Amy Yang ’14, along with Co-Founder Chad Blumenthal, has launched the Coffee for Healthcare Heroes initiative to bring cold-brew coffees to healthcare workers across New York City. Partnering with local coffee suppliers, Coffee for Healthcare Heroes delivers to more than 30 hospitals.
Margaret Cooper Kenner (A&S ’09, M.S. in Commerce ’10) and her husband, Richard, are delighted to announce the birth of their second daughter, Chloe Charlotte, born April 17, 2020. The family lives in Cincinnati, where Ms. Kenner and her husband work in the consumer packaged goods industry, at Quotient Technology and Procter & Gamble.
Christine Castellano '99 and her sister Rosemarie Castellano have shared daily violin performances in honor of healthcare workers, first responders, essential workers, and their community in New Rochelle, NY, from their balcony since April. Every night at 7 p.m. everyone comes out to “Clap Because We Care,” which is encouraged by their mayor since New Rochelle was the epicenter of the coronavirus cluster in New York. The two were inspired to add a little more to this after seeing the cheer that musicians in Italy brought to others as they performed from their balconies. Rosemarie plays her violin while Christine films and handles their Facebook page, Balcony Ballads. They have been featured on NBC News, PBS.org, News 12 Westchester, NBC 4 New York, and various local online and printed publications. Visit Balcony Ballads’ Facebook page to enjoy their music.
Nabila Popal '04, Research Director at IDC, commented on the largest ever decline of the global smartphone market, in the first quarter of 2020, in a May 1 Yahoo Finance/Bloomberg article titled "Global Smartphone Market Suffers Worst Contraction in History." IDC is a global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets.
Omar Garriott '02 has been appointed Global Industry Lead at experience management provider Qualtrics Education, where he is responsible for driving the global strategy of the company's Education vertical across sales, marketing, product, and customer success. With over a decade of experience at leading technology companies, Garriott joined Qualtrics in March 2020 and immediately led the team in launching a series of free COVID-19 solutions to help schools across K-12 and higher education navigate an entirely new teaching and learning environment: the Remote Educator Pulse, K-12 Remote Learning Pulse, and Higher Ed Remote Learning Pulse. Thousands of schools are now using these solutions. Prior to Qualtrics, Garriott co-founded a new business for Salesforce in K-12 education as Senior Director for Education Cloud. Garriott previously launched and led the student/university team at LinkedIn and led iPad marketing for K-12 and higher education institutions at Apple. Garriott started his career as a Teach For America teacher.
Yi-Xian Ng ("Yix Ng") ’09 and his wife, Zi En, are pleased to announce the birth of their twin boys, Kiran and Keegan, born March 9, 2020. Ng is the Executive Director at EtonHouse International Holdings in Singapore.
Sarah Lau ’19, an Advisory Associate at PwC, was recently selected as an MVP (Rookie) for the firm’s Financial Services Advisory practice.
Mary Owen ’00 is a Life Trustee at the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, where she oversees the grant committee that reviews and approves grant applications for early childhood education, youth sports and recreation, and other community initiatives. The Foundation has recently allocated more than $6 million toward COVID-19 response efforts. Owen is also an Advisory Board Member at KB Partners.
Meredith Tierney Shields ’05, Managing Director of Impact Investing at the Sorenson Impact Foundation, discusses the work her organization is doing with Village Capital to set up a consortium of entrepreneurs responding to the pandemic and investors looking to support such ventures. Their efforts were featured in an April 25, 2020, Forbes article titled “Linking Up Impact Enterprises Addressing COVID-19 and Investors Changing Their Focus—Fast.”
Virginia Sharma ’99 has been appointed Vice President of Brand Solutions at JioSaavn, an Indian online music streaming service and a digital distributor of Bollywood, English, and other regional Indian music across the world. With more than 20 years of experience leading marketing and sales teams, Sharma joins JioSaavn from LinkedIn, where she excelled in the top 10% of sales leaders. Virginia also worked with IBM for more than 15 years in various global and regional roles, including India Vice President of Marketing and Communications, before joining LinkedIn Asia Pacific in 2014. In addition to having an impressive track record at some of the world’s largest technology companies, Sharma is an industry leader in her own right. She was recognized on the 2018 Economic Times Women Ahead list, as well as Impact Top 50 Women in Marketing Media and Advertising in both 2018 (#38) and 2019 (#35). Sharma was also the first chairperson for the Marketing Society India Chapter and is a member of McIntire's Global Advisory Board. She was the first Indian leader to become a Marketing Academy Fellow delivered by McKinsey and Co. Sharma is currently pursuing her doctorate in Business Administration from the Indian School of Business, in Business Model Innovation.