While many students are kicking back and relaxing on the beach during the warm days of summer vacation, a few ambitious ones out there are using the time off from school as an opportunity to prepare for their futures. L+R is fortunate to welcome two such students to our summer internship program at our Dumbo, Brooklyn office. Here’s an overview of their unique backgrounds, perspectives, and passion to help you get to know them.
Gloria Zhu: Wharton’s Economics Student Showcases a Triple Threat of Art, Business and Culture
As a young woman born and raised in the Bay Area, Gloria has always enjoyed art and design. She developed her artistic talents in activities like drawing and learning to play the piano. When it came time to go to college, Gloria’s analytical prowess and academic achievements led her to the top undergraduate business programs in the country, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School with a major in Economics and an emphasis in Fine Art. See some of Gloria’s artwork below:
“I have always loved being involved in the arts, though in college, I wanted to learn about how other fields can promote and integrate it to add value,” Gloria said. “I am inspired by the bridge between business and design. At L+R and in this position I can work with design as it relates to product management, especially in the technology field. Technology is changing so quickly, improving the lives of so many people. I want to be part of that.”
Gloria will be a strategy intern for L+R this summer. She will be working within L+R’s Strategic Consultancy division, led by Alex Levin, on a wide variety of projects, both as part of L+R client teams as well as on special projects designed to help the company itself grow.
“I’m really excited about working with a smaller but very successful company,” Gloria said. “I think this will be a great opportunity to get to know many people and learn from their experiences. I want to watch how designers, engineers, and business thinkers come together to solve real business problems and achieve goals for customers. It will be a wonderful addition to what I’ve learned in the classroom.”
In her free time, Gloria enjoys sketching, painting, and listening to music, notably BTS and BLACKPINK as her favorite artists. She is also an epic League of Legends player and at school Gloria participates in a traditional Chinese Lion Dance troupe.
Ignacio Ventos: Parsons’ Integrated Design Student Pushes Towards the Future of Refined Creative and Design
Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Ignacio lived in Switzerland and London before heading to the Parson School of Design at the New School University. Currently, he is pursuing an education in integrated design.
“Integrated design embodies the versatile, knowledgeable problem solvers.” Ignacio said. “The term ‘integrated’ encompasses the study of true insight and right path and aligns with L+R’s ethos. This sensitivity has been apparent throughout my life, and is what really drew me to this position.”
As a strategy intern for L+R this summer, Ignacio will also be working within L+R’s Strategic Consultancy, as well as the Digital Studio, under Alex Levin, learning how L+R delivers technology-enabled solutions to L+R’s luxury sector clientele as well as working with team members on projects that will help the company itself expand into the future.
“As a designer and thinker, I’m looking forward to learning how L+R professionals change the world and make a positive impact,” Ignacio said. “I’m personally interested in sustainability, accessibility, ethics, and humanity. L+R has an eloquent way of connecting these things in the business world and I look forward to learning how.”
Ignacio is excited about learning how L+R solves problems and hopes that he is challenged to get out of his comfort zone in order to learn and grow during his time here.
“I want to grow as a person, learn as much as I can, and have fun doing it,” said Ignacio. “I’m really looking forward to understanding L+R’s techniques in building solutions for its customers. I’m ready to work hard and share my passion for learning with all those around me.”
In his free time, Ignacio enjoys biking and mindfulness meditation as well as exercising and swimming. He loves listening to music, attending exhibits, and trying a wide variety of new foods. He also enjoys being surrounded by nature. He hopes to travel into space someday.
Alex Levin, L+R’s co-founder and Strategy Director is excited to have Gloria and Ignacio in L+R this summer.
“I am honored for minds like Gloria and Ignacio to be attracted to L+R’s vision,” said Alex Levin. “We have built and maintained L+R’s success through a selective process in growing our interdisciplinary team. Gloria and Ignacio’s drive and diverse perspectives were clearly evident during the interview process. We look forward to learning from them, sharing our process, and working together to add value to our organization.”
The international team at L+R is excited about the contributions Gloria and Ignacio will bring to the company this summer.