYFY, and WWE). She most recently transitioned into the NBCU Hispanic Group (Telemundo, Telemundo Deportes and UNIVERSO) where she and her team develop the go-to-market strategies that demonstrate the value of the Hispanic Group portfolio to advertisers. Prior to joining NBCUniversal in 2014, Pilar served HBO’s consumer marketing where she managed marketing and promotions for award-winning home entertainment releases including Game of Thrones in the U.S and international markets. She began his career at Viacom, where she focused on affiliate and retail business development strategies for Nickelodeon. Pilar obtained her Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Business from NYU Stern. She holds an MBA from Fordham Gabelli School of Business. She currently lives in Nutley, New Jersey.
Jillian is currently the Director of eCommerce Media and Merchandising at Tommy Hilfiger. She oversees digital marketing, acquisition and retention channels, website analytics, promotional planning, and online merchandising. After graduating from Duke in 2007, she spent 5 years in online media and advertising technology at Conde Nast, Turner Broadcasting, and Daily Beast before attending business school at NYU Stern. During grad school, she interned at Amazon and Chanel and consulted for the Council of Fashion Designers of America. After graduating from Stern in 2014, Jillian worked in global omni-channel marketing at Tiffany & Company before taking her current role. In her spare time, she runs a volunteer program at a community center in Harlem with children.
Trisha Goyal is the Global Product Manager at ESPN, where she currently leads digital strategy across ESPN’s 12 international properties. Goyal takes her passion in sports and marries it with her expertise in design, technology, and business to grow audiences around the world across web, mobile, TV, and social content. Goyal graduated with a B.S. from NYU Stern’s School of Business where she served as President of the Inter-Club Council for the Class of 2015 and was named one of NYU’s Top 10 Most Influential Students.
Mark Sirower is a principal at Deloitte Consulting in New York and U.S. leader of the firm’s M&A Strategy practice. Previously, he co-founded and built the Transaction Services Strategy Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. For five years prior, Mark was global leader of the M&A practice at The Boston Consulting Group in New York where he developed the BCG corporate development framework and innovative approaches to crafting and executing corporate, business, and M&A strategy. Prior to joining BCG, he taught Mergers and Acquisitions at the Wharton School and consulted extensively on strategy and valuation issues in M&A transactions. Mark actively advises corporate and private equity clients in growth strategy and innovation, M&A strategy and governance, target screening, commercial due diligence, synergy testing, investor relations, and post-merger integration engagements. He also advises boards on governance issues related to M&A decisions. He has been most active in helping consumer goods, financial services, industrial goods, and pharmaceutical companies rethink and grow their businesses profitably through M&A. He focuses on transforming clients from merely reacting to growth opportunities to having the capability to proactively determine growth priorities, find the best opportunities and grow shareholder value. Mark’s insights on growth through M&A were launched into national attention through an October, 1995 story on mergers in BusinessWeek and subsequent publication of his landmark book, The Synergy Trap, which sold over 70.000 copies in English and was translated into six languages. The Synergy Trap presents a detailed standard for what constitutes informed M&A decisions and is endorsed by many high-profile executives, academics, corporations and professional associations. The book was recently featured on CNN’s Top 25 Business Stories of the Past 25 Years, and Geoff Colvin of Fortune called it, “the definitive volume on M&A.” He has published more than 50 articles and his research and articles on best practice in growth and acquisition performance have been featured in major business periodicals including Forbes, BusinessWeek, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, The Economist, Financial Executive, Global Finance, Nikkei, Directors & Boards, CFO, and Barron's. His research on the merger boom of the 90’s was featured as the October 14, 2002 cover article in BusinessWeek. Mark has spoken worldwide on creating value through mergers and acquisitions and is a recognized thought leader on M&A and growth-related issues. He has been a featured speaker on important business programs such as the Fortune 500 Forum for CEOs and CFOs, Forbes CFO Forum, Milken Institute Global Economic Forum, Yale CEO Summit, National Association of Corporate Directors Summits, the Conference Board Programs, and for the Federal Trade Commission on merger policy. He has made numerous appearances on national television and radio including CNN, CBS News, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg Television, The Wall Street Journal Business Report, BBC World, ABC (Australia), CCTV (China) and NPR’s All Things Considered program. He is regularly quoted in the business press and lectures at major universities throughout the world. Mark holds a Ph.D. in Strategy and Finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, an M.B.A. in Finance and Statistics from Indiana University, and a B.S. in Finance from Bowling Green State University. He was a strategy professor at Columbia University and has taught M&A in the Executive MBA program at New York University’s Stern School of Business for the past 23 years.
