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Committee Members Biographies

 

Lobna

Name:  Lobna Ahmed

Lobna joins the START Committee this year as a freshman at The Pennsylvania State University in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Management Information Systems and Security and Risk Analysis with an option in Cybersecurity. Aside from the START Committee, Lobna is also part of the Penn State Management Information Systems Association, as well as a peer-mentoring organization called BLUEprint.

 

 

BakoName: Bako Ekoko

Bako Ekoko is a junior at The Pennsylvania State University in the Smeal College of Business double-majoring in Labor and Employment Relations and African American Studies. With this combination, Bako intends to pursue a career as a diversity manager at a Fortune 500 company. While at Penn State, Bako has held numerous positions including, committee member of the START conference, Student Team co-chair for the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CORED), Director for programs for Multicultural Women’s Forum, and Secretary for Youth Empowerment Program.


 AyannaName: Ayanna Harmon

Ayanna is currently a sophomore at The Pennsylvania State University in the Smeal College of Business. She intends to major in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as Art History with the aim of starting up her own interior design firm. Ayanna is the treasurer of Multicultural Women's Forum, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Silent Praise Mime Ministry. She is also a mentor in the Youth Empowerment Program, and is returning to the START Committee for the second consecutive year.


NameJustin: Justin Hurley

Justin is currently a junior at The Pennsylvania State University in the Smeal College of Business. He is now part of the Integrated MAcc Program studying accounting with the aim of becoming a licensed CPA by graduation. Over the past summer, Justin had the opportunity to work with KPMG within their contracts division. In addition to returning to the START Committee for the second consecutive year, Justin also is the co-president of the Black Male Leadership Symposium.

 

 ArielName: Ariel Jimenez

Ariel Jimenez is a junior at The Pennsylvania State University in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Energy, Business and Finance, as well as a minor in Statistics. Ariel is an active brother of Phi Beta Lambda Professional Business Fraternity and an analyst for the Penn State Asset Management group. Looking forward, Ariel is seeking a summer internship in the energy sector which will allow him to further develop his skill-set.

 


Name: Somil Patel

Somil Patel is currently a junior studying Finance at the Pennsylvania State University in the Smeal College of Business. He has minors in International Business and Economics, and hopes to join a Big 4 consulting firm after graduation. Last summer, Somil had the opportunity to work with Siemens Healthcare in their finance department in Tarrytown, NY. At Penn State, Somil is heavily involved in THON and the International Business Association. This is Somil’s first year as a part of the START Committee.

 

 

DevamName: Devam Shah

Devam is currently a senior at The Pennsylvania State University in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Marketing with a minor in Information Systems Management.  Devam brings an abundance of experience as he returns to the START Committee for the fourth consecutive year. Outside of Smeal, Devam is a photographer for The Daily Collegian newspaper, and enjoys squash and table tennis.

 

 

 ShamiekaName: Shamieka Stone 

Shamieka is currently a junior at The Pennsylvania State University in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Business Management. With a wealth of knowledge around operations and marketing, Shamieka is excited to return to the START Committee for the second consecutive year. Looking ahead to the summer of 2017, Shamieka will be joining the Operations Department of JPMorgan Chase & Co. in an internship role.

 

 Name: DariusDarius Volertas

Darius joins the START Committee this year as a freshman at The Pennsylvania State University in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Finance. As a Lithuanian, he takes great pride in his heritage and language. Additionally, Darius has a passion for rugby and is a member of the Penn State Men’s Rugby team.

 

 

Name: Kevin Zheng

Kevin Zheng is a junior at The Pennsylvania State University in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Supply Chain Management. With a variety of experience, Kevin returns to the START Committee for the second consecutive year. Looking ahead to this summer, Kevin will be joining forces with Eli Lilly and Co. working in a Pharmaceutical Sales internship position.

 

Justin RName: Justin Richards

Justin Richards is a 2nd year MBA student at The Pennsylvania State University in the Smeal College of Business concentrating in Supply Chain Management and Finance. Prior to attending Penn State, Justin worked in the real estate sector for over 15 years. As a broker, he developed systems that enabled him to rank in the top 1% of brokers in the U.S., before founding his own real estate corporation. While at Penn State, Justin has held the positions of President of the MBA Association, as well as chair of the START Committee. Upon graduation, Justin will be joining Amazon in their Pathways Operations role.