Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Highlights from Recent Events

The following business-related events were sponsored by Hofstra University, the Zarb School, or another Hofstra entity.


January 2009


January 7, 2009: The Next Wave: Career Opportunities in Business


Dr. Joel Evans
Dr. Joel Evans


Dr. Joel Evans, the RMI Distinguished Professor of Business, led a discussion with economists and regional business leaders about labor market trends, the job market, and opportunities for growth.


February 2009


February 25, 2009: Executive Speaker Series – Understanding the Culture Gap Between Men and Women in Business


Erin L. Wolf
Erin Wolf (1st row; 4th from left) with Zarb graduate students

Business consultant, speaker and author Erin L. Wolf shared her personal observations and lessons learned on the cultural differences between men and women in business during a Zarb executive speaker series program on February 25, 2009. The event was sponsored by Zarb’s Graduate Business Career Services.


Ms. Wolf is founder and managing partner of SuiteTrack, a firm that helps companies improve their bottom line by tapping into the potential of their high-performing female associates in an increasingly diverse work force. With more than 20 years of experience, she has worked in the areas of strategy, business development and investment banking for nationally recognized firms such as Bain & Company, Accenture, Goldman Sachs and Salomon Brothers.


February 27, 2009: Third Annual Minority and Women Business Enterprise Awards Ceremony


Third Annual Minority and Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Awards Ceremony
Thomas Suozzi (back row; 4th from left), Nydia Velazquez (back row; 5th from left) and Dean Sodano (back row; 7th from left), among others.

Dean Salvatore F. Sodano was invited by Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi to attend the third annual Minority and Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) awards ceremony on February 27, 2009. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, chairperson, Committee on Small Business, delivered the keynote address.


March 2009


March 3, 2009: Mia Tyler – Creating the Beauty in You


Mia Tyler center with Zarb M.B.A. students Christina Brandy and Nancy Schwartz
Mia Tyler center with Zarb

M.B.A. students Christina

Brandi and Nancy Schulman


Mia Tyler, television host, actress, plus-sized model and author of Creating Myself: How I Learned That Beauty Comes in All Shapes, Sizes, and Packages, Including Me, addressed Hofstra students on March 3, 2009. She provided students with insight about creating oneself, finding self acceptance and acknowledged that an individual is always a work-in-process. The event was co-sponsored by Zarb Women in Business.


March 4, 2009: Entrepreneur Assistance Program Presents Start and Expand a Business in a Challenging Economy


A free information session about Hofstra’s Entrepreneur Assistance Program (EAP) was held on March 4, 2009. This program, sponsored by Hofstra’s Scott Skodnek Business Development Center, teaches entrepreneurs strategies to grow a business and take advantage of opportunities during the economic downturn. Since February 1991, the EAP has helped more than 1,000 entrepreneurs launch and expand their businesses through one-on-one counseling with business owners and workshops ranging from market research to financial management.


March 7, 2009: Women in Career Transition: Possibilities, Opportunities and Strategies


Barbara Church-Kattan
Barbara Church-Kattan


Barbara Church-Kattan, director of Zarb’s Graduate Business Career Services, represented the Zarb School as a partner organization for Hofstra University Continuing Education’s annual conference, “Women in Career Transition: Possibilities, Opportunities and Strategies,” on March 7, 2009. Barbara was also the moderator of the morning panel discussion, “When One Door Closes ... Taking Charge of Change.” News 12 Long Island’s Judy Martin motivated the audience as she presented the keynote address, “Personal Branding: Standing Out in a Challenging Job Market.”


March 12, 2009: Operation Downtown Seminar – How to Successfully Market in Challenging Times


How to successfully market your business in challenging times was the topic of an Operation Downtown seminar sponsored by the Scott Skodnek Business Development Center at Hofstra University on March 12, 2009. The seminar was led by Mitch Tobol, partner at CGT Marketing, LLC, and covered topics such as navigating the new marketplace, gaining a competitive advantage, using social networking to your advantage and realizing a return on investment. These free Operation Downtown seminars, which began in October 2004, address topics of interest to business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.


March 18, 2009: Executive Speaker Series – The Road From Entrepreneur to CEO – Featuring Richard Daly, CEO of Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.


