Fords on Friday: Alumni Career Chat with the Vice President of Citi Community Capital, Jacob Zlotoff ’00

Posted on: September 22, 2016

 

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VICE PRESIDENT
Citi Community Capital
Jacob Zlotoff ’00

Friday, September 23
Stokes Hall 300b
12:00 p.m.

Jacob Zlotoff is a Vice President at Citi working in the Structured Lending & Investments group of Citi Community Capital. He is responsible for sourcing, underwriting, and structuring equity investments and lending transactions that provide impact in low-income communities, with a focus on New Markets Tax Credit investments and structured lending solutions.  Previously he worked for both an affordable housing developer and pre-development lender, and was a senior executive at a successful Internet start-up, Bunk1.com, which provides internet & communication services to the summer camp industry.  Jacob graduated with a B.A. from Haverford College and holds an MBA in Finance & Entrepreneurship, with distinction, from NYU’s Stern School of Business.  He lives with his wife and two children in Port Washington, NY.

Haverpreneurship Alumni Mentoring Panel and Dinner Kicks Off the student-led Haverford Innovation Platform (HIP)

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THE FIRST INSPIRING INNOVATION WORKSHOP:

DEFINING HAVERFORDIAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Saturday, 10/1/16, 4:00-5:30 (Panel + Q&A) and 5:30-6:30 (Buffet Dinner),

Chase Auditorium

All students interested in entrepreneurship, design, and innovation are encouraged to attend this event. Please refer to alums and their bios when applying. All featured alums on the panel have direct experience in entrepreneurship, innovation and design. Register by 9/25.  Sponsored by Student Council.

To start working with Innovative Fords now please explore their home page.

Why get involved with the HAVERFORD INNOVATION PLATFORM (HIP)? Dorian, Yue, Ian, Tristan and Nathan from the HIP team explain why they got involved and why they think  you should too:

Dorian

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My experience with business first came through the Whitehead internship program when I was given the opportunity to work at Presentation Testing, a small presentation consulting company in New York City. We, as consultants, provided larger companies with an alternative perspective for addressing problems that some businesses would consider “major roadblocks”. It was remarkable to me how important an outsider perspective can be in developing ideas and pushing projects forward. In many instances all it took was for a company to see itself through the lens of the consumer to understand what direction to go in. The role that we played in this process provided insight into the importance of seeking guidance from your peers in problem-solving.

I began to understand the importance and potential that Haverford has to offer for creative problem-solving. As an institution rooted in communal values, and ripe with intellectual passion, a willingness to cooperate with others, an enthusiastic acceptance of others, and an openness to new ideas and perspectives – all pillars of community that have drawn us here – Haverford is a well positioned institution to strongly encourage collaborative problem-solving among its students these are not-so-coincidentally values that make for a perfect environment to develop and explore innovation. Yue, Nathan, Tristan, Ian and myself see Haverford’s exceptionally intellectually diverse, critical but thoughtful and accepting environment as an awesome place to work to develop a more entrepreneurially spirited dialogue among interested students.

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I first came into contact with business and social entrepreneurship the summer of my sophomore year. Through the Whitehead internship program, I had the chance to work with Wash Cycle Laundry, a social-enterprise startup based in Philadelphia with a triple bottom line: profit, people, and the environment. I was exposed to the complexity and the intricacy of social entrepreneurship, and more importantly, the scope of work that a social enterprise is able to achieve. Then I had the opportunity to join the Business Initiatives Group (BIG) as one of the co-heads, and it led to me my partners Ian, Tristan, Nathan, and Dorian, with whom I got involved in the Haverford Innovation Program (HIP). I love the work we are doing, because it is first of its kind creating a structure to connect the dots for problem-solvers on campus. Moreover, it allows students to realize their potential in different ways and make an impact for the community at Haverford and beyond. Our first workshop will offer a taste of what is possible as a Haverford alum, and subsequent workshops will open up a window for opportunities for Fords interested in everything imaginable. If you are passionate about something, come there is space for you.  

Ian

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I don’t think of myself as a ‘business person’. My experience in the ‘business arena’ has been limited to helping to start a small nutrition and weight-loss business, working on and then assistance in creating a couple of small farm plots in Maine, and a resulting hard cider business Portersfield Cider from Pownal, Maine. But I never saw this as ‘business’ they were small ventures, and not very profitable I saw them as special projects; a vision I could share with people whom I respected and knew I could learn from. My boss and friend David Buchanan, author of Taste, Memory and proprietor of Portersfield Cider, recognized that his community, this country, has lost diversity in its food, connection to its terroir, and has in many ways, forsaken the artistry of agricultural techniques in favor of standardization. I saw our work on the farm, and with the cider as addressing a problem, a lack, for our palettes, and for our larger community. I could share David’s vision. Growing over 150 heirloom apple varieties, many unnamed, and one in particular the Harrison previously thought to be extinct, we were uncovering a lost art of cider-making using traditional apples and techniques. I could stomach the fact that I wasn’t making as much money as I would have say bartending, because I could get behind what we were doing.

