March 12, 2022

Schedule

Time Session
10:00am – 11:00am Keynote: A Conversation with Anthony Jack
11:10am – 12:00pm Breakout Session
12:10pm – 1:00pm Breakout Session
1:10pm – 2:00pm Career Corners

Breakout Sessions

The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Standing Out and Leveling Up in Your Career

Speaker: Gorick Ng
Join Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Gorick Ng to learn about how to speak up, be heard, make an impact, and rise to “Level 7 Leadership.”

Make, Manage, Multiply: The Financial Principles Every Young Adult Should Know

Speaker: Paris Woods
Learn how to avoid financial traps and put yourself on the path to financial freedom by making, managing, and multiplying your money the smart way.

From Fraud to Freedom: The Intersection of Imposter Syndrome and Identity

Speaker: Phyllis Njoroge
It’s one thing to fear you’re a fraud despite your hard work because of insecurities; it’s another to think you don’t belong taking into account the systemic context of being told you don’t belong.

What to Do When You Realize YOU Were Your Parents’ Retirement Plan

Speakers: Vidal Anguiano Jr. and Kiki Spiezio
Growing up, our families worried about finances for days and weeks ahead. In this session, we’ll cover some strategic and tactical tips for how to prepare for your own AND your parents’ retirement.

Tiny Actions: Navigating Life’s Transitions with Simple Self-Care

Speakers: Anjeliqueca Bajita and Angie Luo
Learn simple self-care practices and mindset shifts to manage your well-being as you transition through life’s major chapters, including starting college, graduation, grad school, and career pivots.

Finding Your Voice as an Advocate for Change: Founding a Low-Income Fly-In Program at the University of Virginia and the Lessons Learned Along the Way

Speaker: Brielle Dotson
As low-income students, we often enter college wanting to fit in and not stand out. Competing with insecurities, academic challenges, and imposter syndrome, it takes time to grow into our voice and passions and ways to create a low-income community at our institution and social change. During this session, I will explore the struggles and difficulties endured in instituting a FGLI fly-in program at UVA and my transition to an advocate for the community. I would like to guide this as a conversation with peers about what we learn from these endeavors, what obstacles occur, and how we push forward.

Purpose, Pivots, and Pennies: Building a Resilient and Dynamic Career

Speakers: Youssef Kalad, Rifat Mursalin, and Brandon Sixto
QuestBridge Scholars walk a lifelong tightrope: how do I build a meaningful career, support my family, and stay true to my values? If you’ve ever found yourself teetering on this tightrope, wondering what to optimize and when, then join us for this discussion.

Give Back Ethically: Redistributing Our Resources

Speakers: Roselle Tenorio and Rakhi Agrawal
In this session, we will explore ways to give back but in ways that don’t perpetuate the very systems that necessitate QuestBridge’s existence. How can we share money in ways that promote equity, justice, and liberation?

Education Expanded: Careers in Education

Speakers: Janet Asante, Josh Farris, and Nick Timms
This session explores the pathways of 3 QuestBridge Alumni into the education sector: consulting, advocacy/research, and teaching.

The Unnormal Course: A Nonlinear Path of a Product Designer into Tech

Speaker: Hector Correa
Explore the path of a QuestBridge Alum who entered the tech industry as a Product Designer without a Design/Tech background, and leave with strategies to prepare you for an unconventional road ahead.

Taking the Leap: Leaving Academia for Tech

Speaker: Christopher Cross
What does it mean to chase a dream? Join me for a discussion of my wild journey into software engineering. I’ll speak in-depth about my transition and offer honest advice for entering this hot market.

Career Flexibility: Freelancing, Consulting, and Starting a Business

Speaker: Karissa Justice
Learn how one QB alum managed the year one financial risks as well as information and network barriers of quitting a job to become a freelance consultant and small business owner.

Sustainability: Working on Climate Change Solutions the Questie Way

Speaker: Tran Lam
Entering the field of sustainability is not easy, especially for a Questie. I will share my academic path, job search stories, career aspirations, and resources to shed light on this career path.

The Career Switcher: How I Switched from Finance to Marketing & What I Learned Along the Way

Speaker: Christa Nutor
Not all of us land our dream jobs right after college. In this session, Christa will be sharing her journey of switching careers and provide tips that prepare you to pivot to your dream position too.

Anthony Jack Sociologist and Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University

Anthony Jack, sociologist and Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University, is transforming the way we address diversity and inclusion in education. His new book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students, reframes the conversation surrounding poverty and higher education. In it, he explains the paths of two uniquely segregated groups. First, the “privileged poor”: students from low-income, diverse backgrounds who attended elite prep or boarding school before attending college. The second are what Jack calls the “doubly disadvantaged” — students who arrive from underprivileged backgrounds without prep or boarding school to soften their college transition. Although both groups come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, the privileged poor have more cultural capital to navigate and succeed — in the college environment and beyond.

