At the end of January, the Grade 12s welcomed alum Dr. Emel Zerrouk ‘04 back to school to conduct a self-defense workshop. It was an enlightening session and the Grade 12s learned the importance of how to stay safe and protect themselves. Emel has a doctorate in Global Environmental Studies and works as a sustainability consultant. She is also a mother to two little boys. Martial arts and self-defense have been a part of Emel’s life since she was a child. What started as a hobby, and a desire to follow in her father’s footsteps led to teaching and coaching. Primarily a Judoka (a Judo practitioner) since the age of eight, she is also a general fitness coach and a licensed personal trainer.
As part of Career-Life Connections programming, Grade 12s welcomed alum Jenna Hussein ’11 back to York House to talk about her career to date and the value of mentorship and networking. During the session, the Grade 12s also began their own mentorship journeys by signing up to the YHS Connect online networking platform exclusively for York House graduates. From there, they will engage with alums in different career fields and find a mentor as part of CLC.
Jenna Hussein ‘11 currently works for Google in San Francisco but her career path to date has led her to many exciting and diverse locations around the globe. From Nairobi in Kenya to Colombia and Mexico, Jenna is a woman on a mission to make an impact and create change. She recently completed her MBA from Stanford and her MPA from Harvard. As well as working in product strategy at Google, she runs her own executive coaching business and she also hosts the Peak Mindset podcast available on Spotify. We look forward to keeping in touch with Jenna!