I became interested in developing a student-led Innovation Platform at the College after I spent my junior year as co-treasurer of Student Council with Tristan Pepin and together we restructured the finances and bookkeeping of the Student Activities Fund to make money better available at the end of the Academic Year for use towards important projects on campus.

Creating a platform for students to passionately engage with personal projects in a longitudinal and enduring way seemed a worthy project as any.

I want students to be able to better engage with their interests – present, forgotten, or latently undiscovered, and sink their teeth into something that they love to do, something for them, and something for us too for our community.

Tristan

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I am a Junior Linguistics major and Computer Science minor at Haverford College, from Waltham Massachusetts, and I’m the current co-President of the Student Council. My interests in developing a student-led Innovation Platform at the College began after I spent my sophomore year as co-treasurer of Student Council with Ian Andolsek and together we restructured the finances and bookkeeping of the Student Activities Fund to make money better available at the end of the Academic Year for use towards important projects on campus.

I’m working on a innovative project for Professor Schrier of the Chemistry department, the likes of which I hopes will be given more opportunities to flourish at Haverford and then grow beyond our campus through HIP.

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Over the last several years I have engaged in activities, projects and businesses that some would consider to be “entrepreneurial”. But what does that really mean? Is there some sort of checklist that one should cross off in order to reach the “entrepreneur” status?

Well, if there was a stereotypical quick-list, I would imagine it would be something like this;

  • Gregarious tech entrepreneur, with a billion dollar goal.
  • Enrolled at some prestigious academic institution who inevitably drops out.
  • Silicon Valley. Where else?
  • Unicorn. It’s all about the valuation.

Now this list can go on and on, but we’ll stop there for your sake.

As I ponder the stereotypical definition of “entrepreneur”, I realize that I do not fit this model. So where do I fit in? Does not having a clear career path mapped out when I visit my grandmother over winter break automatically make me the grandchild who got lost somewhere along the way?

While I’m sure that my grandmother will continue to love me regardless of my career choice, those questions do fill my head every day. So, what’s next and where do I go now?

For me, that is the exciting part. I have only the semblance of an idea.

The word “entrepreneur” stems from French, translating to “adventurer”, and this is what it really means   taking on new projects as they come along. This does not mean you have to create the next Google or Facebook, it means that, as any good adventurer does, you should listen to your interests and passions, and set out to do something new. The modern entrepreneur should always be looking to optimize existing systems he or she works within, or innovate to create new ones. Entrepreneurship isn’t limited to social, political, ‘business’ or professional spheres.

Learning how to be an entrepreneur cannot be circumscribed within the classroom, a book, or lecture. One’s’ willingness to think carefully and thoroughly about a problem with the courage to implement an actionable solution is crucial entrepreneurship is an attitude.

If you don’t think you could ever be an “entrepreneur” – think again. A person’s ability to innovate is self-determined. But it isn’t ever that easy, is it? We all face the constant struggles and pressures inherent in balancing life. When you take on a new project, you must accommodate for working on your project, finishing your work for class, navigating the pressure to spend time with friends despite these commitments, making time to take care of yourself exercise, proper diet, significant other… With all of that taken into consideration, is it really worth the extra commitment?

The truthful and honest answer is YES! It absolutely is, but only if you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and take a strategically calculated risk. But, what if that risk is too much for the average Haverford student within our current environment and support structures?

What if there is a way to provide students the opportunity to take on innovative projects with support from the College?

We hope that The Haverford Innovation Platform (HIP) can be a part of the solution.

The Haverford Innovation Platform was formed to assist in the development and to support young innovators, so the balance between academic, social and entrepreneurial facets of life are more manageable, allowing students to effectively engage in both their studies and the projects they are passionate about. I know firsthand the everyday challenges of being a student with a project(s), which is why we are working to shape a program that will carefully complement the strenuous student lifestyle with supportive services, and structured learning opportunities in the form of workshops. We think HIP has the potential to inspire students and give them some of the tools they need to better engage with their passions, find the courage to dive into an exciting project, and then to be the change they want to see.

Haverford College is proud to teach some of the brightest student minds in the world, and we hope to play a role within this wonderful community, to push each other towards individual and community growth starting right here on Haverford’s campus, with the talent and energy to flourish beyond.

