Powerhouse of industry leaders to help social enterprise advance mission of providing meaningful work experiences for high school students, NYC’s future workforce
NEW YORK CITY, NY (February 23 2021) — Genesys Works, a national workforce development program that connects high school students from underserved neighborhoods to paid internships with major companies, is pleased to announce the establishment of a board of advisors to help expand its impact and reach in New York City (NYC).
Genesys Works New York City was launched in 2019 with the goal of improving and expanding educational and economic opportunities for high school students who reside in NYC neighborhoods deprived of the upskilling programs, networks and meaningful work opportunities needed to achieve economically sustainable futures.
“Our board of advisors is comprised of a powerhouse of industry leaders committed to eliminating the barriers to economic opportunity that prevent our students from achieving their full potential,” said Mike Gross, executive director of Genesys Works New York City. “We are excited to channel their talent, energy and expertise into advancing our mission and impact.”
Haley Coller is an associate at Goldman Sachs, a leading global investment, banking, securities and investment management firm. In this role, Coller’s work is centered around exotic structured products, primary equity derivatives such as Options, Future/Forwards and Swaps for the Private Investor Group business. Coller is also an alumna of the Genesys Works program and serves as a member of its national board of directors.
Melissa Goldman is the corporate technology chief information officer (CIO) and firmwide chief data officer (CDO) at JP Morgan Chase (JPMC). As CIO, she is responsible for global technology functions across corporate as well as leading the execution of JPMC’s multi-year roadmap to building a scalable infrastructure that supports business initiatives. As CDO, Goldman is responsible for shaping and executing the firm’s data strategy. She is also the chair of JPMC’s Data Governance Executive Committee and serves on the firms’ Global Technology Operating Committee, Risk Operating Committee and Applied Intelligence Council. Prior to joining JPMC, Goldman spent 20 years at Goldman Sachs, where she held several global technology leadership roles.
Andrea Ianniello is the president and chief commercial officer at LMRKTS, a leading provider of services that uses mathematical optimization to help financial institutions manage derivatives exposures. In addition to co-running the firm, Ianniello oversees the company’s revenue, go-to-market strategies, sales program, relationship management, investor relations, and administrative functions. Prior to joining LMRKTS, Ianniello was managing director, global head of Sales at Promontory Financial Group, and previously served as head of External Relations for the Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Research. Ianniello is deeply committed to the advancement of women in financial services and currently serves as co-chair for the Enterprise Data Management Council’s Women in Data Group and served as President of the Women’s Bond Club from 2012-2016.
Scott Lebovitz is the global co-head and co-chief investment officer of the Infrastructure Investment Group at Goldman Sachs and a member of its Global Equity Leadership where he is responsible for the corporate equity business within Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking Division. Lebovitz joined Goldman Sachs in 1997 as an analyst in the Investment Banking Division and moved to MBD in 1999. He was named managing director in 2007 and partner in 2012.
Wileeta McGee is a human resource (HR) consultant at Capital One Financial Corporation. In this role, McGee leads a team that provides strategic support to executives across the technology organization. She also leads across enterprise and line of business technology teams, developing talent and people processes that align with Capital One’s business strategy. Throughout her career, McGee has led HR across a variety of industries, including her time as an entrepreneur. In addition to having an extensive career in HR, McGee has committed herself to a lifetime of service. She serves women and the surrounding community through her church’s outreach ministry and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Jennifer Selig is director of IT Customer Relations & Practice Support at Kirkland & Ellis, an international law firm serving clients in private equity, mergers and acquisitions and other complex corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property and restructuring matters, across 15 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Since 1997, Selig has supported the unprecedented growth of the firm in a handful of IT leadership positions. In her current role, she leads teams responsible for Kirkland & Ellis’ IT project management, custom application development, training and service delivery.
Jennie Soler-McIntosh is vice president of Community Engagement and Postsecondary Pathways at New Visions for Public Schools. In this role, Soler-McIntosh is responsible for leading the organization’s efforts around family engagement, community relationship-building, partnership development and postsecondary readiness for New Visions district and charter schools. During her 20-year tenure at New Visions, she has played an integral role in the development of small schools and the cultivation of community and school partnerships. Prior to joining New Visions, Soler-McIntosh was assistant commissioner for the Beacon Programs at the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.
Ron Taylor is managing director, head of Diversity and Inclusion at Mizuho Americas, a leading financial institution comprising several legal entities, which together offer clients corporate and investment banking, financing, securities, treasury services, asset management, research and more. In this role, he leads Mizuho’s effort in furthering a culture that benefits from diverse life experiences, viewpoints and expertise. Prior to joining Mizuho, Taylor spent more than 20 years developing, implementing, and expanding diversity and inclusion initiatives for top organizations, including the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Eisner Amper, the New York City Food Bank, Deutsche Bank and KPMG. Taylor is also a member of the advisory board for Bronx Community College and a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Accountants.
Since 2002, Genesys Works has provided pathways to career success and economic mobility for thousands of high school students across the country. Genesys Works young professionals complete rigorous skills training in business technology, receive professional coaching and mentoring and are placed in year-long paid internships with top employers. Ninety-eight percent of Genesys Works students identify as people of color and 79% are first-generation college students.
To date, more than 300 companies have partnered with Genesys Works to create a pipeline of diverse high-quality talent, drive employee engagement and productivity, and strengthen communities. Nationally, 90% of students who complete internships enroll in post-secondary education programs, and alumni five years out of the program earn a median income of $50,000 to $55,000 a year.
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About Genesys Works
Genesys Works provides pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. Our program consists of 8 weeks of technical and professional skills training, paid year-long corporate internships, college and career coaching, and alumni support to and through college. Our goal is to move more students out of economic inequality and into professional careers, creating a more productive and diverse workforce in the process. Since its founding in 2002, Genesys Works has grown to serve thousands of students annually in Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington’s National Capital Region and New York City. To learn more, visit genesysworks.org.