I love emerging technology and entrepreneurship. I think it’s really important to provide students with a better understanding of what types of jobs are out there. I find that when you’re in high school, you don’t understand what career paths exist. New York On Tech provides transparency for students, giving them insights into the different kinds of technologies and career paths, and what there is to know in order to succeed in any path they decide to take.
Location: New York, New York
Profession: Managing Director, BNY Mellon
Why did you join the advisory council of New York On Tech?
I was honored that Co-Founder, Evin Robinson, asked me to join. I have known Evin since he was in high school, we had worked on an entrepreneurial project together through another non-profit. When he approached me about New York On Tech, telling me that it was related to tech and giving back to the community, I was excited and didn’t think twice about joining.
What are you most proud of in your work at New York On Tech?
I think just having the opportunity to provide strategic advice and guidance to New York On Tech has been rewarding. Whether it’s supporting their efforts monetarily, thinking through growth strategies and organizational governance during advisory meetings or attending NYOT social events like The Annual Tech Flex Fundraiser or Tech & Tea, I’m glad I can help with fulfilling the mission.
What inspires and/or motivates you to make an impact at New York On Tech?
It’s the mission. I love emerging technology and entrepreneurship. I think it’s really important to provide students with a better understanding of what types of jobs are out there. I find that when you’re in high school, you don’t understand what career paths exist. New York On Tech provides transparency for students, giving them insights into the different kinds of technologies and career paths, and what there is to know in order to succeed in any path they decide to take.
What do some students aspire to do with their New York On Tech experience?
I hope what they do is take in the experience and use it to help make decisions in their own lives. In particular, I think what they learn with us can give them some direction, enabling them to create a path for themselves while they’re in college. Sometimes people will go to college and want to explore, but the more they know going in, the better they can craft their own path and success. I’ve heard the Tech Flex Leaders appreciate the different perspectives and they use some of the speakers and experiences as role models, which helps them believe that if certain people can do it, they can do it too. I think it’s really important for students to realize that there is a lot of hard work and effort that goes into creating something. That if they want success, they really need to understand it’s going to take hard work to get there. There will be a lot of obstacles, but passion, dedication, and discipline will make the vision come to fruition.
What are some of the barriers to entry in the tech market today, and how does New York On Tech, help students overcome these potential future challenges?
It comes down to skillset. Developing the right skills is really important. The great thing that Evin and Jessica are doing is putting leading edge technologies and where the opportunities are going to be in front of the Tech Flex Leaders. If they develop skills in these areas, it will make it easier for them to get into the technology industry, whether it’s in a technical or non-technical role.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Most of my admiration for New York On Tech comes from the founders, Evin and Jessica. They are hard-working, smart, creative, and humble. I am more than confident that New York On Tech is going to be a major presence in NYC, giving students in the NYC community opportunities to find their way in the tech world by giving them the skills and knowledge to be successful.