Contestant Biographies

A'Lynne Bennett - World to World Music Exchange (WWME)
Jennifer Corpus - Health Information Systems (HIS)
Anna Geller - The Next Entrepreneur
Lisa Glatzer - Safari Gives Back (SGB)
Vladamira Jakubikova - Collegiate Custom Books and Printing
Sarah Lipkin - Safari Gives Back (SGB)
Jenny Loi - Oasis Bedding, Inc.
Melissa López - World to World Music Exchange (WWME)
Aaron Mandelbaum - Umoja U
Ria Moore - Collegiate Custom Books and Printing
Katie Ohsann - Safari Gives Back (SGB)
Maria Orlova - The Next Entrepreneur
Stevi Raab - MealPlan
Sara Shikhman - Oasis Bedding, Inc.
Marina Slavina - The Next Entrepreneur


  [ALynne 

Bennett]
A'Lynne Bennett - World to World Music Exchange (WWME)
A'Lynne Bennett (WWME) is currently pursuing an MBA at Pace University with a concentration in Strategic Management while working full-time as a Senior Corporate Ethics Associate for L-3 Communications. Ms. Bennett acts as a point of reference for over 100 Divisional Ethics Officers located in 16 countries including the United States. The goal of the L-3 Corporate Ethics Office is to assure that each of its 63,000 plus employees has the knowledge and resources to continue to work with integrity and in compliance with laws and regulations governing L-3 business; and to encourage its employees to raise ethics related concerns. Ms. Bennett is responsible for setting requirements for and deploying ethics and compliances training. Ms. Bennett has also been instrumental in globalizing the Ethics Program, which involved launching an International Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, which was translated into 11 different languages.
>> Read the World to World Music Exchange Executive Summary

  [Jennifer 

Corpus]
Jennifer Corpus - Health Information Systems
Jennifer Corpus (Health Information Systems) resides in White Plains with her husband Eros. She is pursuing an MBA in International Business and Entrepreneurship at Pace University. Currently working for Oracle Corp as a software consultant, she hopes to start a business with her husband. In her spare time she likes to cook, garden, read, and travel. Her favorite place is Hawaii, where she has been with Eros twice: their honeymoon and to run a marathon in Kona to promote and raise money for stroke awareness. Jennifer came to the US from the Philippines when she was 14 years old. She graduated from high school with honors and studied Computer Science at Queens College. She took various roles in the Information Technology departments of companies such as Hachette Magazines, Disney Publishing, and PepsiCo from helpdesk support to database administrator and software applications developer.
>> Read the Health Information Systems Executive Summary

  [Anna 

Geller]
Anna Geller - The Next Entrepreneur
Anna Geller (The Next Entrepreneur) studied at the Academy of Finance in high school. Every class that dealt with Management/Leadership became a part of her life. Anna took her knowledge outside the classroom and applied it in different organizations such as SIFE and IVE. She received the "President's Student Service Award" from President Bush and "The Service Leadership Award" from Tom Coughlin (President & CEO, Wal-Mart) and Alvin Rohrs (President & CEO, SIFE). After college, she worked for Thomson Financial and later joined Deutsche Bank as a Controller. Anna's entrepreneurial spirit never died; she started her own business. She continues to lead a busy life, obtaining her MBA, working in the corporate world, running her current businesses, and seeking out new opportunities. Her latest accomplishment was being a Dream Team member and challenge consultant for Donald Trump's "Apprentice 7."
>> Read The Next Entrepreneur Executive Summary

  [Lisa 

Glatzer]
Lisa Glatzer - Safari Gives Back
Lisa Glatzer (SGB) earned her BA in Psychology and Business Administration from Muhlenberg College in 2000. For the past seven years, Lisa has worked for a marketing company in New Jersey, where she is currently a Senior Account Executive with experience in marketing and sales. Her clients and experience include the financial, entertainment, heath care, media, advertising, and B2B industries. While working full time, Lisa is a part-time MBA Marketing Management student at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, expecting to graduate in 2009. Lisa has traveled throughout the United States, Mexico, The Caribbean, Europe, and has just returned from Tanzania. She loves to travel to and explore new places, and help people in need. After graduation, Lisa plans to further pursue these interests.
>> Read the Safari Gives Back Executive Summary

