Our Team

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Executive Director: Dr. Cindi Love

Dr. Cindi Love previously served as the Executive Director of ACPA. She is a professional educator, human rights advocate & activist, tenured Fortune 500 corporate executive, award winning entrepreneur and author.

Love was a member of the predecessor committee and the Working Advisory Group to the US Secretary of State on Religion & Foreign Policy from 2010-2018 and served as plenary speaker at the final session of the United Nations UUO Compass Coalition for LGBT Human Rights during that time. Love also served as a thematic country specialist for LGBT human rights with Amnesty International and currently serves as one of 112 Expert Panelists convened globally for the Diversity Collegium Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks project (www.diversitycollegium.org). She was a “serial entrepreneur” from 1981 to 1996 when she sold her last company to the TORO Company (NYE: TTC). She was an inaugural member of MIT’s Birthing of Giants program and received the David Boehnett Fellowship to the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program for State & Local Officials. Love has been the invited guest of two US Presidents in recognition of her advocacy work with underrepresented populations. Stetson Law awarded Love its Facilitator Award in 2016 for her groundbreaking work in improving campus safety. Love is featured in Dr. John Dugan’s interdisciplinary text, Leadership Theory: Facilitator’s Guide for Cultivating Critical Perspectives.

Chief of Staff: Amanda Zielinski Slenski

Amanda Zielinski Slenski is a passionate advocate for undergraduate students and supporting opportunity and access within the higher education landscape.  

 She served Alma College (MI) for nearly 12 years in a variety of roles in enrollment, career development, and advancement. In her most recent position as the Vice President for Enrollment and Special Assistant to the President, she led the college’s strategic recruitment efforts; coordinated President’s Office operations and communication, strategic planning, and college goal setting; and directed campus-wide initiatives.  

Prior to her work at Alma College, Zielinski Slenski was a resident director at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a leadership advisor for Alpha Gamma Delta International, and a recruitment coordinator and graduate resident director at Miami University. 

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Alma College and a master’s degree from Miami University (OH).

 

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors establishes the overall strategic priorities for O4U and works closely with our team in pursuit of our mission.  Board members are accomplished, passionate members of the LGBTQ+ community with a wide range of industry and advisory backgrounds.

Strategic Advisors

Admissions Team and Early ID Team

Alumni and Special Events Team

Brand and Digital Content Team

Digital Transformation Team

Mentoring Team

Learning Community Team

Travel and Logistics Team

Strategic Partnership Team

Business Conference Team

Samrudhi Vaghmare (she/they) is a Senior Consultant in the Data & Analytics practice at EY. Her focus is on Data Strategy and Data Architecture & Integration for the financial services sector. Samrudhi's passion for high tech is showcased through the solutions they built using advanced analytics. Prior to EY, Samrudhi attended University of Illinois at Chicago where they majored in Information Decision Sciences and Accounting with concentrations in Data Analytics and Management Information Systems. As a student, she attended O4UB three times and will be on the Director team a second time this year.Outside of work, Samrudhi plays competitive league sports in NYC and typically enjoys adrenaline rush activities.

Cesar (he/him) is a Finance Manager for Office Consumer at Microsoft. He has worked in Financial Planning and Analysis, Internal Audit, Devices Market Intelligence, and Global Sales and Marketing Operations. He leads or has recently led his programs' DI, Undergraduate Recruiting, and Morale committees. Originally from Costa Rica, Cesar immigrated to Morristown, NJ when he was five years old. He studied Economics and Spanish at Harvard, during which he attended O4U Business and Marketing. Cesar founded Microsoft’s first ever sponsorship of the Business conference and served as two-time Admissions Director for the Marketing conference. Cesar is the proud father to Eevee (they/them), his mini goldendoodle puppy. Pre-Covid, he could be found either breaking a sweat at Barry’s or breaking it down on the dance floor. Presently, he enjoys exercising with Tonal, spinning on Peloton, or practicing yoga. He also loves playing dodgeball. If you can throw shade, you can throw a ball!

Cam (he/him) is a Senior Consulting Analyst at Mercer, a human capital consulting firm. In his role, Cam performs quantitative and qualitative analyses that help businesses better manage, reward, and engage their people. Industries he has experience in include higher education, tech, retail, manufacturing, and financial services. He is also a member of Mercer's Pride Business Resource Group. Prior to joining Mercer, Cam graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 2020 with a B.A. in International Relations. He attended O4UB in April 2019 as an undergraduate and served as a Sponsorship Director for the O4UB 2021 Fall conference. He is based in Chicago and enjoys watching Survivor, going to the movies, and finding the best bottomless mimosa brunch in the city!

