GCDS CONNECT fosters a dynamic and productive networking forum for alums to ask questions, seek information, and hone personal and professional skills while receiving academic and/or career guidance among fellow alums.
The Insider Guide is a short term shadowing experience offering a young alum the chance to job shadow and gain exposure to jobs and careers. The young alum will join a host (a fellow alum or member of the GCDS community) during the workday -- sit in on meetings, observe interactions with clients or coworkers, and gain a true inside look at what it might be like to follow in the host’s career footsteps. Through observation and conversation, the young alum will learn more about various professions, receive career-related advice, observe workplace norms, and see first-hand how to prepare for life after academic careers. Importantly, the Insider Guide program builds relationships within the GCDS community – we hope these experiences are the beginning of a longer term mentoring relationship.
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- Jenny Floren Sozzi '86
- Jason Vintiadis ’92
- Sophie Guité ’97
- Jordan Sanders ’01
- Lizzie Reifenheiser ’99
- Tessa Demmerle ’06
- Connor Keeshan '01
- Taylor L. Glasebrook ’97
- Lexie Hearn Merrill ’03
- Chip Emery ’86
Jenny Floren Sozzi '86, Chair of Career Committee, Jenny graduated from GCDS in 1986 and went on to attend Greenwich High School and Dartmouth College, where she earned a B.A. in psychology. Upon graduating from college, Jenny joined the Boston office of Bain & Company, where she served as a management consultant prior to starting her own company at the dawn of the Internet era in 1996. Jenny founded Experience.com in response to her personal experiences with on-campus recruiting as a student and later as an employer; she recognized that the laborious, complex and resource-intensive approach to connecting students with employers wasn't working - especially for the students, who needed far more support in order to make informed decisions at the beginning of their careers. Jenny's groundbreaking vision for how to enlist educational institutions, companies, governments and citizens around the world to “educate, assist and inspire” the next generation workforce has been recognized by national press and industry leaders throughout academia and enterprise.
The author of The Innovation Generation: The Gen Y Way & How New Thinking Can Reclaim the American Dream, Jenny is a frequent speaker at nationwide universities and major business events, sharing her unique perspective on the up-and-coming workforce. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Jobs for the Future, the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College, the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange, the Massachusetts High Tech Leadership Council and the Greenwich Point Conservancy. Jenny and her husband, Ray, live in Greenwich with their three children all of whom attend GCDS.
Jason Vintiadis ’92 graduated GCDS and went on Taft and Middlebury College. After working for several years at a start-up financial services firm in New York and Chicago, Jason returned to school to earn his MBA at MIT's Sloan School of Management. Jason currently works in the asset management field in Greenwich and lives with his wife and 3 children, all of home are at GCDS.
Sophie Guité ’97 Sophie became the first of six Guités to join the Country Day family when she arrived in second grade, and has since been followed by her siblings Diane ’00, Jean-Paul ‘16, Graham ‘18, Ware ’19, and Jean-Christophe ‘26. After Country Day, Sophie went on to earn a B.A. from McGill University in Montreal, and a Ph.D. from Columbia. Sophie currently works and resides in New York City, where she is a Portfolio Specialist for the Global Multi Asset Team at Morgan Stanley Investment Management.
Jordan Sanders ’01 was born and raised in Greenwich and attended GCDS from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Jordan graduated Brunswick School ’04 and then the University of Pennsylvania ’08 with a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Jordan was president of his fraternity, St. Anthony Hall (Delta Psi). Jordan began his career in real estate working at Prudential Real Estate Investors as a financial analyst in the Transactions and Capital Markets group. After PREI, Jordan worked for a boutique private-equity firm which focused on multi-family in Manhattan and the broader Tri-State area. Jordan currently is an Executive Vice President at his family’s commercial real estate company, Sanders Equities. Jordan oversees the day-to-day operations of their existing portfolio as well as new acquisitions and development opportunities. Jordan was the co-chair of the MoMA Junior Associates and Children of Fallen Patriots organizations. Jordan is excited to participate in the AAC and looks forward to giving back to GCDS.
