MLT's Career Prep Coaches are full-time staff members with career coaching expertise and industry experience. Coaches provide Fellows with one-on-one coaching and guidance throughout the Career Prep program. Coaches start by guiding each student through a thorough self-assessment, which helps students target relevant industries and jobs. They create a comprehensive and unique action plan for each student based on a gap analysis between the student's profile and the requirements of their target industries. The coach is responsible for driving student progress through the program and ensuring that each Fellow is an exceptional candidate for fast-track, entry-level opportunities.
MLT's coaching model and curriculum has been developed in partnership with our corporate partners over the last 5 years. Whereas undergraduate career counselors have a 400:1 ratio, our coaches only have a 45:1 ratio, meaning that Fellows receive individualized attention.
Career Prep Coach
Education: An accounting degree from Roosevelt University and an MBA with a concentration in finance from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Experience:Valerie joined MLT in 2006, prior to which she worked in financial services in sales, new business development and as a client manager. At GE, she marketed finance capabilities and priced, structured and negotiated terms and conditions. In Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs, she sold equity, fixed income and special investments products to investment managers, insurance companies, nonprofit institutions and individuals. Valerie also obtained Series 3, 7 and 63 securities licenses. As a financial analyst at CBS News, she managed the operating budget for foreign-service news bureaus. She has completed a formal bank credit-training program and worked in public accounting as an auditor.
Erika D. Lewis
Career Prep Coach
Education: A Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Hampton University, an MBA with a concentration in marketing and management from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Experience: Erika is a Certified Professional Career Coach and marketing professional with over 15 years of marketing, communications, training and project management experience. Her career has afforded her the opportunity to work in a variety corporate, non-profit and religious organizations including, Eli Lily & Company, JP Morgan Chase (formerly Chase Manhattan Bank), Chick-fil-A, Inc., the NAACP and Lee Hecht Harrison Inc. As a Professional Career Coach, Erika has successfully coached entry level, mid-career, professional and executive level clients through the career transition process. Outside of work, Erika serves as the Youth Minister at her church.
Andrea M. O'Neal
Career Prep Coach
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from Brown University
Experience: Andrea joined the Career Prep Coach team at MLT in 2013 with a professional background in financial services. She began her 5-year career on Wall Street in 2003 as an Equity Capital Markets investment banker for Merrill Lynch. Beginning her career in New York, Andrea’s achievements included a direct promotion to Associate, participation in Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking Associate Training Program at Wharton, and being selected by the firm to live and work internationally for 4 years across Europe and Asia. After leaving Merrill Lynch’s London office, Andrea became the Senior Program Manager of the SEO Career Program’s investment banking & private equity platform in 2009. Over her nearly 4-year position at SEO, Andrea coached hundreds of Wall Street hopefuls in building competitive professional skills to land full-time Analyst positions at the world’s leading investment banks.
Senior Career Prep Coach
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Northwestern University
Master of Business Administration, concentration in marketing and management strategy, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Experience: Rishal joined MLT in 2008. She has over 15 years of consumer packaged goods sales and marketing management experience as well as sports management experience with several organizations including Kraft, M&M Mars, Pfizer and Russell Athletic. At Northwestern she played Division I basketball as a full scholarship athlete. Her last corporate assignment was Marketing Director of Women’s Sports and Marketing Strategy for Russell Corporation. Since leaving corporate America, she has been managing a non-profit, GLUE (Giving Love Unites Everyone), which she launched in 2003 to assist at-risk youth in the college preparation process.