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.
Melody Yin, The Wharton School
Melody is a second year MBA student at the Wharton School, major in Finance and Business Analytics. Before business school, she worked in corporate finance, providing financial solutions to multinational technology companies in emerging markets. At Wharton, Melody is working on a SaaS startup founded by Wharton alumni. She is in charge of business development and market research of business software applications and entrepreneurship landscape. Melody is well connected to Penn Wharton entrepreneurship initiatives and committed to promoting women technology entrepreneurship within the globalization content. Just like her name, Melody is a hardcore music fan, leading two rock bands and one a cappella group. She is relentlessly bringing happiness and joy to the people she meets.
Jewel Lai, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
Jewel Lai is a first-year student at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Before Tuck, she was working in Prokids, an Ed-Tech company in Beijing as investor relations manager. She is passionate about the tech field and wants to be an influencer in a booming technology firm. She is also a fanatic traveler who has been spending New Year’s Eve in a different country since 2013.
Cathy Cheng, Columbia Business School
Cathy is a MBA student of Columbia Business School Class 2018. Prior to MBA, she worked at HP as business analyst. She is passionate about technology and entrepreneurship. Inspired by JWIT 2017, she is working with her fellow classmates on CBS's first tech conference ALLEYCON: www.alleyconnyc.com
Camille Crenshaw, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
Camille is a first year MBA at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business, focused on Technology and Strategy. She holds a B.S. in Social Sciences from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Prior to Ross, Camille started her career in the social impact sector before launching a consulting practice in Los Angeles, where she developed strategies in fundraising, IT, and human capital for her clients. Camille’s passion for technology began during her first Salesforce implementation project, leading her to help mission-driven organizations use technology to drive impact. While at Ross, Camille is looking forward to continuing her work in diversity, equity, and inclusion as the Tech Club’s VP of Women in Tech. Camille will continue her work in tech this summer while at Deloitte in San Francisco.
Tingjie Li, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Tingjie is a 2nd year JD/MBA student at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. She holds an LL.B from Tsinghua University, China. Prior to Kellogg, Tingjie worked as a foreign legal consultant at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP, where she problem solved with various Chinese mega tech clients like Alibaba and Qunar. She developed and enhanced her business operations and analytical skills at a mobile gaming startup, a venture capital investing in early stage technology startups, and a sports technology startup before coming to Kellogg. All these past experiences reaffirmed her passion for technology and the way that it could change the world. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, and practicing front-end web development for fun. She co-founded a mobile platform for sports fans with her classmates at Kellogg.
Josefina Morgan Hamren, Cornell Tech
Josefina is one-year MBA student at Johnson Cornell Tech. She co-founded the organization Women of Cornell Tech and is a fund manager at Big Red Ventures. She graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Fiber Science. Prior to business school she worked as a product development manager for an autonomous robot and in various roles at Foursquare. Josefina grew up in San Francisco where she first discovered her love of technology. She is an avid horseback rider and passionate about wildlife conservation.
Stephanie Giola, University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Stephanie is a first-year MBA student at the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School pursuing concentrations in Operations and Entrepreneurship with a focus in Business Analytics and Decision Making. Prior to her MBA, Stephanie worked in the construction industry in project management, marketing and estimating and spent four in the classroom as a high school social studies teacher. Stephanie’s time in the classroom opened her eyes to the power technology holds to change lives and address social issues. Her passion to harness this power brought Stephanie to business school where she is a Forte Fellow and Dean’s Fellow. It has also driven her involvement at KFBS where she has focused on the intersection of equity and technology through leadership positions in both the Business Technology Club and MBA Student Association. Stephanie is deeply excited about the opportunities for women and society that are enabled by technology and entrepreneurship.
Erin Kinnevy, McCombs
Erin Kinnevy is a first-year MBA at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas, pursuing concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship with a focus on health and technology. Erin holds a BSE in Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering from The University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in Pharmaceutics and Biotechnology. Prior to McCombs, she was working as an engineer in the tech field with active outside involvement in educational outreach toward underprivileged students, young girls in STEM, and women in non-traditional career paths. She is currently on the board of Marketing Fellows at McCombs and is working with a local venture-backed e-commerce startup to help expand their online presence and partnerships. She is passionate about molding a career that involves the intersection of health and technology, while remaining dedicated to outreach and social initiatives that better the community and lives of others.
Elena Giralt, NYU Stern
Elena is a second year MBA student at NYU Stern. She is a Consortium Fellow and a Forte Fellow. Prior to moving to New York, she worked at the local NPR and PBS station in her hometown of Houston, Texas. While at Stern, Elena has worked at NBCUniversal as a Ad Sales Intern and as a freelancer for a multicultural market research firm. She is a passionate advocate of celebrating diverse voices in media.
Fareen E Elias, Rice Jones
Fareen Elias grew up in Alief, Texas, hailed as the most diverse community in Houston, herself contributing as a first generation Kenyan-American. She attended Texas A&M, where she majored in Geophysics with minors in Math and Economics. After graduation, she became an exploration geophysicist, working as a product support manager for a start-up specializing in seismic imaging software development. Fareen is interested in translating her product support knowledge into discovering and investing in clean energy entrepreneurs and adopting acquired technologies to make energy companies more sustainable. When not behind a computer, you can find Fareen lindy-hopping and jitterbugging for the Houston Swing Dance Society.
Divya Aparna Vadari, Wisconsin School of Business
Divya is a second-year MBA student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in Operations and Technology Management. She has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering. Before business school, she worked as a Business Intelligence and Analytics Consultant at Thorogood Associates. At Thorogood, she worked on a variety of data warehousing projects, and had a substantial part in developing and supporting critical BI systems for multiple clients, mainly in the CPG industry. She has experience in requirements gathering at the client-side, translating the same to robust data extraction and transformation systems as well as recommending and implementing efficient and robust designs. This past summer, she was able to apply this experience coupled with her MBA background as a Product Manager Intern at Intuit, Inc. in Mountain View, California. She worked on designing the customer experience for a new feature on QuickBooks Online Payroll by developing deep customer empathy, cross-functional collaboration with engineers and designers, and rapid prototyping wireframes with customers. She is excited about innovating through technology, and enriching the lives of people worldwide. In her free time, Divya enjoys reading, writing and traveling.