Purpose: The GSA Mentorship Program is designed to answer questions and offer support for the incoming cohort leading up to and during their first semester. It provides an opportunity to connect with 2nd-year GMBA students who they have been matched with and gain insights that will help to support their success in the graduate program.

Process: After the 2nd-year GMBA students have submitted the information, their profiles will be posted here where the incoming cohort will have the opportunity to review and select their mentors. Afterwards, the 1st-year students are encouraged to email Iris Kan, GSA Mentorship Chair, at Iris.Kan@temple.edu with their top 5 preferences as mentors. GSA will make every effort to match you based on your preferences but cannot make any guarantees. Mentees can expect their mentors to reach out within one week of submitting their preferences.

Contact: If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Iris Kan, GSA Mentorship Chair, at Iris.Kan@temple.edu.

 

01. Alexandra Z. SafirAlexandra Z. Safir
Undergraduate Institution:  The George Washington University
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Religion, Political Science
Industry Experience:  Education, Non-Profit
Years of Professional Work Experience:  7 years

Bio:  Alexandra Zimmerman Safir is currently an MBA Candidate at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Prior to pursuing her MBA, she served as the Women & Economy Project Coordinator at Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security, where she managed the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership and the Bank of America Fellowship on Women and the Economy. She holds a Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s from the George Washington University. She also serves on the Board’s Steering Committee of Girls on the Run Philadelphia. Alex loves spending time in the mountains, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.

 

02. Alexandria IntravatolaAlexandria Intravatola
Undergraduate Institution:  Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Public Health
Industry Experience:  Non-Profit
Years of Professional Work Experience:  5.5 years

Bio:  Alexandria (Ali) Intravatola is a first year MBA student at Fox School of Business. Her interests include healthcare, sustainability, and using data and technology to improve processes. Alexandria is a general board member for Fox Net Impact. Before attending Fox, Alexandria worked for Make-A-Wish New Jersey, a nonprofit that grants life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses, where gained experience in project management, social media, marketing, and donor stewardship. Alexandria attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate degree in public health and minor in art history. Alexandria enjoys exploring Philadelphia and finding new restaurants, art, and unique architecture.

 

03. Amit SerusiAmit Serusi
Undergraduate Institution:  Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering & Management
Industry Experience:  Entrepreneur, Information Technology
Years of Professional Work Experience:  6 years

Bio:  Amit Serusi is an Israeli born industrial engineer and a current MBA student at Fox School of Business, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Amit has strong management experience in the information technology field, as well as the business field. In addition, Amit served in an elite unit in the Israeli army (IDF) for 3 years. Amit has 6 years of experience in the information technology field as a vice section manager where he managed 13 employees. As part of his position, he led departmental and divisional software-development projects. Amit’s performance led him to be recognized with the “Award for Departmental Excellence” given to one of 150 employees.

A few years ago, Amit decided to follow his love of fitness and established his first business, a Fitness studio in the center of Tel Aviv. Amit built the business from the ground up and thanks to his natural drive and ambition the business grew to 100 customers and 8 employees within 2 years. During this venture, Amit developed and implemented an e-commerce application for online scheduling and payments to reduced administrative and invoice processing time. Amit is an entrepreneur and loves to see his ideas reach their fullest form.

 

04. Danielle MillerDanielle Miller
Undergraduate Institution: Penn State
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Food Science
Industry Experience:  Food
Years of Professional Work Experience:  4 years

Bio:  My name is Danielle Miller. I have lived in Philadelphia for four years. I graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and spent the past four years working in food manufacturing plants. In my most recent role, I worked as a food safety and regulatory compliance auditor for an international trade company. I provided training and consulting for food plants, packaging plants, and distribution centers throughout the supply chain. I am excited to be part of the Global MBA program to advance my career in the food industry towards strategic management and business development. In my free time, I enjoy running, cooking, and trying new restaurants in Philly. My fun fact: my first job was working at a Swiss cheese manufacturing plant.

 

05. Divya AryaDivya Arya
Undergraduate Institution:  Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Commerce
Industry Experience:  Financial Services, Mass Media
Years of Professional Work Experience:  1.5 years

Bio:  Divya Arya is a current Global MBA candidate at Fox, with a passion for marketing and analytics. She believes in making a social impact, actively participating in numerous CSR and volunteering activities throughout her academic and professional life, and is now the VP for Career Development at Fox Net Impact. She is also an ardent foodie, and was a food blogger back in India.

