Alumni Spotlight

 

Name: Jeremy Cohn
School: Wharton
Graduating Class: 2009
Concentration: Finance

What’s your current job and how did Penn (or what you learned at Penn) help you get where you are today?
I currently run Moody Tongue Brewing Company (in Chicago) with my business partner and our Brewmaster, Jared Rouben.

It was not until I began to work towards launching Moody Tongue that I genuinely understood the breadth of Penn's influence on my development -- both personally and professionally. Coursework in fields from finance to psychology to political science all helped mold the way I think and how I evaluate situations on a regular basis. What really strikes me about Penn in retrospect, however, is the impact which the undergraduate community had on me. I developed relationships with many whom I now consider to be some of the most intelligent, thoughtful and insightful individuals -- and now a number of my closest friends. I feel I can always approach them for any form of support -- whether it's brainstorming ideas, evaluating big decisions or general advice over a glass of beer.

What’s a “typical day” in your life?
There is certainly no typical day -- or even anything which remotely resembles "typical" -- in my life. Within the context of building and growing our brewery, I have just found it important to constantly develop and work towards achieving definable goals. It may be anything from working with our architect and contractor to build out the production area to purchasing bottling equipment to evaluating expansion into new markets. I have found it important to surround myself with people whom I trust, and therefore I spend a fair amount of time on the phone evaluating how best to build our brand and grow the business.
Please share one of your best Penn memories with us.
I would actually say one of my favorite Penn memories happened after I graduated. Earlier this year during the launch party for Moody Tongue, I noticed the incredible number of Penn alums who attended -- not only those I had told about the event, but also a number whom I hadn't spoken with in years or I separately knew did not even live in Chicago. The support from the alumni community was absolutely incredible.

Do you have any advice for younger alumni?

Just make sure that whatever you do in life -- professionally, personally, etc. -- your goal is that which makes you happy. Life is too short to be weighed down by anything else.

How can other Penn Alumni support Moody Tongue?
At Moody Tongue, our mantra is "let your tongue decide." With anything you consume, your tongue is the ultimate judge and there is no reason to settle. Next time you are at a bar and you see Moody Tongue on tap, I would appreciate if you gave us a taste. And, of course, if you enjoyed the beer -- why not order a second?



Name: Ankit Dhir
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
School: Wharton/College
Graduating Class: 2010
Major: Management/Political Science 

What’s your current job and how did Penn (or what you learned at Penn) help you get where you are today?

I’m an Associate at University Ventures, a venture capital fund that solely focuses on the higher education space. Penn played an integral role in not only getting this job and securing this role but also in shaping a career path that led me to UV. I found out about the job because of a Penn connection. The COO of the fund is a Penn alumnus, which couldn’t have hurt in the interviewing process. And what I learned at Penn made me appreciate both the social policy impact of potentially shaping the future of education and the intellectual stimulation of discovering and supporting early stage companies.

What’s a “typical day” in your life?
There aren’t many typical days at small company like ours. I’m currently spending most of my time incubating a branded education startup venture, which means every day has been pretty different. The underlying theme in it all is interacting with universities and learning a lot about a space that is going through some tremendous change.

How have you stayed connected to Penn?
How not. Penn is all around me all the time. I live with Penn guys. I date the best Penn girl. A few friends and I started yPAAN, the Young Penn Asian Alumni Network, a couple years ago. And I still work with a bunch of the Penn Masala alums on the Penn Masala Alumni Society. Really looking forward to working with the reunion committee this upcoming year on getting things together for 2010’s 5-year reunion.

Please share one of your best Penn memories with us.
The morning of Hey Day through graduation. It was all a blast.

Do you have any advice on alumni life for this year's graduating class?
Take smart risks early and quit often [link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D73mm29XXAw]. Hopefully that’ll lead you to where you’re trying to go.
Also, I’ve found that Penn both socially and more formally has been invaluable and welcoming. So don’t hesitate to reach out to the far-reaching, diverse alumni base that would love to hear from you.





Name: Tiffany Chin
School: Wharton
Graduating Class: 2011


What’s your current job and how did Penn (or what you learned at Penn) help you get where you are today?

I am Snoop Dogg's business development manager at Stampede Management. I am often asked how I got this job, and the short answer is, the Penn connection. Snoop Dogg's manager is also a Penn/Wharton alum, and when he saw my resume, Stampede Management hired me as an intern after two short phone interviews (at the time, I was consulting in Philadelphia). It was indeed a huge risk for both Stampede and myself, but huge risks have the highest payoffs. After two years of working hard, learning the industry ins and outs, applying social tricks picked up from Penn, and what to say and when to say it, I am where I am today.

What’s a “typical day” in your life?
Psh whats a "typical day"? Some days, I'm sitting at my desk reading contracts and responding to emails; other days, I'm in Las Vegas for the Snoopadelic Cabaret @Tao Club (a Snoop Dogg residency at the Venetian) running the show with the Tao Group, or up in SF overseeing a fundraiser with co-hosts Snoop, Joe Montana and MC Hammer. I'm very excited by my work and still a little in shock by the fact I get to do this every day.

How have you stayed connected to Penn?
When I first moved out to LA, I felt so alone and isolated from everyone. All my Penn friends were in SF, NY or abroad - LA doesn't seem to be the default city for Penn grads. After expressing this sentiment to my best friend in NY, she introduced me to several people she knew who had moved to LA or had been living in LA; through her, I met up with several Penn alums, who I now consider to be some of my closest friends. We now hold a monthly Penn dinner in West Hollywood, boasting over 25 attendees each time. Definitely the highlight of my months.

Please share one of your best Penn memories with us.
TC: Oddly enough, I think it has to be the Spring Fling when Snoop Dogg performed. There was a collective sense of community that evening (despite the heavy rain) and it was great seeing everyone singing/rapping along to his songs. Little did I know that I'd be working on his management team less than 4 years later!

Do you have any advice on alumni life for this year's graduating class?
Don't be afraid to venture out of the Penn community, but understand that Penn will always have some value to you. Whether it's a professional, social, passive or active connection, it's a great resource, and will only benefit you and your goals.





Name: Maura Cheeks
Hometown: Philadelphia
School: School of Arts & Sciences
Graduating Class: 2009
Major: Communications and Behavior
Minor: Urban Real Estate and Development

What have you been doing since graduation?
I have been working in digital media. Previously, I managed the website and social media content for the New York Knicks. Right now, I oversee social media strategy for the United States Olympic Committee, where I've had the chance to cover two Olympic Games: London 2012 and Sochi 2014.

How have you stayed connected to Penn?
I have monthly dinners in New York with Penn friends, and I always try to connect with local Penn friends whenever I travel. I have been fortunate enough to serve on our 5-year reunion committee to help out with social media, and I also try to attend events at the Penn Club in New York.

What is one memory of your time at Penn that sticks out in your mind?
I think Walnut Walk probably sticks out as one of the greatest memories.

Do you have any advice on Alumni life for this year's graduating class?
Be daring enough to pursue the passions that keep you up at night! Even if they seem unrealistic or not feasible from a business standpoint, the landscape is changing at such a rapid pace that you'll be surprised at how you can turn your dreams into real opportunities for success. Don't be scared to think outside of the box to make it happen!