With a theme of “breaking barriers,” the third annual New York State Latino Leadership Summit on Saturday featured prominent alumni, lectures from executives and workshops meant to give attendees tools to overcome obstacles they face as Latinx students at Cornell.
During a particular lecture on the evolution of U.S. transportation, Zimmer recalled thinking “If those are the first three slides in the presentation, what would be the fourth slide ten years from now?” Eleven years after Zimmer took the course, Lyft is a now $5.5 billion private company, according to Barnes.
Lisa Schmitt ’07 recently enjoyed a six-day streak on Jeopardy!, the popular American game show. Having won $139,100 worth in prize money, the Cornell alumna sat down with Ann Delwiche of The Sun to discuss her strategies, preparation methods and long-standing love for the show.
Svante Myrick’s ’09 placement on 30 Under 30 follows an election cycle that put him in the national spotlight. As the mayor of the city of Ithaca, he campaigned for Hillary Clinton and was recently named as Director of Youth Leadership Programs at People for the American Way — a liberal think-tank. As mayor, Myrick closed a $3 million deficit that he inherited and earned resounding support from Ithacans, winning 89 percent of the vote in his reelection in 2016. He also attracted controversy with his supervised heroin injection facility proposal last year. In response to his national fame, Myrick has stated that he remains committed to his job as mayor.
“[I was myself] 100 percent of the way, from what I wore, to my talent, to what I looked like in interview, what I said in my interview, what I said on stage,” she said. “I really felt comfortable in my own skin.”
Though I am in a different hemisphere altogether, I can still sense the frenzy of Orientation week that Ithaca bursts with every August. As a faithful columnist, an ardent alumna and a fervid fan of Cornell, I could not resist writing another column. It is kind of a plot twist after the tearful final column I wrote in May, but the Associate Editor pardoned my inconsistency. For those beginning their gamble on the Hill and for those worried about how fast their prescribed four years are flying, this may be important. After graduation, I took up a job as Research Associate in public policy in the developing world.
“Getting on the ballot is a great success,” Monger said. “That in itself is a big statement by Cornell alumni. But there is still the big challenge ahead of getting the word out to the Cornell Alumni that it is important for them to take the time to vote when they receive their ballot.”
If Copman and Rowland receive 400 alumni signatures on each of their respective petitions by August 1, they will appear on a March 2017 ballot for the two alumni-at-large positions on the Board of Trustees.