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Spring 2011 Executive Leadership Series Continues the President's Council Tradition of Sharing and Exchange

Council member Roberta Garland, TMC’73, generously shared her insights to a successful career and life— and how, for her, they link directly to her Fordham education— as the keynote of the Spring 2011 Executive Leadership Series. To read the full story, click here.

Keenan Reddy

Photos of the event, capturing President's Council
members Pat Keenan, John Reddy, and our keynote Roberta, sharing their wisdom and listening attentivel.

Finance Society Invites Dan O’Brien To Address Meeting

President's Council member Dan O'Brien happily accepted the invitation of Professor James Kelly, the faculty advisor to the Finance Society, and his governing body to address the group's weekly meeting. Dan, who is Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at J.H. Whitney & Co., shared his insight into the private equity industry. The vice president of the Finance Society had this to say to Dan in a thank you note the next day:

“I sincerely appreciate your insight into the private equity market, and the details about J.H. Whitney & Co. that you provided. I found it interesting that you spoke to us about the deals that went wrong and how you have learned from them, as opposed to speaking only about successful deals; your humility is very admirable.”

Dan O'Brien Dan O'Brien and students
Dan O’Brien addressing Finance Society. Dan O’Brien pictured with members of the
Finance Society.

Council Duo Visits The Classroom

John Doscas and Greg SummersPresident's Council members John Doscas and Greg Summers, both managing partners at Chartwell Trading, LLC, impart years of accrued wisdom to Professor Nancy McCarthy's Personal Leadership Class. 

President's Council Executive Committee Member Visits Beta Alpha Psi

Mike PuglisiMike Puglisi
Mike Puglisi shared the behind-the-scenes experience of The Blackstone Group I.P.O.
with students from Beta Alpha Psi.

Mario Torsiello Participates in Economics Roundtable

Mario Torsiello

Panelists (l to r) Torsiello, Royer, Foote and Assef, and moderator Salvatore, talk economic recovery.

When will the estimated 8 million jobs lost in the recent economic recession return to the United States in a meaningful way? According to a panel of Fordham-educated economists and financial analysts, including President's Council member Mario Torsiello, likely no time soon.

The sobering predictions were part of "Growth or Stagnation After Recession in the U.S. Economy," the second economic roundtable sponsored by the University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Read the full story here.

Council Members Serve on Smart Woman’s Securities Judges’ Panel

A group of undergraduate women recently formed a Smart Woman’s Securities (SWS) chapter at Fordham. SWS, a national non-profit with chapters at elite colleges and universities across the country, seeks to instill women with the knowledge and expertise to be leaders in finance.

President’s Council members Dave Almeida and John Longobardi served as judges, along with former President’s Council member Carolyn Dolan, for the SWS final investment project presentations. The investment project is formulated with the intention to give students a practical outlet in which they can apply the skills learned throughout the Fall Educational Seminar Series. Students work in teams and go through the real-life experience of conducting research, analyzing a stock, and presenting their recommendation for a company. Their analysis and presentation includes research on industry background, market position, financial analysis, operations overview, and a variety of other details regarding the company.

When asked about the President’s Council judges panel, Angela Luongo, a founding partner of Fordham’s SWS’s chapter and its current CEO, shared, “the President’s Council members added tremendous value to our end-of-semester event. Carolyn Dolan, John Longobardi, and David Almeida used their professional expertise to evaluate the Investment Project Competition fairly; yet, most importantly, they provided instructive criticism that the participants will be able to implement in the future.”


President's Council judges look on as
students make their presentations

From left to right: Dave Almeida,
John Longobardi and Carolyn Dolan

President's Council Member Mario Gabelli Visits Rose Hill

Mario Gabelli

Mario Gabelli (GSB ’65), addresses students in Keating Auditorium on Dec. 1.

In his first presentation for the school that now bears his name, Mario Gabelli (GSB '65) delivered sobering words and visions of hope to roughly 400 Fordham business students.

The Bronx-born entrepreneur, who gave $25 million to the University in September to help globalize the undergraduate business program, told students on Dec. 1 that the United States may be on an extended economic slide. Read the full story here. Read the full story here.

President's Council Imparts Life Lessons to Recent Graduates

Michael A. Puglise

Michael A. Puglisi, GSB ’72, offers guidance to students about how to maintain their spiritual lives in the face of day-to-day responsibilities. Below are additional photos from the event..

Old and new came together on Oct. 5 at the New York Athletic Club, as members of the President's Council sat down with Fordham undergraduates and young alumni to talk about the nitty-gritty details of succeeding in work and in life. Read the full story here. Read the full story here.

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President’s Council M.D. To Co-Chair Fordham Health Sciences Advisory Council

Bob Russo, the President's Council's sole medical doctor to date, is co-chairing the new Fordham Health Sciences Advisory Council. The council was created to strengthen the academic, advisory and extracurricular programs that prepare Fordham students for careers in medicine. In addition to fundraising, the council is expected to be a source of mentors for students interested in everything from emergency medicine to public health. Read the full story here. Read the full story here.

Dr. Robert Russo

Robert D. Russo, M.D.

Joe Quinlan Commencement
2010 Alumni Marshall

Council member Joe Quinlan served as alumni marshall at commencement. Joe was celebrating the graduation of his daughter Sarah (FCRH '10) and son Brian (GSAS '10).


Executive Committee members and their guests were treated to a walking tour of lower Manhattan led by Father McShane, followed by Mass at St. Ignatius Loyola and lunch at the Columbus Citizens Foundation.

Women Leading Women

“I truly enjoyed our Women in
Leadership luncheon yesterday
and must express my gratitude for
including me. The students were
so impressive, enthusiastic and
delightfully receptive to our
comments. And polite! Hats off
for facilitating this sense of
camaraderie and ease.”

—Nora Ahern-Grose

President's Council members Mary Jane McCartney and Nora Ahern-Grose shared an intimate lunch with a dozen female students as a part of Women In Leadership Day.

President’s Council Continues to Mentor Next Generation of Fordham Leaders

Fordham University’s Executive Leadership Series adopted a new format on May 4 as members of the President’s Council, alumni and students took part in the University’s first “speed networking” event at the New York Athletic Club. Read the story.

Steve McGuinness Participates on CFA Panel Discussion at Thomson Reuters

Steve McGuinnessPresident's Council member Steve McGuinness, GSB ’82, GBA ’91, and Co-chief Operating Officer, Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs & Company, shared his perspective on International Markets on March 2 at a Fordham GSB event hosted by Bob Daleo, GSB ’72, Executive Vice Presdient & Chief Financial Officer of Thomson Reuters. Bob was a founding member of the President’s Council. The panel discussion celebrated Fordham’s week-long focus on Certified Financial Analyst. Read the full story.

Flaum Leadership Lecture Series Draws an Enthusiastic Crowd

President’s Council member Sander Flaum was host to the Flaum Leadership Lecture Series on January 26 at the Lincoln Center campus. This year's esteemed guest speaker, E. Gerald Corrigan, Ph.D. (GSAS ’65, ’71), managing director of Goldman Sachs and Co., gave an address entitled “Leadership: Making the Right Things Happen” to a packed room. Sander Flaum founded the lecture series to provide students at the Graduate School of Business Administration with opportunities to connect with notable leaders from the world of business.

from left: Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, Sander Flaum, E. Gerald Corrigan, Ph.D., and Stephen Freedman, Ph.D., senior vice president/chief academic officer.
[Photo by Chris Taggart]

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