Reiko (she/her/hers) is an Analyst at Stellex Capital Management, a middle-market Private Equity firm that seeks to identify and deploy capital in opportunities that have the potential to provide stability, improvement, and growth. Reiko is part of the investment team and is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities in the specialty manufacturing, industrial and business services, aerospace & defense, automotive, and government services sectors. Before joining Stellex, Reiko attended NYU Stern School of Business where she majored in Finance and Sustainable Business. While in college, Reiko was a co-president of Pride Corp, working to foster relationships with professional LGBTQ+ networks and promote diversity and inclusion in school and in the workplace. Reiko attended O4UB two times as an undergraduate, and it is her first time on the Director team.

Chandra (she/her/hers) is based in NYC as the Growth Strategy Manager at THE YES, a next generation AI-powered shopping platform with over $30m in venture funding. Prior to THE YES, Chandra was an Associate in the Investment Banking Group at Goldman Sachs, where she supported clients across verticals including internet/direct-to-consumer, consumer packaged goods, music, and retail. Chandra graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Business Administration in 2019. While in school, she was a member of The Sopranos Acapella, a representative in Central Student Government, and president of the Black Business Undergraduate Society and Ross Out For Business (an LGBTQ+ organization for BBAs and MBAs on campus). Chandra attended O4UB three times and O4UM once as an undergraduate. She made the shift to the organizing side as a Sponsorship Director of O4U Marketing in 2019 and returned as Conference Lead of the 2020 O4UM Conference. Chandra now serves concurrently as a Director on the Strategic Implementation Team and as a Programming Director on the 2022 O4UB conference team.

Erica Lezama (she/her/hers) is a Senior Associate Consultant at The Bridgespan Group, where she works advising non-profit leaders, foundations, and HNWI's on social sector business management and strategy. Erica has worked mainly with American based clients out of Bridgespan's NY office for the past 2 years, but has recently taken on a transfer position based out of Johannesburg, South Africa to lead work on Bridgespan's Africa Initiative. At Bridgespan Erica serves as the lead for both the Black and LGBTQ+ affinity groups. Before Bridgespan, Erica co-oped at Ashoka, Innovators for the Public and McKinsey and Co. Erica attended Northeastern University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics with a concentration in Finance and started an organization called Out in Business, a professional development affinity group for LGBTQ students in the business school. Erica attended O4UB 3 times as a student and this is her second year on the board.

Matt (he/him/his) is a management consultant at Asemio, a technology consulting firm  driven by social good and helping communities achieve transformation by enabling data-informed decision-making. Before joining Asemio, Matt studied sociology at the University of Oklahoma and worked as an intern at an economic development consulting group where he came to love data and research. While he isn’t working, Matt is passionate about the power of words and stories to facilitate social change for marginalized groups. He has lectured, keynoted, and paneled several events and has been involved in a number of organizations aimed at helping the community. Matt attended O4U three times as an undergraduate and is excited to return to O4U as a director. His hobbies include weightlifting, trying new craft beers, reading about quantum mechanics, and watching Oklahoma football.

Amy (she / her / hers) is an Associate Consultant at Bain out of the New York office, where she has worked with clients in the technology, energy, non-profit, and private equity industries. At Bain, Amy helps lead undergraduate LGBTQ recruiting. Prior to joining Bain, Amy graduated from Vanderbilt University where she majored in Economics and Political Science. On campus, Amy was the president of the student non-profit consulting group, served as a resident advisor, and worked as a teaching assistant.

Amy has attended O4UB twice as a student, twice as a sponsor, and is excited to return as a Programming Director this year. Outside of work and O4U, you can find Amy trying out new breakfast bagel locations, awkwardly jumping up and down at concerts, and planning her next road trip.

Matt (he/him) works as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in New York City. Before joining Bain, Matt worked as an analyst in BlackRock's Aladdin FinTech business, where he also interned in the summer of 2019. Matt graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, in 2020, where he studied Political Science and Social Policy. At Northwestern, Matt was the Executive Co-Director of the Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights, and he traveled and competed on Northwestern's competitive Model United Nations team. He also spent three years in college studying injustices in the American immigration and deportation systems in Northwestern's Deportation Research Clinic. Matt lives in Brooklyn, and he enjoys cultivating his houseplants and exploring New York's food scene with his friends.

Engineering Conference Team

Julian, who is based in Los Angeles, CA, is a Business Operations and Strategy Associate for Deliverr. He specializes in supply chain management, prediction modeling, and data analysis for the continental United States. His current focus is ensuring key zones are covered for target delivery times. A benefit of working at a startup, Julian does most of his work directly with the company CEO and the leads of the Data Science team.