Lizzie Reifenheiser ’99 Lizzie grew up in Darien and attended GCDS for her 6th through 9th grade years. While at GCDS, Lizzie played soccer, basketball and lacrosse and was an active participant in the chorus. After GCDS, Lizzie went to Deerfield Academy where she captained the varsity squash and lacrosse teams and was inducted into the Cum Laude Society. After graduating from Deerfield in 2002, Lizzie matriculated to Williams College. At Williams, she double-majored in History and Art History, captained the women’s squash team, and was a member of the fledging women’s golf team. Upon her graduation from Williams in 2006, Lizzie moved to New York City where she began a career in the executive search business, first at SG Partners and then Amity Search Partners. In 2011, Lizzie enrolled at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and received her MBA in 2013. She is now an advisor at the Credit Suisse Private Bank in New York City. She is part of a team that works with individuals and families helping them to preserve and grow their assets. Lizzie is an agent for the Class of 2002 at Deerfield and serves on the associate board of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. She currently resides in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan.
Tessa Demmerle ’06 was born and raised in Greenwich and attended GCDS for eight years before graduating from Greenwich Academy in 2009. She is a graduate of University of Notre Dame ’13, where she earned B.A.s in Economics and English. After college, Tessa moved to Chicago for two years to begin her career with Gen Re as a reinsurance underwriter. She then moved back to the area, joining Aon in NYC and working with their Inpoint team as a consultant focused in corporate strategy for insurance and reinsurance companies. Most recently, Tessa has been transferred to Aon’s London office for a brief secondment, returning to NYC in December 2017. She is excited to join the AAC and remain in connected to GCDS.
Connor Keeshan '01 was a lifer at GCDS before graduating from The Lawrenceville School in 2004. He then attended Middlebury College where he majored in Geography. Since graduating, Connor has been working in client services at various marketing agencies in NYC including TBWA\Chiat\Day and Bartle Bogle Hegarty. He is currently a Group Account Director at R/GA New York. Connor moved back to Old Greenwich last spring with his wife Maggie, who started her teaching career in the GCDS Co-Teacher program in 2010, and their now 8-month old son Brooks. Connor’s very excited to reconnect with the GCDS community and join some of his fellow alumni on the AAC.
Taylor L. Glasebrook ’97 was born and raised in Greenwich and attended GCDS from pre-K through 8th grade. Taylor graduated from The Hill School and received a B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University in ’05. Taylor is an associate portfolio manager within the Straus Group at Neuberger Berman. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at Citadel in their San Francisco office. Before that, he was with Level Global Investors and began his career as an associate in the equity research department at Bear, Stearns & Co. In his current role, Taylor helps oversee the team’s equity portfolios and the researching of investment ideas. Taylor resides in Greenwich with his wife Erin and two young kids: Hunter (2) and Sloane (1). Taylor has remained close with many of his GCDS peers and is excited to join the AAC.
Lexie Hearn Merrill ’03 attended GCDS from first grade through eighth grade. Lexie graduated from Greenwich High School in '06 and then Gettysburg College in ’10 where she earned a double major in Political Science and International Affairs. Lexie played four years of varsity field hockey and lacrosse at Gettysburg, serving as a captain on both teams. Lexie started her career at Bridgewater Associates where she worked for 3 years before moving to Megalith Capital Management, a real estate private equity fund in New York City. Lexie serves as the Vice President of Operations at Megalith as well as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Lexie lives in New York City with her husband, Allen Merrill, and stays in close touch with many of her GCDS classmates. She is excited to be joining the AAC and looks forward to reconnecting with the broader GCDS community.
Chip Emery ’86 attended GCDS from Kindergarten through 9th grade. He and his wife Carrie recently moved back to Greenwich and have two boys, Weber and Harrison, both at GCDS (’20 and ’22). Chip is President and CEO of Ridgetop Research, a boutique primary source research firm in New York that caters to institutional investment firms. A long time entrepreneur, Chip has had several senior roles at a number of exciting startup companies including Multext Systems (sold to Reuters), broadcast.com (sold to Yahoo!), and Vista Research (sold to S&P/McGraw Hill). Chip keeps in regular touch with many of his former classmates and is looking forward to spending time on campus with his next generation.
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