The MLT Career Prep Program Experience
The next MLT Career Prep program kicks off in June 2016, with your first must-attend seminar taking place in September 2016, the second in mid-November 2016, the third in mid-April 2017 and your final career transition seminar in August 2017. Each seminar includes intensive skill-building workshops, simulations and in-depth case studies delivered by MLT’s corporate partners, MLT coaches, and subject matter experts. Seminars are hosted on the campuses of MLT’s corporate partners: recent seminars have been hosted at Deloitte University, Target and LinkedIn. As a Career Prep Rising Leader, you will engage in professional training through intensive in-person seminars, web-based curriculum, and an internship.
In addition to the intensive seminars and web-based curriculum, you will benefit from:
- One-on-one coaching: Your experienced MLT Coach will guide you throughout the program and help you develop a personalized career roadmap that ties long-term career aspirations to near-term goals and development objectives.
- Personal clarity: You will gain insight into your strengths, passions and development areas and how they align with your ultimate career goals. You will be able to better tell your story in job interviews.
- Job search guidance and support: You will develop the skills and relationships needed for your target career and be prepared to be successful in the recruiting process. This includes resume and cover letter help, in addition to networking, interviewing and relationship management tips.
- A high-leverage professional network: Connect with a community of peers with similar goals and 5,000+ MLT Alumni, corporate partners, and other executives throughout the program.
- Exposure and access to top employers: You will get unique access to the best hiring organizations in consulting, technology, financial services, consumer goods, retail, and more—all seeking to recruit MLT Rising Leaders for internships and full-time jobs.
Meet Your Career Prep Program Team
Career Prep Team
Danelle Radney Senior Director, College Programs
Education: MBA, Harvard Business School. B.S. in Business, concentration in Marketing, Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Experience: Danelle joined MLT in 2013 to lead the College Programs team. Prior to her role with MLT Danelle worked briefly as a Leadership Development Consultant for The Partnership, Inc., a Boston based leadership development and career mentoring organization to leaders of color. She was previously the Manager of Corporate Partnerships and Engagement at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a nonprofit research and strategy organization for inner city economic development, where she focused on developing and executing the company’s corporate relations strategy. Danelle has also worked in Corporate Diversity at Target Corporation where she held various roles from managing the national diversity internship program, INROADS, to owning strategy for external diversity recruiting partnerships. During that time, she also sat on multiple nonprofit boards. Prior to Target, Danelle owned and managed an exterior painting franchise. Danelle is an INROADS alumna, MLT MBA Prep alumna and former HBS Leadership Fellow.
Natalie Cortez Senior Associate, College Programs
Education: MA in Sociology & Education from Columbia University and a BA in Women and Gender Studies from Dickinson College.
Experience: Natalie joined the Career Prep team in Fall 2015 after working as a consultant with the MLT Alumni Engagement team on a special project. She has over 6 years of experience working with underrepresented students at Columbia University in New York City. As the Career Prep associate, Natalie manages communication with the 450+ Career Prep Rising Leaders and supports the program’s strategic projects.
Career Prep Coaches
Michelle Florendo, Career Prep Coach
Education: Bachelor of Science in Management Science and Engineering, concentration in Decision Engineering, Stanford University; MBA, Haas School of Business at University of California – Berkeley.
Experience: After building her own business as a career coach, Michelle joined MLT in 2015 in order to combine her love for coaching with her dedication to promoting diversity. She brings with her 10 years of experience in management consulting, brand management, and nonprofit management. Her work has spanned multiple industries, including pharmaceuticals and biotech, consumer packaged goods, and K-12 public education. Michelle has coached early- and mid-career professionals to successfully navigate career pivots. She is known for using her analytical expertise, careful questioning, and personal experience to help her clients craft fulfilling and successful careers.
Valerie Griffin, Senior Career Prep Coach
Education: MBA with a concentration in finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Accounting, Roosevelt University.
Experience: Valerie joined MLT in 2006, prior to which she worked in financial services in sales, new business development and as a client manager. At GE, she marketed finance capabilities and priced, structured and negotiated terms and conditions. In Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs, she sold equity, fixed income and special investments products to investment managers, insurance companies, nonprofit institutions and individuals. Valerie also obtained Series 3, 7 and 63 securities licenses. As a financial analyst at CBS News, she managed the operating budget for foreign-service news bureaus. She has completed a formal bank credit-training program and worked in public accounting as an auditor.
Andrea M. O’Neal, Career Prep Coach
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from Brown University
Experience: Andrea joined the Career Prep Coach team at MLT in 2013 with a professional background in financial services. She began her 5-year career on Wall Street in 2003 as an Equity Capital Markets investment banker for Merrill Lynch. Beginning her career in New York, Andrea’s achievements included a direct promotion to Associate, participation in Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking Associate Training Program at Wharton, and being selected by the firm to live and work internationally for 4 years across Europe and Asia. After leaving Merrill Lynch’s London office, Andrea became the Senior Program Manager of the SEO Career Program’s investment banking & private equity platform in 2009. Over her nearly 4-year position at SEO, Andrea coached hundreds of Wall Street hopefuls in building competitive professional skills to land full-time Analyst positions at the world’s leading investment banks.
Miguel A. Sánchez, Career Prep Coach
Education: MBA, Harvard Business School. A.B. in Government, Harvard College.
Experience: Miguel joined MLT in 2016 with a background in financial services, private equity & venture capital investing, corporate strategy and technology entrepreneurship. Miguel has worked in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse and in various corporate roles at JPMorgan Chase. Miguel is an alumnus of Prep for Prep, a Gates Millennium Scholar, and a Robert Toigo Fellow.
Rishal Stanciel, Senior Career Prep Coach
Education: MBA, concentration in marketing and management strategy, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. B.A., Political Science, Northwestern University.
Experience: Rishal joined MLT in 2008. She has over 15 years of consumer packaged goods sales and marketing management experience as well as sports management experience with several organizations including Kraft, M&M Mars, Pfizer and Russell Athletic. At Northwestern she played Division I basketball as a full scholarship athlete. Her last corporate assignment was Marketing Director of Women’s Sports and Marketing Strategy for Russell Corporation. Since leaving corporate America, she has been managing a nonprofit, GLUE (Giving Love Unites Everyone), which she launched in 2003 to assist at-risk youth in the college preparation process.
Angie Temming, Senior Career Prep Coach
Education: A liberal arts degree from Miami University and a MA in Higher Education from New York University.
Experience: Angie joined MLT as a Career Prep Coach in 2004 with experience in investor relations and career services at NYU and St. John University. In addition to advising and producing professional development programs for MBAs, Angie developed and taught a career management course at St. John’s. With over 10 years of coaching experience, Angie is also a professional resume consultant and fitness instructor.
Are you a current college sophomore interested in applying? MLT’s Career Prep program is open to candidates who meet all of these requirements:
- US citizen or US permanent resident (including DACA participant)
- Applicants must be Black/ African American, Hispanic/ Latino(a), or Native American (if you represent more than one ethnicity, one of them must be Black/ African American, Hispanic/ Latino(a), or Native American)
- Applicants must be college sophomores (Graduation in Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019)
- 2.8 minimum GPA (note that the average Career Prep GPA is a 3.5
- A career interest in business or technology across any wide range of functions and industries
- Ability to do all monthly assignments and attend all in-person seminars