"Night of Careers" Co-Curricular
November 17, 2020
The final co-curricular session as part of the Meaning of Leadership class for NYU DC Global Leadership Students, open to the entire NYU DC Student Community, focused on various career and professional paths: "Night of Careers."
Joining NYU DC Students for this discussion were featured guest speakers Ronald D. Abramson, Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Ron Rapatalo, Principal at Edgility Consulting, Gabby Royal, Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Rob Watson, CEO and Chief Scientist of The ECON Group and Founder of LEED, and Sruti Ramadugu, Strategic Initiatives Advisor at Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation. Students in the leadership cohort facilitated each speaker's session.
Please note that this workshop was open to NYU DC Students only.
Ronald D. Abramson, Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Ronald D. Abramson focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, real estate finance, real estate lending, tax planning, business and succession planning, as well as estate planning. Ronald serves on Buchanan's Board of Directors.
Ronald has more than 35 years of experience in working with national and local companies in developing and executing their strategic expansion and exit strategies, structuring their real estate prospects and executing their corporate governance and tax management plans. He also works with prominent clients in developing their estate and succession planning, with a special emphasis on charitable components.
In a recent set of key transactions, Ronald and Buchanan’s Brian S. Novosel represented Cassidy Turley, a national commercial real estate services company in five acquisitions over a 12 month period, including acquisitions in Northern California, Southern California, Tampa, Denver and Phoenix; and in its sale to a consortium of private equity firms led by TPG Capital which created a global top-three commercial real estate services company that now operates under the DTZ brand.
Ronald was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018-2021 in Real Estate Law. He was also named to the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list in 2020.
In addition to his law practice, Ronald is prominent in the community. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Symphony Orchestra and a member of the New York University Board of Trustees, where he spearheaded the establishment of the NYU-in-DC campus. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the prestigious Corcoran Gallery of Art. He also serves on the Boards of the Washington Airports Task Force, Spoleto Festival USA, where he serves as the Treasurer, the Historic Sixth & I Synagogue and the D.C. Jazz Festival. Ronald was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center for several years.
While in law school, he served on the staff of Law and Policy in International Business, and co-wrote "The Legal Response to the Illicit Movement of Cultural Property," which appeared in the publication.
Sruti Ramadugu, Strategic Initiatives Advisor, Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation
Sruti Ramadugu is the Strategic Initiatives Advisor at the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Family Foundation. She previously held roles at Hyatt Hotels Inc, the Obama Foundation, Walmart Stores Inc, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Jhpiego, an international health NGO. She began her career working for New York University at the Washington, DC Global Academic Center. Sruti participated in the Brademas Center Internship Program during the summer of 2010, and interned for Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13). She holds a BA in History and Politics from NYU’s College of Arts and Science and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.
Ron Rapatalo, Principal, Edgility Consulting
Ron Rapatalo’s career vision is coaching, connecting and inspiring others to find their best selves through healthier living, increased mindfulness/interconnection and stronger intention/strategy. He believes in the power of intuition and deepening one’s self-awareness and impact on others. He also believes that we must dismantle systems of oppression and racism to recover our fullest humanity.
Ron has been a talent shepherd for 15 years, recruiting and selecting hundreds of candidates to become education and nonprofit leaders. He joined Edgility full-time in September 2018 after consulting with them and other search firms for over 4 years.
Ron is also a coach, giving career advice on how to navigate career transitions and present oneself from networking to interviewing. He also supports others on how to live healthier lives. He believes in the power of connecting with others to support, nurture and develop our talents. He is an active member of the NYU alumni community for over 20 years, currently serving as an Officer Emeritus of the NYU Alumni Association. He is also an active member of the Education Leaders of Color and a 2009 Coro Leadership New York alumnus.
In his spare time, Ron loves spending time with his wife Shanita and his daughters Sofia and Ava, whether it’s watching reality TV, enjoying Jeopardy!, or devouring favorite movies/shows on Netflix. He’s also an avid yoga practitioner, meditator and obstacle course racer. A native New Yorker, he’s a rabid New York Yankees and New York Giants fan.
Gabby Royal, Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Gabby Royal (she/her) is a diversity, inclusion, and belonging strategist and NYU GSAS alumna. She serves as the Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. leading the strategic vision for diversity for all four lifestyle brands: A&F, Abercrombie kids, Hollister Co., and Gilly Hicks in North America, EMEA, and APAC. Prior to her time in the fashion industry, she served as the Vice President of Campus Diversity Recruiting at Citigroup working to push boundaries on Wall Street and the financial services industry.
Rob Watson, CEO and Chief Scientist of The ECON Group, Founder of LEED
Rob Watson is an Adjunct Professor at SIPA at Columbia University. Rob has spent three decades conceiving and implementing market transformation policies, programs and projects on four continents that combine regulatory push with market pull to optimize environmental and economic outcomes. Rob seeks to optimize energy and environmental benefits through the intersection of services and technologies across multiple sectors -- from green buildings, and sustainable urban mobility to zero waste management. Pulitzer prize-winning author and New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman, calls Mr. Watson “one of America’s best environmental minds” and has featured his work in Hot, Flat and Crowded and The World is Flat 3.0. For its 2019 sestercentennial edition, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine recognized Rob as one of Dartmouth’s “25 Most Influential Alumni.”
A global leader in the green building movement, Rob spent 21 years in the international environmental non-profit sector, during which time he founded the LEED green building system of the U.S. Green Building Council. Since 2007, he has been in a leadership role at four start-ups ranging from international and US-based green building services & technology companies to a zero-waste technology. Watson has been honored with several national and international awards and has authored and been featured in numerous articles and publications worldwide. Rob is a regular speaker and conference keynote. Mr. Watson has an AB from Dartmouth College, an MSc from University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia University.