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.
From Startup to Shark Tank: Howie Busch, Founder, DudeRobe
Howie Busch, inventor of the Dude Robe, was featured on Shark Tank this past January, and joined Zarb students for a discussion about his road to success and experience within entrepreneurship. His extensive portfolio of products ranges from a variety of inventions to licensing partnerships, some of which include travel pillows, Wall Wobblers and Ugly Christmas Blankets.Watch the event here via livestream: https://livestream.com/hofstrau/zarbexec022818
Jones Lang LaSalle: How to Achieve Your Corporate Ambitions
Stan Bernard, Senior Manager, Account Technology, Jones Lang LaSalle
Paige Schiavone, Data Center Lead, Jones Lang LaSalle
Jeff Szczapa, Senior Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle
These experts shared their stories of varied career paths, and lessons learned as they climbed the professional ladder. They also discussed industry trends and future innovations while emphasizing the importance of corporate social responsibility and networking with students.
Entrepreneurship on Long Island - Meet Successful Startups from LaunchPad Huntington
Phil Rugile, Director, LaunchPad Huntington and Human Capital Strategist, eGifter
Jonathon Klein, Co-founder and President, Kantian Sciences Corporation
Marina Mentzel, Founder, urSwim
Kali Ventresca, Chief Creative Officer and Co-owner, Impish Lee
Andy Randazzo, Partner and Creative Director, OmniPoint Marketing
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.
Tim Cecere, Managing Partner, Chief Talent Officer, GroupM Worldwide discusses “Building Your Brand”
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.”
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
Steven Meier, EVP and CIO, global fixed income, currency and cash, State Street Global Advisors and Zarb alumnus (BBA, ’84)
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, Hofstra alumnus and Senior Advisor at Brown Brothers Harriman (former Chief Financial Officer at IBM)