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BUILD NYC

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The BUILD NYC Story

In our firth year in New York, BUILD is serving over 400 students at 6 partner schools in under-resourced communities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island. Last June, our first class of BUILD students graduated from high school. We cannot wait to see what these remarkable young men and women will achieve.

Meet BUILD NYC Students

Frejoel

At first, Frejoel was a quiet student, afraid to speak English. Since BUILD, he’s grown into a confident entrepreneur. That’s not all that’s changed.

Bianca

She has developed a product called “Stress Relief Bands.” Bianca refers to herself as the “little CEO” of her BUILD NYC Student Team.

Mohammed

At first, Frejoel was a quiet student, afraid to speak English. Since BUILD, he’s grown into a confident entrepreneur. That’s not all that’s changed.

Updates & Events

The BUILD NYC Team

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Decota Letman

Position: Director of Strategic Partnerships
Email: dletman@build.org

A graduate of Howard University with a background in Communications. Decota was born and raised in the Bronx by way of Jamaica. Hailing from a single parent home and growing up in one of the most disenfranchised communities in New York City, Decota has experienced the affects of living and surviving in an under served community. Working with students that look like her and live in the same area she grew up in brings joy to Decota’s heart knowing she can share her experience with others. It is for this very reason she BUILDS. Combining nine years of experience in communications in the entertainment, arts, and lifestyle space and five years in community engagement. Decota joined the BUILD NYC team as its Community Engagement Manager, and is now the Director of Strategic Partnerships, NYC .  In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, grounding, traveling and experiencing all the world has to offer. She would ultimately like to create safe spaces for students in under-resourced communities to fully exercise their potential and be given the same opportunities as their counterparts.

A graduate of Howard University with a background in Communications. Decota was born and raised in the Bronx by way...

Decota Letman

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Jazmin Moreno

Position: Entrepreneurship Program Manager

Jazmin Moreno

Entrepreneurship Program Manager

Jenelle Bazil-Charles

Position: Community Engagement Manager
Email: jbazilcharles@build.org

Jenelle joins the BUILD NYC team with years of experience in youth development and non-profit. As a former Community Engagement Coordinator, she facilitated overall volunteer training for mentors in the New York City area, conducted research about the recruitment of individuals in the Central Brooklyn area, this includes community canvassing and digital research, led overall volunteer recruitment events, and served as a liaison to maintain collaborative relations with community partners.

She is excited to join BUILD NYC and transition into volunteer mentor management to build a high-performing volunteer workforce to serve our students. Jenelle is also a career mentor coach to first-generation college students, as well as a community advocate with a strong interest in education and public safety. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and volunteering. Jenelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Virginia State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Pace University.

Jenelle joins the BUILD NYC team with years of experience in youth development and non-profit. As a former Community Engagement...

Jenelle Bazil-Charles

Community Engagement Manager

Justin Lokossou

Position: STUDENT EXPERIENCE PROGRAM MANAGER (E2)

Residing in Harlem, New York by way of Benin, West Africa. Justin Lokossou has spent the majority of his life in the service to students. As a curriculum designer, educator, academic advisor, and fencing instructor, Justin has worked with students from grades K through 12, and has since focused his passion towards working with high school students. He enjoys long walks on the beach, riding his bicycle, judo, lying about enjoying walks on the beach (he and sand do not get along, the sand knows what it did), and writing amusing biographies about himself. This is amusing bio #8. Justin hopes to bring his love of writing, poetry, fantasy fiction, music and comic culture into designing an engaging curriculum for BUILD that will help students not only see themselves in their lesson, but fulfill and exceed their own expectations of how great they can become. 

Residing in Harlem, New York by way of Benin, West Africa. Justin Lokossou has spent the majority of his life...

