NY Area Spartan of the Week: Jennifer Skylakos

Posted by admin | June 11, 2012

New York Alumnae of the Week Jennifer Skylakos 

A few Spartan questions for Jennifer Skylakos:

Q: What was your major at MSU and what year did you graduate?
A: Political Science / International Relations, 1996.

Q: What are you doing now for work?
A: I am a Managing Partner at a boutique executive search firm called Sousou Partners. We specialize in real estate, infrastructure (including energy) and hospitality finance. We generally work at the VP level and above, with a specialty in key hires and team builds.  Our clients include top tier Private Equity Groups, Infrastructure Funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Investment Managers, Hotel Groups and Investment Banks. I lead the Infrastructure business for the Americas and all Latin American business initiatives. Prior to this I practiced corporate immigration law, and have used that background to advise clients who may need to consider expatriate candidates.

Q: Where do you live?
A: Lower east side.

Q: Favorite NYC restaurant?
A: Hearth.

Q: What is best part of living in the NY area?
A: The vibe. I’m actually answering these questions while flying back from a biz trip to San Fran (god bless in flight internet access!) So San Fran, nice town but no NYC. Then again, that’s the point, no town is like NYC. Not in the states, not abroad. Whenever I’m in a taxi coming back from a trip and the skyline comes into view i always let out a deep sigh. By the time I’m on the bridge i can feel the vibe, and it may sound crazy, but there is a real emotional connection. My husband was raised on Sullivan Street and now we are raising our two boys here. I just love that even at nearly 2 and 5 years old, they are always excited to explore the city and be part of its energy.

Q: What is best part of being a Spartan in New York?
A: MSU has a great community here in NYC. All you need to do is come to Mercury Bar East for one football game and you will think you are in EL—an amazing group of crazy passionate and loyal Spartans!

Q: If you could invite 3 people from any time who were associated with Michigan State to dinner who would they be?
A: Sorry, I’m going to say 4—and as those of us who work in NYC know, it always comes back to our work, so these famous alums have backgrounds that for me, would make for a very interesting discussion.

• Marta Teresa Smith de Vasconcelos Suplicy
Magic Johnson
Dan Gilbert
Tom Gores