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Undergraduate Executive Speaker Series

The Zarb Executive Speaker Series invited high level c-suite executives from all industries to speak to students every semester. The executives are leaders in their field and share their expertise within the industry in addition to their outlook on future developments. They also discuss the keys to success and how they climbed the corporate ladder. Following their discussion, students have the opportunity to network with these executives and build relationships within the industry.

Steven Levitt, Partner, Levitt LLP and Hofstra Alum

Steven Levitt, partner at Levitt LLP, recognized by Forbes as a top “Leader in Law”, spoke to students as part of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business’ Undergraduate Executive Speaker Series. Levitt graduated from the business school magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with highest departmental honors, and went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra Law.  He expressed to students the importance of identifying and gravitating toward people in their lives who inspire them, whether that person is a professor, a manager, or a friend. “You always have to be willing to learn,” Levitt remarked. “Some things you learn intentionally and some things you learn by accident.” Realizing individual potential by exploring one’s own strengths and weaknesses is a process that Levitt emphasized as being a huge catalyst of his own career as a successful attorney and business owner. He explained how self-confidence and persistence are the two main factors that aided him in his educational and professional careers.


Zarb Alumni Share Their Secrets to Success

Megan Markle ’14 (BBA, Marketing) Experience Manager, Lightbox

Alec Polsley ’16 (BBA, Marketing) Business Development Associate, IVY

Brian St. Hubert ’14 (BBA, Marketing) Graduate Assistant and MBA Candidate in Finance Frank G. Zarb School of Business


Sheila Haile, Chief Marketing Officer, Cohen's Fashion Optical


Kathleen M. Stanley '91, Senior Vice President and Regional Sales Manager for Capital One Bank and President, Zarb Alumni Association.


President William C. Dudley, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

President William C. Dudley, Federal Reserve Bank of New York


Stuart Diamond, Chief Financial Officer, GroupM Worldwide discussed “Building Your Brand”

Stuart Diamond, Chief Financial Officer, GroupM Worldwide discussed “Building Your Brand”


Tim Cecere, Managing Partner, Chief Talent Officer, GroupM Worldwide discusses “Building Your Brand”

Tim Cecere, Managing Partner, Chief Talent Officer, GroupM Worldwide discusses “Building Your Brand”


Linda Kaplan Thaler

Linda Kaplan Thaler, Chairman, Publicis Kaplan Thaler and Advertising Hall of Fame Member


The Role of Credit Ratings in Global Capital Markets featuring Alan Murray, Senior Vice President, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service by Hofstra University, on Flickr

Alan Murray, Senior Vice President, Financial Institutions Group, Moody's Investors Service


Howard Kravitz, Managing Director, Marketing and Sales Development, PwC

Howard Kravitz, Managing Director, Marketing and Sales Development, PwC


Zarb Undergraduate Executive Speaker Series featuring Paula H. Rolleston

Zarb Undergraduate Executive Speaker Series featuring Paula H. Rolleston, a 35-year veteran of the publishing industry, Humphry Rolleston, Senior External Relations Manager, McKinsey & Company, Francine Gingras, an accomplished public affairs executive with 30 years of key leadership experience at Fortune 50 companies, and Bret Sanford Chung, Chief Operating Officer, Siena Wealth Advisory Group discussing “Flexibility in Career Management ...Life is Not a Straight Line.”


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Richard Lewis, author of Why Hire Jennifer? and former managing director at TBWA/Chiat/Day for Absolut Vodka campaign


Sofia Blair, Partner, BDO USA, LLP discussing monitoring and auditing compliance at Zarb Compliance and a Culture of Integrity Conference

Sofia Blair, Partner, BDO USA, LLP discussing monitoring and auditing compliance at Zarb Compliance and a Culture of Integrity Conference


Jill Schlesinger

Jill Schlesinger, Editor- at Large CBSMoneywatch.com


Steven Meier

Steven Meier, EVP and CIO, global fixed income, currency and cash, State Street Global Advisors and Zarb alumnus (BBA, ’84)


Frank G. Zarb Speaks to Students 102313 -25

Frank G. Zarb (BBA ’57; MBA ’62) served in multiple cabinet positions for two presidents (Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford), and ran the National Association of Securities Dealers and the NASDAQ Stock Market.


Douglas Maine Speaks One-on-One With Zarb Dean’s Business Scholar Accounting Majors

Douglas Maine, Hofstra alumnus and Senior Advisor at Brown Brothers Harriman (former Chief Financial Officer at IBM)


David Ross

David A. Ross, Global Head of Marketing, Viteos Capital Market Services


Julio Portalatin, President and CEO, Mercer.

Julio Portalatin, President and CEO, Mercer


Ambassador Ido Aharoni

Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York