On Wednesday March 18, 2009 the CUNY IVE Leadership Program held its first leadership roundtable of the spring semester. The roundtable, "Project Management: Taking your Project to the Next Level" was facilitated by CUNY IVE alumna Marisol Del Valle and CUNY IVE mentor Robert Gee.
Del Valle's project entitled StarvingStudentsNY.com won the Leadership Program's 5th Competitive Event. Marisol is an advertising sales assistant at The Walt Disney Company-owned ABC Family Channel and a freelance writer for DTM magazine. An aspiring attorney and mentor to the CUNY/IVE Leadership Program, Robert Gee, offered insight on the design, development and implementation of Leadership projects. Del Valle and Gee shared encouraging experiences with attendees, offering time management techniques, as well as ways to roll out new projects, while avoiding setbacks to ensure success.
Del Valle's experience managing StarvingStudentsNY.com, a student-to-student book exchange allowed her to share personal stories about skills she acquired in the process. She imparted strategies on how to work effectively with others, and tips for managing projects and goals. She advised students to seize opportunities to advance their projects.
Gee elaborated on Del Valle's advice, encouraging students to develop timelines, delegating work to others and strategies for crisis management. He stressed the importance of editing and revising projects to make them clear, concise and poignant. He concluded by advising students to be well-versed with regard to their projects, always ready to pitch without hesitation, "because you never know when you will meet someone who may want to fund your project."
you never know when you will meet someone who may want to fund your project."
Also present at the roundtable was Orley Pacheco, a representative of Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPHA),
the nation's leading Latino/Hispanic professional association. Mr. Pacheco educated students about ALPHA's focus on accounting, finance,
investment and related fields of business. ALPHA is dedicated to promoting academic excellence and leadership among the Hispanic student
community and supports students who seek careers in Accounting, Finance, IT and related fields of business. Although ALPHA is primarily targeted to
\ serve Latino/Hispanic students it is open to anyone who believes in its vision. For more information please visit the ALPFA
Students were motivated to work on their projects and took the opportunity to work with their mentors and network with other CUNY Students.
Pictures from the event can be viewed on IVE's media gallery