Two Isenberg finance majors served as keynote speakers at commencement events: Yaseen Gholizadeh represented his classmates at the school’s Senior Celebration, and Daniella Iannuzzi was chosen to be the UMass Amherst Undergraduate Commencement's student speaker.
A month after the debut of Isenberg’s game-changing Business Innovation Hub, impromptu interviews with undergraduates reveal unanimous appreciation for the new building and its resources. Students agree that the 70,000-square-foot addition to Isenberg offers great study and social space, and they applaud its architecture, its abundance of natural light, and its internationally diverse café.
Tony doesn’t take his success for granted. He worked hard to get where he is today. “There aren’t a lot of people that look like me in the Boston market doing the job that I have. And you know, I was told by others, ‘I don’t know that you can do this, because not many minorities are successful.’ And I put my head down a long time ago to say hey, I’m going to be the example.”
“I don’t have the stories that Jeff has,” remarked EY partner and New England recruitment leader Jason Janoff ’93. “I may be fun to listen to, but Jason is more important to you,” countered Jason’s former classmate and special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago office, Jeff Sallet ’93. With the aplomb and timing of a seasoned Saturday Night Live comedy duo, the former Isenberg classmates made an incontestable case for accounting as a professional destination. The venue was Cathy Lowry’s Introduction to Accounting class, and the students couldn’t get enough of Sallet and Janoff’s positive message.
“It isn’t working hard that gets you recognized. It’s working smart,” emphasized Victoria Vega ’88, keynote speaker at the 5th annual Women of Isenberg Annual Conference. Vega’s remarks formed the basis of a prevailing theme throughout the day-long conference, which stressed a changing landscape for women in the workplace and the importance of finding one’s own way even in challenging circumstances.
Hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the four-part Innovation Challenge continued with The Semifinal on Wednesday, February 28. In front of a panel of four judges, 12 student-led teams gave five-minute pitches describing their ventures and participated in a 10-minute Q&A session. The judges selected seven teams to advance to Innovation Challenge
Road-tested advice for women contemplating financial careers and networking opportunities with their peers and Boston area employers were highlights at Isenberg’s first Women in Finance Luncheon. Presented by State Street and coordinated by Isenberg’s MBA program and the school’s (undergraduate) Women in Business student group, the event at the UMass Club in downtown Boston attracted 51 students from Isenberg and five other area universities: Boston College, Brandeis, Northeastern, Suffolk, and Worcester Polytech.
In August, Professor Bradley Bennett began a prestigious three-month residency with KPMG’s James Marwick Professor in Residence Program. Based at KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice in Manhattan, Bennett is working with the firm’s Audit Innovation Group.
Nearly 1,000 accounting professors from 200 colleges and universities ranked Isenberg’s Department of Accounting 3rd in the Northeast and 25th in the Nation in the Public Accounting Report’s annual roster of the top 50 undergraduate accounting and master’s degree programs.
Summer C.A.M.P. in July at Isenberg? For 35 high school students, it was the easy first choice versus fun in the sun. For 19 years, the Isenberg School of Management has hosted Massachusetts high-school students predominantly from underrepresented backgrounds in an all-expenses-paid* weeklong immersion of accounting- and business-focused learning experiences. Also known as the Careers in Accounting and Management Professions program, C.A.M.P. features business-focused talks, workshops, skill-building activities, and field trips.
Recently the Chase Career Center rolled out Big Interview as its online suite for interview and career preparation resources and tutorials. “Big Interview places far greater emphasis on online interactive videos with interviewing and other career-focused activities,” notes Executive Director Nic Wegman.
In a field of 1150 teams, Isenberg undergraduate Kyle Pandiscio ’19 (Marketing) and Julia Keefe ’17 (BDIC) won first-place honors in the billboard display category in Project Yellow Light, a national advertising competition that promotes safe driving practices.
The class of 2017 is breaking philanthropy records in the Senior Gift Challenge, giving at a rate that far exceeded their goal. Isenberg is successfully tapping seniors to think about giving back while they're still on campus, increasing young alumni donations and engagement.
In late April, a team of Isenberg undergraduates excelled in the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) in Santa Monica, placing first for their 10-minute presentation, second for their 90-minute presentation, and second in the “Ethics Biathlon,” which combined a four mile run with the ethics portion of the competition.
A team of four Isenberg sophomores emerged as first-place winners in Kohl’s Invitational Case Competition. The Isenberg team—The Kohl Kids—won the contest’s $5,000 grand prize, prevailing over 222 teams in the national competition.
Accounting, Accounting, Corporate, Marketing, Students (+)
ElectroPure, a student team and developer of a water treatment/purification device for homes, schools, and other small-scale water systems, took first-place honors in the finals of the 2017 Innovation Challenge business plan competition on April 6th.