Justin Lokossou

STUDENT EXPERIENCE PROGRAM MANAGER (E2)

Kenya George

Position: Program Director
Email: kgeorge@build.org
Top: 3

Kenya is a dynamic community organizer and youth developer committed to the transformation and upliftment of youth, young adults and their families.  She currently serves as Program Director with BUILD NYC. Prior to build, Kenya spent over a decade with University Settlement,  a nonprofit that provides services throughout University Settlement.

As Community School Director, Kenya led a team of professionals in planning and implementing enrichment programs for youth, young adults and families, building relationships with stakeholders in the community, and raising funding to sustain and propel youth development forward.

Kenya holds a B.A. in psychology from Barnard College, a Masters of Social Work from Hunter College.

Kenya is a dynamic community organizer and youth developer committed to the transformation and upliftment of youth, young adults and...

Kenya George

Program Director

Maria Raftelis

Position: Grant Writer, NYC/CA

Maria Raftelis has more than a decade of fundraising experience in education. Before joining BUILD, Maria served as Associate Director of Foundation Relations at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. In this role, she oversaw fundraising for the Center of Radiological Research (CRR) and worked with medical faculty across the College to raise funds for research. Prior to Columbia University, Maria served as Grant Writer at the City College Fund, the fundraising organization of the City College of New York (CCNY). During my nine year tenure at the City College Fund, Maria expanded the College’s portfolio of institutional donors to double institutional giving. 

Maria resides in the Bronx with her husband and son. A graduate of the New York City public school system, Maria believed every student should have access to an excellent education that inspires them to dream and achieve their full potential.

Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Individualized Studies from New York University and a Master’s degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago.

Maria Raftelis has more than a decade of fundraising experience in education. Before joining BUILD, Maria served as Associate Director...

Maria Raftelis

Grant Writer, NYC/CA

Pamela Minetti

Position: DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY
Email: pMinetti@build.org
Top: 2

Pam has spent the majority of her career in the financial services sector where she worked at a range of boutique and bulge bracket firms including Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and Mogavero, Lee. Her diverse experience encompasses investment banking, institutional sales and marketing. She has always been passionate about educational equity and child and family welfare and has served as a mentor and nonprofit board member for over twenty years. In 2017, Pam joined the BUILD NYC team where she is responsible for all fundraising activities. Pam graduated from the University of Virginia with Highest Distinction and received her MBA from Columbia Business School.

Pam has spent the majority of her career in the financial services sector where she worked at a range of...

Pamela Minetti

DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY

Rose Cherubin

Position: College & Career Access Coach
Email: rCherubin@build.org

Rose Cherubin joins the Build NYC team with years of experience in higher education admissions at her alma mater, Hobart and William Smith (HWS) Colleges. As former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, she recruited for all five boroughs of New York City, was the office liaison for the HWS’ Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), assisted in creating and leading office-wide diversity recruitment initiatives, and also participated in final selections for HWS’ POSSE Foundation Los Angeles cohorts.

She is excited to join BUILD NYC and transition into college access and counseling, and empower young people to actualize their maximum potential. Rose is also a budding entrepreneur with a venture in digital storytelling and is a volunteer for local blogging/influencer networks. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, photography, and dance. Rose holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Rose Cherubin joins the Build NYC team with years of experience in higher education admissions at her alma mater, Hobart...

Rose Cherubin

College & Career Access Coach

Sarah Malonda

Position: Program Associate

Sarah Malonda was born and raised in Queens, New York, and was the daughter of Indonesian immigrants. She graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a degree in Political Science. She’s interested in local politics and community organizing  — and has been participating in outreach events like getting people registered to vote, informing folks about upcoming elections, and visiting local businesses to pass out PPE and other resources. She is committed to helping under-resourced communities such as her own and she is a strong advocate of student engagement in school, so she truly believes in the work BUILD NYC is doing.

Sarah Malonda was born and raised in Queens, New York, and was the daughter of Indonesian immigrants. She graduated from...