“It’s one thing to graduate with a degree from an elite institution, and another thing to graduate with the social capital to activate that degree,” Jack explains. In many ways, rather than close the wealth gap, campus culture at elite schools further alienate poor students by making them feel like they don’t belong. To challenge these deeply ingrained social, cultural, and economic disparities on campus, we must first begin to question what we take for granted. Jack reveals how organizations — from administrators and association organizers, to educators and student activists — can ask the right questions and bridge the gap.

Anthony Jack is a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and assistant professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Recently, he wrote a feature for The New York Times Magazine’s Education Issue, based off his book and life experience as a low-income college student. His research has been cited by The New York Times, the Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, The National Review, The Washington Post, American RadioWorks, WBUR, and MPR. His book The Privileged Poor, was named the 2018 recipient of the Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize by Harvard University Press.

Paris Woods Chief of Programs at YouthForce NOLA

Paris Woods is a first-generation college graduate of Harvard University and a lifelong educator, having worked at some of the country’s top institutions. The daughter of a wise mother who encouraged her to venture out into the world and make “new mistakes,” Paris learned the hard way how to manage her finances and achieve financial freedom. Through years of trial and error and the guidance of numerous FIRE (financial independence, retire early) experts, Paris landed on some simple principles that completely turned things around for her financially and in life. Her #1 Amazon Bestselling book, The Black Girl’s Guide to Financial Freedom, teaches readers how to win financially while living a life they love. Paris is a two-time graduate of Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies and a master’s degree in Education Policy & Management. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin.

Gorick Ng Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

Gorick Ng is the Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right, a book published by Harvard Business Review Press. It is a guide to help professionals, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, take control of their careers, based on 500+ interviews with professionals across geographies, industries, and job types. Gorick is a career adviser at Harvard College, specializing in coaching first-generation, low-income students. He has worked in management consulting at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), investment banking at Credit Suisse, and research with the Managing the Future of Work project at Harvard Business School. He has been featured in The Today Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, New York Post, Fast Company, and CNBC. Gorick, a first-generation college student, is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. Find him at www.gorick.com.

Phyllis Njoroge Product Manager, Redfin; Author, "From Fraud to Freedom"

Phyllis Njoroge is a QuestBridge Alum who has earned a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive and Brain Sciences from Tufts University in 2019, as well as a Women’s Entrepreneurship certificate from Cornell University in 2021. The seemingly never-ending war against impostor syndrome stems from both internal and external sources and Njoroge shares her well-researched views on the subject in her book, From Fraud to Freedom.

Myrna Garza First-Year Experience Coordinator, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Myrna Garza works at Texas A&M University-San Antonio as a Coordinator for the Office of First-Year Experience and a First-Year Seminar Adjunct Faculty. She received a Master of Education in Higher Education in 2019 from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Rice University in 2016. She grew up on both sides of the border, going to school in the Rio Grande Valley but spending most of her weekends and breaks in her parents’ hometowns in northeast Mexico.

Rakhi Agrawal Organizer, Community Centric Fundraising

Rakhi (she/her/ella) is a network weaver, educator, mathematician, community organizer, fundraiser, data scientist, facilitator, strategist, and consultant working at the intersections of equity, justice, and liberation for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Currently, Rakhi organizes within the Community-Centric Fundraising movement, a global push to dismantle white supremacist structures within fundraising and philanthropy in order to fundamentally disrupt the nonprofit industrial complex. This work has taken her from being a grassroots community organizer, advocate, and movement builder to a classroom teacher, coach, tutor, and curriculum writer to a nonprofit development director, interim ED, grant writer, program manager, and operations manager to a machine learning engineer and data scientist and beyond, always seeking mergers within these roles in order to create a world she has never seen.

Vidal Anguiano Jr. Data Science Senior Consultant, West Monroe

Based in Chicago, Vidal is a Data Science Senior Consultant at West Monroe, a digital consultancy. His interests include learning and applying personal finance principles, cooking, and reading philosophy and theology. He earned a B.A. (’15) in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago and an M.S. (’19) in Computational Analysis and Public Policy at the Harris School of Public Policy.

Janet Asante Recent Graduate, Scripps College

Janet Asante is a recent graduate from Scripps College with a passion for social impact and education. She is a SecondDay Social Impact Fellowship alum, and a teacher in the making.

