Senior Consultant, Human Capital, Deloitte
Class of 2005
Edward R. Murrow High School
Brooklyn, New York
Can you briefly describe what you do in your current role?
I am a Senior Consultant within Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital practice. In this role, I support global organizational change management efforts for manufacturing and life sciences clients in support of business model, process, and technology transformations. I also support client initiatives around organizational design, governance, talent management, and culture.
What first comes to mind when you think back to your VE experience?
The first thing that comes to mind is my amazing Business Plan Competition team and the strong friendships I built during my time as a VE student. I am so proud and humbled by my classmates’ successes over the past decade!
What was your favorite part of VE?
I loved that every day in VE was an opportunity to shape my work and the work of my team and to learn by rolling up my sleeves and trying things out. My role in VE was VP of Human Resources, which also put me in a unique position to branch out and connect with all of the other “employees” across departments.
How does your VE experience relate to your current role? How does it relate to what you ultimately want to do in your professional life?
VE was the stepping stone to my career. In addition to learning about HR through the program, I interned with a VE partner company in their HR department the summer between high school and college. That first HR experience on my résumé subsequently led to another HR internship at a technology company, followed by my first human capital consulting internship, which ultimately led to my current role.
How did you get reconnected with VE? How do you hope to stay involved? From your perspective, what are the differences between VE now and when you had it?
I reached out to the team several months ago looking to offer my time and give back. As it turned out, the team was looking for consulting support, so I worked with my firm’s leadership to organize a pro bono project for VE. I had the opportunity to work as part of the team delivering the work, which wrapped just a couple of weeks ago. It was amazing to reconnect with and support a program that has meant so much to me. I am also excited to be participating as a judge in this year’s Business Plan Competition!
What advice do you have for current VE students?
Enjoy every minute of it! Use VE as a safe space to experiment and try out new ideas. Get creative with it, and really make the company and the experience your own.
If you are a VE alumni with a story to share and would like to reconnect with VE, please contact Tyler Fugazzie, Marketing and Communications Manager, at email@example.com or visit our Alumni page.
Solarity moves onto Nationals for the second year in a row
On January 17th, twenty-two VEI Firms attended the 2014 New York Citywide Business Plan Competition after separating themselves with stellar presentations from the pack of forty-eight firms in the Local Business Plan Competitions. In the morning of the Citywide Competition, all twenty-two teams presented twice at the United Federation of Teachers’ headquarters. The morning round atmosphere was abuzz with anticipation. Students and coordinators made some last minute preparations, psyched themselves up, and awaited their shots to showcase months of hard work and get closer to representing NYC at the National Business Plan Competition during the 2014 Youth Business Summit in April.
After seven semi-finalists were announced, the crowd reacted with excitement and disappointment, and the remaining teams headed to one of Deloitte’s offices for the championship round. The championship round was a nail-biter, but eventually the top three teams were chosen to move onto Nationals.
1st – Solarity (New Dorp HS)
2nd – Majestique (W.C. Bryant HS)
3rd – T-Squared (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis HS)
Check out photos from the afternoon round to see the diverse range of industries and ideas on display.
Photos from Afternoon Round
- Footprint (W.C. Bryant HS)
- Imagination (HS for Arts, Imagination & Inquiry)
- Majestique (W.C. Bryant HS)
- Solarity (New Dorp HS)
- T-Squared (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis HS)
- VE Law & Insurance (New Dorp HS)
- VReal Publications (Francis Lewis HS)
Photos from the Morning Round
Below is an interview with NYC Program Coordinator Nick Chapman regarding his view of the competition. VEI extends our deep appreciation to Deloitte, UFT, the judges, volunteers, students, coordinators, mentors, and staff for their commitment to helping shape the next generation of business leaders and the names of these exemplary people can be found at the bottom of this post.
Q&A with NYC Program Coordinator Nick Chapman
What were this year’s pleasant surprises?
It’s always wonderful to see the variety of firms presenting at the Citywide Competition. It was great to see the extraordinary level of competition.
In addition to Solarity’s accomplishment, I’m especially proud of T-Squared (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) and Majestique (WC Bryant), who will both be first time participants in the National Business Plan Competition.
How did this year’s competition compare to last year’s? How did it compare to the local competitions?
This was the strongest field of teams that I’ve seen in the Citywide. Many of the teams were in striking distance of the finals and I think it tells us a lot about the dedication and preparation of our students and teachers.
What advice do you have to the teams moving to Nationals?
Get as many people as possible to read your plan, watch your presentation, and provide feedback.
What advice do you have to teams who couldn’t make it?
Run your business! Make sales, get the word out, implement your plan! Start preparing for the upcoming International Trade Show.
What would you say to students who fell shy of making it but are seniors and won’t get another shot at this in a VE context? In other words, what do you hope they can take from the experience into college and beyond?
By making it to the Citywide, each of these 22 firms have already separated themselves from their competition. The experiences that these students gained in writing, preparing, and presenting their work will only serve to further set them apart from their peers after high school.
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