Talking with … Greg Cooper
Interviews | Mar 08, 2019 | Gabelli Connect Admin
Each installment of “Talking with…” helps you get to know a different Gabelli School faculty member, administrator, or staff member. This week, learn more about Greg Cooper, director of executive education programs.
What is the most significant difference you’ve noticed between the Gabelli School and the other business schools at which you’ve worked?
At the Gabelli School, it feels like you’re part of a family. Our culture and the people really promote that. I’ve found other schools where I’ve been to be more transactional.
What project are you most proud of so far this year?
In executive education we are currently working on several new projects, but the most ambitious for the near future will be in July and is a three-week finance-immersion course for foreign students in New York City. It will include around 50 hours of class time at Rose Hill and visits to several financial and non-financial organizations throughout the city. Logistically this will be challenging but rewarding in so many ways.
What project are you most excited for this year?
I’m most excited for the upcoming suite of non-degree online programs that will soon be rolling out as well as the increasing interest of several international institutions to partner with the executive education division on various program initiatives.
What is the most rewarding part of your day-to-day role?
The most rewarding part is working with other parts of the school. I really enjoy the fact that my projects and programs connect with nearly every department, and I get to interact regularly with fantastic colleagues across the spectrum.
Is there an executive education program at the Gabelli School in which you would personally be interested?
We are currently planning programs on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain. I NEED to know more about all three.
What’s your favorite place you’ve traveled for the Gabelli School?
Asia—specifically China. There is no disputing this region’s importance from a global economic perspective as well as to our school. The multiple cultures are strikingly different from ours—and enjoyable to immerse oneself in—and there is so much to learn.
Favorite part about working near Columbus Circle:
Whole Foods, Jazz at Lincoln Center, transportation ease, and Central Park.
Least favorite part about working near Columbus Circle:
Tourists who walk slowly.
Do you follow March Madness? If so, what’s your pick to win it all?
I’m not a basketball fan but am a huge fan of world football or “soccer” as we call it. My favorite team is FC Barcelona. I watch all their games.
You randomly find yourself in Union Square on a weekend. What do you do next?
The organic market is pretty cool. Also, old-school style, I used to love the Coffee Shop which closed last summer—best caipirinhas in town.
Best burger in New York:
Blossom du Jour
Spring-break reading suggestion:
Anything by Jo Nesbø.