Determine your own future, Morgan Stanley exec tells students

Panelists speak during the Graduate Marketing Society's Career Day on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Panelists speak during the Graduate Marketing Society’s Career Day on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Students need to take control of the activities that will determine their future, a top Morgan Stanley executive told marketing students at Fordham University last week.

“You have to be the architect of your own career,” Mandell Crawley, MBA ’09, CMO of Morgan Stanley, told about 150 Gabelli School students gathered at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus for the Graduate Marketing Society’s September 17 career day.

Crawley started at Morgan Stanley as an intern, working to make extra money. He advised Fordham students to find industries of growth, to appreciate mentors, to be patient, and to work hard. Crawley also spoke about what he does at Morgan Stanley.

“Our brand is our people, specifically our employee-customer relationships,” he explained.

Crawley’s lecture was open to both Gabelli School of Business graduate and undergraduate students.

The career day also featured a panel moderated by Alison Munsch, an assistant director of career advising at the Gabelli School. The panelists were Vanessa Mannino, manager of talent acquisition at NBTY, Josh Gabriele, MBA ’14, assistant brand manager at Novartis Consumer Health, and Lindsay Rosen, MBA ’12, vice president of ThankYou Rewards at Citi.

Panelists were asked a series of questions having to do with their careers and their Fordham MBA education. They encouraged students to take advantage of the resources at hand, such as national conferences, study abroad, networking events, and classes that provide a well-rounded education. They also stressed the importance of cross-functionality in the workplace as a necessary factor for employees to evolve with their companies and move forward with their careers.

Victoria Cleveland, BS ’18, found the event informative.

“I thought the event provided great insight into the real world of marketing and what we, as students, should be doing now to prepare for our future careers,” Cleveland said. “The event was also a great way for undergraduate and graduate students to intermingle.”

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