 

Federal Service Opportunities for Students with Disabilities: Introducing the Workforce Recruitment Program

Posted on: September 21, 2016

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Federal Service Opportunities for Students with Disabilities: Introducing the Workforce Recruitment Program

It is not uncommon for students with disabilities to get frustrated with traditional job and intern search resources. Crowded career fairs may be just too difficult to navigate, online postings systems may lack accessibility features, or off-campus interviews may pose a daunting travel challenge. In addition, students may wonder about the receptivity of a given workplace to accommodate physical or mental disabilities.

In response to this need, the Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA) has partnered with the federal Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP). The WRP’s mission is to serve as a pipeline for bringing new talent into federal agencies across the country who provide accommodation-friendly workplaces.

After their WRP registration in the program is approved by the CCPA, Haverford students can search the WRP posting system and apply for federal internships and post-grad opportunities. If selected, students will have a video interview with any necessary accommodations in late October and November.

To be eligible for the WRP, candidates must be full-time students with a disability, a U.S. citizen, and qualify for a Schedule A eligibility.  A Schedule A job or intern appointment is for applicants with a “severe physical or mental disability”. Keep in mind that the government does not have specific definitions for severe disabilities and so federal agencies are free to interpret the requirements broadly for their applicants.

Register and apply by October 16, 2016 at www.wrp.gov.  Want to learn more?  Contact the CCPA or Sherrie Borowsky in the Office of Access and Disability Services (ADS).

CCPA Summer Series 2016: Stephen Davis ’17, Hidrate Inc., Boulder, CO

Posted on: September 16, 2016

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By Stephen Davis

unnamedMy internship was with Hidrate Inc.,a tech startup based out of Boulder, CO. At the beginning of the summer, I joined the small team of four doing a variety of tasks across the company. Despite my internship being focused on marketing, working with a small team let me dip my toes into every aspect of a start up from manufacturing, production, shipping, marketing, advertising, fundraising, customer relations, software and app development, etc. It was amazing to be able to peek at so many different aspects while concentrating on the tasks of my internship. Definitely a serious perk of working with a small team.

Over the course of different internships and externships that I’ve had, I’ve learned that I love marketing. Specifically, I prefer business to consumer (B2C) marketing. The previous internship that I had was marketing a financial service to other firms and, to be honest, I hated it. That’s not the case with this internship with Hidrate (Thank God!). At Hidrate my marketing focused around four divisions of the massive umbrella term that is “marketing”.  I was able to learn what a job in marketing can look like through selling the Hidrate Spark smart water bottle by learning influencer recruiting and management, customer relations and loyalty, sales and customer engagement events, and social media advertising. Seriously though, I don’t study marketing at Haverford (It’s not offered in the Tri-Co) and instead I study Spanish. One of the biggest lessons I learned from this experience is that you don’t need to study your career path in order to get the right opportunities that your are interested in. There are exceptions of course, like don’t become a doctor without studying all of that, but if you get your major in philosophy and want to become a fashion designer do it — you can!

So some quick observations from my internship:

  • Start up teams are small and fun, but don’t have really expectations for a great company culture. The founders are going to be working so hard to keep their company afloat that happy hours and ping pong tournaments may be kept to a minimum. But, they will definitely happen.
  • If you want work to end at 5, then make that very clear. If your role is crucial in a startup, you could be working outside of 9-5 and certainly on the weekends.
  • Don’t ever be afraid to ask questions, feedback, clarification, or evaluations.
  • Slack will constantly keep you connected (even when you don’t want to be).
  • Set lofty goals and make sure you do everything in your power to achieve them.
  • Test, Execute, Fail, Learn, Test, Execute…
  • ^ Along with that, recognize successes, but then adjust goals to treat them as failures. Any time a goal is reached it’s telling you that you can reach higher.
  • Talk to people in your work space and on your team. No matter how relevant their position might be to you, they will have a unique perspective that they can provide. Also, you never know who you might be connecting or networking with.

So when you’re looking for your next internship, use the traditional channels like the CCPA, networking, and postings. But also, try unconventional methods. I found out about the internship with Hidrate back in November 2015 by searching on Google “Cool new tech for 2016” and this article came up from Buzzfeed. The list gave me the opportunity to go down each product and find the necessary contact information so that I could reach out to the various teams. In the end, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be in Boulder, so Hidrate it was. You have incredible resources from Haverford, but when those don’t work out, don’t be afraid to take your own initiative.

Finally, drink plenty of water!

 

80,000 Hours and Peter Singer’s Imminent Arrival to Haverford

Posted on: September 13, 2016

We are happy to turn our blog over to Kerry Rodriguez ’18 for a guest blog post regarding 80,000 hours, your career, and Effective Altruism.  Peter Singer will be on campus this Thursday, September 15, at 7:30 PM at Founders Founders Great Hall.