Sarah Malonda

Program Associate

Timothy Ruffin

Position: Senior Program Manager
Email: truffin@build.org

Timothy Ruffin joins the BUILD NYC team after years of classroom and curriculum writing experience at the high school, college and non-profit levels. As an entrepreneur and educator himself, Timothy believes that success in the 21st century will be achieved by those students who have learned the essential skills to develop their own businesses, while constantly pursuing academic achievement because they will be able to adapt to life’s challenges regardless of any societal issues. As a person who was able to overcome the many pitfalls of growing up in an underserved community, Timothy is committed to ensuring that every BUILD student has the opportunity to grow, prosper and make systemic changes in their communities. Timothy holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in African American history and two master’s degrees, one in the social sciences and the other in education.

Timothy Ruffin joins the BUILD NYC team after years of classroom and curriculum writing experience at the high school, college...

Timothy Ruffin

Senior Program Manager

NYC Sponsors

  • All
  • Catalyst $100K+
  • Incubator $50K+
  • Visionary $20K+
  • Angel $10K+
  • Regions
    • New York City
    • Boston
    • Bay Area
    • D.C. Metro Area
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The City of Boston

The City of Boston

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Carl & Ruth Shapiro Foundation

Carl & Ruth Shapiro Foundation

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EY -Bos

EY -Bos

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KKR

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Bowery Valuation

Bowery Valuation

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Mass Mentoring Partnership

Mass Mentoring Partnership

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L’Oréal

L’Oréal

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Grailed

Grailed

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The Pinkerton Foundation

The Pinkerton Foundation

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The RME Fund in the New York Community Trust

The RME Fund in the New York Community Trust

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Booth Ferris Foundation

Booth Ferris Foundation

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Qatalyst Partners

Qatalyst Partners

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Weil Gotshal & Manges

Weil Gotshal & Manges

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Solebury Capital LLC

Solebury Capital LLC

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Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

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Royal Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Canada

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

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Evercore

Evercore

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Bank of Montreal

Bank of Montreal

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Bain & Company

Bain & Company

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Insight Partners

Insight Partners

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CVC Foundation

CVC Foundation

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Chobani

Chobani

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Apax Foundation

Apax Foundation

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Silicon Valley National Bank Foundation

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Robin Hood Foundation

Robin Hood Foundation

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Thomas L. Kempner, Jr. Foundation

Thomas L. Kempner, Jr. Foundation

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PwC

PwC

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Hearst

Hearst

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TikTok

TikTok

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The RME Fund in the New York Community Trust

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Atkinson Foundation

Atkinson Foundation

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John and Marcia Goldman Foundation

John and Marcia Goldman Foundation

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Scandling Family Foundation

Scandling Family Foundation

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Krisbin Foundation Trust

Krisbin Foundation Trust

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Goodwin

Goodwin

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Quest Foundation

Quest Foundation

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Sandhill Foundation

Sandhill Foundation

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Zuora

Zuora

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Franklin & Catherine Johnson Foundation

Franklin & Catherine Johnson Foundation

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The Koshland Foundation

The Koshland Foundation

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Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

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PegaSystems

PegaSystems

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The Charles Lawson Bauer Foundation

The Charles Lawson Bauer Foundation

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Comcast NBCUniversal

Comcast NBCUniversal

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BlackRock

BlackRock

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The Walker Family Fund

The Walker Family Fund

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Hopper

Hopper

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CloudHealth by VMware

CloudHealth by VMware

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McMillan Education

McMillan Education

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Northeastern College of Professional Studies

Northeastern College of Professional Studies

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McCance Foundation Trust

McCance Foundation Trust

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Cabot Family Charitable Trust

Cabot Family Charitable Trust

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Toast

Toast

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Suffolk University

Suffolk University

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Thras.io

Thras.io

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Needham Bank

Needham Bank

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Gemini Investors

Gemini Investors

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Hometap Equity Partners

Hometap Equity Partners

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Flywire

Flywire

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Bose

Bose

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Brandwatch

Brandwatch

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The Boston Foundation

The Boston Foundation

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Cummings Foundation

Cummings Foundation

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M&T Bank

M&T Bank

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New York Life Ventures

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Cockroach Labs, Inc.

