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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 13: Richard Orbe-Austin, Dynamic Transitions

All in a Day's WorkFeb 01, 2021

Season 2, Episode 1: Bill Arnone, National Academy of Social Insurance
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Episode 49: Callie Hitchcock, Campside Media
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Episode 48: Robert Lee, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine
Dec 01, 202221:28
Episode 47: Loredana Andargachew, Hulu
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Episode 46: Logan Jacobs, UNC Chapel Hill
Nov 01, 202224:01
Episode 45: Erica Foldy, NYU Wagner

Episode 45: Erica Foldy, NYU Wagner

In today’s episode, Joseph Mercadante talks to activist and associate professor at NYU, Erica Foldy. Together, they discuss her career in activism, the challenges she faces today as a professor and organizer, and how she started NYU’s Democracy Project.

Professor Erica Foldy is an Associate Professor at NYU Wagner and a scholar, teacher, consultant and organizer. Her research explores what enables and inhibits collaboration and learning across potential divisions, and has focused on race and racism in particular.  Erica’s expertise has been featured in the Washington Post, Reuters, and other outlets and she has consulted on equity, diversity and belonging to a range of groups and agencies.  Most recently, she has been co-leading a program to fund fellowships for NYU students to work in pro-democracy organizations. She is a 3-time winner of the Wagner Professor of the Year award, voted by students.

Oct 15, 202222:22
Episode 44: Interview Special - Echo Ma (ep. 2), Ron Rapatalo (ep. 30), and Emmanuel Moses (ep. 41)

Episode 44: Interview Special - Echo Ma (ep. 2), Ron Rapatalo (ep. 30), and Emmanuel Moses (ep. 41)

Not too long ago, we took to our Instagram story and asked our listeners what kind of career advice they wanted to hear on our show the most. The overwhelming majority of you said that you wanted to learn more about how to interview. So we asked some of our past guests to come back on the show and give their advice on how job applicants can make the most out of their interviews. These guests are Ron Rapatalo, a career coach and associate partner at Edgility Consulting, Emmanuel Moses, Associate Director of College Guidance & Transition at The Opportunity Network, and Echo Ma, a Compensation Analyst at Google.

Oct 01, 202219:55
Episode 43: Jessica Swartz, Pfizer

Episode 43: Jessica Swartz, Pfizer

In this episode, Sarah Rosenthal talks to Jessica Swartz, the Launch Lead for Pfizer’s next generation adult pneumococcal vaccine. They discuss her winding path from getting her bachelor’s in Germanic language and literature to becoming a power player in the world of biotechnology. Along the way, they touch on the topics such as networking, imposter’s syndrome, and how to take meaningful risks in your career.

Jessica currently leads the Global PCV20 Adult vaccine launch. Prior to this role, she was the Strategy lead for the Vaccines & Hospital BUs and took on the temporary assignment as the Global Launch Navigator, COVID-19 vaccine. Other roles at Pfizer include PEH Strategy and CI for the Neuroscience RU. She has also served as VP of BD & Operations for Regenovation and as an Engagement Manager at IQVIA Consulting. Jessica holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from U. Maryland, Baltimore.

For a full transcript of this episode, please email

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Episode 42: Christopher Griiffin, NYU LGBTQ+ Center
Sep 01, 202222:48
Episode 41: Emmanuel Moses, The Opportunity Network
Aug 15, 202221:14
Episode 40: Rita Bearden, Department of Education
Aug 01, 202223:59
 Re-Air: Episode 9, Gabrielle Royal, Abercrombie & Fitch
Jul 15, 202219:35
Episode 39: Quemuel Arroyo, Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
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Re-Air: Episode 5, Chris Edling, New York University
Jun 15, 202219:20
Episode 38: Olivia Domba, AmeriCorps VISTA

Episode 38: Olivia Domba, AmeriCorps VISTA

In this episode, Haley Garofalo speaks with NYU alum, Olivia Domba about her time at AmeriCorps. Along the way, they discuss her time at NYU, her passion for food studies, and the ups and downs of being a part of an intensive program like AmeriCorps.

Olivia Domba is a recent graduate of NYU Steinhardt's Food Studies MA program, where her coursework focused on food security, systems, and culture. Olivia recently completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Central Arkansas Library System in Little Rock, AR. There, she supported the grants and development team to secure funding for library programs that helped support food security, entrepreneurship, and other community needs. An experienced Higher Education Administrator, Olivia holds a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College in Political Science.

For a full transcript of this episode, please email

Jun 01, 202222:47
Re-Air: Episode 1, Kyleigh Russ, Govern for America
May 15, 202219:09
Episode 37: Alan Denton, CoComelon
May 01, 202221:43
Episode 36: Matt Schulte, Kansas City Royals

Episode 36: Matt Schulte, Kansas City Royals

In this episode, Miriam Miller speaks with Matt Schulte, Senior Manager of Client Services at the Kansas City Royals. Together, they speak about how to maintain a philanthropic life with a full-time job, LGBTQ+ representation in the workplace, and the challenges of achieving upward mobility in your company.

Matthew Schulte has worked in the Kansas City Royals front office for 11 years. While he started out in the Ticket Sales department, he has spent most of his time in various roles within the Marketing team. He now serves as the Senior Manager of Client Services, having recently moved over to the Corporate Partnership department. Matthew was involved in executing MLB Jewel events that the Royals hosted, including the 2012 All-Star Game Festivities, 2014 Postseason, and the 2015 World Championship. Outside of work, Matthew serves on the Board of Directors of the Heartland Men’s Chorus and the Greater Kansas City Attractions Association.  He was also a member of the Kansas City Chamber’s Centurions Leadership Program and received an ACE Diversity Award from this same Chamber.  Matthew holds a B.S. Sports Management degree from NYU at the Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport.

