University Liaisons represent their school and demonstrate its commitment to women in tech. They are the primary point of contact for their school and spread the word around campus.
Kristen Hicks, Kelley '17
Kristen Hicks is a second-year MBA at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University focusing on Marketing and Business Analytics. She is currently a Management Leadership for Tomorrow Fellow, Consortium Member, and VP of Marketing for the Kelley Marketing Club.
She holds a BS cum laude in Business Administration with a Duo Concentration in Marketing and Arts management from the University of California, Riverside. Prior to Kelley, she was a Big Buddy for Comfort Zone Camp and Board member of an educational development program for at-risk teen girls. Notably, she’s conducted research with distinguished professors in the e-commerce space and since has gained years of Retailer experience at Fortune 500 companies like Verizon Wireless. This past summer, she was able to marry her Retail expertise and Marketing acumen at Unilever as a Shopper Marketing Manager Intern, managing retailer relationships and consumer experiences with brands known for building self-esteem, through in-store, mobile, and online engagements. She is excited about enriching consumer's lives through technology.
Sophie Ashton, Kellogg '18
Sophie is a first year at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. She holds a BS in Environmental Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Kellogg, Sophie worked at Amazon.com where she worked in Hardlines Retail, AmazonFresh, and Amazon Marketplace. In these roles she helped launch new businesses and new software to expand Amazon's product offering and improve the customer experience. She is excited about the intersection of tech, innovation, and sustainability to improve quality of life while reducing our impact at scale.
Andrew Jeffs, Stern '18
Andrew graduated from Wake Forest University, where he received his B.A. in Economics and participated in the school's Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise program. After several years working as an executive search consultant, Andrew decided to combine two things he loves - startups and spirits - by joining an early-stage e-Commerce startup that sells craft spirits online. Outside of school, Andrew can be found playing guitar, eating dumplings or perfecting his backhand on the tennis court.
Nazik Zhumalieva, Wharton ‘18
Nazik is the first year MBA student at University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, planning to major in Entrepreneurial Management and Business Analytics. Prior to Wharton she worked as a Finance Manager in gold mining industry back in her home country – Kyrgyzstan. At Wharton she started working at her own startup along with her classmate. Nazik is the first woman admitted to Wharton from Kyrgyzstan and she spends significant time working with girls and women in Kyrgyzstan on educational projects and acts as an active advocate for increasing female representation in tech jobs.
She is a board member at the biggest club at Wharton – Wharton Women in Business and planning to lead the Wharton Global Impact Consultants trek to Kyrgyzstan next year.
Asya Bashina, Cornell Tech, '17
Asya Bashina is a Cornell Tech MBA student and an MBA Associate at Red Bear Angels, an angel investment firm supporting startups with Cornell founders. During her MBA, Asya has worked on a project with Adobe to develop a VR solution for Adobe to improve the design experience for professional designers. Asya is also working with a Cornell PhD student to help him commercialize his haptic sensor feedback technology. Prior to her MBA, Asya worked at SolidWorks, a 3D computer-assisted design software company, as a customer marketing and services program manager. In this role, she managed the customer testimonial marketing program, our survey and market research projects and developed promotions to support our Subscription business. In addition to this role, she also did freelance marketing projects for two startups: Weft (now acquired by Genscape), a logistics data management software company, and Electroninks, a conductive silver ink pen company. In her free time, she enjoys reading about cool tech trends, learning about animal psychology and finding the best dessert that NYC has to offer.
Kareen Okaka, Darden '18
Kareen is the co-founder of Lean In Los Angeles, and Slender Transitions with 5+ years of cultivating innovative projects in business and technology. An entrepreneur from an early age with a knack for discovering unique growth opportunities. Kareen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo, Canada and is pursuing her MBA from the University of Virginia, Darden Business School.
Christie Her, Wisconson '18
Christie is a first year MBA student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in Brand and Product Management. Prior to business school, Christie held various roles in supply chain management at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. As a Planning Specialist she managed five contract packaging operations and worked on a multitude of cross-functional teams supporting marketing projects and initiates. These projects enabled Christie to gain insight into the prominent role that brand managers to a company’s profitability and strategy.
In her spare time, she enjoys staying active, attending concerts, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Christie looks forward to furthering her marketing experience and honing her leadership skills at the Wisconsin School of Business’ Center for Product and Brand Management.
Margot Rosenshein, McCombs '18
Margot Rosenshein is a first-year MBA student at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, planning to complete concentrations in Business Analytics and Finance. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, with a major in Economics and a minor in Public Policy. Prior to McCombs, she worked as a municipal credit analyst at both Standard & Poor’s in San Francisco and Build America Mutual (BAM), a municipal bond insurance startup located in New York City. In her role at BAM, she also worked closely with the development team to help design, implement, and test an online analysis tool that helped harness the power of technology to improve the efficiency and accuracy of BAM’s analytic work. At McCombs Margot has been working with a local venture-backed fintech startup in Austin to help identify strategic partnerships.
She is the President of the Graduate Women in Business group at McCombs and a Board Member of the Girls Empowerment Network of Austin, a local Austin nonprofit. She is excited about harnessing the power of technology to disrupt and ultimately improve society, and believes that the full participation of women is crucial in this process.
Dami Oyedele, Booth '17
Dami is a final year in the dual-degree MBA/ MPP program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Harris School of Public Policy. She holds a BSc in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Prior to Chicago Booth and Harris, Dami studied in Nigeria and South Africa and worked in the management consulting practice of KPMG Advisory. She was also the inaugural editor of YNaija.com, Nigeria's leading online newspaper for youth. Given her intersectional background, Dami is passionate about finding new ways in which technology can be harnessed to create products and services which improve business and social outcomes. She serves as a technology career advisor at Chicago Booth.
Tobi Ogundipe, Ross '18
Tobi is a first year MBA and a Consortium Fellow at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business, focused on Technology and Entrepreneurship. She holds a B.S. from the University of Southern California. Prior to Ross, Tobi gained extensive marketing experience in a diverse set of marketing-related roles including Consumer Insights at Mattel, Account Strategy at various ad agencies, Marketing and Operations for a start-up non profit, and marketing strategy for a micro-winery.
While at Ross, Tobi is exploring all facets of entrepreneurship including funding as a a Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund fellow - a pre-seed fund that invests in local ventures in the Midwest region. Tobi will continue her studies in technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation at the University of Tel Aviv this spring through Ross’ Global Immersion program.