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CDC Team

Location and hours

Career Development Center
Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University
140 West 62nd Street, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10023

Office Hours
Mon- Fri, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Please note that the Career Development Center serves graduate business students only. Undergraduate business students at the Gabelli School’s Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses are served by the Personal and Professional Development Center.


Dennis Grant
Senior Director of the Career Development Center

Dennis Grant sets the CDC's strategic direction, manages the CDC team and oversees all initiatives related to career programming, recruiting, corporate and alumni relations and faculty and university partnerships. Prior to joining the Gabelli School of Business, Dennis spent more than 25 years in the financial services industry in senior recruiting, business leadership, and trading roles.

Career advising and programming

Kenneth Cavanagh
Director of Career Advising
Industry Focus: Information Systems, Business Analytics, Applied Statistics

Ken Cavanagh advises students who aspire to careers in information systems, business analytics, data science, and business intelligence. His advisees include students pursuing the MBA with a concentration in information systems, the MS in Information Technology, the MS in Business Analytics, or the MS in Applied Statistics and Decision-Making. Before joining the CDC, Mr. Cavanagh was a Fortune 500 IT executive in multiple industries. He is a Certified Information Security Manager and a Fordham alumnus, holding a BA from Fordham College at Rose Hill and an MSIT from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Ellen Herman
Associate Director of Career Advising
Industry Focus: Finance, Consulting, Real Estate

Ellen Herman directly advises graduate students who seek careers in finance, consulting, and real estate. This puts her in close contact with students who are pursuing the MBA with a concentration in finance, the MS in Quantitative Finance, and the MS in Global Finance. Before she joined the CDC team, she was an investment banker on Wall Street. She holds an MBA in finance and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) as well as a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the CFA Institute.

Kim Lewis-Collins
Associate Director of Career Advising
Industry Focus: Marketing, Communications and Media, Management 

Kim Lewis-Collins directly advises students who envision careers in marketing, media and communications, and general management. The students she serves are pursuing the MBA with a concentration in either marketing or management, the MS in Marketing Intelligence, the MS in Media Management, the MS in Investor Relations, or the MS in Business Analytics. Earlier in her career, she was a marketer and a business leader in various industries, including wireless communications, consumer products, travel, and financial services. Kim has an MBA in marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BFA in advertising from Syracuse University.

Employer relations

Maricel Piriz
Associate Director of Corporate Partnerships

Maricel Piriz develops and maintains the connections with employers who hire Gabelli School students. She provides a wide range of creative ways for companies, alumni, and industry leaders to connect with Fordham and get to know our students. The impact of her work is felt in a great deal of the Gabelli School’s career-development programming. Before coming to Fordham, Ms. Piriz was assistant director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School. She holds a BS in business administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and an MPA in public and nonprofit management and policy from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Manuela Rodriguez
Recruiting Manager

Manuela Rodriguez coordinates the recruiting experience at the Gabelli School on behalf of employers, from posting jobs to recruiting on campus. She also manages the CareerPath system and works directly with both students and employers to help them make the most of this resource.

CDC operations

Nathalie Quiroz
Analytics and Business Intelligence Manager

Nathalie Quiroz is the CDC’s in-house data analytics and intelligence expert. She gathers, analyzes, and provides reports on key metrics such as recruiting activity and student career outcomes.

Frank Graziano
Career Technology Manager

Frank Graziano implements and manages the technological platforms and systems used by the CDC.

Patricia Colton
Administrative Assistant

Patricia Colton is the CDC’s front line, coordinating career-development and recruiting events, sending important communications to graduate students, and providing administrative support.