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BET.com

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Radian Capital

Radian Capital

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Crux Informatics

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Siegfried Group

Siegfried Group

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Oak Hill Capital

Oak Hill Capital

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Bain (Capital) Children’s Charity

Bain (Capital) Children’s Charity

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Llewellyn Family Foundation

Llewellyn Family Foundation

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Sterling National Bank Charitable Foundation

Sterling National Bank Charitable Foundation

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Goodwin Procter

Goodwin Procter

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Santander Bank

Santander Bank

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Tiger Global Management

Tiger Global Management

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Uber Technologies

Uber Technologies

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MSG/ Knicks/Chase

MSG/ Knicks/Chase

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Silicon Valley Bank

Silicon Valley Bank

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Accomplice

Accomplice

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EY -Bay

EY -Bay

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American Pacific Group

American Pacific Group

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Dodge Cox

Dodge Cox

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Sirius XM

Sirius XM

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SVB

SVB

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Student Rebuild

Student Rebuild

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Comcast NBCUniversal

Comcast NBCUniversal

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Children’s Support League of the East Bay

Children’s Support League of the East Bay

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ScaleLA Foundation

ScaleLA Foundation

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Edward & Elizabeth Kozel Foundation

Edward & Elizabeth Kozel Foundation

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House Family Foundation

House Family Foundation

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Fordham Street Foundation

Fordham Street Foundation

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The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

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Shippy Foundation

Shippy Foundation

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Seth Sprague Educational & Charitable Foundation

Seth Sprague Educational & Charitable Foundation

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Scandling Family Foundation

Scandling Family Foundation

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The Scott Foundation

The Scott Foundation

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The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation

The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation

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Reginald F. Lewis Foundation

Reginald F. Lewis Foundation

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Quest Foundation

Quest Foundation

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Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

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Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

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New York Community Trust

New York Community Trust

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J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

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Ronald & Ann Williams Charitable Foundation

Ronald & Ann Williams Charitable Foundation

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Thomas L. Kempner, Jr. Foundation Inc

Thomas L. Kempner, Jr. Foundation Inc

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Bezos Family Foundation

Bezos Family Foundation

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Llewellyn Foundation

Llewellyn Foundation

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Koshland Foundation

Koshland Foundation

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TD Securities

TD Securities

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Skadden

Skadden

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Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics

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Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs

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Betts Recruiting

Betts Recruiting

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Bain Capital Children’s Charity

Bain Capital Children’s Charity

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Truist Bank

Truist Bank

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Seven Post Private Investment Office

Seven Post Private Investment Office

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Rapid7

Rapid7

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New York Knicks & New York Liberty

New York Knicks & New York Liberty

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Box

Box

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PwC Charitable Foundation

PwC Charitable Foundation

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Zoom

Zoom

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Share Fund

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JP Morgan Chase & Co

JP Morgan Chase & Co

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EngageSmart

EngageSmart

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Hopper-Dean Foundation

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Herb Block Foundation

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Children’s Support League of the East Bay

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Children’s Aid Society

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Binitie Family Foundation

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John and Marcia Goldman Foundation

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Hattie M. Strong Foundation

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Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

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Dennis M. Jones Family Foundation

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Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund

Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund

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A.C.Ratshesky Foundation

A.C.Ratshesky Foundation

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WS Development Associates

WS Development Associates

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Webster Bank

Webster Bank

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True Venture Management

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Thrive Networks

Thrive Networks

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T3 Advisors

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Summit Partners

Summit Partners

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Sterling National Bank

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State Street Corporation

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Spotify

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Samuels & Associates

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Roofstock

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PNC

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People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusett

People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusett

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Morrison & Foerster Foundation

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Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley

