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The Gabelli School of Business celebrates the patience of graduates with master's and doctoral degrees in uncertain times.

Morgan Stanley’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Mandel Crawley, told 720 graduates of the Gaberi Business School who received their new master’s and doctoral degrees on May 24, “such uncertainties and difficulties. He urged him to be “incredibly proud” of what he had achieved at the right time. .. ”

Crawley, who received an honorary doctorate at the ceremony, recalled her experience of earning a Master of Business Administration degree from Gaberi School during another recession.

“I was in a cohort representing many of the banking institutions involved in the crisis,” said an MBA in 2009, after which he became a series of prominent senior executives at Morgan Stanley, including Chief Marketing Officer. The promoted Crawley says. Head of the company’s private wealth management business. “My classmates and I depended on each other and gained that experience together.”

Indeed, the idea of ​​building a community through a rigorous shared experience was a common theme of the ceremony and was present in almost every speech heard by the audience. Throughout the afternoon, graduates (including 20 veterans who also gave birth at the special victory bell ringing ceremony on May 20) became hundreds of friends, family, faculty, and members of the Fordham community in Edwards. I was cheered on. parade.

“Strategic persistence” and the value of the Gabelli network

Donna Rapaccioli, Ph.D., and GABELLI ’83, Dean of the Gaberi School, said that spending time together at college brings the abilities of Caroline Dalgren, director of Tiffany’s Global Consumer Insights, who graduated from Fordham University twice. He told the graduates that it helped him polish. Co. calls it “strategic permanence.”

“What do you mean? Caroline says Fordham graduates are” crap “in the best possible way,” Lapatcholi said. “I don’t expect anything to be handed over in a silver platter. Instead, you’re a success. You’re a solution finder. You know what you want — and you get there. Come up with an exciting plan for. “

Rapaccioli described Dahlgren as an ideal member of the alumni community. She helps hire many Fordham graduates at Tiffany, and when Fordham students and her graduates contact her for career advice, she always answers “yes.” Rapaccioli encouraged her graduates to do the same as active members of the Fordham Alumni Network. She has more than 200,000 people worldwide, including 40,000 Gabelli graduates.

“Say yes when they contact you for career guidance, or when they email you for help in their job hunting,” she said. “As Caroline says,’We will only succeed in building this alumni network if we all say yes.”

Graduate school in a turbulent era

Joseph M. McShane SJ, addressing graduates at the final degree award ceremony as President of Fordham University, cited the challenges he faced in obtaining his degree. , And the up-and-coming international political struggle.

“Dear friends, to be honest, your time in graduate school has never been so easy,” he said. “You have noticed that you are preparing to challenge the world and the global economy in your graduate business program. At that time, they were not seriously working together.”

He congratulates them on their hard work, even if they “may have been a little tattered along the way,” and the lessons learned as Fordham students: business specialties characterized by ability, conscience, and compassion. I advised them to never forget how to get home. A deep commitment to the cause of the human family. “

A heartfelt homage to Dean Lapatcholi

Father McShane awards Dean Donna Lapaccioli a Magis medal.

Father McShane also gave special thanks to Lapaccioli, who resigned at the end of June and returned to education and research after an amazing 15-year tenure as Dean. He surprised her with Magis Medal and made her her first her winner. This year, it was founded to honor long-time managers who have strengthened the Fordham community. Other people. “

“She has led the school with energy, vision, dedication, and affection,” said Father McShane, who led the integration of undergraduate and graduate business schools in 2015, leading Gaberi’s first PhD. He mentioned Lapaccioli, who launched and oversaw the significant increase in enrollment. Your ranking at school will go up. “In the process, she transformed it and became not only the leader and pioneer of American business education, but also the leader and pioneer of international Jesuit business education. Therefore, we are all her. I’m in debt. It’s so big that I can’t thank her enough. “

Six faculty members were also commended at the ceremony. Paul Kramer of GABELLI ’88 and Joseph Zirpolo of GABELLI ’98 each received the Dean’s Award. Miguel Alzola and John Fortunato each received the Gladys and Henry Crown Award for Faculty Excellence. Alex Markle and Iris Schneider each won the Stanley Fuchs Award. It was awarded in commemoration of the former chair of the field of law and ethics, an avid teacher and advocate of students.

Fulfillment framework

Mandel Crawley

Mandel Crawley

In his remarks, Crawley from the West Side of Chicago talked about his professional career. He has been working for Morgan Stanley for 30 years after getting a job at a company in high school.

“My journey wasn’t straight. It was a pretty detour,” he said. “As a 17-year-old intern, I ran a bond trader’s errand and earned $ 5 an hour. [and]& Nbsp worked well in different parts of the Morgan Stanley ecosystem. “

He continued to work at the municipal bond sales and trading desk in Chicago at night while attending the University of Northeastern Illinois, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics before moving to Morgan Stanley’s New York City Headquarters. He took his first managerial position in 2004, was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer in 2014, and maintained his position until taking over the company’s private wealth management business in 2017. last year.

Crawley shared two frameworks that he used to assess his professional progress. should do it Is doing.

First, he told the graduates to ask four questions and suggested that if the answer to any of them was “no”, they might consider reassessing their role. .. Am I growing up? Is there any impact? I’m happy? Meanwhile, he said that graduates should ask themselves a second broader set of questions: Am I interested in work? Is it consistent with my core function or superpower? Will I be useful?

Crawley used his love of basketball as an example of how interest does not always match his abilities. “I’m interested in games. I’m a tall guy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t wired to it. The NBA won’t contact me right away,” he joked. But he encouraged graduates to bring passion to their careers.

“What is the energy and enthusiasm you have now? Don’t lose it. It will drive you,” he said. “Channeling it through what I know will be a long and successful career for all of you.”

Today is better than yesterday

Jason Glutata

Jason Glutata

The ceremony was also attended by two student speakers, Jason Gurtata, chairman of the Student Advisory Board and a graduate of the full-time MBA program, and Aaron Martins, who holds an MS in Global Finance.

Looking back at the beginning of Gaberi’s journey, Glutata remembered meeting the cohort for the first time at Zoom.

He may not have fully understood what they were doing in the first place, but “all we did was dream of LinkedIn Premium features during the nap. So did you have any thoughts on what it means to immerse yourself deeply? ” He enjoyed being on the other side and praised his experience with Gaberi, who taught him “the most important lesson”: strive to be better today than yesterday.

When he and his classmates learned to “chase our dreams, not the dollar,” Glutata not only acquired a new family at Fordham Rams, but also learned the true meaning of success. said.

“Success is not a test score. It’s not a job at a luxury bank, investment company or media company. It’s not your salary,” he said. “It’s about who we are as individuals. We learned to participate in business with a purpose, but I recommend that each of you live a life with a purpose. increase.”

Everywhere near the end

Aaron Martins

Aaron Martins

Martins reiterated the day’s theme of penetrating the pandemic’s “undeveloped territory.”

“We have shown that whatever life throws at us adapts and overcomes,” he said. “In difficult and unknown territories, we are still focused on our goals and aspirations and are ready to keep moving forward.”

He emphasized that the ceremony was certainly not the end of the road while their Fordham education was over.

“This may be the end of the chapter, but the book isn’t over yet,” he said.