WWIB: Conference Team

Liya Shuster-Bier

Liya Shuster-Bier

Head of Content

Hometown: Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Grew up in Queens, NY

Undergrad: Dartmouth College

Jobs before Wharton:
Liya is a second year MBA student at the Wharton School, majoring in Entrepreneurial Management. Prior to Wharton, Liya worked at Goldman Sachs in their corporate derivatives business, structuring solutions for US multinational corporations looking to protect earnings from currency volatility. After three years, Liya pivoted to impact investing, joining Third Sector Capital Partners, where she designed and raised capital for social impact bond investments. Most recently, Liya spent her summer helping a mentor from Goldman Sachs’ Urban Investment Group launch a private equity fund that aims to target social impact bond investments.

If Liya could have an endless supply of food, it’d be:
Chocolate croissants from Metropolitan Bakery.

If Liya could invite 4 famous people to dinner, it’d be:
Maya Angelou, Angela Merkel, Michael Bloomberg and Jeff Bezos.

If Liya could live in any period in history, it’d be:
During the Age of Discovery.

Emma Lonsdale

Emma Lonsdale

Head of Marketing

Hometown: Durham, United Kingdom

Jobs before Wharton:
Emma is a second year MBA student at The Wharton School majoring in Entrepreneurial Management. Prior to Wharton, Emma worked at Bain & Co. in India, South Africa and across Europe. More recently, Emma spent an exciting summer working at LinkedIn as a Business Operations intern.

If Emma could have an endless supply of food it’d be:
Spaghetti Bolognaise.

If Emma could invite four famous people to dinner it’d be:
Malala Yousafzai (for the inspiration), Stephen Fry (for the scintillating conversation), George R. R. Martin (to find out the end of GoT!), Taylor Swift (for the entertainment).

If Emma could live in any period in history, it’d be:
Couldn’t live without my iPhone! I’ll stay in the present thanks ☺

Elena V. Pujals

Elena V. Pujals

Head of Sponsorship

Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua

Undergrad: Stanford University

Jobs before Wharton:
Elena is a second year MBA student at the Wharton School, majoring in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing. Prior to Wharton, Elena worked at JPMorgan Private Bank covering clients in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. Most recently, Elena spent her summer working at URBN in Corporate Strategy.

If Elena could have an endless supply of food, it’d be:
Rice and beans!

If Elena could invite 4 famous people to dinner, it’d be:
Ralph Lauren, the Dalai Lama, J.K. Rowling, and Jack Ma.

If Elena could live in any period in history, it’d be:
I would go back to meet my grandparents.

Lauren Plotnick

Lauren Plotnick

Head of Operations

Hometown: Washington, DC

Jobs before Wharton:
Lauren is a second year MBA student at The Wharton School majoring in Finance and Strategic Management. Prior to Wharton, Lauren worked at Censeo Consulting Group, a strategy and operations consulting firm in Washington, DC, focused on helping mission-driven organizations strengthen their capabilities to maximize social and public impact. Most recently, Lauren completed her summer internship at American Express, where she worked on the Business, Strategy and Execution team.

If Lauren could have an endless supply of food it’d be:
Avocado Toast.

If Lauren could invite four famous people to dinner it’d be:
Sheryl Sandberg, Hillary Clinton, Beyonce Knowles, Kate Middleton.

If Lauren could live in any period in history, it’d be:
Renaissance.

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