During in-person training, the SEO Career Class of 2017 learned how to make the most of their summers and all that SEO has to offer. Carla Harris, SEO Career Class of ’82, laid out her expert tips in a 10-week plan, starting with week one and following all the way through to getting the offer. Here are a few key takeaways we gleaned from Carla’s advice to keep in mind when preparing for your internships in 2018:
Other things we learned from Carla were to make time to attend all intern and professional events, ensure your work is always free of errors, and build strong relationships with those around you. With these tips in mind and with hard work and dedication, we are sure that our SEO Career interns will #GetTheOffer!
SEO had the great privilege of being featured in Forbes #SocialImpact Voice campaign, which celebrates organizations committed to strengthening our communities, our nation, and the world over the next 100 years. Take a look at this article on the importance of developing a diverse workforce, and the positive impact diverse teams have on Corporate America. Read the full article here.
SEO Career interns have the opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s top professionals. Learn more about our distinguished speakers below!
Raymond McGuire is Citi’s head of global banking, based in New York. He is responsibile for managing the coverage of Global Industries and clients, and executing strategic transactions. Mr. McGuire is a member of Citi’s Institutional Clients Group Executive Committee and the Institutional Clients Group Business Practices Committee. He is also a member of Citi’s Senior Leadership Committee. At Citi, Mr. McGuire has advised on transactions valued at more than $200 Billion, including representing Time Warner in its separation of Time Warner Cable ($45.0 Billion); Conoco Phillips Co.’s ($36.0 Billion) acquisition of Burlington Resources; Koch Industries’ ($21.0 Billion) acquisition of Georgia Pacific; EDS in its sale to Hewlett Packard ($13.0 Billion); SABIC’s ($12.0 Billion) acquisition of GE Plastics, UST in its sale to Altria ($12.0 Billion) and Wyeth in its sale to Pfizer ($68Billion).
Presently, Mr. McGuire serves on several boards including: De La Salle Academy (chairman), Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, the Alex Hillman Family Foundation, the International Center of Photography (formerly president of the board), Lincoln Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the New York Public Library, Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of American Art (vice chairman). He was a director of the Wyeth Corporation (Nominating & Governance Committee), and has also served on the boards of the Joseph & Claire Flom Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Hotchkiss School, and the San Remo Tenants’ Corporation. He has also served on various visiting committees at Harvard University, and has been a member of the Overseers/Directors Nominating Committee.
Mr. McGuire has received many awards throughout this career. In April 2009, he received the Humanitarian Leadership Award from the CUP Council of Urban Professionals. In February 2009, he was featured in Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the “100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.”
Monika has over 25 years of domestic and international company building and investment management experience. She has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to building financial capacity in minority communities, and achieving social transformation alongside solid investment returns. Her passion is bringing capital and expanding opportunity for highly promising entrepreneurs, all which can bring significant returns to investors and great economic impact potential.
Altura Capital is an investment management firm that specializes in emerging managers and the quickly expanding emerging domestic market. Altura provides institutional investors the opportunity to invest with high performing small, entrepreneurial, MWBE investment firms and businesses. Altura is the creator of the Altura Emerging Manager Information Platform, through which investors can access data of more than 2,000 emerging managers across all asset classes.
To seize the opportunities in the growing emerging domestic markets, the partners of Altura and Savile Opportunity Fund LP, launched a $120 million SBIC impact fund (SBCC). SBCC provides $1 to $12 million in debt and equity capital to promising small and mid-sized companies, focusing on women and minority owned firms and entrepreneurs located in LMI communities. SBCC has received an SBIC impact program license from the SBA. SBCC is playing a pivotal role in developing an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, advisors, investors, co-investors, large corporations, trade associations and young talent, all coming together to harness opportunities in growing markets such as the Hispanic and WMBE markets.
Monika and the firms she leads have won numerous awards and recognitions for their research, entrepreneurial success and leadership in building financial capacity in minority communities, including the “2010 Hispanic Heritage Award”, the 2015 “Woman of the Year” (NY Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), 2010 “Entrepreneur of the Year” (NY Hispanic Chamber of Commerce). In multiple years Latino Leaders Magazine has recognized her as one of the 101 Most Influential Leaders in Hispanic U.S.A. and one of the Top 15 Latinos in Finance. In 2011 she was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce as a member of the International Trade Advisory Center, ITAC. She sits on the Board of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, USHCC, where she chairs the Capital Initiative, and on the Board of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. She serves on the Capital Advisory Board of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.
Ms. Mantilla holds and MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and a J.D. from the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia.
