Groovy Career

  • Specialist, Talent Management, Metrics and Design Novo Nordisk When Leigh Winik was young, he thought about designing roller coasters as a potential career. While he enjoyed studying math in high school, he was also a talented musician so he chose to study Music Performance in college. In his job at Novo Nordisk, Leigh uses his analytical skills – along with his ability to get along with a wide variety of...

    Leigh Winik

    Specialist, Talent Management, Metrics and Design
    Novo Nordisk

    When Leigh Winik was young, he thought about designing roller coasters as a potential career. While he enjoyed studying math in high school, he was also a talented musician so he chose to study Music Performance in college. In his job at Novo Nordisk, Leigh uses his analytical skills – along with his ability to get along with a wide variety of people—in his job. He has wisdom to offer to college seniors and recent grads about finding their career paths.

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  • Lead Designer, Color, Materials and Finishes BMW Group DesignworksUSA Sandy McGill’s groovy career is to shop at luxury showrooms and tradeshows around the world. She visits cashmere manufacturers, leather factories, Art Basel, and the Salone di Mobile, furniture show in Milan – all in her quest to find the latest materials to serve as inspiration for her work as the Lead Designer, Color, Materials and Finishes (CMF) at BMW Group...

    Alexandra “Sandy” McGill

    Lead Designer, Color, Materials and Finishes BMW Group DesignworksUSA

    Sandy McGill’s groovy career is to shop at luxury showrooms and tradeshows around the world. She visits cashmere manufacturers, leather factories, Art Basel, and the Salone di Mobile, furniture show in Milan – all in her quest to find the latest materials to serve as inspiration for her work as the Lead Designer, Color, Materials and Finishes (CMF) at BMW Group DesignworksUSA.

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  • Clinical Associate Professor of Sports Management Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management Do you love baseball? Would a dream job for you include talking about your favorite sport with other people just as passionate about the game as you? Well, Wayne McDonnell has that groovy career. At NYU, he teaches courses including “The Business of Baseball” and “Financial Management for Sports Organizations.”

    Wayne McDonnell

    Clinical Associate Professor of Sports Management
    Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management

    Do you love baseball?
    Would a dream job for you include talking about your favorite sport with other people just as passionate about the game as you?
    Well, Wayne McDonnell has that groovy career. At NYU, he teaches courses including “The Business of Baseball” and “Financial Management for Sports Organizations.”

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  • Food Historian Ever thought about how the hamburger became so popular? Why Americans have such a great love for ketchup? What people really ate at the first Thanksgiving? Well, you would enjoy talking with Andy Smith who is a writer and lecturer on food and culinary history. Andy also teaches Food Writing and Food Studies at the New School University in New York, and is the author of numerous books...

    Andrew F Smith

    Food Historian

    Ever thought about how the hamburger became so popular?
    Why Americans have such a great love for ketchup?
    What people really ate at the first Thanksgiving?

    Well, you would enjoy talking with Andy Smith who is a writer and lecturer on food and culinary history. Andy also teaches Food Writing and Food Studies at the New School University in New York, and is the author of numerous books including Pure Ketchup: A History of America’s National Condiment, The Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food, and the upcoming books Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War and Potato: A Global History. Andy’s groovy career is all about food.

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  • Flavorist/Senior Sales Executive, Treatt USA So you’re drinking peach iced tea – who makes the tea “peachy?” Or you’re eating a favorite cereal with reduced sugar – who maintains the great taste while lessening the sugar content? Who creates the “citrus” in a perfume? The answer is flavorists like Christine Daley, Flavorist and Senior Sales Executive at Treatt USA. Her groovy job is creating flavors and fragrances, and helping consumer...

    Christine Daley

    Flavorist/Senior Sales Executive, Treatt USA

    So you’re drinking peach iced tea – who makes the tea “peachy?” Or you’re eating a favorite cereal with reduced sugar – who maintains the great taste while lessening the sugar content? Who creates the “citrus” in a perfume?

    The answer is flavorists like Christine Daley, Flavorist and Senior Sales Executive at Treatt USA. Her groovy job is creating flavors and fragrances, and helping consumer product companies figure out how to get the tastes they want for their food products, and fragrance companies develop the scents for their perfumes.

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  • President of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC) What makes Regina’s job Groovy? She gets to build a cool waterfront park and transform unused land and abandoned piers into much-needed recreational space. How can I do that? Lots of hard work, obtaining a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and getting city planning experience under your belt. As president of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, Regina Myer oversees all aspects of the...