Richard Daly, CEO of Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
Richard J. Daly (left) with Zarb M.B.A. students Nicholas Pedraza, Himani Sharma and Samantha Sepulveda

Entrepreneur and business leader Richard J. Daly discussed his path from entrepreneur to chief executive officer during a Zarb executive speaker series event on March 18, 2009, sponsored by Zarb’s Graduate Business Career Services.


Mr. Daly is chief executive officer of Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. and a member of the Broadridge board of directors. He is also a member of the board of trustees of New York Institute of Technology and a founding member of the board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County, Inc., where he currently serves as an honorary director.


March 25, 2009: Suzanne Martin of Google


Suzanne Martin
Suzanne Martin with Zarb M.B.A. student Jason Greenberg


On March 25, 2009, Hofstra M.B.A./M.S. Marketing Association presented Suzanne Martin, manager of North American sales, training and development at Google Inc., who discussed the diverse facets of sales and marketing at Google.



Ms. Martin, who has had 10 successful years of prior work experience in sales at Pfizer Inc, gave students a unique glimpse into the challenges ahead for Google in today’s highly dynamic and technologically savvy world. Her presentation also covered the competitive advantages that help Google achieve its mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”


March 27, 2009: Zarb School Co-Hosts Third Annual American Society for Quality Lean Six Sigma Symposium – Strategies to Achieve Successful Business Processes and Quality Improvements


Zarb’s Department of Information Technology and Quantitative Methods and The American Society for Quality (ASQ), Long Island Section, co-sponsored their third annual symposium on March 27, 2009. The symposium provided useful information on how to achieve a successful, balanced process and improve service quality using statistical methods developed by Lean Six Sigma. ASQ-certified six sigma black belts and practicing black belts shared success stories on strategies and tools used to implement LSS methodology resulting in bottom-line improvements in government, health care, process, manufacturing and service industries. Introductory remarks were made by John Affisco, Ph.D., chair of the IT/QM department and academic faculty coordinator for Zarb’s M.B.A. in quality management.


In June 2009, Dr. Affisco was honored by ASQ-LI Section for his facilitation of a strategic alliance between ASQ-LI and the Zarb School resulting in two highly successful Lean Six Sigma symposiums held at Hofstra this year.


March 31, 2009: Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Michael Dowling – “Transforming Health Care: Expectations and Reality”


Michael Dowling
Patrick Smalley, executive vice president, The Garden City Hotel; Andrew Corrado, divisional senior vice president, Nassau County,Capital One Bank; Paul Salerno, managing partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers; . Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System; President Rabinowitz; Charles Strain, managing partner, Farrell Fritz, P.C. and Richard Guardino, vice president and executive dean, Hofstra's Business Development Center

Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz and Richard Guardino, Jr., vice president for business development at the Scott Skodnek Business Development Center, presented Michael J. Dowling as keynote speaker at the distinguished lecture series breakfast. Mr. Dowling, president and CEO of North Shore-LIJ Health Systems, spoke on “Transforming Health Care: Expectations and Reality.” The distinguished lecture series breakfast is sponsored by Farrell Fritz, P.C., PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Capital One Bank, the Industrial Development Agency of the Town of Hempstead and The Garden City Hotel.


April 2009


April 1, 2009: Allen Adamson, author of Brand Digital Addresses Zarb Graduate Students


Allen Adamson
Allen Adamson


On April 1, 2009, Hofstra M.B.A./M.S. Marketing Association hosted Allen P. Adamson, the renowned author of the critically acclaimed book Brand Digital. Mr. Adamson is a marketing stalwart, who delivered an insightful presentation on how savvy marketers use digital technology to achieve smart branding. He also explained the simple ways that lead to the success of top brands in the digital world.



Mr. Adamson is currently the managing director of the New York office of Landor Associates and oversees the branding efforts of a broad spectrum of corporate and consumer brands. Some of his clients include: Kraft Foods, PepsiCo, Citibank, Pfizer, General Electric and Proctor & Gamble. He has also appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNBC and Fox Business Network.


