ChampAmerica was founded in 2016 by Heather Lu-Lasky, an international student who became a Wall Street executive. Heather, along with her friends Anatoli, and Sophia worked together for years at a global investment bank. They interviewed hundreds on “Super Days” and went on countless recruiting trips, where they discovered their shared passion for mentorship of students seeking careers. This inspired the start of ChampAmerica. What began as an informal mentoring network, aiming to help young professionals and students with an international background, has flourished due to the extensive connections of our founders.
Today, ChampAmerica has evolved into a comprehensive service provider and educational content creator. In addition to competitive career coaching, the company also helps employers select, train, and develop talent, helps schools and nonprofit organizations with special, innovative projects, and provides governmental consulting services on a range of issues including workforce development and cyber security. See the full list here.
Meet the Founders:
Heather Lasky, founder and CEO of ChampAmerica Inc. was born and raised in Beijing, China. She came to the U.S. for graduate school upon completion of college in China. She started with the Enterprise Risk Services Group (ERS) at Deloitte, and later moved on to Finance and Regulatory Risk functions within several investment banks including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Barclays. She has been a key member of the Finance Recruiting teams and has developed an extensive professional network. Once a "jobless" Chinese student, herself, Heather and her team are especially equipped to help hundreds of international students find the right path to career success.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Anatoli is a Principal at a leading global Alternative Asset Management firm, responsible for the Change Management function and is also the Chief of Staff of Corporate Finance. He was previously a Director in the Treasury Group at Barclays. Prior to that, he spent five years as a Senior Vice President at Citigroup in a variety of roles including Risk Strategy, Legal & Regulatory Risk, Finance, etc.
Sophia is a Senior Vice President of Finance at a leading global investment bank. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with 20+ years of experience in Accounting and Auditing, Finance (including Financial and Product Control, Project Management, and Management Reporting). In the past, Sophia has held senior management roles at Barclays, Lehman Brothers, Royal Bank of Scotland, Merrill Lynch and PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PWC).