    Regina Myer

    President of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC)

    What makes Regina’s job Groovy? She gets to build a cool waterfront park and transform unused land and abandoned piers into much-needed recreational space. How can I do that? Lots of hard work, obtaining a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and getting city planning experience under your belt.

    As president of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, Regina Myer oversees all aspects of the planning, development and operation of the park, as well as BBPC staffing and budgeting. The 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park stretches 1.3 miles along the East River from Atlantic Avenue to north of the Manhattan Bridge, transforming the downtown Brooklyn waterfront into a civic space for all New Yorkers. A collaboration of the state and the city, Brooklyn Bridge Park is the first major park built in Brooklyn since Prospect Park and is one of the most significant public investments in the creation of a park outside of Manhattan in more than 100 years.

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  • Young Adult Fiction and Magazine Writer Melissa Walker gets to stir her imagination with stories of teenage life and see the results in her novels. To learn more about creating a career as a novelist and magazine writer – and how wonderful it is to create your own schedule – read here. Growing up in North Carolina, Melissa always knew she wanted to be a writer. She was interested in...

    Melissa C. Walker

    Young Adult Fiction and Magazine Writer

    Melissa Walker gets to stir her imagination with stories of teenage life and see the results in her novels. To learn more about creating a career as a novelist and magazine writer – and how wonderful it is to create your own schedule – read here.

    Growing up in North Carolina, Melissa always knew she wanted to be a writer. She was interested in words and, in fact, she wrote her first story centered on the word vain. Though only a paragraph long and typed on her parents’ old typewriter, “The Very Vain Cloud” was Melissa’s first foray into the world of publishing.

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  • Curator of Aquatic Health Science and Living Systems Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium When she was a young girl, Kate McClave loved to spend her time at the beach sanding, fishing, and getting to know the creatures along the shore. Her passion led to a degree in Marine Biology and to her current groovy career as Curator of Aquatic Health Science and Living Systems at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s...

    Kate McClave

    Curator of Aquatic Health Science and Living Systems
    Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium

    When she was a young girl, Kate McClave loved to spend her time at the beach sanding, fishing, and getting to know the creatures along the shore. Her passion led to a degree in Marine Biology and to her current groovy career as Curator of Aquatic Health Science and Living Systems at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium. Kate is responsible for the care and treatment of the Aquarium’s collection: fish, turtles, penguins, walruses, marine mammals and amphibians. She also manages the onsite hospital where they are able to treat creatures as small as sea stars and as large as walruses. The New York Aquarium is part of the Wildlife Conservation Society and, as part of WCS teams, Kate travels the world to rescue stranded whales and save the endangered blue iguana. Even if you are not a marine biologist, you will want her job!

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  • Freelance Photographer/Street Artist Having a conversation with Katie Sokoler is a cheery and colorful experience. She has a positive view of the world she shares through her art, her writing, and her connections with people. Less than a year ago, Katie graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology where she majored in Photography. She has been on a wonderful ride every since! In addition to her career as a freelance...

    Katie Sokoler

    Freelance Photographer/Street Artist

    Having a conversation with Katie Sokoler is a cheery and colorful experience. She has a positive view of the world she shares through her art, her writing, and her connections with people. Less than a year ago, Katie graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology where she majored in Photography. She has been on a wonderful ride every since! In addition to her career as a freelance photographer and street artist, Katie pens a blog, ColorMeKatie.blogspot.com, which is read by thousands of happy readers around the world.

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  • Outreach and Marketing Coordinator Career Services, Syracuse University The week before his college graduation at Syracuse University, Dan Klamm had not yet found a job. Like many college seniors, he was worried about what to do next and when he would find a job he would like. And then a newly created position appeared right on his college campus! As Outreach and Marketing Coordinator for Career Services at Syracuse University,...

    Dan Klamm

    Outreach and Marketing Coordinator
    Career Services, Syracuse University

    The week before his college graduation at Syracuse University, Dan Klamm had not yet found a job. Like many college seniors, he was worried about what to do next and when he would find a job he would like. And then a newly created position appeared right on his college campus! As Outreach and Marketing Coordinator for Career Services at Syracuse University, Dan is an ambassador for the Career Services Office to the campus community. In addition to being responsible for all print communication, he frequently speaks with student groups about resumes, interviews, networking and how to find a job. Dan also maintains a strong presence on Twitter where he tweets to students at SU about upcoming career fairs, career talks, and job openings. This groovy career offers Dan the perfect opportunity to blend the skills learned in his advertising major, his writing talent, and his ability to work with a wide variety of people.

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