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SWS: Not all paths to jobs are conventional ones


by Farzana Ali (GSB ’15) You want a finance internship. Did the idea of randomly walking into Wall Street offices uninvited ever occur to you? It did to Sihien Goh (GSB ’13). He sat down with Smart Woman Securities before break to share his results, as part of SWS’s corporate…

Mary Ann Bartels, highly accomplished accidental financier


by Farzana Ali (GSB ’15) She wanted to be on Broadway: a singer, a dancer. Or maybe the owner of a spa chain. Yet she became the chief U.S. technical and market analyst in the investment strategy group at Merrill Lynch — the first female in the firm’s history to…

Finance alumnae in different roles give shared career wisdom


by Farzana Ali (GSB ’15) The year’s final Smart Woman Securities seminar featured speakers from two different divisions: finance and operations. But their perspectives were similar. Veronica Valasek (GSB ’01), a senior manager in Morgan Stanley’s institutional securities group, and Deirdre Barr (GSB ’11), a products and platform client experience…

GSB ‘intellectual entrepreneurs’ present their original work


by Farzana Ali (GSB ’15) “The university wants you to go out and be an intellectual entrepreneur.” This was among Professor Benjamin Cole’s remarks to student researchers who presented their original projects at last week’s second Gabelli Undergraduate Business Research Conference. As keynote speaker, Professor Cole compared the entrepreneurial process…

Fordham shows up strong at social-entrepreneur gathering


by Farzana Ali (GSB ’15) Among the 140 students at this month’s Shift Series social-entrepreneurship conference, which university had the largest contingent? Hint: You attend there. Yes, the Gabelli School of Business was the best-represented school at Shift, with every member of three “generations” of the Compass Fellowship at Fordham…

Faculty center positions Fordham as leader in ethical management


by Farzana Ali (GSB ’15) We are at a time when corporations are working with theologians. One of Fordham’s newest business faculty research centers, the Center for Humanistic Management, recently organized a conference in Tübingen, Germany, that brought together those two groups and others, showing that their interests are not…

Keynote speaker Caplan tells good stories, raises ethical issues


by Farzana Ali (GSB ’15) “This is a street fight. This is war.” That is what TrepCon keynote speaker John Caplan — presently the CEO of “social shopping” web site OpenSky — recalled about the competition in the 1990s between two drink companies: Arizona Iced Tea and Snapple. Back then,…

Core Bowl showcases sophomores’ creative business solutions


By Farzana Ali (GSB ‘15) With deans and students watching their every move, Jodie Chan (GSB ’16), Kaitlin Karcher (GSB ’16), David Lasco (GSB ’16), Daniel O’ Brien (GSB ’16) and Laura Wagner (GSB ’16) won the first-place prize of $1,000 after the Gabelli School’s Core Bowl on Wednesday, March…

Thinx CEO speaks about entrepreneurship


By Farzana Ali (GSB ’15) On March 12, Miki Agrawal became the first invited speaker to pass around lingerie at an on-campus talk. So why the display of undergarments? Agrawal is the founder of THINX, undergarments, a product that does social good in addition to offering a new type of…

Student Managed Investment Fund wins for third year


…participated in workshops, such as Credit Default Swaps and Options Trading, and listened to street professionals’ opinions about the state of the global economy, international monetary policies and other topics.” Abballe credits the teamwork and guidance from Professor Kelly for SMIF’s third consecutive win. Participant Farzana Ali (GSB ’15) said…

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