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Lloyd Group

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Klaviyo

Klaviyo

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Kearney

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John Hancock

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InvoiceCloud

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Hopper

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Gunderson Dettmer

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General Atlantic

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Forward Financing

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First Republic Bank

First Republic Bank

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fama PR

fama PR

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Drift

Drift

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Dodge & Cox

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Deloitte

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Cooley LLP

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CloudHealth by VMware

CloudHealth by VMware

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Brookline Bank

Brookline Bank

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Box.org

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Bank of America

Bank of America

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Avascent Group

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Autodesk

Autodesk

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Acceleration Partners

Acceleration Partners

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WeWork

WeWork

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YREP DC

YREP DC

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Kearney

Kearney

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PWC

PWC

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MINTZ

MINTZ

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The World Bank

The World Bank

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Wilkinson Baker Knauer

Wilkinson Baker Knauer

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Coupa

Coupa

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99designs

99designs

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Morrison Foerster

Morrison Foerster

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Avascent

Avascent

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Avascent supports BUILD through active engagement in our Corporate Coaching Program – 15 of Avascent’s employees support a class of our student entrepreneurs through monthly mentoring sessions. BUILD is supported...

Adobe

Adobe

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Boston Mutual

Boston Mutual

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Life Science Cares

Life Science Cares

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1434 Foundation

1434 Foundation

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Hestia Fund

Hestia Fund

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Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation

Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation

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Harris Family Foundation

Harris Family Foundation

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Rapid 7

Rapid 7

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Bloomberg

Bloomberg

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Unilever

Unilever

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Chase

Chase

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Citizens Bank Foundation

Citizens Bank Foundation

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UPS

UPS

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BNY Mellon

BNY Mellon

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Wellington Management

Wellington Management

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Hubspot

Hubspot

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State Street Foundation

State Street Foundation

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Liberty Mutual

Liberty Mutual

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Microsoft

Microsoft

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Capital One

Capital One

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ATKearney

ATKearney

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Steptoe

Steptoe

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Steptoe and Johnson is an annual supporter of our end of year student celebration and business plan competition, One Night One BUILD.

MacroSolutions

MacroSolutions

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Goodwin

Goodwin

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WeWork

WeWork

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Deloitte

Deloitte

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PNC Bank

PNC Bank

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Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo

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Bain Capital Ventures

Bain Capital Ventures

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Apax Digital

Apax Digital

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Davio’s

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Chobani Incubator

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Santander

Santander

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Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation

Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation

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Franklin and Catherine Johnson Foundation

Franklin and Catherine Johnson Foundation

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California Bank and Trust

California Bank and Trust

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T3 Advisors

T3 Advisors

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Bank of America

Bank of America

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BlackRock

BlackRock

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Optimizely

Optimizely

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SunTrust

SunTrust

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Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie

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True Ventures

True Ventures

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Sterling National Bank

Sterling National Bank

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Sand Hill Foundation

Sand Hill Foundation

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Zuora

Zuora

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Silicon Valley Bank

Silicon Valley Bank

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Blackstone

Blackstone

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William Blair & Company

William Blair & Company

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Bank OZK

Bank OZK

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EY

EY

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Golden State Warriors

Golden State Warriors

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Uber

Uber

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Barton LLP

Barton LLP

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School Partners


VIDEO PREPARATION GUIDELINES

HOW TO RECORD

1. iPhone, iPad, Zoom and Loom are all choices of recording tools for their video presentation 
2. Record with both students and their presentation in view
3. Record horizontally for the best view of the students and their presentation
4. Follow Presentation Diagram to the Right

PRESENTATION TIPS.

- Make eye contact with the camera
- Notecards may be used as cue cards
•Pro Tip: Notecards should avoid having a full script
- Even when you are not speaking, don’t forget the camera is still recording!
•Be aware of your body language while you and your business partners are speaking
- Everyone has an opportunity to speak
- Professional dress is encouraged
- Practice makes perfect
•Practice how you will transition from each speaker
•Project your voice when you speak​

Follow positioning format Above

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