Kaitlyn Zhao is a recent alumna of Cornell University, where she studied Economics and Political Science with a minor in Law and Society. While at school, she conducted and published research on migrant housing relationships in China and Vietnam. She now works as an Associate Consultant at EY-Parthenon in their transaction strategy practice. She advises clients across various industries, from Financial Services to AM&M to Life Sciences, who are looking to conduct large-scale M&A deals.
Born and raised to immigrant parents in the Hudson Valley, Kaitlyn grew up immersed in the arts. She started playing piano at age 6, violin at age 9, and singing classical opera at age 12, as well as participating in community theater around her hometown. In high school, she shifted primarily into classical opera and choir, eventually performing in choirs at the state level and eventually at Carnegie Hall. Now, though she primarily considers herself more of an appreciator of the arts rather than an active participant, she still sings when she has a chance, and has also started shooting film photography as a creative outlet. She joined the board of CWP because she experienced firsthand how exposure to the arts at a young age can change your life, and hopes to inspire that in others.