  [Vladimira 

Jakubikova]
Vladimira Jakubikova - Collegiate Custom Books & Printing
Vladimira Jakubikova (Collegiate Custom Books & Printing) is an MBA student from the New York campus. Vlada holds a BBA in Marketing and Graphic Design from Baruch College, NY. Vlada grew up in Slovakia and before moving to New York she lived in London. Prior to pursuing her MBA full time, she worked at a niche cruise line company called Hurtigruten for five years. There she handled system development, product management and web platforms before becoming the marketing coordinator. While at the graduate school she pursues a freelance career, providing consulting services to small retail businesses in Brooklyn, focused on Internet-based marketing strategies. Collegiate Custom Books & Printing will provide low cost, diverse, customized educational material for tertiary level students in Tanzania as well as encourage academic publishing and use of used books.
>> Read the Collegiate Custom Books & Printing Executive Summary

  [Sarah 

Lipkin]
Sarah Lipkin - Safari Gives Back
Sarah Lipkin (SGB) is currently pursuing her MBA in Marketing Management from Pace University's Lubin School of Business and is expected to graduate June, 2009. During the day she works at Reader's Digest in Chappaqua, NY in the Customer Marketing department. She is also the winner of the 2007 Pace Pitch Contest in the Social Venture category. Sarah developed her interest in helping the people of Tanzania through an international field study course to the country in the spring of 2008. She earned her Bachelor's in 2006 from the University at Buffalo School of Management. Sarah has a diverse background ranging from on-campus promotion and advertising, to career counseling, conducting New Hire Orientation, IT, and currently marketing analysis and research. Her diverse background has allowed her to be flexible and transfer her skill set to any task she takes on. She currently resides in Dutchess County, NY.
>> Read the Safari Gives Back Executive Summary

  [Jenny Loi]
Jenny Loi - Oasis Bedding, Inc.
Jenny Loi (Oasis Bedding, Inc.) has a BBA and MBA in Accounting from Pace University. She was previously a Senior Associate at KPMG focusing on M&A due diligence and audit in New York and Los Angeles for 4 years. Jenny has a background in importing and supply, operations and inventory management and has imported various products from China. Jenny speaks fluent Vietnamese and has basic knowledge of Mandarin. She was the President of Kiwanis International, the largest community services organization nationwide. During her tenure at Kiwanis she was recognized as one of the best presidents in her districts, and won awards for the most improved club and best talent.
>> Read the Oasis Bedding, Inc. Executive Summary

  [Melissa 

Lopez]
Melissa López - World to World Music Exchange
Melissa López (WWME), co-founder of World to World Music Exchange, is a part-time MBA candidate at Pace University, majoring in Marketing. She holds a full-time position with the City of White Plains as the Coordinator of Economic Development and Public Information. Melissa works to draw people and businesses into the community. Melissa is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing public information and community relations strategies for the City of White Plains. Melissa is also a member of the 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester chapter and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. She currently serves on the boards of the White Plains Business Improvement District, the White Plains Performing Arts Center, and the Community that Cares Coalition, the White Plains Youth Bureau and SER of Westchester. Her experience working for Westchester's County seat has connected her with many key players who would be interested in an organization like WWME.
>> Read the World to World Music Exchange Executive Summary

  [Aaron 

Mandelbaum]
Aaron Mandelbaum - Umoja U
Aaron Mandelbaum (Umoja U) was born and raised in northern New Jersey. He attended Ramapo College and graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a degree in Philosophy and a concentration in Ontology. After college Aaron slowly moved back to the area spending a year working for Boston University before moving to Brooklyn. There he started a career as a licensed real estate agent and an IT project coordinator for Cooper Square Realty one of the city's top property management companies. While at Cooper Square he started Bendistraw Consulting (www.bendistraw.com) which provides in-home, personalized training, and strategic consulting. Some of his clients include NexTune.com and the United Nations Global Compact. Aaron is graduating this spring with a strategic management MBA and is currently weighing his various career options.
>> Read the Umoja U Executive Summary

