In 2008, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business created the Sophomore Symposium, a program developed to help students successfully navigate their college career.
Continuing last year’s new format, two symposiums will be offered, one per semester. The fall symposium focused on the academic programs and co-curricular and experiential learning opportunities. The second symposium, scheduled for February 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Baron Campus Center’s Oak Room, will provide an overview of professional skills development and career preparation. The interactive discussion will cover the following topics:
* Professional Journeys – Road to Success/Career Changes/Graduate School
* Professional Skills Development
* Resume/Cover letter suggestions
* Networking Suggestions
* Interview Skills – Recommendations and Pitfalls
Assistant Dean Heather Petraglia, who is also the Director of Undergraduate Programs, said, “The Sophomore Symposia provide students with the necessary resources to successfully navigate their college career and foster professional development and offers a unique opportunity for business students to connect with experienced and recent alumni. The event was offered for the first time last year and feedback was exceptionally positive, with students noting specifically the benefits of learning from successful alum who were once in their shoes.”
This year’s panel of experts will feature a mix of DSB Advisory Council Members and alumni including:
Michael A. Cagnassola ’85
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Michael “Cag” Cagnassola is a Managing Director in the Mortgage Sales Department at Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities, and investment management firm. Goldman Sachs provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.
Cag joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 specializing in mortgage sales. Prior to Goldman Sachs he spent 10 years in the business working at PaineWebber, Kidder Peabody, and Lehman Brothers. In addition to his sales role, Cag has been active at Goldman helping to recruit recent college and graduate students.
Cag received his BA from Fairfield University in 1985 with a B.A. in economics. He chaired his 10-year Fairfield University reunion and remains an active supporter of Fairfield University and the Men’s Soccer Team.
Cag resides in Summit, NJ with his wife and three daughters.
Adrienne A. Johnson ’91
Senior Vice President
Corporate Strategy and Business Development
AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company
Adrienne Johnson is the Senior Vice President responsible for Corporate Strategy and Business Development at AXA Equitable, which oversees corporate strategic planning, new business development, business area support, and operational excellence.
Adrienne has held several leadership positions since joining AXA Equitable in 1999, including Vice President and Chief of Staff in the Office of the CEO, and Vice President in the Marketing and Product Development. Prior to AXA, Adrienne was with Enterprise IG, AIG Trading Group, Inc., Morgan Stanley, and Shearson Lehman Brothers.
Adrienne received her B.S. from Fairfield University in marketing and her MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Since 2009, Adrienne has been an active member on the Fairfield Awards Dinner Committee, helping to raise funds for the University’s Multicultural Scholarship Fund. She also currently serves on the Fairfield University Dolan School of Business Advisory Council.
Adrienne resides in Manhattan with her two sons.
Katherine Lucca ’07
Katherine Lucca is a CPA and Internal Auditor at Quorum Federal Credit Union in Purchase, NY.
Katherine began her career at Deloitte & Touche in 2006 as an audit intern. In 2008, Katherine began working at Deloitte in Boston, Mass. as an Audit Assistant. After working in Boston for two years, Katherine was promoted to Audit Senior and transferred to the Stamford, Conn. office of Deloitte.
Katherine graduated from Fairfield University in 2007 with a B.S. degree in accounting and management and then in 2008 with a M.S. in Accounting. Katherine currently resides in Stamford, Conn.
Joseph “Joey” LaCroix is a 2008 graduate of the Dolan School of Business with a degree in marketing. During his time at Fairfield University, he served on the Dean’s Student Advisory Roundtable, traveled to Kentucky and New Orleans on service trips, and studied and interned in Beijing, China. Joey also interned for Island Def Jam Records in New York City while a senior, and worked at the Center for Faith & Pubic Life.
Originally from Norwell, Mass., Joey moved to South Beach, Fla. upon graduation and worked at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, which was named “Agency of the Year” by AdAge, AdWeek and Creativity magazine during his time there. Joey moved to New York in 2009 where he has worked at Ogilvy, Omnicom’s PHD, and most recently, TargetCast. His media planning projects span several brands, including Burger King, Domino’s, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Hyatt and AMC Network.
Alison MacNeill ’10
Alison MacNeill graduated in 2010 with degrees in finance and management with a minor in marketing. Searching for something unique, her first job was for Bob Cohen’s NYS Senate campaign, where she was the campaign’s Finance Director. An overview of her accomplishments while working on the campaign include the daily management of the campaign budget with the campaign manager, raising over $7.5 Million for the campaign in 4 months, and being the contact for the donors and all fundraising initiatives. Following the campaign, she searched for the next step in her career and found herself in the pharmaceutical advertising industry. In her second role with her current company, Cline Davis & Mann (CDM), she works in Media Planning for the majority of Pfizer’s HCP marketing the highlights for which include in-depth strategizing, market analysis, client and media partner interactions, and exceptional presentation skills that are essential to executing a successful media plan.
William Monts de Oco ’10
William Monts de Oco, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico is a 2010 graduate of Fairfield and received degrees in finance and marketing. While a student, he was involved in the Student Managed Investment Fund, Alpha Mu Gamma, and the Dean’s Student Advisory Roundtable.
William currently works for Goldman Sachs in their Funding Controllers group where he specializes in financial reporting and spending limits of the firm’s Securities division. He resides in the East Village in Manhattan. During his time at Fairfield he interned with Hilton International and Goldman Sachs.
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