An alum of the University of Southern California, Julian graduated in 2019 with a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering. While enrolled at the university, he had numerous leadership roles in the school’s Queers in Engineering, Science, and Technology (QuEST) and Alpha Phi Omega chapters. He also competed with Chaotic 3, the university’s premier competition dance team.

The 2022 conference will be Julian's seventh Out for Undergrad Engineering Conference, having attended three as a student, two as a Sponsorship Director, and one as a Programming Director. When not working with O4U, Julian also donates his time to the Point Foundation - for which he is a past scholar - in numerous roles. In his free time he enjoys photography, dancing, fitness, hiking, and traveling.

Emil Yongoueth is a satellite systems engineer at The Boeing Company and is based out of their El Segundo Office. He primarily works on creating software enhancements on On-Orbit satellites while also playing a key role in satellite anomaly resolution. He is also involved in various Boeing Employee Resource Groups such BEPA (Boeing Employee Pride Alliance), and those specifically catering towards volunteering and k-12 outreach. Before joining Boeing, Emil graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering with a concentration in astrodynamics.

Emil’s involvement in Out of Undergrad started back in 2017 as he attended three times during his undergraduate career. In 2020, he served as an O4UE admissions director and he is very excited to be a part of the team again! In his free time, Emil enjoys making music from whatever instruments he has laying around the house, driving, fishing, and cooking.

Angela will be working as an incoming consultant at Oliver Wyman in the New York office, after a gap period of spending time with family, traveling, and learning to properly cook. Previously, they have interned in healthcare engineering positions at Merck and Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon). She is a graduate of Columbia University with a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering.

As a three-time attendee of Out for Undergrad Engineering and a previous campus ambassador, Angela is so eager to continue their O4UE involvement and give back to this community. In her free time, she loves spending time with friends, dancing, making art, and being outdoors.

Francine Marie Reyes Vega is a Mechanical Engineer at Logistic Services International (LSI) in Jacksonville, FL. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and moved to Florida in 2019, after completing her undergraduate studies. Francine graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She attended the 2017 and 2018 O4U Engineering Conferences as a student, 2020 she participated as a volunteer,.and in 2021 she joined the director’s team as Admissions Director. 2022 will be her second year as Admissions Director. Besides her involvement in O4U, she has been an active member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) since 2013, and is currently the Co-Lead for the SWE LGBTQ+ and Allies Affinity Group.

Francine`s hobbies include traveling to new places, visiting museums, trying new foods, spoiling her cats, Pepperoni and Salemi, and as a tropical island native she tries to visit the beach as much as possible. She is very passionate about activism, crafting, and pottery/ceramics. She dreams about owning a pottery studio to practice her passion and develop a side business.

Adrik is an embedded software engineer at Honeybee Robotics at their Altadena office. He works on developing software for a science payload that is part of a Lunar mission. 

He graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with an Electrical Engineering degree. As a member of the Bruin Spacecraft Group at UCLA, he participated under the NASA-funded Rapid project. With Rapid, he developed software and hardware for a digital control interface unit (DCIU) to be incorporated in a miniature ion thruster. In addition, he has worked on localization algorithms and mapping systems for mobile robots which were demoed at the Bay Area Maker Faire. Outside of the classroom, he was a mentoring chair for Queer and Trans in STEM (QTSTEM) at UCLA for the 2020-21 academic year and created mentoring groups for undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate queer students in STEM.

Adrik started his involvement in O4U in 2020 as an undergraduate attendee for the O4UE engineering conference. In 2021 he was a campus ambassador and attended O4UE as a mentor for a group of eight students. It was a rewarding experience for him to collaborate with and mentor other students all across the US.

Joey is a Software Engineer at Capital One, based out of their McLean, VA office. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2020 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, focused on Process Systems and Product Engineering, and a minor in Business Administration. Joey is active in the Hispanics in Tech (HIT) and OutFront LGBTQ+ Capital One BRGs, and additionally works to help recruit and retain talent for the company. 

Joey attended the O4U Engineering Conferences from 2017-2019, served as a Campus Ambassador from 2018-2019, and joined the Programming Team for the 2021 conference season. He is so excited to be back on the team as the Programming Lead this year, and thrilled to be able to stay involved with O4U! Joey is passionate about representation in professional spaces, climate change, and equal access to education. Outside of work, Joey loves dancing, trying new food, and being a cat dad to his beautiful daughters, Titi and Cleo!

Adela is a Mechanical & Electrical Engineer. She graduated from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico with a B.S. in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. 

During her time at Tec, she was an active leadership student organizing and managing inclusion and city-wide events from chapters such as Rotary International and IEEE Women in Engineering. She also was a Resident Assistant for 4 years, creating and leading programs and events for over a thousand of students, participating also as speaker in leadership conferences in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. 