  [Ria Moore]
Ria Moore - Collegiate Custom Books & Printing
Ria Moore (Collegiate Custom Books & Printing) is originally from Trinidad & Tobago, but has lived in Brooklyn, New York for the past 18 years. She is a Promotional Services, Operations Manager at Pfizer, Inc. Ria earned a BA in Economics from Boston University and is currently a Finance MBA student Pace University. After her team won the 2006 Pace Equity Research Competition and placed third at the 2007 New York Society of Security Analysts Investment Research Challenge she decided to pursue a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
>> Read the Collegiate Custom Books & Printing Executive Summary

  [Katie 

Ohsann]
Katie Ohsann - Safari Gives Back
Katie Ohsann (SGB) is a Lubin MBA student at Pace University and an Entrepreneurship major, attended The University of Arizona and graduated from James Madison University with a BBA in Management. Constantly pushing the frontier edge, Katie enjoys exploring new worlds in travel, nature, adventure sports, food, wine, and business. Favorite destinations include Costa Rica, Mount Tremblant, OBX, Rome, the glaciers of Alaska, and recently Tanzania. For the past four years, Katie has been working for a privately owned pharmaceutical company, Boehringer Ingelheim, and has gained a great deal of experience in marketing and sales, business analytics, and financial business decisions. BI has been recognized for high employee satisfaction, as well as for having the best professional sales representatives in the industry, having the right knowledge, training and integrity. Katie plans to begin her entrepreneurial career with the launch of a new business concept in next 3-5 years.
>> Read the Safari Gives Back Executive Summary

  [Maria 

Orlova]
Maria Orlova - The Next Entrepreneur
Maria Orlova (The Next Entrepreneur) graduated from Pace University with a BBA in Finance and went on to work for Goldman Sachs & Co, where she is currently employed. To further pursue her studies, she enrolled in the Lubin School of Business MBA program, concentrating in Marketing. Through effective time management Maria has balanced her work, academics, and extracurricular activities. Currently, Maria is in the last semester of her MBA degree, is the President of The Lubin Graduate Society, featured in the current advertising campaign for Lubin's graduate level programs, and inducted into Phi Eta Sigma and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies. Maria enjoys helping others and believes this show will ignite interest in entrepreneurship, which in-turn will foster economic growth.
>> Read The Next Entrepreneur Executive Summary

  [Stevi 

Raab]
Stevi Raab - MealPlan
Stevi Raab (MealPlan) is a recent addition to the Pace alumni network; in January 2008 she was awarded a BBA summa cum laude from Pace University. She is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, Alpha Chi Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, and was past Vice President of Lambda Sigma Honor Society. During her time at Pace, Stevi received the Lubin Golf Classic Scholarship award, as well as the prestigious Academic Leadership Award. Stevi has actively contributed to the entrepreneurship program at Pace, beginning with her involvement in the search committee for the Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship. She has also been a participant in the Pace Pitch Contest for the past two years. She plans to attend law school in September to pursue a juris doctorate and masters of law in taxation.
>> Read the MealPlan Executive Summary

  [Sara 

Shikhman]
Sara Shikhman - Oasis Bedding, Inc.
Sara Shikhman (Oasis Bedding, Inc.) has a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School and a BBA in Finance from Pace University. She was born in Kiev, Ukraine and came to America with her family in 1992. She has worked for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in New York City practicing derivatives law from 2006 to 2008 and for Unlimited Furniture Group, Inc. in Philadelphia as a sales manager from 2004 to 2006. She is familiar with contract structuring and negotiations, sales, finance, and networking with key individuals. While at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Ms. Shikhman took several MBA classes at the Wharton School of Business, including Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship, Global Marketing and Negotiations, and a drawing class at the College of Arts and Sciences.
>> Read the Oasis Bedding, Inc. Executive Summary

  [Marina 

Slavina]
Marina Slavina - The Next Entrepreneur
Marina Slavina (The Next Entrepreneur) is currently a Financial Management major in the Fulltime Cohort MBA Program here at Pace University. Her undergraduate degree of Finance and Economics is also from Pace. Marina is the President of ODE, Alpha Rho chapter, an International Honor Society in Economics and is also the Director of Social Events for Lubin Graduate Society. Marina currently interns at Smith Barney, branch of Citigroup in their Global Wealth Management Department.
>> Read The Next Entrepreneur Executive Summary