April 15, 2009: Susan Mboya Delivers Provost’s Annual Diversity Lecture – "Diversity in Advertising: Winning With Ethnic Consumers"


Susan Mboya
Susan Mboya


Susan A. Mboya, Ph.D., founder and executive president of Zawadi Africa Educational Fund and general manager franchise of the Coca-Cola Company, delivered the Provost’s Annual Diversity Lecture on April 15, 2009. Dr. Mboya established the Zawadi Africa Educational Fund, which provides scholarships to academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in Africa to pursue higher education in the United States. Dr. Mboya has helped establish 25 full-time scholarships at universities, including Hofstra. Previously, she served as Proctor and Gamble’s marketing director. The lecture was part of Define ’09: New Challenges, New Solutions, a yearlong series of programs designed to examine the new presidential administration, its policies and initiatives, the challenges we currently face, and ways of addressing our country’s most pressing issues.


April 17, 2009: Zarb Students Visit Ramius LLC and Meet With Legendary Investment Banker Peter Cohen


Peter Cohen
Dean Sodano, Peter Cohen and Richard Gray; Peter Cohen surrounded by Zarb students


Zarb graduate and undergraduate students were guests at Ramius LLC, a privately owned, global alternative investment firm with approximately $11 billion under management. The group received a personal tour of their trading floor, followed by a meeting with Peter Cohen, a managing member of Ramius and the former president and CEO of Shearson American Express. A lively question-and-answer session followed where Mr. Cohen spoke candidly to students on all aspects of the financial service industry. The event was arranged by Richard Gray, director in the marketing and client service department at Ramius, who graduated with a B.B.A. from Hofstra University.


April 22, 2009: Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony


Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony
Dr. Anil Mathur; Dean Sodano with Dr. Elizabeth Venuti

The 41st annual induction ceremony of the Theta of New York Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honorary society, was held April 22, 2009, at the Hofstra University Club. Dean Sodano presented the Chapter Honoree Award to Dr. Anil Mathur, vice dean of the Zarb School and Brodlieb Distinguished Professor of Business and the Faculty Inductee Award to Dr. Elizabeth K. Venuti, associate professor, Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business. Zarb graduate student Kunal Swani, president of the Theta chapter, presented the 2009 student members.


April 22, 2009: Dale Carnegie Presents “How to Network” to Zarb Graduate Students


Dale Carnegie
Fran Giambanco, Don Schatz and Lisa Kellerman, associate director of Graduate Business Career Services

On April 22, 2009, Zarb graduate business students had the opportunity to improve their networking skills in a seminar run by Dale Carnegie Training of Long Island. The seminar, “How to Network Your Way to Success: Selling Yourself to Potential Employers,” was sponsored by Zarb Graduate Business Career Services and was conducted by Mrs. Fran Giambanco, director of product and trainer development, and Mr. Don Schatz, president of Dale Carnegie Training of Long Island.


April 22, 2009: Zarb School Hosts Undergraduate Student Leadership Luncheon


Undergraduate Student Leadership Luncheon
Members of the Hofstra American Marketing Association

On April 22, 2009 Dean Sodano, Vice Dean Mathur and Assistant Dean Bales recognized the leadership of the executive boards of Zarb undergraduate business organizations. Student leaders shared their thoughts on ways to strengthen the business program and were presented with new Zarb t-shirts.


April 28, 2009: Zarb Professors Present Panel to Discuss “Women in Science & Business: Beyond Career Stereotypes”


Women in Science & Business: Beyond Career Stereotypes
Professor Debra Comer; Professor Martha Weisel; Professor Elizabeth Venuti; Professor Deb Sledgianowski

As part of National Equal Pay Day, Dr. Debra Comer, professor, Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and General Business and Martha Weisel, associate professor, Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business, presented a panel discussion at Hofstra University that highlighted the experiences of women in typically male-dominated disciplines. Elizabeth Venuti, associate professor, Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business and Deb Sledgianowski, assistant professor, Department of Information Technology and Quantitative Methods, served as panelists.


