Located in New York City, Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business is rooted in the principles of Jesuit Education.
Those principles are inherent in the school’s mission, which is “to inspire and empower positive global change, developing students into compassionate business leaders and supporting faculty and students in the generation of new knowledge.”
This fall, Gabelli School launched its “Ignite Scholars” honors program and enrolled the first cohort of students. The program selects talented students with demonstrated leadership experience and challenges and supports them to be agents for positive change in their communities, organizations, and the world at large.
“We teach our students that profit and purpose can coexist, and that when they do, great things can happen for society,” Lerzan Aksoy, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Gabelli, says.
BUSINESS WITH VALUES
The education at Gabelli School revolves around four main values: relevance, compassion, ethical decision-making, and global mindset.
Relevance is ensuring that the curriculum is continuously revised to always remain relevant to changing global trends and landscape.
Compassion means staff, administrators, faculty and students all nurture a “you and me culture” by providing support to one another, contributing positively to society, and helping others.
Ethical decision-making is one of the most important values in the Gabelli education.
“Faculty emphasize the importance of ethical decision making in all arenas of business through class lectures, case studies, as well as modeling behavior,” Aksoy says.
Lastly, having global mindset is part of Fordham’s DNA.
“Instilling a global mindset goes beyond offering study abroad opportunities and the global business major and concentration available to our students,” Aksoy says. “It permeates the curriculum. Having a globally diverse faculty body and being located in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan city influences the student experience and education inside and outside the classroom.”
In their first year, Gabelli School students all take the liberal arts core. The core includes foundational courses such as philosophy, macroeconomics, microeconomics, statistics, English composition, theology and mathematics.
“The liberal arts core provides students with a well-rounded education and gives them the tools to think critically, be good writers, and eloquent speakers,” Aksoy says.
First-year students also get introduced to business through the “Ground Floor” class.
“Essentially you’re put into teams that you’ll work with through the entire semester,” Danielle Geraci, a class of 2016 alum, explains. “The project of the semester is to put together a complete business plan from initial idea to pitch. The students use the skills they learn in their other core business classes to learn how to create the business proposal and successfully and professionally pitch it to a board.”
Sophomore year is when students begin to dive deeper into business. The focus of year two is on the integrated business core “Consulting Challenge.”
Students take the core marketing, finance, accounting, business communication, information systems, management and strategy courses. They then work in teams to apply what they’ve learned in these courses to tackle an opportunity or challenge for a company. The winning team wins the “Consulting Cup.”
Laura Wagner, a class of 2016 alum, says her most memorable experience at Gabelli School was winning the first-place award at the annual Consulting Cup.
“This experience was important to me because, not only did it challenge me to use knowledge from all the business areas I was studying, it helped me learn integral public speaking skills that I still use today,” Wagner says. “I struggled with public speaking when I was younger, and the experience helped me grow significantly. For the rest of my life I can say I did that and take pride in the work I put forward for all to see.”
Junior year is when many Gabelli School students choose to study abroad. The third-year curriculum focuses heavily on analytics courses aimed at providing deeper knowledge into the students’ chosen major or concentration.
Senior year is centered around leadership skills. Students have access to a number of hands-on leadership experiences, such as online simulations, community engaged learning and consulting projects.
LEARNING BY DOING
The Gabelli School education stresses the idea of “learning by doing.”
“Learning by doing is a common thread across the integrated core and students understand how the various disciplines work together to making a successful business,” Aksoy says.
Gabelli School prides itself in offering opportunities for students to get real, hands-on experience.
And its inherent in just how many students get to actually learn by doing. According to Aksoy, 98% of Gabelli School students hold at least one internship during their time at Fordham.
Additionally, Gabelli School students have access to a number of competitions, such as
the Georgetown University Case Competition, International Business Ethics Case Competition, Global Social Innovation Challenge, and American Marketing Association Collegiate Conference.
Stephanie Rice, a class of 2016 alum, got to pitch a marketing plan to Target executives who came to Fordham as part of a marketing class. The assignment for her group was to create an integrated marketing campaign for Target’s Back to College shopping season. Rice and her group constructed a campaign that involved social media, a socially conscious theme, and in-store promotions.
“It helped me apply the skills and marketing theories I had learned about and apply them to real life cases,” Rice, whose group won 1st place, says. “It also forced me to become very comfortable presenting my ideas to a group of people.”
According to numbers provided by Gabelli School, 94.7% of Class of 2018 grads seeking employment were employed full time by the end of September with an overall average salary of $63,777. An overwhelming majority of grads choose to stay in the Northeast region. Gabelli Schools reports that 94% of the Class of 2018 found full time employment in the Northeast region.
What Alumni Say:
“Sophomore year we were asked to do a complete evaluation of an assigned company and as a group build a business recommendation that would increase profit. This project was one of the many we did within a group setting but was a great introduction to how we should start thinking about the success of businesses and all the different functions of a company. I loved this project for the team work aspect as well as the business evaluation and solution build out process we went through, it was very reflective of the work experiences I have today.” – Class of 2016 alum
“The study abroad program through the Gabelli School of Business led me to study in London, where I cemented my passion for business and fashion. My professors and mentors at Fordham helped me along the way to tailor my degree as well as gain a better understanding of future career fields that fit with these aspirations. With this study in London, I was able to reach my full potential as a student and better plan my post-collegiate goals.” – Class of 2016 alum
“During the business program we were in what you called IP classes. IP gave us real world problems, and during the semester with all the information we were learning from our other classes, we had to find a solution for the problem in our IP class. I found this tremendously capturing and helpful. It made me see how different aspects of the business world click together, and how to properly work with different personalities.” – Class of 2016 alum
Where The Class of 2018 Went To Work:
Ernst & Young – 23
JPMorgan Chase & Co. – 21
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) – 15
KPMG LLP – 11
Barclays – 10
Citi – 9
Deloitte – 8
Morgan Stanley – 7
Bank of America Merrill Lynch – 5
Goldman Sachs – 5