Armers Moncure is a senior consultant and professional facilitator for Cook Ross. Ever the student of personal growth and development, Armers has spent the last five years studying various aspects of the subconscious mind and its impact on human behavior, specifically how it relates to sales, business development, and leadership in helping people perform better.
He is particularly passionate about the intersection of Employee Engagement and Diversity within organizations. Armers has over fifteen years of experience in training, sales, and business development and continues to play a pivotal role in supporting organizational transformation of Cook Ross clients.
William Goodloe is President of SEO and has gained nationwide recognition for developing comprehensive programs that prepare young people of color for leadership roles in society. Each year, SEO provides academic and career programs to more than 1,000 high school and college students.
Since William joined SEO in 2001, the number of students served annually has tripled and annual revenues have nearly doubled. William also directed the launch of The Campaign for SEO, which has raised more than $13 million to date, allowing SEO to fully fund the purchase of a new headquarters.
He is currently a trustee of the Altman Foundation and is former board President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater New York Chapter.
As Executive Vice President, Julian Johnson oversees all program activities for SEO Scholars, SEO Career, and SEO Alternative Investments, in addition to all SEO alumni programming. Julian joined SEO in 2002, bringing over twenty years of experience in development and executive leadership to the organization.
Shortly after joining SEO, Julian led the restructuring of all intern recruitment and training activities for SEO Career, resulting in a 40% increase in the rate of full-time job offers made to summer interns. Julian also led the development of a corporate leadership internship track. He restructured the law internship track, and the development of an intensive Corporate Law Institute to enhance participants’ academic performance.
In 2006, Julian assumed oversight of SEO Scholars and led the organization’s effort to rethink how out of school time could be used more effectively, leading to the creation of the current SEO Scholars. The model provides comprehensive support for Scholars to and throughout college. Since then, SEO Scholars has tripled the number of students served to more than 1,000 in the 2014–15 academic year. The program has also been replicated in San Francisco.
In 2009, Julian oversaw the development of SEO Alternative Investments, which includes a fellowship program and an annual SEO Alternative Investments Conference.
Mindy Davis serves as the Managing Director of SEO Career. Mindy is a senior leader with extensive experience in marketing and client services. She has built and mentored large teams at early-stage and traditional consumer companies. Mindy has held senior level marketing positions at Kraft, Bertelsmann Music Group, and Time-Warner, where she developed strategic marketing programs and drove new product development efforts.
In the past 9 years, Mindy has held senior level client services roles at marketing technology start-ups. Most recently, she was the SVP, Professional Services at Crowdtap, where she was recruited to build and significantly scale the team/service model for the business. She overhauled and standardized critical client program deliverables and project process to drive renewal rates. She led all strategic relationships with client partners including Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s, and Pepperidge Farm.
Mindy holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA from Columbia University.
Walter K Booker, Sr., is the Director of Client Engagement for MaketCounsel, the leading legal, compliance and business advisory firm for Registered Investment Advisor firms (RIAs) in the country. Mr. Booker serves as the ‘Chief Client Officer’ of the firm and is responsible for evolving its Client Experience to be as industry-leading as its trusted counsel. He is also the (retired) former Group Vice President of the New Jersey Market Group of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., during which time he exercised overall responsibility for the strategic direction of the firm’s business throughout the state, including leading 400 Financial Advisors and 35 employee leaders and staff people who supported them in the service of over 55,000 clients. During his tenure at Ameriprise, he led his group to become a top performer, guiding it to finish in the top quartile of its peer group 12 out of 13 years.
Mr. Booker joined Ameriprise Financial in August 1995, after spending over a decade in senior management positions in the institutional sales, trading, and research divisions of Salomon Brothers Inc, Bear Stearns & Co., Dean Witter Reynolds Inc., and PaineWebber Incorporated.
While with Ameriprise, he was actively involved in the creation and leadership of its Community Relations Program in the New Jersey Market Group. He was also tapped to lead American Express’s participation in the 9/11 United Services Group (USG) Financial Advice Referral Program, an unprecedented collaboration among six leading financial services organizations to provide support and state-of-the-art advice to those directly affected by this national tragedy. Mr. Booker is also a long-time leader in the community, including serving as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Harlem Engineering & Applied Sciences Charter School (HEACS) and in various leadership roles with his church.
Mr. Booker is a graduate of Harvard College and is active in numerous recruitment and fundraising activities for his alma mater. He is also the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of SEO. He and his wife Candace live in New Jersey and savor time with their ‘Brady Bunch’ family of six young adults.
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