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All in a Day's Work

All in a Day's Work

By NYU Wasserman
All in a Day’s Work features members of the New York University community, doing interesting work, and navigating the professional world. We are excited to share their stories with you. For a full transcript of any podcast episode, please email

Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed during "All in a Day's Work" are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of New York University and its employees.
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Episode 21: Weijin “Gina” Leow, New York City Peace Corps Association
In this episode, Joe Mercadante speaks with Weijin (Gina) Leow about how to foster an inclusive workspace, finding purpose and direction in one’s career, readjusting to life in the U.S. after the Peace Corps, and how Gina’s multicultural background wound up inspiring her to pursue a career in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. Weijin “Gina” Leow’s love of service led her to teach English to hundreds of college students in Sichuan, China from 2014-2016 with the United States Peace Corps. Upon returning to the U.S., she created New York University's first MA program in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She joined the Fire Department of New York City (“FDNY”) in 2017 as an intern and now is the Diversity and Inclusion Manager. Gina was  honored as one of Lawline’s Top Women Faculty of 2020 for the Eliminating Bias: Inclusive Leadership in the Legal Profession program. She was the New York City Bar Association’s Mindfulness and Well-Being in Law Committee’s Substitute Secretary and Chair of the Toolkit Subcommittee, creating its first Mindfulness and Well-Being Toolkit. Gina currently serves as the Vice President of the New York City Peace Corps Association. She has certifications in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University and Yale University and in Restorative Circle Keeping from Planning Change. In addition to receiving her MA in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at NYU, she received a BA in International Relations with a minor in Asian Studies from the City College of New York and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
July 15, 2021
Episode 20: Josh Krug, Kehillah Jewish High School & Opening Doors
In this episode, Miriam Miller talks with Joshua Krug about finishing a PhD program during the pandemic, using social media to broaden your platform, and learning to create not only a career but a vocation. Joshua Krug earned a B.A. with Honors and Distinction from Yale, an MDiv from Harvard, and a PhD from NYU. He sits at the intersection of vision and implementation in education, with experience facilitating high school, gap-year, college, young adult, and adult Jewish learning and meaning-making. He lives to empower diverse young people to experience Jewish texts and contexts as powerful resources as they transform the world. You can follow his initiative, Opening Doors, on Clubhouse @ Opening Doors, on Insta at @lehrhaus, and on FB @lehrhausopeningdoors.
June 15, 2021
Episode 19: Sarah Edelman, New York Foundling
In this episode, Miriam Miller speaks with Sarah Edelman about developing a good relationship with your supervisor, knowing when it’s time to change roles, the benefits and challenges of remote work, and creating a schedule that is conducive to mental and emotional wellbeing. Sarah Edelman is a 2012 graduate of NYU's Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness Master’s program. She has worked at New York Foundling since her graduation and is currently an Assistant Vice President for the FFT Manhattan Program. Outside of her full-time work, Sarah teaches as an adjunct instructor in the Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness online Master’s program and runs a successful private practice. Sarah loves the career path NYU put her on and is happy to share her experiences!
May 1, 2021
Episode 18: Candice Lola, Freelance Writing
In this episode, Joe Mercadante speaks with NYU alum and freelance writer Candice Lola about knowing what you’re worth on the freelance market, cultivating an authentic presence on social media, building a team of people who support you, and the changes Candice has noticed since the resurgence of Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020. Candice Lola is a freelance politics and culture writer, her specialty being deep research dives into sociopolitical phenomena. She is currently based in New York City, where she also writes horror stories, annoys her dog, and cooks way more food than she can eat. Find her on social media @candice_lola across all platforms and check out her blog at
April 15, 2021
Episode 17: Monefa Anderson, Cityblock Health
In this episode, Carrie Pennoni speaks with Monefa Anderson — an alumna of the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Rory Meyers College of Nursing — about returning to school, leaning on your professional network, the importance of mission-driven work, and finding focus and clarity after a job loss. Monefa Anderson is a graduate of the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Rory Meyers College of Nursing and has over 20 years of health care experience. Monefa is board certified as a gerontological nurse specialist and nurse executive, advanced standing. Her current position is Director of Operations at NY Market at Cityblock Health, where she oversees the clinical care teams and ambulatory care sites for Cityblock members in NYC.
