Nicole Nahow, Susan Wright and Hermes Liang.

Nicole Nahow, Susan Wright and Hermes Liang.


Sage alumni are a great resource for students as they build professional networks and resumes. Just ask Hermes Liang ’19 and Nicole Nahow ’19, who worked closely with Susan Pagano Wright ’82 over summer 2018.

Wright’s company, Marlboro Group International, is a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council-certified construction management and general contracting firm headquartered in Manhattan, and Wright is the woman of influence behind one of The Sage Colleges Office of Career Planning’s newest partnerships. She worked with Career Planning to identify Sage students with interests and skills that correspond to opportunities at MGI, and offered internships to Liang and Nahow.

“I am passionate about creating,” said Liang, a Graphic + Media Design major who grew up in China and Mineola, New York. “I always have ideas and I think design is the best tool to record them.” She contributed to a variety of projects at MGI, including redesigns of its capabilities collateral, signage program and other marketing communications; updates to the templates that MGI uses in the course of its business; and a layout and timeline for its upcoming social media campaign.

“Susan Wright is incredibly supportive. She accepts all creative solutions without limits and she trusts my capabilities,” said Liang, adding that her Sage professors helped her step confidently from the Sage classroom to a corporate office. “Their detail-oriented instructions and high demands helped me to get prepared for the real job. We had professional training from a class called Business Practice which helped me the most at this experience.” She’s excited about the opportunities that await her after she receives her bachelor’s degree from Sage, and hopes to eventually run her own design studio.

Nahow, an Interior Design major, shadowed one of MGI’s female senior project managers on a large interiors project in midtown Manhattan’s famous Chrysler Building. She was involved with everything from paperwork, inventory and organizing architectural and construction drawing sets, to meetings with Wright, the client, architects and engineers. This face time with the project leads and her front-row seat during major installs was “super interesting and informative,” she said.

The New York City setting was another highlight for Nahow, who grew up in Newburgh, about an hour and a half away. “I always wanted to work in the city,” she said. “I finally did it and I loved it! I ate at some great places and I got to pet lots of dogs. But I would be lying if I said I didn’t get on the wrong subway a time or two.”

Nahow also enjoyed conversations with Wright about their shared Sage connection, and especially about professional goals. “She opened my mind to possibilities in the construction field,” said Nahow, who is considering an advanced degree in architecture or a certification in construction management after she receives her bachelor’s degree from Sage in 2019. “Design fosters the creative side of me. The idea of bringing a functional, interesting, safe and thoughtful interior environment to a client makes me feel like I can change the world.”

To find out more about hosting a Sage intern at your business or connecting with alumni as a Sage student, contact Director of Career Planning Carleen Pallante at [email protected].