Danielle Kolin is a former Co-President of Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business. She will be graduating from Harvard College this week.
What was your role at the bank you interned for?
I was in a capital markets group. I sat on a floor that looked like a trading floor and was in a group that was dedicated to a specific product. My group’s job was to help companies finance themselves via that product. My specific tasks were fairly divided between Excel modeling, PowerPoint slides, and other analytical methods. I was actually also on the phone and in meetings a lot more than I expected.
Was working for a large bank an intimidating process?
I would say it was fairly intimidating, especially because I hadn’t had a lot of finance experience before and didn’t really know what to expect. I also worked on a trading floor, so just the environment was pretty intimidating. I had a big headset and a phone that I didn’t really know how to operate—I didn’t know how to check my voicemail for the first week. What helped me was to find someone fairly young so I was comfortable asking questions. There was a Harvard girl who had worked in my group for a year or two, so I felt comfortable asking her those stupid questions about how to check my voicemail and how to use my calendar.
Ever thought about creating your own startup? Today we’re pleased to present you with some inspiration in the form of an interview with startup pro Annie Ryu. Annie Ryu is founder of Global Village Fruits and a Junior at Harvard College.
Could you give us a brief overview of your startup?
Global Village Fruits is bringing the world’s best fruits to the palm of your hand ethically and sustainably, starting with India’s jackfruit. Our products are dried jackfruit, a delicious snack with over four times the potassium per ounce of coconut water, and jackfruit seed flour, a super-nutritious, gluten-free wheat flour alternative with a wheat-like taste. Global Village Fruits uses profits to fund additional farmers groups for improved processing infrastructure.
How have you leveraged being in college and any campus resources to help you out?
I enjoyed participating in Harvard’s Elevator Pitch Competition and i3 Competition for the second year in a row. I’ve really appreciated the support from friends and faculty and especially from the Harvard Innovation Lab. I’m part of a Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum that meets every two weeks at the Innovation Lab—it’s really great to work with women who are similarly pursuing the things they’re passionate about in business.
Introduction: Gina is a senior living in Adams House; she is concentrating in sociology with a secondary in economics and citation in Spanish. Gina is HUWIB’s IBC Marketing Director for 2012.
Gina spoke with us about transferring, her summer gig at the Food Network, and internships!
In 2011, FORTUNE named Anne Sweeney—Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks and President of the Disney/ABC Television Group—the 14th most powerful businesswoman in America. Sweeney, who graduate from the College of New Rochelle before receiving a Master of Education degree from Harvard, spent 12 years working at Nickelodeon and served as CEO of FX Networks, Inc., before moving to the Walt Disney Company in 1996.
Throughout her career, Sweeney has been a major player in the entertainment world. During her time with Nickelodeon, Sweeney contributed to the channel’s international growth and aided in the introduction of a Nickelodeon channel in the United Kingdom. While at Fox, Sweeney oversaw the introduction of the FX basic cable network in 1994. At Disney, she supervised the development and debut of both Toon Disney and SOAPnet. Now, she manages both ABC Studios and Disney Channels Worldwide, which include more than 200 associated stations and 94 channels, respectively. She has also been instrumental in the Disney/ABC Television Group’s embracement of new technological platforms and distribution mediums.
In addition to honors from FORTUNE, Sweeney’s other recognitions include being named the “Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment” by the Hollywood Reporter and being included on Forbes list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.”