Gabelli Plunge: A Ground Floor Experience

July 8-18, 2024 Rose Hill/Lincoln Center

3 credits

This course offers a comprehensive exploration of foundational business skills and approaches to systematically address business challenges. Through team collaboration, students will engage in two projects, one of which will focus on developing a new business idea with a detailed business plan and presentation. The course aims to instill a deep understanding of the impact of global events on business and covers key components such as accounting, marketing, operations, finance, and more. Emphasizing the Gabelli School's commitment to "business with a purpose," the course delves into ESG factors, Stakeholder Capitalism, and social responsibility, challenging students to expand their perspectives on business performance.

Skills/Learning Outcomes

On completion of this program, students will:

  • Understand key business concepts and disciplines.
  • Gain critical skills in business writing, teamwork, and problem-solving. 
  • Appreciate the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in organizations.
  • Explain Stakeholder Capitalism and ESG factors.
  • Articulate environmental influences on businesses. 
  • Perform in-depth company research and create a socially responsible new business plan.
  • Improve their ideation skills and ability to collaborate. 

Overall Takeaways

Upon completing the course, students will emerge with a holistic understanding of business fundamentals and a heightened awareness of the interconnectedness of various business components. 

The team projects, spanning company research and new business plans, not only enhance practical skills in project management, teamwork, and presentation but also instill a mindset of responsible business practices. The course aims to open students' eyes to the unique perspective and approach of social responsibility embedded in the Gabelli School's undergraduate courses, fostering compassionate and informed business leaders.

Instructor Bio

Robert Daly
Robert Daly is the Assistant Dean for the Bachelor of Science in Global Business. A professional with extensive corporate experience in leadership and education, Dean Daly serves a crucial role at the Gabelli School by emphasizing the importance of experiential learning and professional development. Consistent with Fordham's Jesuit tradition, he underscores the significance of combining academic knowledge with real-world experience for a well-rounded education.

Course Details

Gabelli Plunge: A Ground Floor Experience
July 8-18, 2024, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
3 credits
Rose Hill and Lincoln Center Campus
Instructor: Robert Daly

Course Number: CBBU 1001 LP1

CRN: 14955

Please note that this is a college course and that Fordham students may also be enrolled in this class, which will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about life at Fordham. Final projects may be due after your time on campus.



Residential: $4,450.00
Tuition for the residential program includes the course, course materials, housing, meals, and excursions in and outside of class. Move-in for this program is Sunday, July 7, 2024 and move-out is Friday, July 19, 2024 by noon.

Commuter: $3,500.00
Tuition for commuters includes the course, course materials, lunches, and excursions in and outside of class. Additional meals are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Students may wish to bring funds for incidentals, shopping at the Fordham Bookstore, souvenirs, and any personal items they wish to purchase.


Application deadlines: course and housing: April 15, 2024; course only: May 1, 2024. Please note that admission decisions are rolling until the class is full, and course caps are around 20 students. We recommend early application.

Application Requirements: this credit-bearing course is primarily for rising high school seniors with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better. Rising juniors may apply with a letter of recommendation in addition to the documents below. 

The course will be graded with letter grades, but you may opt to take the grade for pass/fail or audit by emailing [email protected] after the first class meeting. 

To apply, you will need an analytical (not creative or personal) writing sample from a class, your high school transcript, and your fall report card if the grades are not reflected on your transcript.

If you are applying for housing, a brief letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, coach, instructor, or supervisor, attesting to your maturity and responsibility as a student is required.

Please make note of the course details above because you will select your course as part of your application.


If you are not ready to apply, you can sign up to stay informed about the Fordham Summer Leaders Academy too, or email us with questions!

It's not too late! Still accepting applications for classes with open seats until May 31!