 

06. Emily CashinEmily Cashin
Undergraduate Institution:  Loyola University New Orleans
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Music Education
Industry Experience:  Education, Entrepreneur, Food, Hospitality
Years of Professional Work Experience:  11 years

Bio:  Emily Cashin is a first-year Global MBA candidate at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. In May 2018, she will begin a full-year internship with Subaru of America in Sales Field Operations. Emily has a primary background in public education where she taught Music and Spanish in urban Philadelphia. Emily has also worked front-of-house positions in Philadelphia’s booming restaurant industry for several world-renowned, award-winning chefs and restaurants. Emily also has direct sales experience as a consultant and team manager with the international company Jamberry. The culmination of education, hospitality, and sales has given Emily uniquely strong insights into consumer behavior and market dynamics. Emily hopes to continue her work in corporate education & training, project management, and dynamic innovation.

 

07. Eric HamscherEric Hamscher
Undergraduate Institution:  Washington & Lee University
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Global Politics
Industry Experience:  Education, Healthcare
Years of Professional Work Experience:  6 years

Bio:  My name is Eric Hamscher, and I am from Erie, Pennsylvania. I attended Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where I received my bachelor’s degree in Global Politics with a minor in Poverty & Human Capability Studies. I arrived to Philadelphia after graduation in 2011 to partner with Teach For America as an 8th grade math teacher. I taught my students for two years while completing graduate coursework in education at the University of Pennsylvania. For the last 3 years, I’ve been working in clinical research at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the clinical lab at Hahnemann University Hospital. For my future career, I’m very interested in healthcare, management, and entrepreneurship. Outside of work, I enjoy creative writing, running, meeting new people, trying new restaurants, and traveling.

 

08. Erica KowalErica Kowal
Undergraduate Institution:  Queen’s University in Kingston
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Engineering chemistry
Industry Experience:  Chemical/Pharmaceutical, Energy/Gas/Oil/Water
Years of Professional Work Experience:  5 years

Bio:  Erica Kowal is a first-year MBA student at Temple University looking to pivot her experience in operational risk management in the energy industry to a position in strategic risk management. Her specialty areas are supply chain management and field operations. Currently an International Management Intern at the Québec Trade Office in Philadelphia, Erica is supporting the growth of economic ties between the province of Québec and the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Erica is actively engaged in the risk management community. She is a current member of The Risk Management Society (RIMS), and the Greater Philadelphia Risk Network. Erica holds an honors bachelor’s degree in engineering chemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is fluent in French and proficient in German. She enjoys downhill skiing and has recently taken up yoga.

 

09. Jie LuJie Lu
Undergraduate Institution:  Hena Normal University
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Biotechnology
Industry Experience:  Chemical/Pharmaceutical
Years of Professional Work Experience:  8 years

Bio:  Jie Lu is pursuing MBA with a concentration in Finance at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Prior to his MBA, Jie was a scientist at Merck & Co., Inc. focusing on anti-HIV drug discovery and a virologist at the University of Pennsylvania. Jie have published 30+ papers in prestigious journals and was awarded for the approvals of new drugs for human clinical trials. He holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and a B.S. in Biotechnology. Jie is enjoying his adventure in the business world and looking forward to applying his diverse skills and knowledge to business opportunities. He looks forward to making new professional connections in the biopharmaceutical industry and beyond.

Jie lives in the greater Philadelphia area with his wife and 4-year old son. In his spare time, Jie enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, and playing games and watching movies with his family and friends.

 

10. Joseph YatskyJoseph Yatsky
Undergraduate Institution:  Boston University
Undergraduate Area of Study:  English Literature & East Asian Religion
Industry Experience:  Mass Media, Non-Profit, Entertainment/Theatre
Years of Professional Work Experience:  10 years

Bio: I have spent most of my professional life creating magic and wonder for those I encounter. Academically, I graduated with honors from Boston University and, later, obtained a Master’s degree from the University of London – Goldsmiths. After my undergraduate career, I made the most impactful decision of my life and moved abroad to Japan. From the hustle and bustle of a major American city to a farming community of just over 3000 people in northern Japan in order to teach English. After this, for years, I worked with Cirque du Soleil and the Walt Disney Company. With these two companies, I had the opportunity to travel around the world (I have been to seven (I saw Antarctica from on a boat, I count it), worked on five, and lived on four different continents), build cruise ships and mind-blowing shows, and interact with many cultures, languages, foods, and, most importantly, people. Those are the experiences that have meant the most and motivated me to take my vast array of skills and engaging outlook and pursue a way to better the lives of as many of the people I encounter, as they have enriched my life by encountering them.

