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Three President's Council Members Participate in Fordham College at Rose Hill Panel Discussion

On January 27 Council members Joe Sponholz, Jim Flaherty, and Chris LeBris returned to campus to participate in a panel discussion moderated by Brennan O'Donnell, Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill entitled "Leveraging Your Fordham Liberal Arts Education in the Corporate World". For full coverage on the event, please visit the Fordham News Archive story.

Above: Father McShane expressing a light word of thanks to the event's moderator Dean O'Donnell, and the Council panelists Joe Sponholz, Jim Flaherty, and Chris LeBris. Below: More pictures from the event.

PHOTO Joe Sponholz

Ed Stroz Speaks at Cyber Security Conference

Ed Stroz, a member of the President's Council Executive Committee, spoke at Fordham recently as a part of an international conference on cyber security, co-sponsored by Fordham and the FBI.

Following a sixteen-year career as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ed founded Stroz Friedberg in 2000 and now serves as its Co-President. He has assisted clients in responding to Internet-extortions, denial of service attacks, hacks and unauthorized access, and theft of trade secrets, and has pioneered the concept of incorporating behavioral science into the methodology for addressing computer crime and abuse.

The title of Ed's address to the conference attendees was "Case Studies Of Successful Cooperation Between Law Enforcement And Private Sector Companies." Read more about the Conference in the Fordham News Archive.


President's Council Executive Committee member, Ed Stroz, GSB '79, addresses the audience at the inaugural International Conference on Cyber Security, co-sponsored by Fordham University.

Student Testimonial

“As a part of the April ’08 President’s Council HEOP Mentoring Luncheon, alumnus and President’s Council member Joseph Skrzypczak was assigned to me as my mentor. Joe has been in contact with me since then on frequent basis, and was able to help me secure interviews at both PWC and Deloitte. Recently, I received an offer from PWC. I have to say that the mentoring really works, and I feel thankful Fordham has partnered with HEOP to create such a great opportunity for students to build their careers. I really hope one day I will sit on the seat that Joe sat, allowing me to give back to Fordham and its students.”
Sadik Jakupaj GSB '09

Link to event recap and photos here.


Citigroup Veterans Are Guests of Investment Banking Honors Program

The College of Business Administration's Investment Banking Honors Program hosted a guest speaker series for the better part of the fall semester. On October 23, President's Council members and longtime Citigroup executives Chris Fitzmaurice and Jamie Viceconte enlightened and entertained the students with their wealth of knowledge in global markets accrued over their careers in investment banking, and shed light on the future of the industry from their perspectives.


Jamie Viceconte addressing the students.

Chris Fitzmaurice speaking with a student after the program, with Dean Donna Rapaccioli looking on.


Council Attorneys Share Insights With Fordham's Pre-Law Society

President's Council attorneys Jerry Crotty, President of Weichert Enterprise, Vince Cappucci, Partner of Entwistle & Cappucci, and Bill Toppeta, President for International Operations of MetLife, returned to campus on October 22 to discuss the value of a legal education with Fordham's Pre-Law Society. Sharing a career's worth of wisdom garnered both inside and outside of the field of law, the Council members offered their opinions on whether it is best for the students to go straight to law school or pursue other goals first; discussed how their Fordham education impacted their success in law school and beyond; shared the various directions their careers took after law school; and simply answered whether attending law school today is worth the investment (the answer was a resounding "yes!").


Flanked by Fordham students, moderator Jerry Crotty speaks to fellow panelist Bill Toppeta.

Panelists Vince Cappucci, Jerry Crotty, and Bill Toppeta listen to the inquiries of student participants.
Brennan O'Donnell, Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, thanking panelists, along with the President of the Pre-Law Society, Sabiha Chowdhury. Panelists Jerry Crotty and Bill Toppeta share a moment afterwards with Dean O'Donnell and Karen Ellis, the Director of Development for Fordham College Rose Hill.
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