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{Green Careers} September 2016 Recap: Elevator Pitch Workshop

September 24, 2016

By Matt Gerson and Katie Schwamb


Photo credit: Emily Taubenblatt

Photo credit: Emily Taubenblatt

An elevator pitch is defined as “a succinct personal summary used to capture the interest of a potential employer.” The name comes from the idea that this speech is delivered within the brief timeframe of a typical elevator ride; it raises one of the most important questions you need to ask yourself: What do I say in those 30 seconds to make the biggest impact?



To help answer this question, the GreenHomeNYC Green Careers group invited two stellar moderators to the September 13th Green Careers – Elevator Pitch Workshop, hosted at the Grohe Live! Center Showroom: Gina Piesco, Manager of Human Resources at Kenneth Cole Productions, and Andy Padian, President at PadianNYC Consulting.


Gina and Andy moderated, as attendees presented their elevator pitches to the group. After each pitch, the presenter received constructive criticism identifying areas of strength and weakness, so the pitch could be refined and improved. This group analysis made for a dynamic and mutual learning experience for everyone who attended.


During the workshop, the group was able to identify attributes of a successful elevator pitch…



Posted by Katie Schwamb in Blog, Green Careers Transitions

September Forum: Sustainable Affordable Housing Rehabilitation

September 17, 2016


Most of New York City’s affordable housing stock was constructed over thirty years ago, before better insulated, ventilated, and resilient buildings became a requirement. Other city properties may date back a hundred years or more and are subject to incomplete renovations. Compounded by sometimes inadequate maintenance and lack of funding, many of these properties are in need of significant rehabilitation. Additionally, given the economic challenges that many affordable housing tenants face, reducing energy expenses is of high significance. There is an imperative need to rehabilitate these buildings for better energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, resiliency, and affordability.


In this month’s Forum, we’ll discuss the unique New York City challenge of sustainable affordable housing rehabilitation. Our speakers will share their experiences in meeting this challenge, from making the rehabilitation feasible, designing it, and then demonstrating results.


DATE: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Location: Trespa Design Center, 62 Greene St, New York, NY 10012


Christoph Stump – Vice President of Design and Construction at Trinity Financial
Sofia Palha de Melo – Senior Energy Engineer at Steven Winter Associates
Andrea Mancino – Project Manager at Bright Power, Inc.

Jaime Alvarez – Project Manager at Paul A. Castrucci, Architect


Click here to get your ticket!


Posted by GreenHomeNYC Tours in Blog

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