April 2, 2021
Episode 16: Ruzmyn Vilcassim, UAB School of Public Health
In this episode, Miriam Miller speaks with Ruzmyn Vilcassim about being an international student at NYU, the differences between industry jobs and faculty positions at universities, tips for landing your first role on a research team, and how to improve your chances of receiving grant funding. Ruzmyn Vilcassim (PhD, MS) is an assistant professor at the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from New York University in Environmental Health Sciences (Exposure Assessment and Health Effects) focusing on air pollution exposure and its associated health impacts. He has previous work experience in environmental pollution prevention, climate change impacts on vulnerable populations, and sustainable agriculture at environmental non-profit organizations, both in Sri Lanka and internationally.
March 15, 2021
Episode 15: Allison Emanuel, Herbert H. Lehman High School
In this episode, Lily Smith speaks with NYU alum, Allison Emanuel, about teaching high school during the coronavirus pandemic, the process of building confidence as a teacher, and the inspiring perseverance she witnesses every day from her colleagues and her students. Allison Emanuel is a New York City based high school Social Studies teacher. She currently teaches at Herbert H Lehman High School, a large urban high school in the Bronx. Ms. Emanuel earned a B.A. in History from New York University, and an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University. When she's not teaching, she enjoys walking her Great Dane, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her family. 
March 1, 2021
Episode 14: Lisa Setyon, France Télévisions
In this episode, Sarah Rosenthal speaks with NYU Journalism School alum, Lisa Setyon, about her experience as an international student, the challenges of full-time freelancing, using social media as a professional tool, and the importance of bringing more diversity into the newsroom.  Lisa Setyon is a journalist who works as a producer for FRANCE TELEVISIONS in Washington D.C. She has previously worked as a freelance multimedia journalist in Paris, France and as an Associate Producer at ABC News. She completed her Master’s in Journalism at New York University and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
February 15, 2021
Episode 13: Richard Orbe-Austin, Dynamic Transitions
In this episode, Miriam Miller speaks with NYU alumnus, Dr. Richard Orbé-Austin, about the paths that are available in the field of psychology, navigating difficult conversations with parents and loved ones around changing your career path, and what it takes to launch a private practice. You can read more about his work in executive coaching and consulting at Dr. Richard Orbé-Austin is a psychologist, executive coach, and a founding partner of Dynamic Transitions Psychological Consulting LLP, a career and executive coaching consultancy, based in New York City. He earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education and his BA in Psychology from NYU. He is a TEDx speaker and the author of the book Own Your Greatness: Overcome Impostor Syndrome, Beat Self-Doubt, and Succeed in Life (Ulysses Press, 2020), co-authored with his partner, Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin. 
February 1, 2021
Episode 12: Michael Hengerer, Fordham University School of Law
In this episode, Carrie Penoni speaks with Michael Hengerer about staying organized while applying to law school, building and maintaining a professional network, and identifying the early signs of imposter syndrome. Michael Hengerer is a J.D. candidate at Fordham University School of Law. He worked at Goldman Sachs from 2017 to 2020 after briefly working in advertising sales. Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts from New York University in May of 2016. He currently lives on the Upper West Side and spends free time running, cycling, and cooking.  For a full transcript of this episode, please email
January 15, 2021
Episode 11: Tanya Gupta, IBM
In this episode, Sarah Rosenthal talks with Tanya Gupta about dealing with professional rejection, creating your own website, and the exciting intersection between STEM and the arts. Tanya Gupta is an Indian-American artist, engineer, and entrepreneur. During her undergraduate tenure, Tanya co-founded a female-led startup company, completed 2 co-op rotations with NASA resulting in a patent, and spent a term as a teaching assistant at Stanford University — all while being an NYU Admissions Ambassador and Resident Assistant. She is also a multimedia artist who has worked with brands like Tom Ford Beauty, Bliss, and Adolescent Content. Tanya is now a full-time Hardware Developer and XR (Mixed/Extended Reality) Engineer at IBM. For a full transcript of this episode, please email
January 1, 2021
Episode 10: Kristina Varade, Borough of Manhattan Community College
In this episode, Joe Mercadante speaks with CUNY professor, Kristina Verade, about publishing articles in the competitive world of academia, tools for time management, and keeping sane when you’re managing a hectic schedule. Kristina Varade is an Associate Professor of Modern Languages at BMCC, CUNY and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at University College, Dublin's Humanities Institute. She is an alumna of NYU (MA), the Graduate Center, CUNY (M.Phil; Ph.D.) and Mount Holyoke College (BA). Her scholarship includes Anglo-Irish travel writing concerning Italy, contemporary fiction from Italy and Ireland, and Irish Dance/Cultural Studies. She has published in Irish Studies Review, New Hibernia Review, Annali d’Italianistica, Forum Italicum, etc. Among Dr. Varade’s most recent publications is a book chapter on the cellphone in Italian fiction in the volume,Posthumanism in Italian Literature and Film (Palgrave, 2020) and a chapter regarding consumer culture and the fragmented subject in Patrick McCabe’s Ireland (Rodopi, 2018). Dr. Varade has been awarded additional research fellowships at Trinity College, Dublin and at Marsh’s Library, Dublin in Fall, 2020 for her interdisciplinary research. For a full transcript of this episode, please email
