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IVY fuels inspiration, ignites minds, and sparks world-changing collaborations.
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We believe everyone has limitless potential. Our mission is to trigger transformative ideas and collaborations that lead to unprecedented human unity, progress, and fulfillment. Through meaningful experiences with inspiring individuals, IVY provides a lifelong supply of new friendships, opportunities, and ideas.

"Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks." — Johann Gottfried von Herder

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IVY Global Vision


Our vision is to build the world's most impactful community across 50 global cities, and unite everyone who is passionate about creating a better world.

Current Cities

  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Washington DC
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Miami

Coming Soon...

  • Beijing
  • Berlin
  • Cape Town
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Istanbul
  • London
  • Mexico City
  • Montreal
  • Moscow
  • Mumbai
  • Paris
  • Sao Paulo
  • Seoul
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Sydney
  • Tel Aviv
  • Tokyo
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
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How IVY Works

IVY is the world's first Social University, created to unite thoughtful individuals through a lifetime of new inspiration and connections. Our curriculum is focused on Arts, Entrepreneurship, Policy, Well-being, and Social Impact. Every month, IVY members are invited to a wide variety of IVY Gatherings that include salon discussions with distinguished thought-leaders, art nights, cocktail and dinner parties, film screenings, theater and symphony performances, fitness and wellness activities, and getaways. IVY.com provides a dedicated portal for our members to engage with our community, and IVY Magazine showcases the most compelling stories from our members and thought-leaders.

All prospective members are interviewed one-on-one prior to joining, and they commit to supporting each other's endeavors to the best of their abilities. Everything we do is highly social, intellectually stimulating, culturally enriching, and professionally rewarding. Our mission is to spark unprecedented human unity, progress, and fulfillment.

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IVY Gatherings


Our community experiences IVY's Curriculum through immersive and multi-dimensional experiences shared with fellow IVY members.

FilmNYC

Premiere of Dukale's Dream with Hugh Jackman

At the heart of this amazing documentary is Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness' journey to better understand how to make an impact on extreme poverty.

TalkSF

Salon Discussion & Cocktail Reception with Andrea Jung

We were thrilled to host members at a very special IVY Salon Discussion & Cocktail Reception featuring legendary businesswoman Andrea Jung, former CEO of Avon, and current CEO of Grammen America.

ArtDC

Private Tour @ Hirshhorn Museum

This private guided tour led members through their highly acclaimed Days of Endless Time and Ragnar Kjartansson exhibitions, and provided us deeper insight on the inspiration and process behind their most notable pieces.

FashionMIA

IVY Fashion Night @ The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

Co-hosted by world-renowned designer Julian Chang, this special evening included a breath-taking fashion show and cocktail reception exclusively for IVY members, select VIPs, and press.

TalkNYC

Salon Discussion & Cocktail Reception with Laszlo Bock

IVY members joined Google People Chief, Lazlo Bock, for an illuminating discussion on Google's strategies for attracting and retaining some of the most talented employees in the world. After the discussion, members continued the conversation over cocktails and gathered around Bock for signed copies of his newest book "Work Rules!"

EventDC

Day at the Races @ Virginia Gold Cup

We partnered with Becky's Fund to invite members to an incredible VIP Gold Cup experience. The all-inclusive day included VIP tent access, premium open bar, complimentary food, roundtrip transportation, and more!

FilmLA

Advance Screening: What If

IVY Members gathered for a special advance screening of the new film "What If" starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, hosted in-person by lead actor Daniel Radcliffe!

GetawayHamptons

Hamptons Summer Soirée Charity Benefit

Members headed to the Hamptons for an unforgettable weekend at our gorgeous Hamptons Estate presented by Cadillac. We enjoyed Sunset Cocktails on Friday, a Pool Party & BBQ followed by a Charity Soiree for Building Blocks for Change on Saturday, and a Poolside Brunch on Sunday.