April 29, 2009: Graduate Business Career Services Industry Networking Event


On April 29, 2009, Zarb Graduate Business Career Services, Zarb Corporate Social Responsibility Association and the Black and Hispanic M.B.A./M.S. Association co-sponsored an industry networking night with Hofstra alumni. Zarb graduate business students were able to network, ask career questions, gather job hunting tips, and connect for internships with currently employed Zarb alumni from diverse industries. The following alumni participated: Celerina Christy (M.B.A. ’00), Rabobank International; Tatiana Gamarra (M.B.A. ’08), National Grid; Arasu Jambukeswaran (M.B.A ’02), United Nations Population Fund; Jay Kaplan (M.B.A. ’07), Didit.com; Ashok Kirpalani (M.B.A. ’97), Captial One Bank; Gaurav Medhekar (M.B.A. ’05), OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; Eileen Nolan (M.B.A. ’88), Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union; and Ronald La Serra (M.B.A. ’77), C.P.A. and financial planner.


April 29, 2009: Bank of New York Hosts Zarb School Alumni Networking Reception


Bank of New York Hosts Zarb School Alumni Networking Reception
Alan Kelly, vice president for development and alumni affairs, Dean Sodano and Frank Zarb

The newly reorganized Zarb School of Business Alumni Association held their kick-off event on April 29, 2009. More than 100 alumni attended and had an opportunity to hear alumnus Frank Zarb (B.B.A. ’57; M.B.A. ’62) discuss his views on the current state of the economy and the importance of alumni networking to better the reputation of the School of Business. Special thanks to host Brian Ruane (M.B.A. ’96) and Bank of New York Mellon who held the event at their New York City headquarters.


April 30, 2009: Financial Management Association Alumni Appreciation Dinner


Financial Management Association Alumni Appreciation Dinner
Past presidents of Hofstra's Financial Management Association: Adrian Ciocci, Reginald Andre, Allen Azarkian and Carissa Peluso

On April 30, 2009, the Financial Management Association (FMA), in conjunction with the Zarb School and the Department of Finance, hosted an alumni appreciation dinner. A large group of finance alumni attended and enjoyed networking with former classmates and professors. Dean Sodano gave the opening remarks. Marisa Ikeka-Iyeki (B.B.A. ’09), FMA president, presented Reginald Andre (B.B.A ’04), a former FMA president, with the Outstanding Alumni Award for his tireless efforts assisting FMA students and the Zarb School. Mr. Andre is currently an associate at Goldman Sachs.


May 2009


May 4, 2009: International Financial Reporting Standards Conference


International Financial Reporting Standards Conference
Top row from left: Wayne Kolins; Andreas Rothe; Glenn Tyranski; LisabethAnn Eisen; bottom row from left: Katherine Schipper, Robert Gannon, Joel Osnoss, Peter Bridgman

On May 4, 2009, the Zarb School, through its The Merrill Lynch Center for the Study of International Financial Services and Markets, presented a conference analyzing possible adoption of and convergence with international financial reporting standards (IFRS) in the United States. The program featured distinguished speakers with experience in IFRS policy, including: Peter Bridgman, senior vice president and controller, PepsiCo. Inc.; LizabethAnn R. Eisen, partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Robert Gannon, global controller, News Corporation; Joel Osnoss, partner, global IFRS and offerings services, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Andreas Rothe, global controller, Parsons Brinckerhoff; and Glenn Tyranski, senior vice president for financial compliance, New York Stock Exchange Regulation.


The conference included a breakfast discussion on “IFRS – The Path to Conversion” with Wayne Kolins, national director of assurance and the global head of audit and accounting for BDO Seidman LLP, and a luncheon discussion on the “Academic Perspective on IFRS Progress,” by Katherine Schipper, Ph.D., Thomas F. Keller Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.


May 6, 2009: Nobel Laureate Dr. Robert F. Engle Receives Hofstra’s Presidential Medal


Dr. Robert F. Engle
Dr. Robert F. Engle


Robert F. Engle, Ph.D., the winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Economics, was awarded the Hofstra University Presidential Medal on May 6, 2009. After President Rabinowitz presented the medal, Dr. Engle spoke on “What Is Happening to Financial Market Volatility and Why,” and discussed his award-winning ARCH theory. The ceremony was co-hosted by the Zarb School, Hofstra Quants and Traders, the Global Association of Risk Professionals at Hofstra and the Hofstra Financial Management Association.


May 6, 2009: Information Technology Executive Board of Visitors Mixer


Information Technology Executive Board of Visitors Mixer
Dr. John Affisco, Alexander Pelaez, Alan Murray and David Kline

On May 6, 2009, the Zarb School’s Department of Information Technology and Quantitative Methods hosted a networking event featuring members of their executive board of visitors and their guests. The event allowed students to interact with information technology professionals and discuss career opportunities. David Kline, executive vice president and CIO, Discovery Communications, and Alan Murray, vice president of systems and resource management, Novell, were the featured speakers.