Anjeliqueca Bajita Creator + Certified Coach

Anjeliqueca is a first-generation Pilipina-American graduate from USC’s School of Architecture, Class of 2017. Two years after graduating, she became debt-free and left her tech startup job to pursue a career in creativity, community building, and coaching. Her work focuses on defining and increasing well-being. You can find her at anjeliqueca.com.

Hector Correa Senior Product Designer, Bill.com

Originally from Azusa, CA, Hector received a B.A. in Mathematics & Philosophy from Yale in 2013. Since discovering a passion for design in his last semester, Hector has worked as a product designer and consultant at multiple tech startups in the SF Bay area and Los Angeles. While working remotely as a digital nomad, Hector traveled to 10 countries and volunteered at Ak’Tenamit Association, a boarding school for Mayan and Garifuna youth in Guatemala.

Christopher Cross Software Engineer, J.P. Morgan

Christopher Cross was a 2014 QuestBridge Match Recipient to Princeton University. After graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy in 2018, he began work on a Ph.D. in Philosophy at UCLA. In 2020, he stepped away from academia to begin a career in tech and, since 2021, has been working as a software engineer at J.P. Morgan.

Brielle Dotson Graduate Nursing Student at the University of Virginia

Brielle Dotson is a graduate of the University of Virginia currently pursuing her Master’s in Nursing. She has works as a research assistant studying the complication for individuals with disabilities and as a group exercise instructor in her free time. During her undergraduate career, Brielle helped found the Hoos First Look Program at UVA to enable low-income and first-generation students to come view the university and obtain mentorship about the application process.

Josh Farris Education Researcher

Josh is a native of Southwest Virginia and received his degree from the University of Virginia, where he majored in Youth & Social Innovation. Josh’s scholarship focused on the educational barriers that students from first-generation and low-income (F.G.L.I.) learners face in education. He regularly creates resources to support practitioners and students in education.

Karissa Justice Founder, Work Can Be Better

Karissa Justice is the founder of Work Can Be Better, where she is a talent strategy consultant for values-driven companies, as well as a coach and content creator. Her coaching practice is primarily focused on helping FGLI students and other people from low-income backgrounds develop professional skills to navigate white collar workplaces. Justice received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania as a QuestBridge Scholar, and was previously the Vice President of Finance & Administration at a geospatial tech company in Philadelphia.

Youssef Kalad Founder at Equity Strategies, MBA Candidate at Wharton

Youssef is pursing his MBA at Wharton and consults startups, VCs, and nonprofits on the intersection of technology, public interest, and equity. He’s worked on COVID-19 response for the Governor of New York, innovation and startup attraction for the Mayor of New York, product and growth strategy for Uber pre-IPO, and new venture creation at Treacy & Company. He graduated from UChicago in 2012 (Public Policy).

Tran Lam Renewable Energy Project Finance Analyst & Environmental Justice Consultant

Tran works in sustainability — a new and rising field with new jobs and titles being invented everyday. She is working in renewable energy finance and environmental justice policy making (full-time and part-time, respectively) in California. Previously, she also worked in sustainable investment jewelry startup. Tran graduated from Stanford University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Earth Systems, an interdisciplinary degree that she customized to focus on climate change science, technology, policy, and business.

Angie Luo Operations, People & Design Associate, DC Design

Angie Luo is a 2017 USC QuestBridge alumna, where she also worked full-time for 4 years after graduation. She graduated with an M.S. in Social Entrepreneurship also from USC in 2021 and now works as an Operations, People, and Design Associate at DC Design. Her personal mission statement is to flow toward love and celebrate.

Rifat Mursalin Senior Consultant at FSG; QuestBridge National Alumni Advisory Council Member

Rifat Mursalin is a Senior Consultant at FSG, a mission-driven consulting firm advising corporate, foundation, and nonprofit leaders to create social impact. Prior to FSG, Rifat worked in investment banking, education, and social enterprise. Originally from Bangladesh, Rifat grew up in Atlanta and earned a B.A. with Honors in economics and French from Emory University in 2016 as a QuestBridge Scholar.

Christa Nutor Digital Marketing Strategist

Christa has been a business leader in tech for the past 5 years with experience in finance and marketing. She graduated from Emory University – Goizueta Business School in 2016 and was named one of the top 100 students of her graduating class. She spends a lot of her free time volunteering for nonprofits and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Brandon Sixto Research Analyst, Vera Institute of Justice

Brandon graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. After college, Brandon sought to work in the legal field to advance justice and engage with community members in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, Brandon is able to synthesize his scientific background, legal knowledge and language skills to serve as a quantitative research analyst for the Vera Institute of Justice, which aims to advance justice within the criminal-legal system at all scales.

