Dean's Business Scholars Program
The Dean's Business Scholars Program provides high-achieving students with enrichment opportunities designed to enhance their business education including: special panel discussions; luncheons; Undergraduate and Graduate Executive Speaker Series events; trips to local and New York City companies; engagement with the Zarb School's Executives in Residence and experiential learning projects.
For more information about the Dean's Business Scholars Program, contact Senior Associate Dean Gioia Bales.
Tel: (516) 463-5703
Buzzfeed Company Visit
Dean’s Business Scholars had the opportunity to attend a company visit to Buzzfeed headquarters in New York City. Students were able to pick the minds of Buzzfeed leaders Nick Giacone, Ad Optimization Head; Zeena Halepota, Client Services Manager; Rahul Kothari, Product Marketing Associate and Kristopher Pristillo, Learning Specialist. Through this experience, students learned about the intricacies of today’s digital age environment, and how Buzzfeed’s online strategy contributes to their overall success. Students also toured the facility while speaking to employees about Buzzfeed’s corporate culture.
Dean's Business Scholars were invited to attend a LinkedIn Workshop that would help students gain insight on how to set up and best utilize their LinkedIn profile in connecting with alumni, companies, recruiters, colleagues and friends. Students also had the opportunity to get their headshots taken professionally during this workshop.
Dean's Business Scholars Kickoff Luncheon
Dean's Business Scholars attended a kickoff luncheon at Hofstra's University Club with the dean, administration, departmental chairs, faculty and Zarb Executives in Residence. Students discussed their experiences in the program and networked with industry experts. Kathleen Stanley, Senior Vice President, City National Bank, President, Hofstra Alumni Organization and Zarb alumna gave the keynote address and shared her road to success with the scholars.
Visit to BNY Mellon Headquarters
Dean's Business Scholars visited BNY Mellon headquarters on Wall Street and had the unique opportunity to meet with industry leaders Richard Ketchum, Brian Ruane and Mark Musi. Richard Ketchum is a Sorin Distinguished Teaching Fellow and the Adjunct Professor of Finance at Hofstra University. Before that, he was the CEO of FINRA from 2009-2016, guiding the organization through one of the most difficult economic climates in our nation's history. Zarb alumnus Brian Ruane is the Chief Executive Officer of BNY Mellon's Broker Dealer Service business, the leading provider of U.S. Government Securities Clearance and Collateral Management Services whose headquarters are located in New York, NY. Mark Musi, Global Head of Compliance at BNY Mellon also spoke to students about the increasing importance of this field, especially within the financial industry. Following this discussion, students attended a reception at BNY Mellon and networked with BNY Mellon executives and Zarb alumni.
BDO Annual Distinguished Accounting Lecture Series featuring Edward Watson '89, Partner, NYCA
Students attended a reception featuring Edward Watson '89, Partner, NYCA held at Ruth Chris Steak House. Edward Watson is an adjunct professor at New York University; a partner at NYCA, a FinTech focused venture capital firm; and an advisor to several venture-backed financial technology firms. With over 30 years of executive-level financial services experience, Mr. Watson has held numerous executive-level positions in the United States and Europe. He has managed multiple disciplines and held positions including CFO, treasurer, and head of operations, technology, and general services, and has established and run a highly profitable structured products business. Mr. Watson has worked at a variety of organizations, including Citigroup and Fannie Mae. He received the 2013 Hofstra University Alumni Achievement and serves on the board of directors of Odyssey House, a not-for-profit social services agency.
Visit to Launchpad Huntington
Scholars visited Launchpad and received an birds-eye view of one of Long Island's premier business accelerators and co-working community in Huntington, Long Island. They spoke with Phil Rugile, Launchpad Director and had the opportunity to meet founders of three start-up companies. These business owners shared their experiences and lessons learned along the way as they have founded several start-ups throughout their careers. They praised Launchpad for its collaborative nature as many of the residents located at Launchpad Huntington share their expertise among each other, each learning from the other's journey to success. Launchpad Huntington also works closely with Hofstra's Center for Entrepreneurship, who host entrepreneurs-in-residence to mentor students throughout their start-up business endeavors.