O4U Engineering Conference in 2020 was her first one as a student, served as a volunteer and Campus Ambassador for Business, Marketing, Engineering, and Tech conferences in 2021 and joined the 2022 Engineering Conference’s Programming Team excited and pumped up to bring y’all the best program experience. Considers herself a learner about any cool topic, loves axolotls, Mexican food and holidays, and watching horror movies.

Evan is a Clinical Trials Operations Development Program member for AbbVie, located in Waukegan, IL. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a B.S. in Bioengineering and a minor in Material Science and Engineering. Their undergraduate research focused on integrating and increasing accessibility and inclusion of engineering faculty into the Engineering Education research field and they look forward to continuing to use their knowledge for O4U. 

Evan attended the O4U Engineering Conferences from 2020-2021, served as a 2021 Campus Ambassador,  and is joining the Programming Team for the 2022 conference season. They are extremely honored to serve as a Programming Director and support O4U’s mission statement. Evan is passionate about encouraging others to find what it is that spark’s their fire, equity in education, and living out a message of “loving the becoming of your full authentic self.” Most importantly, he is a coffee nerd, a spontaneous traveler, and an avid believer that the “camera always eats first.”

Shivam is an Audit Staff 1 within the Assurance practice at Ernst & Young LLP in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He started with EY as an intern within the Assurance in Summer 2020. Prior to EY, Shivam worked for Fidelity Investments as a Business Strategy & Operations Intern in Westlake, TX where he worked with the Premium Services team for Fidelity Charitable. 

Shivam graduated with a BA in Business in May 2020 and MS in Accounting in August 2021 from the University of Dallas, Irving TX. One of the unique things about Shivam is that he is an international student from INDIA and came to the US in Fall 2016 for his college which provides him with the experience of learning about two different cultures in almost every aspect between the two continents. He was the President of the Accounting and Finance Society in college where he helped students with connecting with recruiters. Besides, he was a tutor of Accounting for 3 years. Other major achievements include Track & Field athlete and Class Senator. 

O4U Engineering will be Shivam’s fifth conference, after attending O4UM as a student in 2019 and volunteering for the same in 2020. He also volunteered for O4UTech 2020 and O4UEngineering 2021 where he was a mentor and one of the panelists for the Selectively Out talk session. He can be found reading, running, playing volleyball and tennis, cooking, and learning new things that expands his skill-sets.

Micki is a Electrical System Integration and Test Automation Engineer at Tesla, Inc., working on automating system regression and feature testing for Supercharger EV chargers from the ground up and designing and maintaining the team’s test data analysis pipeline. Much of their work includes automating and designing test hardware, writing system tests according to firmware teams’ needs, improving test reliability across all energy products, and developing Python tools for their organization. Micki is very grateful to be working directly to help accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy!

Micki attended University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and graduated with their B.S in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies in 2021. In undergrad, they were very involved with their university’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, and also took part in the campus LGBTQ+ club Women of Pride. They also did research in power electronics and mentored underclassmen through Women in Engineering (WIE) and as a teaching assistant.

O4U Engineering 2022 will be Micki’s 7th conference, after attending for 5 years, serving as a volunteer for one year, and finally as this year’s Logistics Directory. Outside of O4U, Micki enjoys hiking, yarn-based crafts, caring for their plants, and hanging out with their cat.

Farzana is a Silicon Design Engineer at AMD working on the Architecture Modelling team for GPUs. Her team adds timing to the C-model of the computer architecture to run experiments to help decide features (e.g. ray tracing) and configurations (e.g. cache size). She has had prior hardware testing internships in Micron, AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm. 

Farzana studied Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated in August 2021. During her time at college, she was involved with Out in STEM, Society of Women Engineers, Women in ECE, and Phi Sigma Rho (an engineering sorority). She was the External VP for her school’s Out in STEM chapter for LGBTQ+ people in STEM and gave a talk on intersectionality at the national conference (“Being Queer as a Desi-American”). She attended the 2016 O4UE conference as a student which taught her how to network more authentically and introduced her to some wonderful people.

Farzana was born in Bangladesh but grew up in New York City. Since 2015, she has lived in Illinois, Spain, Idaho, Texas, New York, and California. Currently she is working remotely in Chicago, but will be moving to the Bay Area early 2022. In her free time, she enjoys playing games (video, card, or board), trying new restaurants, and reading.

Justin is a supply chain New Product Program Manager at Cisco in San Jose, California. When he joined Product Ops at Cisco in 2018, he led process improvement projects to transition an expanding Security business to a recurring revenue model, and has more recently transitioned to managing hardware manufacturing plans and product launches for Catalyst switches. At Cisco, Justin has been involved with the PRIDE ERO and its Pride Mentorship Program and enjoys mentoring interns and university students.

