Sonders: Mentors meant everything


Liz Ann Sonders, left, of Charles Schwab, talks with Gabelli School of Business Dean Donna Rapaccioli during an event in Stamford, Conn.

Liz Ann Sonders, MBA ‘90, is living proof of the value of mentors.

Sonders, senior vice president and chief investment strategist for Charles Schwab and Co., has had several of the best. Speaking last week at a Fordham Wall Street Council event at the EY offices in Stamford, Connecticut, Sonders talked about the influence some of the most famous business minds of her era have had on her.

Among those whom she has counted on for advice: Martin Zwieg, a legendary financial analyst and author; Louis Rukeyser, a famed host of the television show Wall Street Week; Mario Gabelli, BS ’65, financial analyst and Fordham University benefactor; and Charles Schwab himself.

The standing-room-only audience in Stamford included Gabelli School of Business Dean Donna Rapaccioli, members of the business faculty, alumni, and students. Nicole Johnson, BS ’94, a partner at EY, offered the space to the university for the event, and was joined by Michael McSherry, BS ’78, a fellow partner at EY and a valued advisor to the Fordham Foundry business incubator.

Sonders also shared her thoughts on the state of financial markets, exhibiting a more optimistic view than many other analysts. She spoke about the market impact of oil prices and the Chinese economy, expressing the belief that these effects have been overestimated.

Kevin Mirabile, a clinical assistant professor of finance, applauded the event for its role in bringing together the past, the present, and the future of Fordham. In addition to alumni, “our students were there, as well as potential students, so it was a real Fordham community event,” he said.

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