Dean's Business Scholar Inaugural Cohort Graduation Luncheon
Dean's Business Scholar students gathered with faculty, administrators, and staff to celebrate the graduation of the inaugural cohort. Students also received honorary stoles commemorating their achievement.
Scholars Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House of Long Island
Dean's Business Scholars showed their compassion as they spent an evening volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. The students purchased food for the residents, and prepared a home cooked meal as they arrived back from local hospitals after a day of caring for their sick children.
Rigoberto Garza, a Zarb senior and marketing major, was thankful and eager to make a difference in his local community. "This was one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences that I have had. I will forever remember the impact we had on these families, and the smiles that we brought to their faces tonight."
Canon Company Visit
Canon Headquarters features modern amenities and a 52-acre campus. Measuring more than 500 feet long and nearly 300 feet wide, the building reflects Canon’s strong commitment to environmental sustainability. “One Canon Park” has been awarded LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. The facility stands as a model for environmental stewardship and innovation, and is the largest commercial property on Long Island to achieve this level of LEED. Students spoke to directors and managers, toured the product showroom, and also spoke one-on-one with human resource representatives.
Brown Brothers Harriman Company Visit
The Dean's Business Scholars visited the New York City Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. (BBH) offices for a special luncheon. They met with Douglas Maine, a Zarb alumnus, who is limited partner and senior advisor of BBH Capital Markets. They also met with Merit Webster, who joined BBH in 2012 and assists with BBH Capital Partners' business development. The students learned about the company's operations and predictions about future markets. They also received advice on working in the field of finance from these industry experts and were treated to a traditional executive meal at their Wall Street headquarters.
Bloomberg Headquarters Company Visit
Students visited Bloomberg Headquarters in New York City, Brooke O'Brien, Sales and Account Manager and Bloomberg LP provided a demonstration of their trading room software and equipment, which students had experience in using during their finance classes at Hofstra University's Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room. Student can also obtain their Bloomberg certification at the Zarb School. Ms. O'Brien then provided studetns with a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities, which included eclectic design, including the first curved escalator and cutting edge technology. The building promoted collaboration and included open space and several common areas, where students had the opportunity to network with Bloomberg colleagues.
The BDO Distinguished Accounting Lecture Series featuring Robert Gannon
Sponsored by BDO USA, LLP, Dean's Business Scholars visited Hendrick's Tavern for an intimate evening with Robert Gannon, BBA '82, CPA, Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller, 21st Century Fox as part of The BDO Distinguished Accounting Lecture Series. Mr. Gannon shared his career path with students, his journey at Hofstra, and how taking chances during his career excelled his opportunities within the industry.
DDB Wordlwide Company Visit
Students visited DDB Worldwide, which ranks among the world's largest and most creative advertising agency networks with 206 offices in 96 countries. Students engaged in an intimate conversation with Keith Reinhard, chairman emeritus of DDB Worldwide and Advertising Hall of Fame member. Mr.Reinhard has won more Grand Prix in the 50-year history of the International Advertising Festival in Cannes than any other agency, and has won more awards in Cannes than any other agency network. As a working creative man, Reinhard gave birth to the Hamburglar and for the creation of Omnicom. He was responsible for McDonald's "You Deserve a Break Today" and for the Big Mac tongue twister, "Two-all-beef-patties-special-sauce-lettuce-cheese-pickles-onions, on a sesame seed bun." He also penned State Farm's long-running theme, "Just Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm Is There." In 1999 Advertising Age named "You Deserve a Break Today" the best advertising jingle of the 20th century and one of the century's top-five campaigns.
Students also met with Jennifer Novak, Global Head of Creative Talent Recruiting, who stressed the importance of alumni relations and networking with industry leaders. Tyler Kirsch, Senior Copywriter, Rachel Newell, Designer, and David Reyes, Account Supervisor also spoke to students about the advertising creation process and collaborative culture at DDB. Students had the opportunity to view creative reels from DDB's portfolio and also received a tour of the agency.