Michael Thng is a Senior Associate at the Boston Consulting Group's office in New York City. At BCG, Michael has worked primarily in the consumer retail and media practice areas. Prior to BCG, Michael spent time at the Clinton Global Initiative working with NGOs in the education and workforce development space. Michael holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BS from NYU Stern.
Asuka is a senior Associate at McKinsey. A global trotter, Asuka worked as a corporate banking analyst at J.P. Morgan in Singapore and served as transfer pricing associate at Morgan Stanley in New York. Asuka was a full-time TV show host for 7 years in China, where she was starred in multiple programs. She is also a classical music enthusiast and a serious pianist. Asuka holds an M.B.A from NYU Stern, an M.P.A. in Public Policy from NYU Wagner, and a B.B.A. in Finance from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
Liz Iaconis is a Senior Consultant in Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Advisory practice, specializing in federal regulations and readiness. Liz has a wide range of experience delivering capital management planning across EY’s risk and performance improvement functions. Prior to her current role, Liz was a part of EY’s Business Development and Strategy for Financial Services Advisory in Latin America, where she advised clients on navigating new business trends and pressures in the market and focused on increasing EY’s growth and development in the region. Liz holds a B.S. in Business from NYU Stern. During her time at NYU, she held leadership roles in the Stern Political Economy Exchange (SPEX) and maintained a syndicated column for Washington Square News. Liz continues to stay active and involved with the NYU community through various on-campus recruiting and leadership development efforts for students.
EunJu is a Senior Associate at PwC’s Banking & Capital Markets practice in Assurance. EunJu has more than 5 years of experience providing assurance services such as independent reporting for local and international clients. She is responsible for the day-to-day execution of financial statement and internal control audits, business and performance reporting and other compliance reviews. EunJu has also worked in PwC’s Sydney office as a Senior Accountant serving clients in financial services and supported the Global Assurance Quality Review in South Korea where she contributed to the continuous improvement of assurance quality in the global PwC network. EunJu also serves as an officer on the New York Metro Chapter of Ascend, the largest non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion initiatives, has participated in LeanIn talks at PwC and is an active member of the Pan Asian Community at PwC. EunJu is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. EunJu graduated from New York University's Stern School of Business with a BS in Finance and Accounting, a minor in Politics and a MS in Accounting.
Manan Shah is a Co-Founder of Apteo, a FinTech start-up focused on researching the newest techniques in machine learning & artificial intelligence to improve investment management. Prior to Apteo, Manan spent a decade as an investor across public equity, private equity & distressed credit markets. Most recently, he was a Portfolio Manager at Point72 Asset Management, where he oversaw a US focused equities portfolio. Prior to Point72, Manan spent time in public market investing as a Research Analyst at Coatue Management and private market investing as a Principal & Associate at Centerbridge Partners. Manan began his career as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley. Manan earned a BS in Finance & International Business with Honors from NYU’s Stern School of Business in 2005.
Chine is an Associate in the Technology, Media and Telecom group in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. Chine is responsible for day-to-day execution across a broad range of Technology and Media clients. Chine has sector expertise in Internet, Media and Sports having advised on several transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, follow-ons, debt financings and restructurings. Chine also serves as Secretary of the Goldman Sachs IBD Technology Investment Committee and as Co-COO of the Goldman Sachs Firmwide Women’s Network. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2011 as an analyst in the Technology, Media and Telecom group. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Chine worked in the Policy Correspondence Department at the Clinton Foundation and as a Teaching Assistant through America Reads and Counts. Chine earned a BS in Economics and Finance with Honors from New York University Stern School of Business.
Iseult Conlin, CFA, Vice President, is a member of the Investment Grade Corporate Credit Trading desk within BlackRock's Trading, Liquidity and Investments Platform (T&P). She is an eTrading credit product lead manager and has been instrumental in the development and adoption of an open access all-to-all electronic credit trading. In 2016 she was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 List in Finance for her involvement in fixed income electronic trading. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2010, Ms. Conlin was a Latin American economist and fixed income strategist at Bank of America in New York. Ms. Conlin earned a BA degree in economics and psychology from New York University in 2009. She was a member of the NYU Women's Basketball Team and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Jennifer Gootman - MBA '10
Noor Rostoum - BS '16
Pilar Mera - BS '04
Jillian Smith - MBA '14
Trisha Goyal - BS '15
Mark Sirower - Adjunct Professor
Michael Thng - BS '13
Asuka Qin - MBA/MPA '16
Liz Iaconis - BS '15
EunJu Oh - BS/MS '12
Manan Shah - BS '05
Chine Mmegwa - BS '11
Iseult Conlin - BA '09