Justin graduated with a BSE and MSE in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Go Blue!) as part of the Engineering Global Leadership (EGL) Honors Program in 2015/2016. At U-M, he was involved in the Spectrum Center, Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, and the Tauber Institute for Global Operations. He then worked as an Industrial Engineer on a Raw Material Analytics team for Boeing in Seattle, Washington for several years before returning to the Bay Area to be closer to family in Palo Alto.

After attending the O4U Engineering Conference at Stanford University in 2015, Justin was compelled to give back to an organization that exposed him to so many inspiring voices in the queer engineering community, and he is thrilled to join as Sponsorship Director this year! Justin currently lives in San Francisco and enjoys playing volleyball and tennis, seeing live music, and taking on cooking projects in his free time.

Quang Vo, who is based in Houston, TX, is a Rotational Engineer at Williams Co. He specializes in project management, strategy analysis, and product management. He has prior experience in his internships as a global product design management at Cummins, and Product Optimization Intern at Williams. Quang is attending the University of Houston for his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. While enrolled at the university, he had numerous leadership roles in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Student Government Association, Engineering Career Development Council, and Vietnamese Cultural and Science Association. Quang’s mission at the University of Houston was to facilitate and support students' career success. The 2022 conference will be Quang’s second Out for Undergrad Engineering Conference. Quang is excited to join O4U’s team this year, as a Sponsorship Director. When not working with O4U, Quang is involved and gives back to the community in as many ways as possible. In his free time he enjoys photography, hiking, swimming and traveling.

Sarah is a Production Engineer turned Shift Supervisor at The Mosaic Company in Tampa, FL. She works at the minerals processing plant for their largest phosphate mine. Her day to day role includes directing an 18-member crew, overseeing safe and efficient production, and troubleshooting operational problems.
 
Sarah received her Bachelor’s in Mining Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2019. While at UK she had numerous leadership roles in the Wildcat Marching Band, Kappa Kappa Psi (band service fraternity), the Engineering LLP, and Women in Mining. She was also involved in the university’s SWE chapter, her department’s Mining Competition Team, and a Christian campus ministry.
 
Sarah first became involved in O4U by attending the 2018 Fall Conference as a student her senior year. She joined the Sponsorship Team for the 2019 conference as a late recruit, returning to Sponsorship in 2020, and moving to Admissions in 2021. When not busy with work or O4U, she enjoys playing with her cat, having board game nights, and finding four-leaf clovers.

Tech Conference Team

Ji is a product operations manager at HBO Max. Ji graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2017 as a business major. They attended O4UB as a sophomore and co-founded SpectrumSC, the only student organization for LGBTQ+ students interested in business at USC based on O4UB. Ji continued to stay involved with O4U after graduating by attending O4UT as a mentor/sponsor and was an admissions director for O4UT2020 and programming director for O4UT2021. In their free time, Ji enjoys travelling, yoga, hiking, and drinking an excessive amount of cold brew.

Annie leads product at Column, a technology startup focused on the future of public interest information. She and the team started Column in the back of a newsroom in Manhattan, Kansas, and have now partnered with publishers across the nation including the Washington Post.

Before Column, Annie spent time at The New York Times and graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Harvard. Originally from Kansas, she now lives in Boston.

This is Annie’s seventh O4U. She attended both O4U Tech and Marketing as an undergrad, and this is her third year serving as a director. As an Admissions Director, she is very excited to work alongside incredible folks to recruit the most diverse and talented class yet.

Dylan is a PhD student working on Interactive Data Visualization at MIT’s Visualization Group. Previously, he developed visualization and data analytics services as a software engineer at Microsoft. In 2019 he graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in bioengineering. On the side, Dylan enjoys vagabonding and taking care of his numerous plants.

Stephen is a Software Engineer at The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a non-profit focused on solving some of society's toughest challenges. He works on the Education team, specifically on a new product called Along, that was started as a result of Covid. Before CZI, he studied Computer Science and Business at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier. He attended both the tech and business conferences and is so excited to now be a part of the team! Outside of work, you can find Stephen enjoying coffee at charming coffee shops or hiking!

Mitchell works in Product Operations at Facebook on the Virtual Reality team where he provides strategic and operational support to launch new products and features. Prior to working at Facebook, Mitchell spent three years as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting working on large-scale digital transformations. He graduated from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business in 2017 where he majored in Business Administration. Mitchell’s involvement with O4U began back in 2019 when he served as a volunteer for the O4U Tech Conference. He served as a Sponsorship Director for the O4U Tech 2021 Conference and has been managing the O4U Job Board as part of the Digital Transformation team since 2020. Mitchell is currently the Sponsorship Lead for the O4U Tech 2022 Conference. In his free time, Mitchell enjoys exploring new cities, cooking recipes from TikTok, and finding the best food deals in the Bay Area.