Apr 15, 202221:44
Episode 35: Sonia P. Navarro-Giraldo, United Nations
Apr 01, 202221:47
Episode 34: Lilian Aluri, American Association of People with Disabilities
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Episode 33: Ian Duncan, The Washington Post
Mar 01, 202219:52
Episode 32: Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld, Pokemon
Feb 15, 202221:60
Epsisode 31: Khalid Latif, Islamic Center at NYU
Feb 01, 202224:09
Episode 30: Ron Rapatalo, Edgility Consulting
Dec 15, 202122:18
Episode 29: Susan Jurevics, Audible
Dec 01, 202120:16
Episode 28: Jhanelle Dennis, ViacomCBS
Nov 15, 202122:05
Episode 27: Anna Nathanson, Safe Way Forward at Children's Aid
Nov 01, 202123:06
Episode 26: Carolyn Vaca, New York Legal Assistance Group
Oct 15, 202120:24
Episode 25: Sumeera Rasul, TED Conferences
Oct 01, 202121:24
Episode 24: Shelby Engdall, NYU CAS

Episode 24: Shelby Engdall, NYU CAS

In this episode, Sarah Rosenthal speaks with NYU senior (Class of 2022) Shelby Engdall about how to create and maintain a professional network, political organizing in a virtual space, qualities to look for in a great supervisor, and tips for overcoming imposter syndrome.

Shelby Engdall is a senior (Class of 2022) in CAS studying public policy and history. Originally from Sacramento, California, she has had experience with the California State Legislature, Planned Parenthood, and a Congressional campaign. Passionate about women's rights and LGBTQ+ rights, she hopes to continue her advocacy work after graduation.

Sep 15, 202120:42
Episode 23: Hector Pardo-Hernandez, World Health Organization

Episode 23: Hector Pardo-Hernandez, World Health Organization

In this episode, Haley Garofalo speaks with NYU alumnus, Hector Pardo-Hernandez, about balancing work with family and personal responsibilities, searching for jobs abroad, thinking outside the box during a career search, and what being an international student meant for his career trajectory.

Hector Pardo-Hernandez is a guideline methodologist and consultant for the World Health Organization’s Cross-cutting Global Initiatives/Nutrition and Food Safety department. He holds a PhD in Public Health from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, a Master’s degree in Public Health from New York University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Biology from Rhode Island College. Previously, he worked as a consultant at the WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care, as a methodological editor at the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders Group, a lecturer at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and a researcher at the Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre and the CIBER in Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP) network.

Sep 01, 202121:03
Episode 22: Claudia Perez Pellicer, PwC

Episode 22: Claudia Perez Pellicer, PwC

In this episode, Miriam Miller talks with PwC Deals Director and NYU alumna, Claudia Perez Pellicer about creating a more diverse workspace, the challenges of being a working parent, connecting with colleagues in the virtual workspace, and the importance of protecting your personal time.

Claudia Perez Pellicer is a Director in PwC’s Financial Services Advisory Deals practice. She has run numerous global integration and separation programs for Financial Services clients across: Banking, Insurance, Payments, PE and Real Estate sectors. In addition to English, Claudia is fluent in Spanish, German, and Italian, with intermediate proficiency in French and Portuguese. Claudia holds an Honors B.A. in International Relations from New York University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, was inducted to the Phi Beta Kappa society, and received the President’s Service Award. Claudia also holds a Master of Public Administration from NYU, focusing on Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, with coursework spanning NYU Wagner and the Stern School of Business.

Aug 15, 202122:11
Episode 21: Weijin “Gina” Leow, New York City Peace Corps Association

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.

Jul 15, 202119:02
Episode 20: Josh Krug, Kehillah Jewish High School & Opening Doors
Jun 15, 202122:15
Episode 19: Sarah Edelman, New York Foundling

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 01, 202120:41
Episode 18: Candice Lola, Freelance Writing
Apr 15, 202121:14
Episode 17: Monefa Anderson, Cityblock Health

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.

Apr 02, 202121:60
Episode 16: Ruzmyn Vilcassim, UAB School of Public Health

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.

Mar 15, 202120:52
Episode 15: Allison Emanuel, Herbert H. Lehman High School

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. 

Mar 01, 202119:11
Episode 14: Lisa Setyon, France Télévisions

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).

Feb 15, 202121:44
Episode 13: Richard Orbe-Austin, Dynamic Transitions

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. 

Feb 01, 202121:01
Episode 12: Michael Hengerer, Fordham University School of Law
Jan 15, 202119:35
Episode 11: Tanya Gupta, IBM
Jan 01, 202120:28
Episode 10: Kristina Varade, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Dec 15, 202018:49
Episode 9: Gabrielle Royal, Abercrombie & Fitch
Dec 01, 202019:35
Episode 8: Reema Dutt and Sania Jhankar, Luminoustudios

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

Nov 15, 202020:16
Episode 7: Tiffany Nelson, Tiffany & Co.
Nov 01, 202016:07
Episode 6: Catherine Markowitz, Broadway
Oct 15, 202018:36
Episode 5: Chris Edling, New York University
Oct 01, 202019:20
Episode 4: Iynna Halilou, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

Episode 4: Iynna Halilou, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

Sep 01, 202019:15
Episode 3: Samantha Levy, American Farmland Trust

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

Aug 01, 202017:01
Episode 2: Echo Ma, Google
Jul 01, 202017:42
Episode 1: Kyleigh Russ, Govern for America
Jul 01, 202019:09
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