May 7, 2009: Beta Alpha Psi Spring Induction Dinner


Beta Alpha Psi Spring Induction Dinner
Beta Alpha Psi members Heather DeCarlo and Arielle Geffner


The annual spring induction dinner for Beta Alpha Psi, the national honor society for financial information professionals, was held May 7, 2009. The event was sponsored by Ernst & Young. Following remarks by Dr. Nathan Slavin, chairperson, Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business, Michael Pesce, president, Delta Pi chapter, introduced the guest speaker. Jeffrey R. Hoopes (B.B.A. '75), tax partner, chief ethics and compliance officer, Ernst & Young, addressed the audience on the current state of the accounting profession. Eighteen scholarships and awards were presented, and new student inductees were introduced.


May 27, 2009: KPMG Hosts 2009 Global Issues Forum: Managing the Risks of Doing Business Globally at Hofstra


Sir David Tweedie and Henry Keizer
Sir David Tweedie and Henry Keizer


Dean Sodano and KPMG hosted the “2009 Global Issues Forum: Managing the Risks of Doing Business Globally” on May 27, 2009, at the Hofstra University Club. The forum featured a keynote discussion between Sir David Tweedie, chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board, and Henry Keizer, global head of audit, KPMG International and vice chair of audit, KPMG LLP. In addition, a four-member panel of senior-level executives explored the many challenges companies face as they look to operate and expand globally. The panel was moderated by Mark Barnes, partner, high growth markets practice, KPMG LLP and included: Brian McNally, president, Arrow Europe, Middle East, Africa and South America, Arrow Electronics Inc.; Glenn Tyranski, senior vice president, financial compliance, NYSE Regulation, Inc.; Steven Paladino, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Henry Schein, Inc. and Daniel Henry, executive vice president and chief financial officer, American Express Company. The event was broadcast live to more than 1,500 KPMG clients around the world.


June 2009


June 4, 2009: Richard Ravitch Delivers Keynote Address at Real Estate Center Luncheon


Richard Ravitch
Richard Ravitch


Richard Ravitch, principal at Ravitch, Rice & Company LLC, delivered the keynote address at the third annual scholarship luncheon sponsored by Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies and the Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra University. The annual luncheon offers an opportunity for leaders within the real estate community and some of the most influential thinkers in economic development to dialogue about current trends in the field while raising funds to benefit scholarships for Hofstra students. Mr. Ravitch is chairman of the Commission on Metropolitan Transportation Authority Financing, the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust’s Board of Trustees and the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust’s Advisory Board.


June 11, 2009: Institute at Hofstra: Beyond the Fiscal Crisis: How to Build Partnerships and Leverage Opportunities


President Rabinowitz and Thomas DiNapoli
President Rabinowitz and

Thomas DiNapoli


The New York State Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), in partnership with Hofstra’s Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies and the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra Universitysm sponsored the OSC Local Government Leadership Institute. The Institute commenced at Hofstra University for a one-day conference on June 11, 2009, involving elected officials located on Long Island. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (B.B.A. '76) addressed the audience in the morning session. The Honorable Anthony Williams, former mayor of the District of Columbia, served as the keynote speaker. Through Mayor Williams’ keynote speech, panel discussions, and interactive case studies, the 2009 Institute focused on these topic areas: Financial and capital planning for local governments and school districts: Strategically planning for the future; Thinking regionally, acting locally: How to develop and leverage public and private partnerships to accomplish economic goals; and Municipal shared services: How do I know if entering into a shared services agreement will be cost effective?


June 18, 2009: Zarb Finance Professor Presents the Keynote Address at The Society for Financial Service Professionals


Dr. Ehsan Nikbakht
Dr. Ehsan Nikbakht


Dr. Ehsan Nikbakht, CFA, professor of finance, presented the keynote address at the annual installation dinner meeting of the Financial Service Professionals at Northport Yacht Club on June 18, 2009. The topic of his presentation was “Financial Crisis of 2007-2009 and Implications for the Future."

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