 

11. Karthik GanapathyKarthik Ganapathy
Undergraduate Institution:  Bharathiar University
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Biotechnology
Industry Experience:  Healthcare
Years of Professional Work Experience:  8.5 years

Bio:  Karthik Ganapathy is a first year global MBA student at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. He has a Master’s degree in Biology from St. Joseph’s University and a Business Essentials certification from the Wharton School of Business. Karthik has more than eight years of clinical and research work at The University of Pennsylvania Health Systems (UPHS) and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) along with his business education from Villanova University and the Wharton School of Business.

In his previous position in Genomics Product Development, Karthik was responsible for new test development at UPHS that improves cancer detection and personalizes medicine. As Senior Research Assistant at CHOP, Karthik was responsible for managing research projects that included investigating novel pediatric diseases. He collaborated with physicians and research investigators in drafting and reviewing research articles for publication in scientific journals. In his previous roles, Karthik co-led Six Sigma initiatives that led to complete reorganization of workstations and paved the way for implementing new workflows. In addition to his paid work experience, Karthik was member-elected Vice President of Education at the Picket Post Toastmaster’s club for 2008. He was responsible for organizing bi-monthly meetings, assigning duties to club members, mentoring new members, and generating quarterly progress reports. He also served as a member of a nonprofit health advocacy organization called Genetic Alliance. In 2008, he led the Pennsylvania team focused on genetic testing oversight and health information technology to key policy makers on Capitol Hill and advocated in support of the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act.

 

12. Lydia Schwoebel-TaylorLydia Schwoebel-Taylor
Undergraduate Institution:  University of Mary Washington
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Business Administration
Industry Experience:  E-Commerce
Years of Professional Work Experience:  5.5 years

Bio:  Lydia Schwoebel-Taylor is a marketing professional in the e-commerce industry. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. Her specialties include the areas of sales forecasting, project management, and business performance analysis. In her spare time she plays the piano and continues to takes lessons.

 

Orela SukuOrela Suku
Undergraduate Institution:  Drexel University
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Business Administration (Concentrations: Accounting & Marketing)
Industry Experience:  Retail, E-Commerce, Mass Media
Years of Professional Work Experience:  4.5 years years

Bio:  Orela Suku is a marketing professional in the retail industry. Her specialty areas are paid media strategy, planning and analysis, project management, and content marketing. Orela was born in Albania and moved to the United States with her family at the age of six. She has lived and pursued her education and career in the Philadelphia area ever since. In 2013, she graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Accounting. During her time at Drexel University, she interned in various industries and functions, including at Johnson & Johnson in marketing finance, a Publicis Groupe Agency in digital media strategy and business development for the health and pharmaceutical industry, and IKEA North America in regional marketing and market research. While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at Drexel, she studied abroad in Rome, Italy after having studied Italian for over six years.

Upon graduation she accepted a permanent role at IKEA North America where she spent over four years working in various roles including social media strategy and paid media, managing national cross-channel campaigns from briefing to planning, execution, performance measurement and analysis. While at IKEA she was featured in a global IKEA case study on social media strategy, measurement and customer service, sharing best practices and guidelines for other IKEA countries. For the last two years she was project manager of IKEA Home Tour, the company’s content marketing program, overseeing a production team of five co-workers. A fun fact about Orela is that she recently acted in an IKEA video series that showcases the purchasing process for a kitchen. The videos are published on YouTube and the IKEA website.

 

13. Pratiksha Suresh copyPratiksha Suresh
Undergraduate Institution:  VTU
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Computer Science and Engineering
Industry Experience:  Information Technology
Years of Professional Work Experience:  3 years

Bio:  Pratiksha is an MBA student with a concentration in General Management. She has 3 years of experience in software development and marketing, with a certification in social media marketing. She is enthusiastic about new developments in technology and wants work in product and market strategy development in this sector after graduation. When she is not working or studying, Pratiksha likes to travel and document these travels with her camera. She is an enthusiastic runner and is training to participate in a 10K run soon.