December 15, 2020
Episode 9: Gabrielle Royal, Abercrombie & Fitch
In this episode, Diana Mendez talks with Gabby Royal about finding companies that celebrate your identity and align with your values, balancing full-time corporate work with owning a consulting business, and turning a passion for diversity and inclusion into a career. Gabrielle Royal (she/her) is an inclusion, diversity, and equity strategist and NYU GSAS alumna. She currently serves as the Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Abercrombie & Fitch Co., leading the strategic vision for diversity for all four lifestyle brands: Abercrombie &Fitch, abercrombie kids, Hollister Co., and Gilly Hicks in North America, EMEA, and APAC. She is also a small business owner, founder of Inclusion First Consulting. Prior to her time in the fashion industry, she was the Vice President of Campus Diversity Recruiting at Citigroup working to push boundaries on Wall Street and the financial services industry. For a full transcript of this episode, please email
December 1, 2020
Episode 8: Reema Dutt and Sania Jhankar, Luminoustudios
In this episode, Haley Garofalo speaks with the co-founders of Luminoustudios, Reema Dutt and Sania Jhankar, about turning your creative passions into a business, the importance of adaptability in entrepreneurship, and building and maintaining authentic professional relationships. Sania Jhankar is the Co-Founder & Head of Production at the  Luminoustudios. Sania received a BFA in Film & TV from NYU, and has been working in the Film & Commercial Industry in New York City for the last decade. She has produced over 150 videos & commercials over the years. As a creative, her feature films have received national and international recognition and awards at prestigious film festivals.  Reema Dutt is the Co-founder and Head of Business Development at Luminoustudios. Reema received a BA from in Economics and Journalism from NYU, MSc from the London School of Economics and MA from USC Global Media and Communications. She has worked as a content creator for several years for features, shorts, commercials and documentaries. She also works as a marketing/brand consultant for start-ups in retail, entertainment and tech. As a producer, she has robust experience in every stage of production, from inception and creative development to fundraising, distribution, and marketing. Luminoustudios is an all-female production company that specializes in full-service, branded video production for social media ads, socially-conscious visual stories, web commercials, and crowdfunding campaign videos. Their clientele include established brands like Polaroid, UC Irvine and Google, socially-conscious companies like EveryTable, The Smithsonian Institute and StoryCorps, & innovative startups like WeddingWire, Splacer and Fiverr. The company has produced over 150 videos, with a 100% success rate for their fundraising clients. For a full transcript of this episode, please email
November 15, 2020
Episode 7: Tiffany Nelson, Tiffany & Co.
In this episode, Diana Mendez speaks with Tiffany Nelson about the importance of mentorship, networking during COVID-19, and returning to college after a decade in the professional world. Tiffany works at Tiffany & Co.  in New York City, where she works with the Customer Services department, is a co-lead in the African Brilliance Collective employee resource group, and also supports teams with developing diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies.  She started her career working at an electrical contracting firm for 10 years before transitioning to learning and development as a golf instructor/staff trainer for City Parks Foundation from 2007-2019.  Tiffany has worked as a consultant with several companies including Madison Square Garden, Moncler, HIUSA, and continues to consult with City Parks.  She currently lives in Queens, NY with her daughter, Kennedy, together they share a love of travel and art. For a full transcript of this episode, please email
November 1, 2020
Episode 6: Catherine Markowitz, Broadway
In this episode, Sarah Rosenthal talks with Broadway producer, Catherine Markowitz, about using informational interviews to help with a career change, advocating for yourself in a new workplace, and the state of Broadway and New York theater in the time of COVID-19. Catherine has always been passionate about theatre. After working in nonprofits for almost ten years, she decided to transition in 2018 to a full-time career in producing. Producing credits include: What the Constitution Means to Me (Broadway and National Tour), Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Off-Broadway), The Birds and the BS with Jordan Roth (Web series), World Refugee Day for Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish (Off-Broadway). Catherine is a graduate of the CTI Fourteen-Week Program and the O'Neill Summer Workshop. She currently lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, daughter, and dog. For a full transcript of this episode, please email
October 15, 2020
Episode 5: Chris Edling, New York University