Jeremiah comes to O4U from a background IT consulting and diplomacy. After three pre-university gap years working abroad for non-profits dedicated to human rights and international exchange, he returned home as a non-traditional and distance student to study computing and design at Harvard. Studying remotely therefore allowed him to continue traveling—most recently to the Vatican, Saudi Arabia, Peru, South Korea, and Cambodia. Originally from Washington, DC, Jeremiah enjoys rollerskating, cycling, and rowing. He cares deeply about inclusion and equity in tech and is excited to join the O4U team again this year!

Ben is a data scientist at BNY Mellon focusing on implementing machine learning in the collateral markets. Before working at BNY, Ben did research on transfer learning in deep neural nets and worked as a software engineer at a startup that performed AI based video analytics for the entertainment industry. Ben graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where they attained their Masters in Physics and Bachelors in Math and Physics. While attending Penn, Ben was involved in Wharton Alliance, Penn’s LGBTQ+ Business organization, Greek life, and Hillel.

Ben has attended both the O4U Engineering and O4U Business conferences as a student and is excited to work with the O4U Tech team as a Sponsorship Director. They are based in New York City and enjoy weight lifting, cooking, music, and advocating for other First Generation/Low Income students in their free time. If you are interested in anything AI or want a mean tempeh bolognese give them a ping!

Kevin is a Product Manager at Workday where he's primarily focused on products that impact end user experience (e.g. mobile app, early wage payments, and direct deposit). He's also involved in their inclusive products community where they aim to build intentionally inclusive products for and with all dimensions of diversity and to champion a culture of product inclusion across the Workday ecosystem. Prior to Workday, Kevin graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2016 with a B.S. in Computer Science where he helped organize small to large-scaled events for various groups on campus, ranging from social justice programs for first-year students to the university's bi-annual music festivals. In his free time, you can find Kevin figuring out what plant to buy next, spending time outdoors, traveling, and teaching new tricks to his roommate's 9-month puppy.

Based in NYC, EB works with premium restaurant and hospitality groups as a Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Caviar, which was acquired by DoorDash at the end of 2019. Before DoorDash, EB specialized in global sales/business development across a variety of growth stage tech startups in Boston focused on eCommerce, Ed-Tech, and Additive Manufacturing. 

As a first-generation, TGNC immigrant, EB is passionate about closing inequities through outreach, education, and data. EB has been community organizing since the age of 16, when they helped pass a human rights ordinance in the city of Royal Oak, MI as a lead field organizer, and has since supported public education, health equity, and community mobilization projects with GLSEN, the Fenway Institute, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. EB studied Women’s & Gender Studies and French Cultural Studies at Wellesley College. Having served as a Sponsorship Director and Programming Director on the O4U Business Team, EB is thrilled to be joining the O4U Tech Team. Outside of work, EB enjoys spending time with chosen family and cultivating arts hobbies such as photography, ceramics, drawing, and guitar.

Born and raised in Chicago, Jess has always been inspired by the world of games. After earning her Stanford MBA, she has driven product, publishing, and digital ad strategy for various AAA titles including Candy Crush, World of Warcraft, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Today, Jess is a product lead on an unannounced title at Bad Robot Games, a JJ-Abrams owned gaming startup.

 

Karan works at Google on the unique Accelerated Growth Team, Google's higher-touch incubator/accelerator program for growth-stage startups. This team of senior consultants hand-selects a few high potential clients from across the country to join the program each quarter, offering in-depth product expertise, access to exclusive betas, and Google's “white glove service” of support. Due to the success of the Accelerated Growth program, this team has doubled in size every year since its inception, is expanding internationally, and serves as a premier model for Google’s other consulting teams to emulate. Prior to Google, Karan owned his own freelance consulting business working with a variety of clients – you can see more of this work on his website www.KaranMahendroo.com.

Michelle is a Software Engineer at Apple, based in the SF Bay Area. Having dabbled in everything from supply chain management to high fashion, their interests lie in the use of emerging technology to leverage and enhance innovation in other fields. Most importantly, they are concerned about the impact of this innovation, and how we can best rethink value metrics to incorporate community / environmental impact into product building.

Michelle graduated from Stanford University, where they studied Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) and History. At Stanford, they were involved in misinformation research through the Stanford Internet Observatory and research on “vulnerable” populations in urban areas with computer vision and multimodal modeling. They carry those interests on as the founder of Tech For Good @ Apple.

