Congratulations to the ABNY Young Professionals December Spotlights of the Month – Michele Fontalvo, E-Commerce Quality Assurance Coordinator/ Volunteer Ambassador – Gucci/ Brooklyn Book Bodega and Chris Santarelli, Director of Media Relations – Real Estate Board of New York. They are both dedicated to supporting charitable programs that serve New Yorkers in need!
My parents were educators, and I am a child of immigrants. I was raised to always believe in myself my abilities, and to always find opportunities to give back. I got to where I am by asking every leader how I could take more off their plate. I am now a mother and every risk I take is for the betterment of my family to create a positive world for my daughters.
I am most proud of my children, their determination, and strength. I am also proud of my patience, and ability to see the positive side to everything. I am most proud of my mindset and my commitment to keeping it strong.
My advice is to be vocal, challenge yourself to strengthen areas which you may not be strong in. Always be kind, get to know your peers to make team projects a breeze.
My opinion the foundation of being a New Yorker is knowing a bit about everything, and finding community wherever you go. Everyone has a story, you make your own, and one day you’ll be the one inspiring others to dream big.
I love the energy of New York City’s built environment and have sought to join organizations that have contributed significantly to its growth. Some of the most valuable professional direction and industry insight I’ve gained has come during spare moments with senior colleagues and clients, taking every opportunity to ask questions about important deals and other events over the course of their career.
Being able to volunteer with Sant’Egidio NYC, an organization dedicated to spreading friendship and support to the elderly, homeless and recently migrated within our city.
Always be kind and keep in touch with as many junior colleagues, client staff, reporters and business associates as possible—you never know where they will end up.
The first time I voted in a New York City election.