Alumni Spotlight Series

Steven Finkelstein ’13

Senior Analytics Engineer at PepsiCo

Steven FinkelsteinSteven Finkelstein graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in supply chain management and mathematics (statistics track) in 2013. On-campus he was involved in Pi Mu Epsilon and was the treasurer for the Mathematics Honor Society. He continued his studies at the University of Maryland to take six credits of applied economics, however, he stopped the program because he started a new job in the NYC metro area.

In Finkelstein's spare time he is a data analytics mentor for Chegg and is taking classes to receive his Master of Science in Analytics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Finkelstein worked as a senior research assistant for Business Civic Leadership Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2012, and now has worked over four years as a senior analytics engineer in the R&D department at PepsiCo.

Check out his blog, The Data Generalist, to learn more about data analytics, finance, tools, resources, and more!

Adam Sickle ’13

Operations and Events Associate at US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment

Adam SickleAdam Sickle graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management and Marketing in 2013. On-campus he was involved in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, NDTA DC Chapter and National Scholarship recipient, a marketing committee associate for the Supply Chain Management Society and lead small group studies as a part of the Navigators. He is an advocate for environmental and progressive issues, a podcaster, and a young non-profit professional.

Take a look at his website, and his past two features “Climate Change and COVID-19”, and “Climate Change and Black Lives Matter.”

“Having been raised as part of the fifth generation of my family to have lived on the same acreage of land in southern Maryland, I've had old-fashioned values and work ethic instilled in me from a young age.

I'm passionate about implementing these values into my work daily, always seeking to get involved in projects where I can make the greatest positive impact. I've got a strong interest in progressive causes such as climate change, economic equality, health care, social justice, and many others. My small business background combined with my professional experience thus far has equipped me with the know-how and the desire to do what it takes to get the job done, help others in the process, and have a blast doing it.

I love building relationships, telling engaging stories, working through strategic planning to overcome challenges, and watching the positive impact that's created. Thus far in my career, I've done this professionally through my work at a non-profit aimed at changing the world through people's investments. I'm always looking to get involved in new advocacy and message-sharing mediums, from podcasts to advocacy campaigns and much more.

Program management is where I thrive! Taking on everything from strategic planning, crafting communications, managing logistics, and building collaborative relationships is my area of expertise, having the flexibility and organizational skills needed to get what matters done.

I believe our careers are meant to accomplish what we were taught as children, where what we do leaves things better than how we found them. Check out my site and connect with me if you want an ally in making the world a better place!”

Zachary Azrael ’19

Zachary AzraelZachary Azrael graduated from the University of Maryland with a double major in Information Systems and Human Capital Management in the spring of 2019. On-campus he was involved with the Dean's Student Advisory Council, QUEST Honors Program, Omicron Delta Kappa, Smith Ambassadors, Pi Sigma Epsilon, president of the Smith Undergraduate Student Association, and more. Since graduating from the Smith School of Business he has been working for Protiviti in a strategy and management consulting rotation known as the Foundations Program. He is passionate about developing people, transforming organizations, mentorship and coaching, environmental conservation, volunteerism, hiking, reading, and cooking.

Azrael is currently a project coach for the Impacting Consulting Fellowship and is mentoring MBA, master’s, and undergraduate students through the Center for Social Value Creation 10-week engagement program.

Azrael's LinkedIn states, “I am fascinated by the intersection of people, the organizations they create, and the missions they serve.” It is evident he has a passion for entrepreneurial, intrapreneurial, and environmental endeavors, and we recommend reading one of his blog entries!

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