Saturday Business Academy, Director | SBA Presentation
Earl Hall is a Sr., Project Manager at Southern California Edison (SCE), Financial Advisor for Transamerica, and Director of RPAA's Saturday Business Academy. He is passionate about finance and educating the youth and minority communities on creating generational wealth. He earned his M.S. in Financial Engineering from Claremont Graduate University and is a licensed Project Management Professional (PMP). When he is not crunching numbers, writing regulatory testimonies, and mentoring youth, he enjoys fitness and helping his sister get her fashion & candle brand off the ground.
David’s 15-year tech career included executive roles at startups across the SF Bay Area and Europe, during which time he hired, trained and developed dozens of young professionals. In his corporate career, David has supervised more than 100 elite young professionals, preparing them to take on leadership roles early in their careers. David has worked in every corner of the tech industry, and helped to launch numerous successful ventures.
The first step in David’s tech career was joining startup Efficient Frontier as the #1 full-time employee after the founders, even before the company’s Series A round. In this role, David served as day-to-day contact for the company’s major US customers (incl. eBay, Amazon), acted as a product manager for the company’s forecasting and competitive intelligence products, and launched the European business from scratch, growing it to 30+ employees, $7M of annual fee revenue, and $200M of media spend under management. In 2011, Efficient Frontier was sold to Adobe for $400M.
David has also managed intrapreneurial ventures, and helped traditional yellow page directory conglomerate European Directories to launch digital advertising products across eight European countries. These experiences are complemented by several roles at publicly traded Internet companies Yahoo and Travelzoo.
He has been coaching MBA applicants since 2012 with a special focus on developing the right career goals.
Obinna has a range of experiences working in the business sector. He is currently a Senior Associate at JP Morgan Chase, and has worked at firms such as McKinsey & Company and Goldman Sachs. He is a native of New York City who spends his free time traveling, dining, listening to music/podcasts, mentoring, and improving his photography skills.
He is a graduate from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Prior to attending Tuck from 2017-2019, Obinna worked for several years on both the for-profit and not-for-profit sides of the education sector in New York City. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Binghamton University (SUNY) and a Masters of Management Studies (MMS) from The Fuqua School of Business from Duke University.
At Tuck, Obinna was a Tuck Admissions Associate (TAA) and he received the 2019 award for completing the highest number of virtual and in-person admissions interviews. This experience coupled with his background as a former teacher uniquely positions him to coach applicants to refine their stories and excel in admissions interviews.
Ivy Advisors, Founder and President | Workshop: Develop Winning Essays with Ivy Advisors
Lulu Curiel is the Founder and President of Ivy Advisors, an admissions consulting firm that helps ambitious professionals land in the most competitive MBA programs in the world such as the Harvard Business School, Sloan, Stanford GSB, Wharton, and others. Under Lulu’s leadership, Ivy Advisors has launched the Ivy Fellows program, a social impact initiative that provides underrepresented minorities in the U.S. with accessible and affordable GMAT classes, personalized coaching, MBA prep services, and the community support required to gain admissions in top-ranked business schools and develop high-impact career paths.
In addition, Lulu is a contributor at The Economist, where she provides strategic application advice to prospective MBA students. Lulu’s work was recently featured on Forbes. Prior to Ivy Advisors, Lulu led multiple operational initiatives at Apple Inc. Before Apple, Lulu served as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP, where she spearheaded multiple nationwide initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion. Lulu serves as the co-President and board member of the Harvard Business School Latino Alumni Association (HBSLAA). She also serves on the Harvard Business School Global Alumni Board. Lulu is a board member of MVLA Soccer Club, an elite national youth soccer club. She is also a Mentor for The Rising Farmworker Dream Fund. Lulu earned a B.S. in computer systems engineering degree from Boston University and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, Martin Curiel, and their two children.
ApplicantLab, Founder | Workshop: Resume Tips with ApplicantLab
While getting her MBA at Harvard Business School, Maria Wich-Vila volunteered with the Latino Students' Organization to help organize admissions events for under-represented minorities. Ten years later, disappointed after learning how much money "Admissions Consultants" were charging for application help, she founded ApplicantLab, a social enterprise that is leveling the playing field in MBA admissions by offering world-class admissions advice for a fraction of the typical admissions consulting price. ApplicantLab's series of online, self-guided exercises mimics exactly what a top admissions consultant would do, but for a fraction of the price. The Lab won the "audience favorite" vote at the HBS Alumni New Venture competition, and has helped hundreds of students get into the top business schools around the world.