This is Michelle’s third year involved with O4U after attending as a student in the past. Hit them up for a game of basketball or some good Singaporean recipes!

Garrett is a Software Engineer at Instagram, where he works on making Instagram’s Direct Messaging service more reliable, secure, and easy to use. Before joining Instagram, he held positions at Facebook, Google, and SAS Institute. A Bay Area native, he graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 and attended O4U Tech in 2016.

Marketing Conference Team

Julia Baldaro is our bright and bubbly director based in Toronto, Canada. Her LinkedIn title says she is a Brand Marketer at General Mills but her unofficial title is professional food snacker (self appointed.) She joined O4U first as a student in her third and fourth year of university, volunteered post-grad, and is now in her second year as a director. Through O4U she has instilled a belief that when you bring your whole self to work you bring your best self. This led her to creating the first ever Canadian LGBTQ+ ERG at General Mills after a few months on the job which has been incredibly received from all levels of the company.

Through this work in her first year she has received the General Mills Marketing Beacon Award as well as the company wide Champions Award for fostering an inclusive work environment. Recently she has attended ‘Moonshot’, a General Mills Marketing think tank that chooses 40 General Mills marketers from across the Globe. This year was Mission Equality: creating a better starting point for all.

Besides work Julia is passionate about a kaleidoscope of things. She is a lover of all things puns and puzzles. An athlete ranging from soccer to innertube waterpolo and even dodgeball. An indulger on all things content from podcasts to books to trivia. An avid traveller who creates amateur gopro videos on Youtube.

If you want to learn more about Julia come find her at the conference or on social below!

Maggie Moss is, in no particular order, an advocate, creator, investor, teacher, and change-agent.

Moss is thrilled to be welcomed back to the team as a 2022 Admissions Director after serving as Conference Lead in 2021 and on the admissions team in 2020. Moss works as a sales representative and bar program consultant with Blueprint Spirits. 

Moss is a graduate student at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service, pursuing a Master’s of Urban Planning. They specialize in urban analytics and intend to use their education to advocate for socioeconomic equity in urban space. At NYU, they served as a 2021 Gallatin Global Fellow in Urban Practice in partnership with ALIGN NY.

Insta: @maggie_moss

Sean is a Marketing Analyst at Nielsen in the company’s rotational Commercial Emerging Leaders Program. He works in the digital space providing strategy and insights for clients on their digital marketing campaigns.

He graduated from Emory University and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He first attended O4U Marketing in 2018 and volunteered at the conference in 2020.

In his free time, he enjoys taking hip-hop dance classes, listening to Mariah Carey, and drinking rosé.

Fernando is a recent Human Resources graduate from the University of Ana G. Méndez in Puerto Rico. Originally, he enrolled in Human Resources following his nature as a problem-solver and wanting to help everyone around him. As he continued his studies and due to being a huge bookworm, he noticed how marketing is all about telling a story and how that story may sometimes lack a way of being truly diverse to connect with some individuals. He currently intends on being part of an organization that allows him to work in a role where he can slowly be an advocate of change towards how diversity and inclusion is perceived in business.

After attending his first O4UM in October 2020, Fernando worked as a Campus Ambassador for the 2021 Engineering, Marketing, and Tech conferences following the need to pay forward all that sense of empowerment he received while attending. This year, he’s excited to be a part of an amazing group of directors and be able to create a wonderful experience for students. 

Kumarrr is a Strategy Analyst at Accenture based in the Chicago Office. They recently graduated from Cornell University, where they studied Data Science, Entomology, and Asian Studies. Prior to joining Accenture, they worked as an elementary school Science Teacher and had internship project experience in Investment Banking and Data Analytics. Outside of work, they enjoy drag, beekeeping, volunteering for QTPOC nonprofits, and making Indian sweets.

Alex is a senior manager at Expedia Group, where he leads loyalty strategy for the group’s portfolio of consumer brands. Alex and his team help travelers find great deals and get rewarded when shopping for flights, lodging, rental cars, and more. Prior joining Expedia Group, he spent four years at American Airlines, where he held roles in loyalty marketing and finance. Alex is based in Dallas and graduated with a degree in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017. He’s excited to return to 04U as a director after attending the Marketing conference in 2016.

Shahamat Uddin is a public relations and communications consultant at Praytell agency. Prior to Praytell, Shahamat was a public affairs associate at SKDK, specializing in political communications and progressive storytelling. Originally from Roswell, Georgia, Shahamat graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a degree in Political Economy and Middle Eastern Studies. 

He currently lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with his cat, Butter. Outside of work, Shahamat volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician, contributes freelance writing to a variety of publications, and competes as a spoken word poet. Most importantly, he is an amateur—but aspiring—curry chef. 

