THE FORDHAM UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL
New President’s Council Members Attend November Executive
Leadership Series Event
Several of our newest Council members joined
Council veterans in generously giving of their advice, direction,
and good listening ears to our young alumni and seniors in attendance
at the November 2009 Executive Leadership Series. Clockwise from
below, left: George McCartney, Mary Jane McCartney, Nora Ahern-Grose
and Ed Blount. Read
the full story.
A Primary Goal of the President’s Council Reached in the 2009 Fall Semester
President Father McShane has set a number of goals for the President’s Council including leadership support for the Founder’s Dinner and helping to attract the brightest applicants to accept Fordham’s acceptance of admission. But perhaps, nearest to Father's heart, is to increase the level of contact between Fordham's current generation of leaders — the President's Council — with Fordham's next generation of leaders — its students. This goal is attained through guest teaching a class, leading a special seminar, developing a mentoring relationship, or hosting a gathering at the Council member’s firm. In just the fall semester of 2010, fourteen President’s Council members rose to that challenge: Vince Cappucci, Mario Torsiello, Jim Fernandez, Steve Colletta, Tom Humphrey, Charlie Brown, Robert Valdes-Rodriguez, Brian MacLean, Maura McGourty-Poiesz, Ed Stroz, Don Almeida, Bob Gach, Ed O’Brien, and Joe Quinlan.
Above: President’s Council member Jim Fernandez speaking with a student attendee of his annual “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which took place at the
Tiffany & Co. New York Corporate Headquarters
on October 1, 2009.
|Council member Brian MacLean explaining |
the role of statistics and probability
in the insurance industry to the Global
Business Honors Program students.
President's Council member Steve Colletta giving
a tour to Professor Sharon Livesey’s
class of a green building project executed by his
firm Sciame Construction at Cooper Union.
President’s Council Member Frank Sciame Hosts Donor Cultivation Event
In addition to mentoring current students and young alumni,
reaching out to prospective top students, and providing leadership for the
Dinner, Father McShane asks Council members to be ambassadors of the University,
and all of its goals. That is the role Frank Sciame easily slipped into when
hosting a donor cultivation event at his home in Old Saybrook, CT. This special
place was the childhood home of Katherine Hepburn, and has been restored with
loving care by the Sciame Family. It was truly a special Fordham night for
all in attendance.
Father McShane expressing his thanks to Frank.
Father McShane addressing the evening’s guests;
in the foreground is Fiona
Sciame, FCRH ’09.
President's Council Executive Committee member Michael Davidson wrote and
signed this year's fall annual appeal letter.
here to read Michael's moving and persuasive words.
Business Leaders Discuss Corporate Ethics and Governance
The Counci's own Anne Mulcahy, Chairman of Xerox,
was a featured speaker at a conference on campus
discussing corporate ethics and goverance.
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The transformative work of the President's Council Is featured
campus bi-weekly Inside Fordham
To read about the impact of the Council's mission on future generations of Fordham leaders, please click
University Applauds 2009 President's Council Achievements
And Outgoing Chair
At a June 1 reception held at the new Bank of America Tower at Bryant Park hosted by President's Council member Michael Davidson, Father McShane thanked the President's Council for its leadership and engagement during the academic year, while recognizing both the outgoing chairman, Peter Sacripanit, and the man who will take his place, Jerry Crotty.
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Vice President Al Checcio sharing a laugh with Council members Vince Cappucci and Peter Howe.
Father McShane visiting with Council members
Betty Burns and Ed Stroz.
Father McShane chats with (from left to right) Henry Miller, Joe and Janis Skrzypczak, and Dick Bonini.
Our Council host Michael Davidson welcoming
Father McShane thanking outgoing President's
Council Chair, Peter Sacripanti.
New President's Council Chair, Jerry Crotty,
sharing his vision.
President's Council Members Serve on Panel for Executive Leadership Series
John Alberto, John Longobardi and Ed O'Brien represented the President's Council and shared their perspecitives on the topic "Marketing Yourself in a Challenging Economy" with an audience of young alumni at the spring Executive Leadership Series. For the full story, please click here.
Council Members Give Pointers to HEOP Students
On April 23, President's Council members Michael Davidson, FCRH'94, Senior Vice President, Corporate Work Place Executive at Bank of America, and John McGinley, FCRH'94, Vice President and Director of Management Services at Grubb & Ellis, spoke to a packed Freeman Hall auditorium of HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program) students at Rose Hill on the topic of "Preparing for Your First Year Out of College."
Michael and John shared with these students, who due to the
HEOP criteria come from some of the most economically disadvantaged
backgrounds, their own journey from Fordham to employment,
and the paths their careers have taken. Each reminisced
about key junctures such as a Fordham alumnus who opened a
door, a Fordham activity or class that broadened their perspective,
that played a role in their success. With humor and
sincerity, the Council volunteers dispensed both wisdom and
practical advice to these eager, inquisitive students seeking
to build their own foundations for life after Fordham, and
transition from the relatively protected world of college
to the more unpredictable business world. But armed
with a Fordham education and a Fordham experience, Michael
and John assured the students they would have a special edge
Jim Houlihan Hosts CEO Breakfast at Rose Hill
President's Council Executive Committee
member Jim Houlihan greets students after their conversation
over breakfast about the current New York commercial real
estate market. Read the full story.
February and March 2009 Marked
by Council Engagement with Students
and March of 2009, President's Council members shared career
and professional wisdom with current students both on- and
- Jim Flaherty, FCRH '69, Managing Partner of Cannon Capital,
LLP hosted a Breakfast at the Royale Automobile Club in
London with our Fordham GSB students studying abroad for
- Colleen Jones, GBA'88, Senior Vice President of Klingenstein
Fields & Co., LLC acted as a presentation coach to the NYSSA
student group at the Graduate School of Business Administration;
- Mike Delfino, GBA '72, Principal and Director of Taft
Hartley Services at Pinnacle Associates, LTD also visited
GBA as a part of the Dean's Breakfast Series, discussing
his career in finance and fiscal outlook, covering potential
and future careers.
- Bob Gach, GSB '80, Global Capital Markets - Industry Managing
Director hosted thirty GSB students in his offices for a
- Robert Valdes-Rodriguez, FCRH '86, pictured below, visited
Rose Hill as a part of Finance Day.