Mandy Yeung

Columbia Business School, Class of 2018


New York, NY


(917) 578-8049




I enjoy figuring things out, solving problems, and learning new skills

I'm a 2nd year MBA student with a background in construction project management in New York City. I came to business school because I believe in the importance and value of a great manager for any team, in any organization. I wanted to build upon my fundamental business skills of problem solving, project management, and connecting the dots by layering in leadership development and other soft skills to pursue this career path. My ultimate dream job puts me in a position of making people's lives easier, be it my clients' lives, my team members', my employees', or, ideally, the lives of all of the above. I excel at seeing the big picture and spearheading proactive risk management. I despise wasting time and wasting people's efforts and energy. My goal this year to seek out a company and position to which I can contribute to, as part of a team of smart people working together to solve problems that matter.

In the next couple of months, I'm looking forward to giving back to my community at school, planning trips to San Francisco and Hong Kong and Shanghai for the Real Estate Association, organizing Women's Week for Columbia Women in Business (CWiB), advising 1st years on career development as a CMC Career Fellow, and serving as the Academic Rep for my Cluster. I'm also excited for some upcoming trips - Los Angeles, Chicago, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo before the year ends!

Chinese Name

Chosen for me by my late Grandfather
My Family name
Meaning "wisdom, intellect"
Meaning "quick, clever, sharp"

Yáng zhì mǐn (Mandarin)
Joeng4 zi3 man5 (Cantonese)


Learning by Doing
Summer 2017

DDG Partners

Summer Associate, Real Estate Development

New York, NY
Ownership of and project management for five active sites valued at $645MM in various stages of the development process

• Updated financial models to fine-tune assumptions and account for revised schedules, costs, cash flows, and programming
• Developed building programming strategies based on in-depth market research and comparable projects analysis
• Evaluated performance of $1.1B worth of projects since company inception, identifying firm’s strengths and weaknesses and trends in project execution to spotlight areas of improvement for the company’s next stage of growth and evolution

2011 – 2016

Turner Construction

Change Management Engineer (2016)

New York, NY
Project management for a ground-up construction, $200MM, 45-story luxury residential rental building

• Negotiated over $3MM MEP subcontractor change orders to achieve overall cost savings of 20%
• Finalized project GMP contract to include accurate accounting of holds, allowances, and change orders
• Led project controls setup to help establish project standards, managing a team of 2 on development of the project manual, contract items list, software procedures, document control logs, and team responsibility matrix
• Redesigned approval letter and change order logs, linking financial cost data to improve accuracy and minimize redundancy

Purchasing Agent (2015-2016)

New York, NY
Interim position in between project assignments to gain bidding, negotiating, and awarding subcontractor work experience

• Performed financial and budget analysis for project bids, reviewing hard and soft costs and estimates from subcontractors
• Ensured comprehensive buyout of trades through scope leveling and conducting bidder interviews
• Created the purchasing department’s “E-manual” – a one-stop intranet dashboard providing latest forms, documents, regulations, and procedures to streamline processes, designed to be the missing manual for new hires

Assistant Project Engineer (2011-2015)

New York, NY
Full-cycle project experience from preconstruction to closeout on new $750MM, 750,000SF, 2-campus training facility

• Initiated, developed, and facilitated implementation of a change order management database to track added costs, replacing inefficient Excel logs to improve cycle time from 6 days to 4 hours per change order for 1,500+ changes
• Oversaw cross-disciplinary (Turner, architect, and owner) team of 6 to complete project’s green building certification, achieving LEED Gold standard, 2 levels above contractual target
• Spearheaded rollout and implementation of project’s document management software, overseeing a team of 3 to establish process controls and provide training for teammates
• Managed $84MM worth of interiors trades; in charge of schedule, budget, cashflow, submittals, RFIs, coordination, and monthly requisitions


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss
2016 – 2018 (Expected)

Columbia Business School

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

New York, NY

• GMAT: 760 (99 percentile)
• Leadership: Real Estate Association – VP of Trips, Columbia Women in Business – VP of Women’s Week, Career Fellow
• Member: Technology Business Group, Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization, Financial Education Society, Hermes Society
• Honors: Columbia Fellow, Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow, WX NY Women Executives in Real Estate Summer Scholar


Flatiron School

NYC Web Development Fellow

Brooklyn, NY

Stack/Skills: Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, Javascript, PostgreSQL, Heroku; Mobile-first Design; Agile Software Development
• One of 12 Flatiron women selected to participate in the Fog Creek Software Mentorship Program

2007 – 2010

University of Southern California (USC)

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Los Angeles, CA

Study Abroad: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Spring 2009
• Sophomore transfer student from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art


"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." - Michael Jordan

PREA-Toigo Scholarship Award 2017

Awarded by the Pension Real Estate Association and the Robert A. Toigo Foundation

Summer Internship Grant 2017

Awarded by the New York Women Executives in Real Estate

Columbia Fellow 2016

Selected by Columbia Business School as one of a handful of entering students who demonstrated the greatest potential to lead the world's enterprises.


“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.”
– Caskie Stinnett

Additional Information

Beyond what I do and what I've done


LEED AP BD+C, Engineer-in-Training (EIT)


Board Work

Board Director and Secretary for the Continental Housing Cooperative in Elmhurst, Queens



Cantonese (Native), Mandarin (Limited working proficiency, currently studying)



Health & fitness, web development, personal financial literacy, travel hacking & clever layovers, making life easier