Kiki Spiezio Community Engagement Associate, Hack.Diversity

Kiki Spiezio works at the intersection of equity and inclusion, future of work, social impact, and community building – currently at Hack.Diversity, building on a trajectory within the nonprofit sector. She graduated from Washington and Lee University with a BS in Business Administration, BA in Politics, and minors in Studio Art and Poverty and Human Capability Studies, and serves as Development Co-Chair on the Boston Regional Alumni Board.

Roselle Tenorio Texas Organizer, Community Centric Fundraising

Roselle Tenorio is a seventh generation Tejanx with 6 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector in addition to many more years of lived and volunteer experience within the sector. They received their Bachelor of Arts in 2017 from Grinnell College, where they studied Sociology and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies. Currently, they serve as a Texas Organizer for the Community Centric Fundraising movement, which is dedicated to dismantling inequitable systems and practices within organizations.

Nicholas Timms Analyst Consultant, Education Resource Strategies

Nick is currently an Analyst Consultant at Education Resource Strategies (ERS), a national nonprofit based in Boston, MA, that partners with and supports urban school districts across the country. His current project is centered around analyzing school staffing formulas to support Fairfax County Public Schools in maintaining an equitable allocation of resources and people across the district. Nick graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in International Relations in May 2021. During his time there, he further developed his passion for the education sector through his work in the Office of Admissions, as well as with The Constellation Fund as a social impact intern.

Taking the Leap: Leaving Academia for Tech

What does it mean to chase a dream? Join me for a discussion of my wild journey into software engineering. I’ll speak in-depth about my transition and offer honest advice for entering this hot market.

Sustainability: Working on Climate Change Solutions the Questie Way

Entering the field of sustainability is not easy, especially for a Questie. I will share my academic path, job search stories, career aspirations, and resources to shed light on this career path.

The Career Switcher: How I Switched from Finance to Marketing & What I Learned Along the Way

Not all of us land our dream jobs right after college. In this session, Christa will be sharing her journey of switching careers and provide tips that prepare you to pivot to your dream position too.

Career Flexibility: Freelancing, Consulting, and Starting a Business

Learn how one QB alum managed the year one financial risks as well as information and network barriers of quitting a job to become a freelance consultant and small business owner.

The Unnormal Course: A Nonlinear Path of a Product Designer into Tech

Explore the path of a QuestBridge Alum who entered the tech industry as a Product Designer without a Design/Tech background, and leave with strategies to prepare you for an unconventional road ahead.

Tiny Actions: Navigating Life’s Transitions with Simple Self-Care

Learn simple self-care practices and mindset shifts to manage your well-being as you transition through life’s major chapters, including starting college, graduation, grad school, and career pivots.

Give Back Ethically: Redistributing Our Resources

In this session, we will explore ways to give back but in ways that don’t perpetuate the very systems that necessitate QuestBridge’s existence. How can we share money in ways that promote equity, justice, and liberation?

Purpose, Pivots, and Pennies: Building a Resilient and Dynamic Career

QuestBridge Scholars walk a lifelong tightrope: how do I build a meaningful career, support my family, and stay true to my values? If you’ve ever found yourself teetering on this tightrope, wondering what to optimize and when, then join us for this discussion.

What to Do When You Realize YOU Were Your Parents’ Retirement Plan

Growing up, our families worried about finances for days and weeks ahead. In this session, we’ll cover some strategic and tactical tips for how to prepare for your own AND your parents’ retirement.

Finding Your Voice as an Advocate for Change: Founding a Low-Income Fly-In Program

As low-income students, we often enter college wanting to fit in and not stand out. Competing with insecurities, academic challenges, and imposter syndrome, it takes time to grow into our voice and passions and ways to create a low-income community at our institution and social change. During this session, I will explore the struggles and difficulties endured in instituting a FGLI fly-in program at UVA and my transition to an advocate for the community. I would like to guide this as a conversation with peers about what we learn from these endeavors, what obstacles occur, and how we push forward.

From Fraud to Freedom: The Intersection of Impostor Syndrome and Identity

It’s one thing to fear you’re a fraud despite your hard work because of insecurities; it’s another to think you don’t belong taking into account the systemic context of being told you don’t belong.

Make, Manage, Multiply: The Financial Principles Every Young Adult Should Know

Learn how to avoid financial traps and put yourself on the path to financial freedom by making, managing, and multiplying your money the smart way.

The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Standing Out and Leveling Up in Your Career

Join Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Gorick Ng to learn about how to speak up, be heard, make an impact, and rise to “Level 7 Leadership.”