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IVY Thought Leaders

& Featured Speakers


Jack Welch Former CEO, GE
Hugh Jackman Hollywood Actor
Majora Carter Urban Revitalization Strategist; MacArthur Genius Fellow
Amy Cuddy Professor, Harvard Business School
Lama Tenzin Tibetan Buddhist Monk
Chris Matthews Television Personality
Suzy Welch Former Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Business Review
Daniel Radcliffe Hollywood Actor
Gretchen Rubin Best-selling Author
Gautuam Mukunda Professor, Harvard Business School
Julian Chang Fashion Designer
Jake Johnson Hollywood Actor
Jessica Matthews Co-Founder and CEO, Uncharted Play
Cass Sunstein Professor, Harvard Law School
Amy Wilkinson Author, Entrepreneur
Joshua Radnor Hollywood Actor
Jonah Berger Professor, Wharton School of Business
Brian Gross Owner, Brian Gross Fine Arts
Barbara Tannenbaum Professor, Brown University
Melanne Verveer U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues
Barry Schwartz Professor, Swarthmore College
Thomas Kelly Professor, Harvard University
Nicole Weekes Professor, Pomona College
Martin Indyk Executive Vice President, Brooking Institution
Marc Lapadula Professor, Yale University
Catherine Sanderson Professor, Amherst College
Chris Yeh Investor, Advisor, Entrepreneur
Ori Soltes Professor, Georgetown University
Josh Shenk Author, Essayist
Jamie Metzl National Security Expert and Author
Sebastian Copeland Arctic Explorer and Photographer
Christopher Beane Artist
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IVY Membership

Criteria


IVY unites talented, energetic, and intellectually curious individuals who are driven by a fundamental desire to make a positive and lasting impact on their communities. Our members represent a diverse range of industries, backgrounds, and interests, but share a distinctly innovative and collaborative spirit.

All prospective members complete an application, which is closely reviewed by our Membership Committee. We then interview each qualifying applicant one-on-one. We make a tremendous effort to understand what each prospective member cares the most about personally, professionally, intellectually, and culturally.

IVY members must be genuinely compassionate and community-minded individuals who commit to supporting each others' endeavors to the best of their abilities. We actively look for extraordinary individuals who are:

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IVY Team

Beri Meric Founder and Co-CEO Beri is a dreamer and doer who is passionate about uniting people in a way that expands their horizons and enables them to achieve their potential. Beri grew up in a family of entrepreneurs, and he was previously an Investment Banker at Morgan Stanley. He received his MBA from the Harvard Business School, and holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from Brown University. Contact Beri:
Philipp Triebel Founder and Co-CEO Prior to co-founding IVY, Philipp worked in a principal investing group at Goldman Sachs and Apax Partners in London. Philipp holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, a Masters in Economics from Cambridge, and a BA in Economics from the London School of Economics. Contact Philipp:
Karolina Novitska Creative Director Karolina is an award-winning designer and is responsible for all things creative at IVY. She has 13 years of experience in the design industry, a BFA in Graphic Design from Emmanuel College and an MFA in Interactive Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and has taught design at both colleges. She is a former gymnast, world traveler, salsa dancer, and language enthusiast. Contact Karolina:
Julia Sommer Senior Director of Events & Programming Julia is a professional Event Planner with a BS from Boston University in Hospitality Administration & Psychology. Prior to joining IVY, Julia worked for a variety of Boston-based events companies, as well as developed a marketing program for Harvard's OBERON Theater. When she's not planning events, she is cooking, crafting, or in search of a new adventure! Contact Julia:
Paul Sabayrac Senior Community Director Paul is a native of South Florida and is excited to now be living in New York. A graduate of The University of Florida's Theater Performance program, his true love has always been fishing. Having spent the past six years on the water as a professional Captain, Paul is excited to work with so many great people at IVY. Contact Paul:
Micah Clasper-Torch Business Development Director Micah joins IVY with 8 years of experience across the realms of design, partnerships, sales and branding. Prior to IVY, she worked for companies such as Coach, Bonobos and Birchbox, and founded her own startup which she ran for two years. Continuously rediscovering New York City, she is passionate about cooking, writing, travel and wine. Contact Micah:
Tyler Marcus Media and Communications Director A born and raised New Yorker, Tyler has a passion for creating unique partnerships with awesome brands. He holds a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin and loves a great concert, traveling, and trying every new restaurant in NYC. Contact Tyler:
Sophie Alsheimer New York Community Director Born and raised in Southern Sweden, Sophie graduated from Yale with a bachelor's degree in History. Before joining the team, her professional experience mainly revolved around PR and marketing. She walks almost everywhere in the city, loves art, and is slowly learning how to cook. Contact Sophie:
Lindsay Aberegg National Events Production Director Lindsay has eight years experience in event production with a focus in and arts & entertainment. She holds a BA in Communication from Michigan State University. Along with enjoying the California climate, she loves the thrill of the hunt and can often be found scouring LA's largest flea markets. Contact Lindsay:
Sarah Zapp Director of Strategic Relationships Sarah is an award-winning TV host and reporter who's interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and politics. She holds a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from the University of Missouri and an MS in Communications from Boston University. She likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. Contact Sarah:
Phil Chan Arts and Culture Director Phil was the General Manager for Armitage Gone! Dance, Youth America Grand Prix, and the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival. He served as the Executive Editor for FLATT Magazine and has contributed to the Huffington Post, Dance Europe and Dancer Magazine. He is the co-producer of the Ashley Bouder Project, a graduate of Carleton College, and an alumnus of the Ailey School. Contact Phil:
Anabay Sullivan Social Impact Director Anabay is a philanthropy professional and is responsible for IVY’s social impact strategy. She has 14 years of experience with leading nonprofits around the world. Anabay has a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in International Relations from Wellesley College. She is an avid swimmer. Contact Anabay:
Izzy Pett Getaway Manager A natural hostess with a strong social conscience, Izzy comes to IVY with a diverse background in event coordination. With a BA in Cultural Anthropology from McGill, she enjoys uniting individuals from various backgrounds through shared passions. A few of her favorite things include sailing, live music, France, farmers markets, and puppy kisses. Contact Izzy:
Ashley Guo LA Senior Community Manager Prior to joining the IVY team, Ashley lived in Shanghai for twelve years, studied History at UCLA, and worked in a cubicle. Ashley seeks cultural nourishment from the visually and aurally provocative. She is also a music junkie and always welcomes the opportunity to discuss that obscure gem you discovered. Ashley is excited to learn about new things from all the inspiring minds of the IVY community! Contact Ashley:
Janessa Mangone West Coast Community Director Originally from Denver, Janessa graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Colorado. She now considers Los Angeles to be her home and is passionate about travel, wine, and exploring the city in new ways. Contact Janessa:
Caroline Paulus New York Community Growth Director Caroline was born and raised in Wisconsin for most of her life until relocating to Princeton, NJ. She graduated from University of Rhode Island with a focus on Communication Studies and Business. With a strong background in sales and recruitment, Caroline has joined IVY to continue growing the NYC community. When she is not busy networking, you'll likely find her at SoulCycle! Contact Caroline:
Glory Norman New York Community Manager Originally hailing from San Diego, Glory landed in NYC after graduating from Yale University with a degree in American Studies. An avid traveler, she has spent time abroad in Argentina, Senegal and India and is always looking to check new destinations off of her bucket list. She loves non fiction, non sequiters and dollar pizza. Contact Glory:
Isadora Italia DC Community Director Isadora graduated from Yale with degrees in art history and Italian. Over the past two decades she has visited 6 continents, lived in 4 countries, mastered 3 languages, and developed a crippling addiction to iced coffee. She also likes puns. Contact Isadora:
Rachel Wilson Membership Manager Rachel is a communications strategist living in New York City. She recently graduated from University of Delaware with a BA in Mass Communication and Psychology. When she's not keeping the IVY office in line, she's most definitely rocking out at a concert or unwinding with a really great book from her never-ending reading list. Contact Rachel:
Neha Seelam Operations Manager Neha is a Bay Area native – she studied Economics and History at UC Davis. Before joining the team she had a brief stint working in the automotive industry. She enjoys long runs in the beautiful streets of San Francisco, going to art exhibitions, and getting her Bollywood dance on. Contact Neha:
Lena D'Giulia San Francisco Events Manager Although Lena was born in San Francisco, she has lived in varies cities and traveled to over 25 countries. She enjoys bringing people together through events, partnerships and food. She is passionate about exploring the outdoors, philanthropic engagement and laughing! Contact Lena:
Adrien Marchetti New York Senior Community Manager Imported from South of France, combining his energy with a double master of International Business (FIU) and Management (Groupe ESC Clermont, France), Adrien is on a mission of bringing new amazing individuals to the IVY Community. Passionate about meeting new people, life and anything that goes fast, he spends most of time out of his comfort zone and is always ready for whatever. Contact Adrien:
Courtney Clarke LA Events Coordinator Originally from Seattle, Courtney graduated with a degree in Communications and English from the State University of New York at Albany. New to the Los Angeles area, she enjoys everything that the sunshine has to offer. In her off time you can usually find her at the beach or exploring new areas of the city. On a side note, Go Seahawks! Contact Courtney:
Zakaria Enzminger Policy Coordinator Zak's experiences growing up overseas in seven countries has given him a global outlook, and a deep connection with happenings of the world. An aspiring musician and historian, Zak graduated from Brown University with a BA in Archaeology, and Middle East Studies. In his spare time, Zak enjoys cooking, debating politics, working on languages and digging up ancient ruins with toothbrushes. Contact Zakaria:
Kay Sorin Thought Leadership Manager Kay is a poet and writer who was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Columbia University with BAs in Psychology and Creative Writing and received her MFA in Fiction from The New School. In her free time she enjoys exploring other worlds, both real and fictional, and cuddling in bed with her cat. Contact Kay:
Jazmine Settles Business Development Account Manager Originally from Hoboken, NJ, Jazmine joins IVY with a BS in Sport Management from Temple University. Since she’s been back in NYC she has worked at the cities newest and oldest arenas, Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden. When she’s not nurturing relationships she’s spending time with her dog Escobar, reading and traveling with friends. Contact Jazmine:
Jessie Stettin Boston Senior Community Manager Passionate about helping people live "the best life," Jessie loves nothing more than meeting new people. In his time living in Boston, NYC, Chicago, Dallas and now Boston (again), he has helped found three CRE finance and investment companies, advised roll outs for two startups and provided portfolio analysis for a billion-dollar insurance company. Contact Jessie:
Hans Schubert Miami Community Manager After serving six years in the Army as a Combat Medic including one tour to Iraq, Hans joins the IVY team with a BS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami. With a passion for comedy, knowledge, and self development, you will often find Hans listening to a podcast or blasting a Tim Ferriss-esque audiobook. Contact Hans:
Cortney Rhodes Chicago Community Manager Originally from Illinois, Cortney received a degree in Fashion Design from Southern Illinois University. After graduating, she then surrounded herself with fashion in Nashville and New York before moving back to Illinois. Cortney loves to travel—she's been to 15 countries and counting—and enjoys exploring the city in new ways. Contact Cortney:
Austin Kase Video Lead An award-winning film director, screenwriter, voice actor, and Gilbert & Sullivan enthusiast. He dove deep into the Western Canon as a member of Yale's Directed Studies program and has been a hopeless believer in the humanities ever since. Austin is responsible for conceiving and producing IVY's dynamic and enriching video content. Contact Austin:
Kaitlin McKee New York Community Manager Born and raised in New York, Kaitlin graduated from Pace University with a degree in Communications. She is passionate about connecting people and building long lasting relationships. Kaitlin is a serious dog lover and dedicated bruncher. Contact Kaitlin:
Alexus Gould Chicago Community Manager As a recent grad from George Washington University in Washington, DC, Alexus earned her BBA in both Marketing and Event Management. Originally from Upstate New York, Alexus is ready to take on Chicago and the upcoming winter. When she isn't watching HBO or catching up on The Bachelor, you can find her perusing a local dog adoption website or trying to find her way to a Cubs game with IVY members on the weekend. Contact Alexus:
Mariya Valeva Finance & People Operations Senior Manager Mariya is a Smith graduate with a B.A. in Economics and a great passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. Though she was born in Bulgaria, Mariya usually describes herself as a world citizen. She has lived and studied on 3 continents, traveled to over 15 countries, and has knocked some big adventures off her bucket list. Before joining IVY, Mariya worked in management consulting, banking and consumer tech with primarily focus on the interaction of technology, creativity and finance. Contact Mariya:
Stephanie Strano Communications Coordinator Born into a military family, Stephanie was constantly on the move growing up. She holds a BS in Advertising from Virginia Commonwealth University and moved to NY to pursue her passion for event planning. Stephanie loves reading mystery novels, drinking coffee, and yoga. Contact Stephanie:
Alec Polsley Business Development Sales Associate Originally from Los Angeles, Alec moved to New York to pursue a BBA in Marketing from Hofstra University. While there, he assisted in establishing the Hofstra Center for Entrepreneurship and was a student advisor to the Executive Dean. When not working, he enjoys skiing, scuba diving and writing. Contact Alec:
Elliah Heifetz Social Media Manager Born in Philadelphia, Elliah graduated from Yale with a BA in English and a Master's Degree in Sandwich-Making. After writing for a popular music blog and working in A&R at an independent record label, Elliah is thrilled to join the IVY team as the Social Media Coordinator. It's true, kids, you CAN be on Facebook all day and pay your rent! Contact Elliah:
Amanda Morton Events Coordinator, Arts and Culture Amanda was the Events Coordinator for Interior Design Magazine and has held events and marketing positions at ABT and Alvin Ailey. She is a graduate of Salve Regina University and former dancer and choreographer for Extensions Dance Company. A native New Englander, Amanda enjoys trips back home to the Berkshires to visit Jacobs Pillow and BSO’s Tanglewood. Contact Amanda:
Erin Pierce Boston Community Manager Born and raised in New Jersey (and proud of it!), Erin is a recent graduate of Boston University where she majored in Public Relations and was a member of the Cross Country and Track teams. Erin enjoys doing yoga, reading the newest bestsellers, and if you Google image search "Hebrew National Hotdog Girl" you'll get a glimpse into her child model past. Contact Erin:
Michael Hamilton LA Community Manager Originally from a small town in central California, Michael attended Chapman University as the first person in his family to graduate from college. While in school, he studied Vocal Performance and Community & Change. Michael loves the thrill of an adventure and the beauty of a new bottle of wine. Contact Michael:
Ben Pollack New York Community Manager Born and raised in the heart of CT, Ben is an avid baller. A recent Amherst College graduate, he was the captain of the Amherst Basketball Team for 2 years, with 3 Final Fours and a National Championship under his belt. He's probably taller than you, and definitely eats more pizza than you. To this day, he still would choose Amherst over Yale. Contact Ben:
Nicole Lamberta Recruiter Nicole is a recruiter living in Hoboken, New Jersey. She studied Public Relations and Sociology at James Madison University. When she's not growing the IVY team with strong, dedicated candidates in all of our cities, she enjoys runs along the Hoboken Waterfront, trying new foods, and rocking out to 90's cover bands. Contact Nicole:
Olivia Taylor Junior Visual Designer Olivia Taylor is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator with a BFA in Communication Design from the University of Connecticut. Apart from creating exciting designs for IVY, Olivia enjoys painting murals, traveling and looking for the next best donut in New York. Now with bangs! Contact Oliva:
Daniel Lanciana Tech Lead From Melbourne, Daniel graduated with a BA in Computer Science and has been architecting and delivering web solutions for almost ten years. He founded a startup, created an open-source code framework, and even self-published a book about video games. He is an explorer at heart who is very excited to be living and working in New York. Contact Daniel:
Catherine Strauser New York Events Coordinator A native Oregonian, Catherine followed her sweet tooth to NYC after studying Communication and Business at The University of Arizona. She spends her free time exploring around her home in downtown Manhattan, often searching for the next best thing in NY’s food scene. When she’s not satisfying her cravings, you’ll find her running along the river. Contact Catherine:
Charlotte Pratt DC Events Coordinator Charlotte is the Event Coordinator for the DC chapter of IVY. Prior to IVY Charlotte grew up in San Francisco and played water polo at UCLA, graduating with a BA in Sociology and a Minor in Education. When she's not planning events or in the water she enjoys cooking, hiking, and exploring all that DC has to offer! Contact Charlotte:
Courtney Rubenstein Junior Visual Designer Courtney, a native New Yorker, received her BFA in Visual Communications from the University of Delaware. Aside from designing sweet things for IVY, she enjoys drawing, binge watching Netflix, and crying to videos of french bulldog puppies. Contact Courtney:
Fernando Moran Eserski Boston Community Manager Prior to IVY, Fernando embarked on the great challenge to start his own alternative energy company alongside one of his Professors. Fernando's personal philosophy is driven by the idea of leaving a significant footprint behind, while always seeking the greater good for our species! Contact Fernando:
Eli Bobo Content Manager Eli has a passion for sharing meaningful ideas through storytelling. He brings experience in product, content, and marketing to grow the IVY community and enhance the core learning experience. A former All American springboard diver, Eli is a 2011 graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Contact Eli:
Grant Guess SF Community Manager Just like the Bluegrass State's thoroughbreds, Grant is Kentucky-born, Kentucky-bred,Kentuckian 'til the day he's dead. A native of the great state of Kentucky, Grant moved west to attend UCLA where he studied Corporate Social Responsibility and Market Globalization. When he's not living the dream with IVY, you can find him throwing out a line at his local fishing hole. Contact Grant:
Christina Suggs DC Community Manager Born and raised in the Washington D.C. area, Christina graduated from Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Public Relations and M.A. in Digital Communication. She is a wine enthusiast, slow food advocate, and a huge D.C. sports fan! #HTTR Contact Christina:
Heather Dady DC Community Manager Heather is a D.C. native with a BA from the College of William and Mary in Art History. She previously worked in the fashion industry in New York, and moved back to her stomping grounds to join the IVY team. A self-proclaimed francophile after studying business and art in France, you can find Heather drinking strong coffee and plotting her next trip to Paris. Contact Heather:
Michelle Yoon Recruiter Born and raised Jersey girl who graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Human Resources Management. She enjoys outdoor activities, various sports, and love/wants to travel the world. Contact Michelle:
Molly Magnusen Chicago Community Manager Born and raised near Saint Louis, Molly graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Communication and Public Service & Leadership. Combining her love for people and adventure, Molly packed up and moved to Chicago to join the IVY team. She is a true lover of large dogs, large pizzas, and even larger coffees. Contact Molly:
Morgan Cavanaugh Chicago Community Manager A Native Chicagoan, Morgan took a quick hiatus from the Windy City to live in the land of pressed juice and kale (Los Angeles). There she dabbled in writing, film and television development, and antagonized her Midwest friends and family with many pictures of palm trees. Passions include: Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," well written cartoons, and the zoom feature on Snapchat. Contact Morgan:
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