Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Free Stuff on Craigslist

If you love free you'll love teh free category on Craig's List. People post htings they need to get rid of, which you can pick up for free. Take a look at what's available here...

FRee STuff on CRAIglist
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A sample of their recent foray:

re: casio keyboard (bronx)

AOL Plus High Speed DSL Modem Kit (Union Square)

Free Facial

Anybody Who Wants a 4 Month Old Kitten Companion? (Chinatown, Manhattan)

Apex DVD Player (Woodbridge/Edison area)

loving cat needs home asap

Samsung 20" color TV (Woodbridge/Edison area)

Lamp (Fort Greene)   pic

complete old mac system (Brooklyn)

hair sylists please read!

*****FREE 4 DRESSERS, COUCH & DAYBED ***** (eastern long island\shirley)   pic

2 Henredon Scene One Armoires (Lynbrook)   pic

Baby High Chair (Wappinger Falls)

Free bread machine and/or slow cooker crockpot (UWS)

Stylish Book Case (Greenwich, CT

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Can one Blog Post Change the World?

I don't have an answer for this one??

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Veronica Meets Kofi Annan's Wife, Nane @ the United Nations

As you may or may not know, I went to a breakfast/Conference at the United Nations. It was great. The panel was excellent.

Nane Annan and I - Thanks for the picture. (on a side note, I had asked her body guard to take the shot. He said no, and I realized why he couldn't) She is very nice and has been a huge proponent of many social issues.

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The Room

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The Panel
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My artistic Photo from the conference room.

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The building

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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Summer 2005 Free Events in New York

Now you can finally impress your friends by being in the know. I have been blasting this excel file around and it is a great lits of free events in New York City through out the summer. Its def worth the download. Though, I am still not quite sure where it originated and who created.

Download summer_2005.xls

The nice feature about this list is that it has links to each event. It includes Shakespeare in the Park, Movies in Bryant Park, MidSummer Nights Swing, The JVC Jazz Festival, GMA Concerts at Rockefeller Plaza, Concerts at Bryant Park, and New York City Opera productions in Central Park. I am not sure if I left any thing out, but take a look at the list. Its worth it.

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Friday, May 27, 2005

Microcredit Conference @ The UN

arrow   International Year of Microcredit 2005
Date: June 10th, 2005
Time: 7:45 - 10:00 am
Location:   United Nations Headquarters
  New York, NY

To Register Click Here. To View the Invite and See Whos Speaking Click Here

 

"The United Nations Capital Development Fund in collaboration with Financial Women’s Association,
Women Advancing Microfinance Women’s Association of Venture and Equity, 85 Broads, and Women’s Bond Club of New York is pleased to invite you to a breakfast panel in celebration of the International Year of Microcredit 2005"

SEE YOU THERE IF YOU DECIDE TO GO

Some of you may never have heard of the concept of micro finance. I think its a great concept. Get some investors together, raise capital, create "micro" loans to provide funding for start ups and small ventures that other wise would not get funding. It works so well because target borrowers have high pay back rates and usually do not default.

What is Micro Finance
Small loans that help poor people who wish to start or expand their small businesses but, are not able to get banks to lend to them.

Harvard is teaching a class on this. Bhakti Mirchandani is a strong proponent of micro finance and has started three initaitives to promote this concept.

1)
Global Microentrepreneurship Awards - which gives away 50Gs a year
2) The Graduate Student MADVC (Microfinance and Development Venture Capital Network
3) The Harvard College Social Enterprise Club

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Mowing Grass in Iraq

Operation Home

Sometimes we forget how good we have it and how lucky we are.

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Friday, May 06, 2005

Lehman Takes Fordham to the NYSE

 

Lehman and Fordham's Career Planning and Placement joined resources to organize a trip to the New York Stock Exchange. Jim and Rob from Lehman Brothers led two small groups through the halls of the NYSE on Broad Street. The group met with many traders, specialists, and a floor monitor, walking through the entire exchange from the Garage, to the Main Room, through the Blue Room (where ETFS like SPDRs, Diamonds, and the QQQ are traded) all the way back to the 30 Broad Street building. The pace was fast furious, but the students asked great questions and learned a lot.

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For Fun Facts about the NYSE and to view more pictures visit the "Lehman Takes Fordham to the NYSE" album. Click here to visit the NYSE page and hear the closing bell when you click on the picture. Click Here to visit the Fordham site.

May 6, 2005 in Around Town - Giving back, Careers, Fordham | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Speaking at Fordham - A commitment to stepping it up

                                                 

In an attempt to take a more active role in my endeavors I am trying to "step it up".  I finally made a suggestion to organize an informal mentor panel for the program and naturally was invited to speak. The idea very easily came to fruition at Fordham's Lincoln Center Campus with a panel of seven mentors. There was a great turnout, with at least 50 students and other mentors showing up. I was equally impressed by both by the students' motivations and by my fellow mentors' experiences.

A friend of mine started the program and with a lot of administration nudging, finally got the idea off the ground last year. This is my second year doing the Fordham Young Alumni Mentor Program (FYAMP). It is a fairly simple yet extremely effective concept where recent Young Alumni across different career paths are partnered with Fordham students across various disciplines to provide career and life guidance and advice.  Mentors agree to a one year commitment and there are no strict/silly deadlines or requirements about meeting. At the beginning of the program there is a meet and greet, and Alumni and student pairs sign a contract setting up the details about contact frequency and form. The students leverage off of the experiences of alumni while the benefits are exponential.

I have to say both of my mentees have been extremely motivated and I have been very happy with them and how the program is run. There are three key points about the program in my mind that allow it to operate so well.

  1. Flexibility - There are no limitations as to what forms of mentoring you can provide to the students. For example, a few weeks back I arranged a visit to the trading floor and an opportunity to speak with some traders and ask questions for my mentee. Also, career planning who organizes the logistics of the program is extremely open to suggestions and quick to implement them.
  2. The Contract - Because Students and Alumni set up their own guidelines for meeting individually both parties can more easily time manage and set up realistic time commitments. Every pair has a custom experience that best suits their needs, interests and schedules.
  3. Wide Scope - The program is not designed to help one discipline over another. It is not the Young Alumni Mentor Program for Business Majors or Psychology majors. What does that imply? Who cares? This is a key point because it means that students are the ones that decide what their interests are. The program does its bests to align student goals with current participating Mentors. It is open to all majors, and no one is closed out. Alumni benefit from this as well, having the ability to network across industries. This is great, because "I" working in Finance may not have the opportunity to tap into resources within say Media, Law, or Health care Industries as frequently, but now I can have a "go to" contact when I have questions or need information.

Everyone involved with this is really doing an amazing job, and I hope that 50 years from now individuals are still benefiting from the program. "Stepping it up" is easier than I thought. I hope I will continue to spark more ideas/events instead of merely being a participant. (Though there is something to be said for that as well). (Pic borrowed from This is going to be big, because I forgot my digital and my phone has no camera - I am so behind here)

A Picture Share!

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