On Wednesday May 27, 2009 the CUNY IVE Leadership Program held its 7th Annual Final Competitive Event, hosted at Deloitte
Touché Tohmatsu. After months of preparation, the students who participated in this semester's Leadership Program presented their projects to a panel of judges for awards and prizes. This year 18 groups composed of 36 students from colleges throughout CUNY participated in the event. The Final Competitive Event is a culmination of the first phase of the Leadership Program, including recruitment in the Fall, the Kick-off Event in the Spring and 7 Leadership Roundtables throughout the year.
The Leadership Program provides an online social network for student leaders and offers them an opportunity to develop leadership skills while creating a project. This semester's students worked individually and/or in groups to develop and implement socially conscious projects. Running the gamut from education to environmental awareness, the projects are an example of how CUNY students strive relentlessly to create a better
society. In addition to offering an online platform for students to develop their projects CUNY/IVE also offers Leadership Roundtables. This year's
roundtables included prominent speakers such as Council Member Gale Brewer and Dr. Steven Malin of Alliance Bernstein.
Over 50 guests attended the Final Competitive Event. Among them were Dr. Joe-Joe McManus, Executive Director of the CUNY Leadership
Academy and guest speaker Theresa Torres, Director for Diversity and Employee Experience for Verizon Communications. This year's panel of judges included Orley Pacheco, an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran who served with the United States Marine Corps currently working at Prudential.; Joohee Maeng, Project Director, Center for Economic and Workforce Development; Gabriel Meister, partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP ; Tsedale M. Melaku, paralegal at Tory's LLP and owner of Little Black Dress NYC, an event planning company; and Neale S. Godfrey author of LIFE INC:The Ultimate Career Guide for Young People. The judges enjoyed the presentations and, after deliberation, announced the winners as follows:
1st Place Winner: Jeneba Project
Team Members: Liat Krawczyk, Noa Krawczyk, Jessika Pantaleo and Devika Nandlall of Hunter and Brooklyn College
2nd Place Winner: Accessible New York
Team Members: Walei Sabry, Amber Vinson, Dennis Kim, Jocelyn Jeannot, Zambia King and Gabriela Robles of Baruch, NYCCT, Lehman and BMCC respectively
3th Place Winner: MBC Dancers
Team Members: Jacqueline Grillo of Kingsborough Community College
Students who participated in the Final Competitive Event are eligible to apply for IVE's Summer Incubator Program. Selected students will
receive stipends in order to expand and continue their projects. After all the presentations were delivered, students networked with one
another, exchanging ideas and offering support for their respective projects.
Summer Program Criteria
Pictures of the Final Competitive Event are available in the Media Gallery .
To view student's presentations please visit Student Outcomes