Corporate Engagement Trainer (Prior roles: Associate Director of Corporate Relations, New York; National Development Coordinator)

I wanted to work at Year Up because it unites the corporate sector with the policy reform necessary within workforce development. Year Up’s investment strategy provides the next generation of leaders with real life training by industry experts.  Many of the relationships that I have developed with my Year Up colleagues have become indispensable sources of respect and trust, both professionally and personally. There exists a bond beyond the extent of our work that forms the Year Up family.  We work hard, but we play hard too, which contributes to the family feel at Year Up. Working at Year Up is truly a gift to one’s professional development.

At Year Up, the learning that happens with our young adults is a two way street. One of my first advisees had a challenging upbringing that required him to grow up sooner than he should have had to. Because of that, his resiliency was remarkable. It brought perspective to my own challenges and allowed me to see how manageable they were in light of what he had faced. The opportunity to learn something new, both from staff and students, presents itself every day.