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80,000 Hours and Peter Singer’s Imminent Arrival to Haverford:

Most people work at least 80,000 hours in their career. How can we use this enormous amount of time to most effectively help the world? The nonprofit 80,000 Hours has conducted five years of research alongside academics at Oxford to answer this very question, with advice tailored for talented young graduates. They have influenced over 800 people to make significant changes to their career plan. Some of their most popular articles include To find work you love, don’t (always) follow your passion and Why you usually shouldn’t work at non-profits straight after graduation.

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CCPA Summer Series 2016: Provincetown Art Association and Museum

Posted on: September 9, 2016

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Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cape Cod MA

By Rio Morales

This past summer I interned in Provincetown, MA with the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. This town will be the subject of my thesis in Growth and Structure of Cities,
but instead of spending the summer deep in a research library I wanted to actually 20160624_1117351-2experience life in this place. The CCPA’s Liberal Arts in the Workplace grant enabled me to do just that – and what an experience it was! I set myself with an internship at the local art museum and the grant helped pay for my housing in this very expensive town.For those who are unfamiliar, Provincetown is a village on Cape Cod, which is a Massachusetts peninsula dotted with quaint harbor towns and a beach-going population that swells by the tens-of-thousands in the summertime. Except for a few niche industries at the base of the Cape, the core business is seasonal tourism.

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TOMORROW! Boston Consulting Group Info Session with Jeff Kotzen ’87

Posted on: September 7, 2016

Join us on THURSDAY, September 8
for our first “Fords on Friday” of the semester!
11:30am, Stokes 202

(IITS conference room, behind the Economic department)

Jeff Kotzen began his consulting career in 1991. He is a Senior Partner in the New Jersey CCPA-FOF-Jeff-Kotzen (1)office. He is the global leader of BCG’s Shareholder Value Topic which focuses on optimizing shareholder value creation (TSR) by aligning business, financial and investor strategies leveraging BCG’s proprietary tools and methodologies. Prior to joining BCG in 1997, Jeff was a Director at Braxton Associates, the strategy consulting division of Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group. Before receiving his MBA, he was a financial analyst in the investment banking division at Salomon Brothers. Jeff holds an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Haverford College with a BA in economics.

Grad School and more!

Posted on: September 1, 2016

“She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head,And whispered to her neighbor- -Winter is dead.” (1)
 The CCPA wants you to know about some important upcoming events:

Pre-Law Orientation
Wednesday, 9/7/16 @ 6:30 pm, Faculty Dining Room, Dining Center
Visit the CCPA Pre-Law Advising page for more resources and tips

 

Medical School Admissions Deans Panel Discussion
Thursday, 9/8/16 @ 4:00pm 
Stokes Auditorium 
Visit the Heath Professions Advising page for more resources and tips

 

Getting Into Grad School 
Guest Speaker, Donald Martin PHD 
Thursday, 9/8/16 @ 6:30pm
Dalton Hall, Bryn Mawr College

 

Philadelphia Idealist Graduate Fair
Friday, 9/20/16 @ 5:00pm                                                                                                   Temple University                                                                                                                   For more information, watch this video recap of the 2014 Philly idealist grad fair and visit their website for a list of the 90 grad schools that will be attending.

 

2016 Philadelphia Law School Fair
Wednesday, 10/12/16 @ 4:00-7:00pm 
Drexel Armory, 25 N. 33rd Street, Philadelphia

 

Welcome Back!

Posted on: August 30, 2016

It’s the beginning of another exciting year at Haverford, and the CCPA has many new and noteworthy updates and events in the works. We look forward to hearing about your summers (please fill out the Summer 2016 Survey if you haven’t already) and helping you make connections between majors and careers; connect with networking, internship, and job opportunities; prepare for graduate and professional school; and strengthen your resumes, cover letters, and interview skills so you present yourself as the strongest applicant you can be.

Here a few CCPA updates and upcoming events for 2016-2017:

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CCPA Summer Series: Haverford Partnership for Economic Development

Posted on: August 24, 2016

By Michael Schwarze ’18

Working at the Haverford Partnership for Economic Development has taught me a variety of different things, but nothing more important than this: there are many things that I do not know now, nor will I ever know. Why has this been a valuable lesson to me? I have learned how to reach out to people who are experts at doing things that I do not know how to do. More importantly, I have learned to listen to their experience in order to grow as a student.

To give a little background on my internship, I am working for the Haverford Partnership for Economic Development (HPED). The HPED is a nonprofit whose goal is to foster the development, breadth, and growth of the Haverford Township business community. We are comprised of a Board of Directors, who are made up of a diverse set of stakeholders in the community: ranging from commercial property owners, business owners, Haverford Township officials, and residents. We do not have a paid staff, so as the intern for the HPED, I was the sole person directing my focus to our goals.

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