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Speed Networking Connects Students, Industry Leaders

April 26, 2016

Juniors, seniors, and MBA students in the St. John Fisher College School of Business had the opportunity to gain advice and wisdom from several alumni during the School’s first-ever Executive Speed-Networking event.

Students speak with College Board of Trustee Chairman Vic Salerno ’66, CEO, O’Connell Electric

Students speak with College Board of Trustee Chairman Vic Salerno ’66, CEO, O’Connell Electric

Held on Wednesday, April 13, the evening provided students a chance to interact with business leaders from the Rochester community in the popular “speed” format; the program offered each group of students 10-minutes of conversation and networking with seven members of the School’s Dean’s Advisory Council.

“What a terrific event,” said Dr. Ray Shady, interim dean of the School. “The Council came up with the idea as a way to have more direct impact on our business students. We had representatives from manufacturing, construction, non-profit, advertising, law, venture capital, and mobile tel-com. With such a great student turnout and board support, we will do this again in the fall.”

Throughout the event, students spoke with College Board of Trustee Chairman Vic Salerno ’66, CEO, O’Connell Electric; Sharon Napier ’81, CEO, Partners and Napier; Donna Dedee Doyle ’85, president and CEO, Holy Childhood; Dominic Ciminello, partner, Lee & Hayes, PLLC; Dan Gallagher ’80, founder and CEO, Soleo Communications; Tony Monaco ’83, CEO, Rochester Colonial; and special guest Theresa Mazzullo, CEO, Excell Partners, Inc (pictured right).

In this more intimate, non-interview setting, students were able to learn about each executive’s career path and leadership evolution, and pick up pointers on pursuing internships and finding employment after graduation. 

That same week, student members of the School's Women's Leadership Series engaged in a similar speed networking event as a part of their last session of the year. Students met with Laurie Enright, director of AP Professionals, Dan McSweeney, a career counselor with Fisher's Career Center, and Cheryl Yawman, practice director, accounting/finance and non-profit management search with Cochran, Cochran & Yale.

During the event, students learned tips for networking in informal settings including meeting for coffee and professional settings such as receptions from Enright and Yawman, while McSweeney shared advice on how to leverage social media to make connections. Attendees said the practical advice, delivered in this interactive format, made for a helpful, informative workshop.