Vanessa Redensek: Opening a career, closing a market

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Angela Lu, MBA ’19, is president of the Graduate Business Student Association and co-authored this with Vanessa Redensek, MBA ’19, on behalf of the organization.
Vanessa Redensek
All right, all right! Let’s keep this #humblebrag ball rolling and find out what the energetic Vanessa Redensek has been up to in the bustling home of Broadway and Central Park. We spied her on TV not so long ago. What was that all about?
Vanessa, what brings you to the Big Apple this Summer?
I am working for Cognizant Technology Solutions, as a summer associate within the healthcare consulting business unit. My client for the summer is one the nation’s largest nonprofit health plan providers headquartered in New York City. It is a $10 billion company with 3.1 million members.
As a summer associate, I relocated to NYC to work directly with the client as we get ready to launch new applications across the business, which will directly impact their entire healthcare system from members, to providers, to employers and beyond.
What was it like to ring the closing bell at Nasdaq?
Since the first day I was accepted into the Cognizant family, I have been treated as an equal. Cognizant is a very flat organization. I have had the opportunity to meet other associates at all levels, from business analysts to C-suite executives.
I had the very unique opportunity to go celebrate Cognizant’s 20-year anniversary as a publicly traded firm on Nasdaq. We celebrated in Times Square at Nasdaq’s headquarters, cheering on live TV as Karen McLoughlin, the CFO, rang the closing bell (10:32 mark on this video). Our photos and live video were also broadcast on a giant billboard in Times Square, which was thrilling to see and also hilarious because people on the street started taking our photos thinking we were celebrities.
When you’re not busy being in the …

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