2017 Best & Brightest: Kenneth Sang, Cornell University (Dyson)

Kenneth Sang

Cornell University, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

“My spirit movie character is Han Solo.”

Fun fact about yourself: I hope to become a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai by the age of 30.

Hometown: Woodbury, N.Y.

High School: Syosset High School

Major: Applied Economics and Management

Favorite Business Courses: Finance, Risk Simulation and Optimization, and Financial Markets and Institutions

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College

  • Cornell Alpha Fund, president and managing partner
  • Dyson Inclusion and Diversity, president and founding member
  • Managerial Economics (AEM 2600), teaching assistant
  • Management Communication (AEM 2700), teaching assistant
  • Cornell Leadership Development Program, program assistant
  • Cornell Blackstone LaunchPad, student fellow

Where have you interned during your college career?

  • Power REIT, New York City, N.Y.: Research analyst intern
  • UBS, Melville, N.Y.: Private wealth management intern
  • J.P. Morgan, New York City, N.Y.: Private banking summer analyst

Describe your dream Job: My dream job would involve direct access to the financial markets, allowing me to develop a macroeconomic view of the future and mold insights for clients. I also hope to develop a firm understanding of how finance can be tied to improved public service and infrastructure.

What did you enjoy most about majoring in a business-related field? I enjoyed that my major allowed me to collaborate with ambitious, ethical, and passionate peers with a variety of interests. Few other majors on campus provide as much opportunity for growth through shared learning as mine.

Where would you like to work after graduation? Citi — markets analyst

What are your long-term professional goals? I would like to become highly proficient in investment research and eventually head a division covering a specific economic sector.

“I knew I wanted to major in business when…I joined my high school’s investment club.”

“If I didn’t major in business, I would be…a chef. World-class cooks like Bobby Flay and Gordon Ramsay apply their incredible business acumen and work ethic toward creating dishes that combine creativity with passion. I believe that the environment of a successful kitchen is similar to that of a trading floor: fast paced, communicative, and exciting.”

“Before I entered business school, I wish I had known…more about the resources available to undergraduates. World-class professors, research materials, and career centers all make an academic career much easier.”

What was the happiest moment of your life? My acceptance to Cornell University.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? I co-founded Dyson Inclusion and Diversity (Dys ID), a student organization that focuses on improving opportunities for diverse undergraduate business students. Witnessing my peers assist their fellow undergraduates with academic and career aspirations, educating classes on pertinent global issues, and volunteering to promote wellness in the local community were all unforgettable experiences that taught me much about the value of philanthropy and leadership.

What animal would you choose to represent your professional brand? I would choose a dolphin to represent my professional brand, as they are highly observant, loyal, and collaborative.

 Who would you most want to thank for your success? I would like to thank my parents for my success. My mother and father inspire me to use my knowledge and experiences to become a leader that acts as a role model for others. They taught me the value of keeping an open mind and using unconventional thinking for solving problems — I apply these lessons to my academic and professional aspirations.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? I would like my business school peers to speak about my commitment to diversity and universal financial education after I graduate.

Favorite book: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Favorite movie: The Dark Knight

Favorite musical performer: Avicii

Favorite vacation spot: Aruba

What are your hobbies? Martial arts, watching Christopher Nolan movies, sports history

What made Kenneth Sang such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2017?

“Kenneth Sang specializes in Finance in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.  He was an active member of the undergraduate program, having initiated a “Dyson Day in the Industries” trip each spring that introduces students to a diverse range of companies in New York City. He also worked with campus-wide business and minority organizations to create networking sessions with companies such as Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, and EY. His enthusiasm for mentoring his peers is a strong part of his legacy, and he initiated programs that will continue to enhance their professional development.”

Cindy Lynn Van Es
Ph.D., Statistics
Professor of Practice
Director for Undergraduate Studies
Director for Business Inclusion and Diversity


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