Alumni Voices – Fall 2009

Robert Crosby III ’08 

Robert Crosby III graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s in Journalism, summa cum laude. This past summer, he taught summer school at Richard Wright Elementary School in northern Philadelphia. He co‐taught a class of 12 first grade students that were trying to be passed to the second grade. Teaching in Philadelphia was part of the six‐week training program that Teach For America requires its corps members to undergo before being able to teach in Washington, D.C. Crosby is now working for Teach for America in Washington, D.C. teaching early childhood education and attending George Mason University for his Master’s in Early Childhood Education. Crosby was awarded the 2009 Most Promising Minority Student in Advertising by the American Advertising Federation.


Jose Perez ’08

I graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, in December 2008. I’m working for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Everett, WA, where I am the HR partner for thee employees and managers of the 767 airplane program, final assembly stage. i’m also a member of an enterprise‐wide committee tasked with restructuring our leave of abscence process, as well as the Everett site HR focal for Disability Management. As the 767 affirmative action focal, I’m working on initiatives targeted to making sure we have the right talent mix in our management and leadership population. The most exciting news for me, though, is that I’ll be starting my master’s degree in management at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School this fall. Puerto Rico goes to the UK…should be fun!


Alejandro Aguirre ’08

After working in banking last summer, and turning down a job offer, Alejandro Aguirre decided he wanted another summer to test out a different industry before graduating. This past summer, he was a summer analyst in Corporate Treasury at Burger King Corporation in Miami, FL. He will be graduating in December 2009 from Florida International University. “The most important lesson I have learned in the last year is to never settle,” commented Aguirre. It was a risky decision to turn a lucrative job offer smack in the middle of the most difficult job market in recent history, but I wasn’t willing to spend two years of my life doing something I don’t enjoy. I haven’t looked back since.”


Tinu Akinfolarin ’08

Tinu Akinfolarin graduated from Bryn Mawr in May of 2009. She is now working for Teach for America in Baltimore, MD, teaching at the elementary school level. “SVMP helped me realize that I need to pursue what I enjoy so I plan to use my love for business to [incite] change in education,” said Akinfolarin. “I am so excited about it!”


Kari Hernandez ’08

Kati Hernandez graduated from the University of Southern California in May of 2009. She will be starting a graduateTransportation program at MIT in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department this fall.


Aaron Mattison ’08

Aaron Mattison graduated from Morehouse College in May of 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics. He accepted an offer with Deutsche Bank and will be working in their London office starting September. On the side, Aaron is involved weith and the visionary network.


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