Yale Career Panels: A Candid View of the Non-Profit Profession

Time: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm EST
*The panelists have agreed to stay for an additional 30 minutes from 5:30 pm to 6 pm to answer additional questions.

• Location in NYC: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (601 Lexington Avenue, 31st Floor)
• Yale Location: Meeting room to be determined and registrants informed in advance
• Webinar: Streaming video and optional audio conference call

Registration: http://yalecareerpanels.eventbrite.com (Please register for just one venue—New York, Yale or the Webinar

This event is the eleventh in a series covering different professions. The concept is to have a diverse panel of people, at different stages in their careers and in different areas of the non-profit profession, who will provide candid views of their profession.

The panel discussion will be conducted simultaneously inNew York Cityand at Yale, with the panelists and the moderator inNew York. The two meeting rooms will be connected via video conference and the audience will be at both locations. Yale students and alumni are welcome to attend at either location. In addition, the panel discussion will be broadcast over the internet as a streaming video for those who cannot attend in person.


• Where is the profession heading (good and bad)?
• How do you get into the profession and what is the typical career path?
• What are the myths versus the realities?
• What are the characteristics of people who tend to do well and are happy in the profession?
• What types of people tend not to do well or end up unhappy and why?
• If you don’t stay in the profession until retirement, what are the exit routes to other professions?


Ken Inadomi, Executive Director of the New York Mortgage Coalition (Yale College BA, Stanford MBA

Alison Singer, Co-Founder and President of the Autism Science Foundation (Yale College BA and Harvard Business School MBA)

Rebecca Schwartz, Director of Education for Waterwell (Yale College BA)

Ned Sullivan, President of Scenic Hudson (Williams BA and Yale School of Management and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Masters Degree)

Moderator and Organizer:

Peter Young, President and Managing Director, Young & Partners (Yale College 1974)

The Series Sponsors
This series is jointly supported by various organizations at Yale University and Yale Alumni organizations, including Yale Center for International and Professional Experience, the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), the Junior Class Council (JCC), the Yale Alumni Association of New York (YAANY), the Asian American Cultural Center, and the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA).


Ken Inadomi is Executive Director of the New York Mortgage Coalition, a housing nonprofit that promotes and protects affordable homeownership for working class families in New York while originating over $100M in affordable mortgages each year. Entering the nonprofit world in 2008 after three decades in the private sector, Ken is now focused on giving back to New York where he’s enjoyed living since 1980. He serves on the board of several housing nonprofits as well as the Yale Alumni Association’s Board of Governors. He is also on the board of Project Redwood, a venture philanthropy fund that has contributed over $1M to social entrepreneurs addressing the challenge of extreme poverty in developing nations. In 2011, Ken founded the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA), a service organization that endeavors to leverage the power of Yale’s nonprofit network for the greater social good. In 2013, he received the AYA’s Leadership Award for Volunteer Innovation and Service. He earned his BA from Yale and MBA from Stanford.

Alison Singer is Co-Founder and President of the Autism Science Foundation. As the mother of a child with autism and legal guardian of her adult brother with autism, she is a natural advocate. Since 2007, Alison has served on the national Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) which is charged with writing a strategic plan to guide federal spending for autism research. Within the IACC, she serves as co-chair of the safety subcommittee and on the subcommittees for Strategic Plan Review and Services. Alison also currently serves on the executive board of the Yale Child Study Center, on the external advisory board of the Marcus Autism Center at Emory University, and on the external advisory board of the CDC’s Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. She chairs the International Society for Autism Research public relations committee and is a member of the IMFAR program committee and community advisory committee. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Rebecca Schwartz is the Director of Education for Waterwell, where she manages a comprehensive theater education program that brings the expertise of a professional theater company to a New York City public school. Rebecca has worked in education and arts administration for non-profits including Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theater, Culture Project and The Old Globe. Additionally, with the Peace Corps in Guatemala, she led sustainable public health and professional development initiatives. She holds a B.A. in History from Yale University where she was awarded the James S. Metcalfe Prize for the Best Senior Essay on American Theater.

Ned Sullivan is President of Scenic Hudson, one of the leading preservation organizations that works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as a national treasure and vital resource for residents and visitors. He has been President since 1999 and has directed the organization through a period of dramatic growth in its impact and national recognition as a leader in its field. In 2011, reflecting Ned’s effectiveness in forging broad-based coalitions and fostering green job-creation, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed him as the only environmental representative on his economic development council.

Prior to Scenic Hudson, Ned served as Maine’s environmental commissioner, guiding landmark legislation ending the discharge of deadly dioxins from pulp and paper companies and implementing an international compact on mercury emissions. As deputy commissioner of New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation from 1987 to 1995, he oversaw the state’s $1-billion hazardous waste cleanup initiative. As Managing Director at Bank of Boston, he financed corporate and municipal energy and environmental projects and helped Massachusetts’ secretary of environmental affairs develop legislation to finance the multibillion-dollar Boston Harbor cleanup.

Ned earned a B.A. from Williams College and master’s degrees from Yale University’s School of Management and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Peter Young is President and a Managing Director of Young & Partners, a leading boutique investment banking firm focused on the life science and chemical industries. He manages the firm and is actively involved in client transactions and financings. Under his leadership, Young & Partners has established and maintained its position as a highly regarded firm.

Prior to founding Young & Partners, Peter was head of various related industry groups at Salomon Brothers, Schroders, and Lehman Brothers for ten years. Peter has been an investment banker serving the chemical and pharma industries for twenty seven years, assisting a wide variety of chemical and life science companies on a global basis with regard to mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and capital raising.

Early in his career, while with Bain & Co., Peter provided strategic advice to major chemical and life science companies. He was also a senior member of J.H. Whitney & Co. the venture capital firm.

Peter received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar with Highest Distinction), an M.S. in Accounting from the New York University and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Previous Panels

Previous panels have covered film and drama, legal, investment banking, entrepreneurism, consulting, and medical. The series for 2013-14 will cover a number of new professions, including investing (private equity, venture capital and fund management), education, non-profit organizations and a repeat of the medical profession.

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