On October 30, Alison Muench, Senior Director of Global Marketing and Merchandising at Ralph Lauren, spoke to 170 students about her career path and her views on entering the business world. The event was sponsored by the Marketing Club. Muench, a Fairfield Alumna, spoke about her career, which includes brand management positions with Vera Wang, L’Oreal, and Nike. Muench gave advice to students about “finding your passion” and tips for successful interviewing. Dr. Gerald Cavallo, associate professor of marketing, said, “It’s great that the Marketing Club brings such wonderful alumni back to campus to serve as an inspiration for our current students. She was terrific!” Rachel Baroody, a student, said, “Listening to Alison speak about her hard work and dedication to every company she worked for was inspiring because it showed me that hard work does indeed pay off. Her presentation influenced me greatly because at the end she gave great tips on how to be successful in the business world that has led me to be more active in communicating with companies that I have a strong desire to work with.”
The Management club hosted a panel to discuss talent management and how human resource managers lead, recruit and promote talent. Panelists included Sharon Budds, director of HR at the Bank of Ireland; Pat Nazemetz, former head of HR at Xerox Corporation; and Deb Gross, from People’s Bank and SHRM representative.
The Princeton Review has again named Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business one of the most outstanding business schools in the country.
The education services company features the Dolan School of Business and its MBA program in the new 2014 edition of its book, “The Best 295 Business Schools” (Random House/Princeton Review, 2013), which is based on the opinions of students.
The book is based on surveying business school students who rate and report on their experiences at their respective schools by answering an 80-question survey. Questions concern academics, student body and campus life, among other aspects of educational life.
In the profile of the Dolan School, editors noted that it’s no surprise students flock to the MBA program due to the institution’s “strong commitment to the Jesuit ideals of serving others.” Students praised professors, describing them as truly “dedicated and experienced professionals” who are “very knowledgeable, accessible and open-minded.” Students went on to note that faculty members “encourage students to think for themselves, even if that means challenging the professors in class.” In addition, students appreciate that the school “caters to people who work full time.”
In October, the Charles F. Dolan School of Business Advisory Council sponsored the annual “Career Night for DSB Juniors.” At this event, business leaders, mostly Fairfield alumni, meet with students in small groups to discuss how they should prepare for their careers as well as how to build effective resumes, internship opportunities, and interview skills, among other topics. Following mentor-facilitated discussions during dinner, breakout sessions organized by student majors were held, followed by an informal networking gathering. Business leader mentors participating in the event included Kevin Cannon ’80, Richard Cerrone ’76, Hugh Davis ’95, Christopher Desmarais ’93, William Greenwood ’81, P’14, ’11, Michael Garvey ’89, Philip Herr, Elaine Hughes, Jennifer Jennings ’00, Paul Lukas ’89, Margaret McLaughlin ’89, John Neal, John O’Neill ’71, P’08, Kimberly Supersano, and Kevin Walsh ’82.
Kayla Velez, an accounting student, received a $2,000 Tax Executives Institute, Inc. (TEI) scholarship as a result of her academic achievements in the field of taxation. TEI is the preeminent association of in-house business tax professionals worldwide. Velez received the scholarship at the Tax Education Day that TEI sponsored last May. During the event, attendees participated in informational sessions covering the latest in developing markets and ethics. (L-R): Kathleen Farrell, TEI President; Kayla Velez, Kathi Mettler, assistant professor of the practice of accounting; Anthony Cipriano, TEI Secretary; and Ralph Corasaniti, TEI Chapter Representative on Institute Board.
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