Meet: Christi Yung

Her Story: I grew up in the Bay Area and my background is in retail and international trade. Prior to business school, I spent two years with KPMG’s Trade and Customs practice before joining Williams Sonoma in various ecommerce and buying roles. My experiences have allowed me to see the stark reality of how the retail industry affects global communities and the systemic issues behind mistreated workers and environmental degradation. I decided to get my MBA because I am interested in driving change in organizations to create more sustainable business practices.

What advice do you have for women thinking about pursuing business school? We need more women in leadership positions – this is the only way that things will change. There is no better place to be than surrounded by those who are rooting for your success. This has been my experience at NYU Stern and I am very thankful for the support of classmates who continue to inspire me each day. I am looking forward to the day where there are no longer female leaders, but simply leaders.

What advice do you have for prospective students? Take the time to do some soul searching about what is important to you and how that relates to your career. Have a game plan for business school and when you get here, be intentional with your time. The first few weeks of any MBA program can be overwhelming with an endless number of events and opportunities and it helps to have focus and remember why you’re here.

What is a fun fact about you? I used to fly airplanes!

What's your favorite part of being a student at Stern? The people! Everyone that I’ve met is so smart and down to earth. We take pride in being each other’s biggest cheerleaders through the successes and failures.

  Christi Yung,   Class of 2019

Christi Yung, Class of 2019

Meet: Calvin Lin

His Story: I'm a mechanical engineer at heart and really enjoy taking things apart, putting them back together, and figuring out how things work. I was in the high tech manufacturing industry for the past six years, working on custom hardware projects for clients such as Apple and Tesla. I'm at Stern because I want to continue my career in Tech, but as a product manager at one of the major tech companies.

What advice do you have for women thinking about pursuing business school? I can't really give advice about this since I'm not a woman and I wouldn't completely understand what difficulties and challenges that women face in the workplace and in applying to business school. However, with that being said, I'm supportive of SWIB and all efforts to try to help women succeed and achieve success within the business world because of my sister (and possibly daughters in the future), and how I would want for her to have an equal chance and shot at any opportunities that I had as well.

What advice do you have for MBA1s? My advice for MBA1s is quite lengthy, but I would say the main ones are: 1) be open-minded and kind to your classmates; as everyone will have come from different backgrounds, it will require patience and time to scratch past the superficial layers and understand how everyone's past has shaped them. 2) Learn for the sake of learning. Think about how you can apply what you have learned to real world applications and how you can utilize these tools for your future, as grades are secondary to real understanding and usage of classroom knowledge 3) Take risks and fail while aiming for success. A cliche at this point, but if you don't push yourself to do things you otherwise would not do at Stern, when else will you have the chance to do so? Also, for perspective, you're already paying 200K+, why not do something that you've been afraid to do? Nothing here will kill you.

What is a fun fact about you? I can eat a dozen krispy kreme donuts in a single sitting.

What's your favorite part of being a student at Stern? My classmates, some of whom have already turned into my close friends.

  Calvin Lin,   Class of 2019

Calvin Lin, Class of 2019

Meet: Leslie Chao

Leslie Chao: Class of 2019 

Her Story: I grew up in the Bay Area and went to undergrad at UCSD so I've been a California girl my whole life. I wanted to go to business school school on the East Coast and experience something new and it has been amazing so far. I just had the best first snow day ever! After living in San Diego for 5 years, I moved back to the Bay Area and was working in tech for a while before moving to Thailand to teach English for half a year. I had the best time there and Thailand (and papaya salad) holds a special place in my heart. After moving back to the US, I worked at a non-profit in San Francisco up until I moved to NY to attend Stern!

What advice do you have for women thinking about pursuing business school? Do it! I have already had so many invaluable opportunities and experiences that I would not have been able to have without being in business school. I'm also constantly amazed at how motivated and inspiring my classmates are and it's refreshing to be surrounded by so many like minded people, especially women.

What advice do you have for MBA1s? It's easy to get distracted by what everyone else is doing because there is always so much going on, but pick the activities that you know you're interested in and don't try to do everything. At the same time, if something sounds interesting to you, this is the best time to try it out! There are so many events that you won't get the chance to participate in after school so take advantage!

What is a fun fact about you?  I used to dance competitively!

What's your favorite part of being a student at Stern? The friends I have made here and being in NYC! The location can't be beat and I have met the best people 

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SWIB's New Co-Presidents

Congratulations to Shante Frazier and Celina Pedrosa, SWIB's newly elected co-presidents for the 2017-2018 school year!


As AVPs of Engagement they've created stellar programming for SWIB's general body meetings and Women's Week.

We're thrilled to have such amazing women on deck to represent the club, and we're excited for SWIB to continue growing and thriving under their leadership next year.

Stern Creates "Advancing Women in Business" Scholarships

NYU Stern is establishing a new merit-based scholarship, the Advancing Women in Business Scholarship, for incoming full-time MBA students.  The scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate a deep and abiding commitment to advancing women in business and will cover the first year of tuition and mandatory fees.  Stern expects to award $1 million in Advancing Women in Business scholarships to students in the Class of 2019.

The Advancing Women in Business Scholarship is partially funded by alumnae and members of the Stern School’s Board of Overseers:

  • Tania Ahuja, PhD 2001
  • Mary C. Farrell, MBA 1976
  • Nomi Ghez, GSAS 1976, ADCRT 1981
  • Judy Lee, BS 1988
  • Alison Mass, BS 1980, MBA 1981
  • Ellen J. Schapps Richman, MBA 1979
  • Chandrika Tandon

New Year, New SWIB

SWIB is kicking off 2017 with a full digital makeover, including a brand-new website! We hope our new home on the web makes it easier to discover who we are and what we do.

As you look around, we recommend the following to get you started:

Happy exploring! (And if you have feedback on the new site, you can always contact us here.)

Special thanks to Maxine Peltz (Class of 2017) for the beautiful design.