— October 8, 2012
Stern junior Nisha Parikh applies her business skills and her passion to her work with nonprofit Project Empower.
“I learned a lot of skills at Stern that I directly implement at Project Empower,” Nisha adds. “I now have a strong business foundation that has helped me to effectively manage an organization, build out a sustainable infrastructure, determine long-term goals and a realistic trajectory for achieving them, create a scalable model that ensures brand affinity and build national partnerships. Stern has also taught me invaluable leadership skills that I use daily at Project Empower.”
One of Nisha’s favorite classes was “Foundations of Financial Markets,” with Professor Alexi Savov, “because I greatly enjoyed the subject material and real-life application that came from it,” she says. “Professor Savov challenged the class everyday by taking the material and applying it to real business situations; for example, he taught us how to make regressions on current stock market data. The course changed how I approach problem-solving by helping me to understand both the micro and macro view of situations and how to apply general knowledge to the financial space.”
Using what she has learned at Stern and skills she has honed at Project Empower, Nisha has interned at UBS Wealth Management Research, BlueMountain Capital, and Women Aware. And while she is still considering her career choices, she remains open to the many opportunities she has available. “I keep an open mind because you never know--you may fall in love with something you never thought you would like before.”