Alumni Leaders in Business

Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on April 27, 2010

On April 8, 2010, Fairfield University welcomed back some of its esteemed and successful alumni to speak on a panel aimed at helping business students navigate their path towards successful business careers. The event took place at 4:30 p.m. in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room, and was sponsored by the Dolan School of Business Advisory Council. The alumni included:

  • Anne Black’93, Vice President of Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Kevin Walsh ’82, Managing Director of Power & Renewable Energy at General Electric
  • Jay LoVetere ’86, Principle and Managing Director of LoVetere Financial, LLC
  • Shannon Siwinski ’92, Executive Director of Short-Term Fixed Income Trading at JP Morgan
  • Kristin McMahon ’87, Chief Claims Officer of IronHealth Inc.

The alumni panel introduced themselves and shared their past and current successes. Surprisingly to many in the audience, several panel members were not business majors here at school, but ended up in business careers because of their experiences at Fairfield.

The panel members delivered their tips on getting ahead, including coming to interviews prepared and genuinely interested in the field of work at hand. They advised that job candidates should take charge during the interview and show the employer that he or she was “the one” who wanted the job the most. Fairfield students in the audience were told to conquer their fears, learn about the company, and make sure to ask for business cards to send follow-up thank you letters, demonstrating responsibility and respect.

A question and answer session followed the panelist discussion. At the end of the event, students who attended walked away armed with advice on how to get ahead in the business world, and with a greater confidence that they can succeed themselves with hard work and persistence.

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