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Meet the #LSV2020 Cohort

LehighSiliconValley launches January 7, 2020. Check out our 56 students representing 30 majors, 21 minors, 15 states and 8 countries. Let's learn more about them!

Diyor Irismetov '21 | Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Major | Sociology

Minor | Entrepreneurship & Marketing

Like the lion of a pack, I was raised to become a leader in my family, community, and school from a very young age. From representing my family in our sacred cultural commemorations to leading both my school and community in celebrating and showcasing the diversity we have on campus, I’ve become passionate in representing the voices of those around me. As an inclusive leader, I always prioritize my relationship with my team as I truly value the ideas they bring. I’m excited to learn how the exceptional leaders of LSV’s partnered organizations led their team and company to success.

Sari Dorn '21G | Scotch Plains, NJ

Major | Master of Business Administration

After transitioning to three jobs in three years in a leadership rotation program, I’ve learned to quickly adapt to new cities, new teams, and new environments. Growing up, I was resistant to change and now I embrace it for the challenges and opportunities. I want to work in and create settings that utilize change to improve processes and invent new ones that impact people and the environment for the better. Exploring Silicon Valley will teach me from the tried, true, brave, and bold and provide me the innovative space where change begins.

Suketu Bhatt '20G | Garnet Valley, PA

Major | Master of Business Administration

My name is Suketu Bhatt. I work with Comcast as a Senior Manager for an Engineering team. I've been working for Comcast for little over 8 years where I’ve held various positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to Comcast, I worked with Frontier Communications for a year and Verizon for a couple of years on FiOS Video platform. I have an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Pune University, India and graduated with MS in Telecommunications degree from George Mason University in 2008. I live in Garnet Valley, PA with my wife, 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter.

Tracey Miller '20 | Holliston, MA

Major | Material Science & Engineering

Minor | Entrepreneurship

My outlook on life can be perfectly summarized by a quote from Henry David Thoreau --“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” This speaks to being able to see challenges and setbacks as opportunities, as well as being able to see the best in others. I channel this with my natural curiosity and optimism, and it is reflected in my work ethic and in the relationships I have formed with others. I firmly believe that the key to success is a good attitude, and hope that LSV will push me to see things differently.

TJ Rakowsky '22 | Erwinna, PA

Major | Finance

Minor | Spanish

Throughout my life I have attended a total of six different schools. Although I endeavored many hardships along the way, I credit the experience for strengthening my interpersonal skills and for teaching me how to overcome adversity through stepping outside of my comfort zone. Having grown up in a family committed to numerous business ventures, I have garnered a thorough appreciation for the perseverance necessary to succeed as an entrepreneur. Through my strong willingness to learn and ambitious mindset I intend to acquire valuable knowledge from LSV which will help me to succeed in my future business ventures.

Michelle Vasiliadis '21 | Chicago, IL

Major | Computer Science & Business

As a second generation immigrant raised in a Greek South African home, fitting in has been a lifelong journey. At some point, I came to realize that it’s not about fitting in, it's about exposing yourself to the broadest and most diverse set of experiences that ultimately shapes your place in the world. I used to be afraid of the unknown and felt satisfied going to school, singing, playing volleyball, and sleeping. Now I crave more and relish the thought of venturing into uncertainty, armed with curiosity, resolve, and a desire to succeed - not only in college, but in life.

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