new york city

LIANG SHI, Founder of Leroli, Dessert Goals & Ma Matcha | Experience Designer at Square

Liang Shi is a creator of Dessert Goals festival, MaMatcha matcha pop-ups, and Leroli, a sustainable clothing brand inspired by Italy. She is also an Experience Designer at Square for the Cash app.

INDRA SHUKLA, Private Equity Associate @ BlackRock Assets

Indra, or "Indy" as his friends call him, hails from The Woodlands, a suburb of Houston, Texas. He started college wanting to be a doctor and pursuing a Pre-Med track but ended up switching to Finance later down the road. I met him at Culture Espresso on 40th St where we sat at a coffee shop in the middle of the day discussing how he moved to New York and what struggles along the way helped him get to where he is today. Indy is super cheerful, always smiling, and was overall a great person to interview.

JOSEPH 'JJ' JOHNSON, Chef

Joseph 'JJ' Johnson first fell in love with the art of cooking when he was young child watching his grandmother “prepare these extravagant meals that she would lay out on the table.” “I would be underneath trying to help her out.” Since then he’s gone to culinary school, worked at the Morgan Stanley executive dining room, helped open up multiple restaurants, and released a cookbook. His one month stint at Chef’s Club was extended another two months because the demand was so high for his menu.

GIANNI LAI, Design & Lifestyle Publicist @ Karla Otto

Gianni Lai is from Houston, Texas with roots based in Hong Kong. After visiting New York just once, she fell in love with the city and didn’t expect to move here so quickly after graduation. She’s an avid fan of boba, her corgi, her collegiate sorority, and volunteering. She works in Public Relations for luxury brands and teaches special needs children on the weekends.

SAMANTHA WU, Investment Banking Analyst @ Evercore

Sammi was one of the first new faces I met in New York when she hosted a small get together on her rooftop. Over the course of 6 short months, she's become someone I highly respect and admire. She's intelligent, ambitious, persevering, and above all, humble and grounded. She is a graduate from Western University in Toronto and currently works as a first-year analyst at Evercore. In two years she'll be doing private equity at The Carlyle Group.