Nomura Company Visit
Dean’s Business Scholars visited Nomura, an Asian based financial services group with an integrated global network spanning over 30 countries. Nomura services the needs of individuals, institutions, corporations and governments through three business divisions: retail, asset management and wholesale (global markets and investment banking). Students shared a board room lunch with analysts and senior leaders and discussed potential internship and full-time job opportunities in addition to touring the trading floor.
Nickelodeon Company Visit
Dean’s Business Scholar students recently visited Nickelodeon at Viacom headquarters and received an “insider view” to its products, services and operations. Executives from college relations, Nick Jr., The Splat and the consumer insights division spoke to students about the growth of the brand, in addition to current marketing digital measurements and trends. Students also had the opportunity to discuss internship options and network with executives throughout the company visit.
Dean’s Business Scholar Welcome Luncheon
Dean's Business Scholars began the semester with a welcome luncheon accompanied by the dean, administrators and faculty, along with Zarb Executives in Residence. The Zarb School’s Executives in Residence program maintain offices at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business and share with students their knowledge, experiences and resources. Their areas of expertise include finance, management, marketing, technology and education, among other industries. Faculty also work in partnership with these experts in organizing events, collaborating on research projects, and providing special classroom presentations for Zarb students.
Dean's Business Scholars visits NASDAQ
Dean's Business Scholars recently visited Nasdaq to attend the closing bell ceremony. They also visited the American Museum of Finance on Wall Street and attended a taping of Fast Money.
The BDO Distinguished Accounting Lecture for Dean's Business Scholars featuring Salvatore Sodano
Sponsored by BDO USA, LLP, Dean's Business Scholars visited Rothmann's Steakhouse for an intimate evening with Salvatore Sodano, BBA '78; MBA '83, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Gabelli Securities Inc. Mr. Sodano shared his career path with students, which included his previous role as Chairman and CEO of the American Stock Exchange and Vice Chairman of the National Association of Securities Dealers.
Dean's Business Scholars Visit United Nations Headquarters
Dean's Business Scholars recently visited the United Nations headquarters in New York City where they toured the facility and learned about issues facing the organization today. In addition, students attended two briefings on legal affairs and Global Compact, the United Nations initiative to promote social responsibility in business.
Dean's Scholars Program Collaborates with Nassau County Industrial Development Agency
As part of the Dean's Business Scholar program, students were actively involved in a development project in collaboration with the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. Lloyd Clarke, Business Advisor, New York State Small Business Development Center guided students in this joint project.
Douglas Maine Speaks One-on-One With Zarb Dean's Business Scholar Accounting Majors
Sponsored by BDO USA, LLP, Douglas Maine, a Hofstra alumnus and Senior Advisor at Brown Brothers Harriman (former Chief Financial Officer at IBM) spoke to Zarb Dean's Business Scholar accounting majors at a special dinner at Morton's Steakhouse. He discussed his career and what he valued most in his Hofstra education. Students had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Mr. Maine, receiving valuable advice from this industry expert.
Dean's Business Scholars and Student Leaders Visit Google Headquarters in New York City
Zarb Dean's Business Scholars, along with student leaders, visited Google headquarters in New York City. They toured the facility and discussed their careers and current online industry trends with Google employees.
Dean's Business Scholars Meet Frank G. Zarb
Dean's Business Scholar students enjoyed an intimate discussion with Frank G. Zarb who regaled them with stories of a career spent at the highest levels of Washington and Wall Street. Mr. Zarb served in multiple cabinet positions under two presidents (Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford), ran the National Association of Securities Dealers and the NASDAQ Stock Market, and was CEO and Chairman of Smith Barney. "For me, a diversity of experience was important," Mr. Zarb said. "I just found it was fun …and it really benefitted me to move around and do many different things."