A Passion for Problem Solving: Sheena Moody White ’06 ME

Sheena M. White ’06 ME
Sheena M. White ’06 ME

Who: Sheena M. White ’06 ME, MBA, Director of New Partner Development, American Express

Problem-Solver: “I enjoy challenging myself and have always loved working in the white space to solve a problem,” says White. "I knew that a degree in engineering would allow me to exercise my passion for problem-solving.” A minor in business complemented her technical skillset and positioned her on a path toward a career that combined the two.

Beginnings:

  • An internship beginning her sophomore year at Goldman Sachs
  • A full-time position as a technology business analyst with the company after graduation
  • During her four years with the company, White led several cross-divisional projects focused on:
    • Infrastructure
    • Information risk
    • Operational risk
  • Interested in transitioning to a more strategy-oriented, revenue generating role, White earned an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Today:

  • Joined American Express as a senior manager within their Strategic Planning Group where she developed innovation strategies for the firm's loyalty program
  • Worked in the Global Merchant Services division where she managed a $10 billion portfolio for the supermarket and drug store industry
  • In September 2016, White was promoted to Director of New Partner Development in which she identifies, builds and negotiates co-brand and strategic partnerships for the Consumer Services division of American Express.

Giving Back:

  • Steering committee for female leadership at American Express
  • Serves as a mentor to younger professionals
  • Co-lead of the company’s Black Employee Network
  • Serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board
  • Leadership Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts of Greater New York
  • Strives to set a positive example for other women. “It’s important that I demonstrate what it looks like to work, have a family and succeed in a male-dominated space.”

Success through Self-Awareness: “I revisit my personal goals on a quarterly basis and reflect on my strengths and weaknesses. I ask myself what I want my story to be and how I’m going to get there. From there I figure out which skills I need to develop to move forward.”