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Victor E. Salerno Award for American Enterprise

The Victor E. Salerno Award recognizes Fisher graduates for their career achievements, their involvement in both the community and the College, and their potential for even greater success as their management careers mature.

2017 Recipient

Bianca Calascibetta '13, '14 (MBA)

Since graduating summa cum laude from Fisher with a B.S. in management in 2013 and her MBA in 2014, Bianca has devoted her time to building UCO (pronounced "you-co" ) – which she aims to grow into a full-service global marketing firm. Beginning in 2015, her team produced meaningful marketing solutions to over 50 B2B and B2C organizations regionally, nationally, and internationally. Bianca co-founded the firm in March 2015 as president. Her main role is to continuously and relentlessly refine UCO's vision and develop a sustainable business model ideal for growth. She also manages brand strategy, art direction, and copywriting.

UCO was created with the intent to revolutionize the meaning of communication relative to a wandering, confused world. Its acronym stands for Universal Communication Objective. The goals of the company are to partner with innovative business, such as Tesla, Apple, and Google and collaborate with organizations like United Nations and World Economic Forum.

In March 2017, UCO officially partnered with D&C Digital as its official video and website production partner. This past January, her team traveled to Los Angeles to film academy-award winning actress Marlee Matlin for her extraordinary work and efforts to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities.

After a sales pitch Bianca gave in October 2016 on behalf of a UCO client, the United Arab Emirates government has been testing Rochester-based emergency flood lighting units in multiple police and fire stations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The opening video for the pitch was a project for which she provided all art direction and wrote the voiceover copy.

Her most gratifying experience is proving that age does not define the level of contribution one can make to Rochester's long-time legacy - or any town/city for that matter. In late 2015, UCO funded and produced a short documentary in association with the foundation called Three Lives to provide a tool for the Cystic Fibrosis community to help spread awareness of this disease. As of today, Three Lives has been requested for screening by educational facilities and various foundations nationally. In March 2017, the film received an ADDY for video production. In addition, it has been selected in five film festivals located in Rochester, Hollywood, Atlanta, as well as Sydney, Australia and Barcelona, Spain. The film was also screened in San Diego by Counsyl - an affordable DNA testing and genetic counseling company located in Silicon Valley. But beyond all this, through the power of social media alone, today UCO's film has been digitally shared and viewed in every U.S. state and has been officially viewed in over 100 countries, reaching every continent except Antarctica.

2014 Recipient

Leah George ’13 (MBA)

George graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a B.S. in Communications in 2001 and spent 12 years working in print and broadcast media in a variety of roles including reporter, photographer, producer, and anchor. During that time, she received several awards and accolades for her work, including seven National Press Photographers Association Awards.

She left the news business in 2012 for the Greater Rochester Enterprise. That same year, she enrolled in the MBA program at Fisher, earning her degree in 2013. Her role at GRE has expanded since she completed graduate school, and now includes part-time on-the-ground regional outreach for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Economic Development Growth Extension Program.

She is currently an active member of the Upstate New York District Export Council, the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones, and the Small Business Association’s Buffalo District International Trade Task Force. Additionally, she is a member of the YWCA Rochester and Monroe County Board of Directors and also serves on the organization’s Racial Justice Committee.

2013 Recipients

Richard Anderson ’01

Richard Anderson is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, where he specializes in personal, education, retirement, and estate planning, as well as long-term care insurance and investment services. He earned his bachelor of science degree in business management from Fisher in 2001, and recently received his master of science degree in financial services from American College. He has been a member of the College’s adjunct faculty since 2004.

Anderson currently serves as a Board Member for the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation, and is slated to serve as the Board Chair for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. In addition, he is a Classroom Volunteer and Development Committee Member for Junior Achievement of Rochester, and a Board Member for Abre Puertas non-profit school in Coya, Peru.

Dina Natale ’00/’06 (MBA)

Dina Natale is Manager, Talent Acquisition at Unity Health System, where she manages the recruitment and on-boarding process for all of Unity Health, which includes St. Mary’s, Park Ridge, Behavioral Health, and all surrounding living centers and physician offices. In her career she has placed candidates in information technology, sales, engineering, administration, health care, and positions as high as CFO level. She has also worked extensively in government placements in the D.C. area for security cleared professionals.

In addition, Natale has been an active part of the Rochester community by volunteering her time on several local boards. She has served as the Vice President of Major Events for the Rochester Woman’s Network, Secretary on the Executive Committee for Fisher’s Alumni Board of Directors, and just recently joined the Aquinas Institute of Rochester’s Board of Trustees where she co-chairs the HR Committee.