Posts Tagged ‘Whitman School of Management’

Jazz in Troubled Times (Larry & Larry)

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

NYU’s loss was SU’s gain

Saturday, February 27th, 2016
Gisele Marcus

Gisele Marcus Leans In

Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs may have saved the best speaker for this year’s Black History Month Program for the last few days. Whitman School of Management and Harvard biz school grad Gisele Marcus was the inaugural speaker for the Sankofa Lecture Series on Friday afternoon.

In addition to giving her bio and educational journey, the Harlem-born Marcus also gave her secrets to the sauce that makes up success. Some of her ingredients include: seeing the world, networking, finding sponsors (as well as mentors), fighting against injustice and getting paid what you are worth.

She also encouraged those in attendance to find their own sankofa moments in life, she added.

Marcus’s presentation, enthusiasm and pearls of wisdom were worthy of a Power Networking breakout session, Google Talk or a City Club of Cleveland forum.

Hopefully the lecture was recorded so every incoming freshman can see it; hopefully she makes it back to campus soon to share more of her story.

The Das Effect

Friday, September 19th, 2014
SU Alum (Newhouse) and music exec, turned entrepreneur and author visited campus to speak to students on Thursday.

SU Alum (Newhouse) and music exec, turned entrepreneur and author visited campus to speak to students on Thursday.

Das set up what she calls the “College Chat Room” during her visit. The College Chat is an Oprah/Charlie Rose table-type conversation for students. She encouraged students to get and stay out of their comfort zones. She also talked about her “Strait A’s” for college success. To learn more about her program, click here.

Throwback Thursday: Networking 101

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
George Fraser at Whitman School of Management (CBT, 2005)

Growing Small Business

Saturday, May 19th, 2012
Incubate: (figurative) to plan; develop,  hatch.
Former Whitman School Program Director Mizra Tihic and entepreneur John Izzo during a program at SSIC a few years ago.

Former Whitman School Program Director Mizra Tihic speaks during a program at SSIC a few years ago.

Congratulations to the Southside Innovation Center, which was recently named incubator of the year.  The Center is a part of SU’s Whitman School of Management.

Bing Shoots for a Rebound in Motown

Thursday, April 8th, 2010
Hon. Dave Bing, Mayor of Detroit

Hon. Dave Bing, ampoule Mayor of Detroit

During the past quarter century, when you thought of Detroit, you couldn’t help but think of a crime-ridden urban wasteland thanks to film such as RoboCop, True Romance, Blue Collar, Assault on Precinct 13, 8 Mile and Grand Torino.

The Honorable Dave Bing wants to paint a new picture of Detroit. The Mayor and NBA Hall of Fame guard, who is a graduate of Syracuse University, spoke yesterday at Whitman Day. He talked about coming and playing at Syracuse and being drafted #2 overall by the Pistons. He also said he had to work during NBA off-seasons to make ends meet.

Working those summer jobs (in banking and the auto industry) turned out to be one of the best things to happen to Bing, who says in his first entrepreneurial venture he lost 1/2 of his NBA savings.

After that minor setback, Bing became a salient model for post athletic business success and has parlayed his business influence all the way to city hall (he was elected in 2009).

“I am where I am and I compete where I am,” he said.

Beyond the court and the business world, Bing hopes his Third Act will include leading an economic, political and psychological transformation for the motor city.

The New American Dream

Friday, March 19th, 2010

John Izzo

John Izzo is staying true to his roots. He is the son of an Italian immigrant and describes bittersweet memories of getting his hands dirty in the family garden as a child.

As he came of age however, his trade became engineering. But he didn’t let that work bury his dreams. These days wine is his passion.

In about a year Izzo purchased land in Cayuga County and co-founded White Barn Winery with his wife Lorraine.  They both hope to transition someday (soon) to have the winery as their full time pursuit.

In the sound clip below Izzo suggests that aspiring entrepreneurs assemble a Dream Team to help start, support and sustain their business/vision. One of his mentors is Chris Scholomiti at CJS Vineyards.

Izzo was the latest presenter for the Start-Up NY Extraordinary Speaker series held at the Southside Innovation Center (SSIC) earlier this week.

Resist Destination Disease

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Media company executive Todd Harrison, who graduated from Syracuse University in 1991, thought he made it to the pinnacle when he was on Wall Street living as a Master of the Universe.  But he says there’s a difference between “being happy” and “having fun.” Being happy has nothing to do with making a lot of money and having material possessions, he said.

Todd Harrison, founder of Minyanville

Todd Harrison, founder of Minyanville at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management

Harrison left his Wall Street position (over what he called philosophical differences) to create Minyanville (dot com), an Emmy Award-winning, animated, financial media company that he says covers the business “ABC’s to the 401ks.” He also created the humorous characters Boo the Bear and Hoofy the Bull.

Harrison encouraged those business students and others in attendance that the current unsettled economic climate is a reality, but it is also an opportunity.

Failures can help define your capacity, he said.