 

14. Sandeep Gupta copySandeep Gupta
Undergraduate Institution:  PEC University of technology,India
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Mechanical Engineering
Industry Experience:  Manufacturing
Years of Professional Work Experience:  9 years

Bio: Innate love for innovation and creativity, it is what drives me to learn and grow professionally and personally. As an aspiring MBA candidate, I am interested in adding value to company’s operations, in areas such as innovative product development, supply chain and purchasing. A mechanical engineer by background with more than 9 years of progressive work experience with Suzuki Motors Corporation, Japan and Maruti Suzuki, India. Working with market leaders really broadened my horizon and exposed me to best practices of the industry. I have strong leadership and change management skills. I love to travel to new countries and like to read fiction novels in my free time.

 

SanketSanket Shah C
Undergraduate Institution:  Anna University, Chennai India
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Chemical Engineering
Industry Experience:  Chemical/Pharmaceutical, Energy/Gas/Oil/Water
Years of Professional Work Experience:  5 years

Bio: As a Chemical Engineer by trade, over the past 5 years, I have worked on a variety of projects. From developing solutions with environmental applications, to helping build consumer relevant and affordable point-of-use water purification devices in my previous role at Unilever. I successfully balanced incompatible scenarios of economy and science to meet business goals. Climate change concerns me. Education for the economically underprivileged and establishing animal care/veterinary shelters are causes I would love to spend my time and energy on in the near future.

In my spare time, I read, go canoeing, play racquet ball, or pick cooking tips from my wife. I also practice yoga intermittently and love to meditate. Fun Fact: I’m a self-taught Vedic Astrologer and practice predictive astrology readings for clients.

 

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Wale Oyebanji
Undergraduate Institution:  Windsor University School of Medicine
Undergraduate Area of Study:  Medicine
Industry Experience:  Healthcare
Years of Professional Work Experience:  9 years

Bio: Dr. Wale Oyebanji is a first-year Global MBA student with a concentration in Healthcare Management. Since his graduation with Honours from the Windsor University School of Medicine, St. Kitts and Nevis; one of the beautiful Islands in the Caribbean, he has garnered over 8 years of experience working as a Physician, Hospital/Quality Control Administrator, Commercial Manager and Business Development Consultant in different private and governmental organizations. He was a co-host of a Nigerian television talk show on healthcare, called “We the Doctors”, as well as the co-founder of Medmobile Consultants Limited, a Nigerian limited liability company that provides medical tips as content to telecommunication companies to offer as a value-added service to their subscribers. Dr Oyebanji has a knack for civic engagement, problem solving and volunteering, he has served as a volunteer in both national and international organizations including the World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, African Union, Political Parties and the Lagos State Ministry of Health. It suffices to say he is multifaceted in nature. Dr Oyebanji is the current Vice-President of the Fox Graduate Student Association and also the Co-President of the Temple University Healthcare Leadership Organization. He is a graduate student worker with the Department of Risk, Insurance & Healthcare Management, and was just recently selected to serve as a member of the Temple University Hospital Ethics Committee as a community representative.

When he is not rendering medical or business consultancy, or engaging in politics, Dr. Oyebanji enjoys reading autobiographies, singing, dancing and traveling, he has been to 14 countries in 4 continents and still counting, as he plans to visit 40 countries before the age of 40.

 

YeshuYeshu Aggarwal
Undergraduate Institution:  Oxford Brookes University
Undergraduate Area of Study:  International Business Management
Industry Experience:  Entrepreneur, Retail/ Distribution
Years of Professional Work Experience:  5 years

Bio: Resourceful, result-oriented professional experienced in a wide spectrum of roles spanning procurement, operations and business development, in the automotive industry. Previous roles also involved working across various geographies in India, to conduct market research, drive execution and generate sales. Adept at understanding company financials, setting pricing strategy, improving operational efficiencies and generating profitability. Liaised with senior executives, toward formulating inventory management strategy, scouting new clients and participating in meetings with potential high value clients. Prior experiences have led to developing a sound business judgement underpinned by solid technical skills and focused differentiation strategies. Overall, Yeshu has significantly contributed toward generating bottom line value add through a combination of curious disposition and decisive leadership.

Outside his professional career, Yeshu is a philanthropist who has contributed to cause of girl education in India. Since 2012, he has donated a year’s worth stationery to every child at Sthree Charitable Society (The Universal Power) in Cochin, India. Additionally, he has also conducted fund raising activities for this non-profit organization. Yeshu spends his free time meditating, reading, and travelling.