Shahamat is deeply inspired by the power that community has to uplift marginalized people. This is his first year serving as a director for O4U after attending the conference as a student in 2019.

Simon is currently a Text Program Manager at Wunderkind, based in New York City. He is energized by emerging brands with innovative products and focused social missions. At Wunderkind, he serves as an executive board member of the LGBTQ+ ERG, Wunderqueers, whose mission is to strengthen, support and empower LGBTQ+ employees. Simon graduated from Duke University with degrees in Public Policy and Journalism. In his free time, he enjoys finding the next best iced coffee, being overly competitive about Wordle, and making jewelry.

His involvement with O4U started back in 2019 when he attended O4UM as a senior, before coming back as a volunteer in 2021 for O4UM. He is incredibly excited to serve as a Director of Programming for the 2022 conference.

Min is a marketer who grew up half of his life in Seoul, South Korea, and the other half in California. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in psychology, and now is a senior analyst on the LIFEWTR brand at PepsiCo. He was a mentor at the 2019 Out for Undergrad Marketing Conference and a programming director for the 2020 conference, and saw the incredible impact of the organization on both attendees and mentors and sponsors alike. He had to come back to contribute and is now a sponsorship director for the marketing conference. 

In his 9-5, Min is focusing on brand communications for LIFEWTR, driving societal purpose and strategizing different creative ways the brand can amplify the voices of underrepresented voices in the creative space across four vertical: Visual Arts, Film, Fashion, and Music. Previously, he has worked on the Mtn Dew brand’s award-winning Dew Nation Rewards platform and long-term premium innovation for the Pure Leaf tea brand. 

Min keeps his creativity flowing with photography, and is always looking for ways to change up his skills and technique. He also recently started his own podcast series, UPWARD, focusing on the experiences and advice of Asian Americans in corporate America. In his free time, though, he listens to more than enough KPOP and prides himself in listening to Christmas music in September. 

Interested in consumer marketing, the Asian experience in corporate America, or transitioning from liberal arts to a professional job? Give him a ping!

Jason is a brand and digital marketing strategist at 1000 Heads, a boutique advertising agency based in NYC, and has worked with brands across various industries including Google and Adidas Originals. Before jumping into the agency world, Jason graduated from Duke University in 2017 where he double majored in economics and art history.

In his free time, Jason enjoys learning new TikTok dances, visiting remote installation and land art sites, hosting supper clubs, and trying out new restaurants. He is also passionate about Asian and Asian-American activism, volunteering as a middle school mentor at APEX for Youth and serving as the communications chair for Duke’s Asian Alumni Alliance.

His involvement with O4U started back in 2016 when he attended O4UB as a junior, before coming back as a volunteer in 2019 for O4UM. He is excited to be a part of the O4UM team this year and looks forward to creating a conference that will empower LGBTQIA+ students to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Carlena Neely is currently a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro studying Information Systems. She has a passion for working at the intersection of technology and business which is evident in her work experience. Previously, she has had two internship opportunities with Product Marketing at Microsoft and will begin working full-time in the fall.

Now, she works as an intern on the Marketing and Platform team at Toyota AI Ventures, a Venture Capital firm, specializing in developing and improving their Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Specifically focused on seeking out startups founded by Black, Latinx, women or LGBTQ+ founders.

Carlena first attended O4UM as a junior in college and participated in the O4UM and O4UTech 2020 virtual conference. She is excited to be serving as an Assistant Director for the 2021 year. Carlena enjoys dancing to Latin, Afro-beats, and Hip hop, catching up on Netflix shows, exploring, and eating good food and listening to good music. She also likes to play sports, spend time outdoors, and consume content on Tiktok.

Jigme is a strategy associate at Netflix where has worked across the India, Latin America, and Animation teams. Previously, he was a strategy and operations consultant at Deloitte in the M&A group. 

Born and raised in Bhutan before going on to study in Chiang Mai, Jigme came to the US to study at Swarthmore College and graduated with double majors in Mathematics and Economics. It was during this time, he attended O4U and has since been invested in the organization. Outside of work, Jigme is involved with the Swarthmore Alumni Council and other mentorship organizations like America Needs You.

Heather is currently in Customer Success at Wunderkind, and is based in New York City. She is passionate about the intersection of marketing, LGBTQ+ advocacy and technology. At Wunderkind, in addition to her role in Customer Success she also leads the LGBTQ+ ERG, Wunderqueers, whose mission is to strengthen, support and empower the LGBTQ+ employees. She graduated from Wake Forest University with degrees in Economics and Politics & International Affairs. In her free time, she teaches yoga, explores Brooklyn, cooks with her roommate and does the New York Times Crossword.