In this episode, Miriam Miller talks with NYU lecturer and writing professor, Chris Edling, about his time in the Peace Corps, the Fulbright program, and the United Nations. Christopher Edling's career began in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Improv, National Lampoon, CBS Radio, The Hollywood Reporter, and other media outlets. From 2009-2012 he served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Before coming to NYU he completed a Fulbright Arts fellowship in Kyrgyzstan, worked with the United Nations, and taught writing for the LEDA Institute at Princeton University. He holds an MFA in Writing and a Certificate in Feminist Scholarship from Columbia University, as well as CELTA certification from the University of Cambridge. For a full transcript of this episode, please email
October 1, 2020
Episode 4: Iynna Halilou, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
In this episode, Miriam Miller talks with Iynna Halilou about the influence her cultural heritage has had on her work, how to bring authenticity to the workplace, and the importance of crafting an “energy budget.” Iynna Halilou is currently the Global Programs Manager at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, New York’s largest early-stage tech startup accelerator and seed investment fund. After acquiring experience in the international organizations/government space, Iynna found her truest interests in entrepreneurship and its interplay with tech and social impact. In her current role she is responsible for the Global portfolio: through identifying, sourcing global startups looking to expand in the US market, creating and running US market-entry acceleration programs for those startups; engaging with partners and building tech startup ecosystems globally. Iynna is originally from Cameroon and Madagascar, by way of Paris (France), the UK, Senegal and now New York. She is a native French and English speaker as well as fluent in Spanish. She holds a Master's degree in International Affairs, specializing in International Development from NYU and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Spanish from Durham University, in England. You can find her active on LinkedIn: or Twitter: @iynna_halilou. For a full transcript of this episode, please email
September 1, 2020
Episode 3: Samantha Levy, American Farmland Trust
In this episode, Miriam Miller talks with Samantha Levy about her transition from working in theater to working in politics, bringing your authentic self to the workplace, and translating skills during a career change. Samantha is a New York University alumna, holding a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch and MA in Food Studies from NYU Steinhardt. She is currently a New York Policy Manager for American Farmland Trust (AFT) where she conducts research on, builds coalitions around, and advocates directly for public policies and programs at all levels of government that keep land in farming, keep farmers on the land, and help farmers adopt sound farming practices in New York. Samantha leads the Alliance for New York’s Farmland, a coalition advocating for farmland protection and farmland access for a diverse new generation of farmers. She also established New York Grown Food for New York Kids, a coalition advocating for Farm to school policy which worked successfully to create the 30% NYS Initiative incentivizing K-12 schools across the state to buy more New York grown food. Additionally, Samantha authored Growing Opportunities, leads AFT’s climate work in New York, and is currently a member of LEAD NY Class 18 through Cornell University. When not working to change the world, she enjoys yoga, cooking, theatre, and hiking with her pup, Ash. Samantha recently was named one of City and State's 40 Under 40, 2020 Albany Rising Stars. For a full transcript of this episode, please email
August 1, 2020
Episode 2: Echo Ma, Google
In this episode, Miriam Miller talks with episode guest, Echo Ma, about moving to Silicon Valley, how to network and ask for referrals, and establishing work-life balance during the quarantine. Echo Ma graduated with an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from NYU in 2018. Prior to that, she double majored in Psychology and Employment Relations and received a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.  She's a believer in evidence-based decisions and win-win solutions by applying research and data to People Operations/Human Resources.  As an international student, Echo has lived in cities across Canada, the U.S., and China.  While she had expected to work in a boutique consulting firm upon graduation, she ended up enjoying an internal position at a large tech company. For a full transcript of this episode, please email
July 1, 2020
Episode 1: Kyleigh Russ, Govern for America
In this episode, Miriam Miller talks with Govern for America founder and Forbes 30 under 30 recipient, Kyleigh Russ, about imposter syndrome, being a young entrepreneur, and how to get involved in the public sector during the COVID-19 crisis. Kyleigh Russ is Co-Founder and COO of Govern for America. Upon graduating from college with a degree in Government, Kyleigh taught at a charter school in Boston. There she saw what can happen when underrepresented communities do not have their voices heard in policy making - programs and decisions don't actually address underlying, systemic issues that communities are facing. With her co-founder, she created Govern for America in order to construct clearer pathways into state and county government for the next generation of diverse talent. Govern for America imagines a world where our most dynamic young leaders see government as an avenue for meaningful change, and government reflects the values and diversity of the nation. For a full transcript of this episode, please email
July 1, 2020
All in a Day's Work Trailer
Check out a teaser of our "All in a Day's Work" podcast series.  For a full transcript of this episode, please email
June 29, 2020