2017 Best & Brightest: Andrew Fogarty, Georgetown University (McDonough)

Andrew Fogarty

Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business

“Results-oriented, outgoing, enthusiastic, accommodating, personable and excited to explore new beers, bourbon and golf courses!”

Fun fact about yourself: I’ve played twenty-three of the top fifty golf courses in the United States

Hometown: Saint Louis, Missouri

High School: Saint Louis Priory School

Major: Finance, Global Business Fellow

Favorite Business Courses: Social Responsibilities of Business, Management and Organizational Behavior, anything focused on leadership!

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College:

Director of outreach at Innovo Solutions, Managing Director at the McDonough Hilltop Business Strategy Challenge, Leader for the Business School Alternative Spring Break, Peer Ambassador Captain, Global Business Experience Case Competition Winner

Where have you interned during your college career?  

  • Fall intern at Congresswoman Ann Wagner’s office in Washington DC
  • Summer intern at Missouri Property Assessed Clean Energy in Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Summer intern at Acropolis Investment Management in Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Summer investment banking analyst at RBC Capital Markets in New York, New York

Describe your dream Job: Any role where I can take advantage of the skills I will learn early in my career to accomplish important projects that improve the situation for people in the US that do not have equal access to education and nutrition.

Who is your favorite professor? Professor Ernst because he always takes an interest in getting to know his students and led our class trip to Spain!

Which executive or entrepreneur do you most admire? Jack Welsh because of his undisputed success in leading General Electric for decades, and for his great autobiography which highlights the importance of leading with vision and purpose.

What did you enjoy most about majoring in a business-related field? The constantly evolving nature of the business climate, which requires students to stay up-to-date on recent happenings.

What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business? I learned that understanding the people involved in each side of a business transaction and developing relationships is far more important than well-formatted slides or numbers on a page.

Where would you like to work after graduation? I will be an Investment Banking Analyst at the Royal Bank of Canada.

What are your long-term professional goals? Since I am fascinated by leaders and how they inspire and motivate people, I would love to work hard and place myself in a position where I am challenged to lead a large organization with an identity and purpose that resonate with me.

What advice would you give to a student looking to major in a business-related field? In a business education, it is important to apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations by taking interesting internships, challenging yourself with leadership experiences, and keeping up with current events.

“I knew I wanted to major in business when…I got to know my grandpa early in my life, who was entrepreneurial and successfully founded the largest Manufactured Housing Business in Missouri.”

“If I didn’t major in business, I would be…skiing and golfing as much as possible.”

“Before I entered business school, I wish I had known…that my peers would be hardworking and brilliant, yet willing to help with anything if I found the humility to ask.”

What was the happiest moment of your life? The day I discovered I had been accepted to Georgetown, except when my mom was so excited she jumped and landed awkwardly on her ankle, so we had to make a quick stop by the ER.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? Despite a severe illness during the second half of my second semester of college, I budgeted my time and successfully improved my grades through the semester.

What animal would you choose to represent your professional brand? Lion, because you just have to be yourself, go with confidence, and be courageous.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? My Family as well as an unbelievable series of mentors and counselors in high school and college who have kept me motivated and focused no matter the situation, especially Mrs. Sams and Dean Coburn.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? I hope they say they felt listened to attentively whenever I was around

Favorite book: The Book Thief

Favorite movie: Inception

Favorite musical performer: Matchbox Twenty

Favorite vacation spot: Charlestown, South Carolina

What are your hobbies? Hanging out with friends, anything with golf, hockey, baseball, ice skating, travel, and trying new foods

What made Andrew such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2017?

“As Andrew Fogarty’s academic dean, I have had the opportunity to work with him over the past three-and-a-half years and have observed a mature, responsible young man who has worked diligently to achieve his academic goals.  Andrew has excelled academically, majoring in Finance with a certificate in the Global Business Fellows program.  More importantly, Andrew truly embodies the Jesuit idea of “men and women for others” and is a student that enriches the Georgetown community.

Andrew is a natural leader who takes pride in the extracurricular activities he chooses.  Most of the activities he’s engaged in are centered on mentoring and service to others. For example, Andrew has led the McDonough Peer Ambassador (PA) program for the last two years. The PA Program is a mentoring program for new first year and transfer students. It helps link current McDonough undergraduates with new students to help as they transition into this new academic environment by offering them advice and support. Andrew knows that what makes the Georgetown community so strong are the people and the relationships that are built here. He wants each of his mentees to know that he is here to support them, help them succeed, and share in their joys and sometimes their sorrows.  His genuine, caring nature is what sets Andrew apart.

In my role as Assistant Dean, I serve as the director of an alternative spring break (ASB) program for McDonough School of Business sophomores. As a sophomore, Andrew and seven other McDonough students spent their spring break in Philadelphia, Pa., tutoring and mentoring students at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School (CRPHS). CRPHS is part of a nation-wide network of Catholic schools at which high school students attend school four days per week and work at a private company on the fifth day. In turn, the student’s employer pays a majority of the students’ tuition to the school.  While at the high school, Andrew and his peers reviewed basic math and English skills with the high school students, delivered presentations on how to succeed in high school and college, and mentored the students.  Andrew was one of the student leaders who was instrumental in this service experience succeeding, by helping my office with logistics, developing a video on college life for the high school students, and corralling the group through the week.  I was happy to know we had a thoughtful and mature person to help lead the group. This ASB trip allowed me to get to know Andrew even better, outside of academics, and witness his commitment to others first-hand.

Additionally, as a junior, Andrew was instrumental in leading the McDonough-Hilltop Business Strategy (MHBSC).  MHBSC is a nonprofit case consulting competition organized by Hilltop Consultants and primarily sponsored by the McDonough School of Business. The Business Strategy Challenge seeks to bring together teams from undergraduate universities from all around the world. Teams engage in a weekend-long competition during which they come up with unique and sustainable solutions to the client’s problems. Andrew was the student point person for the challenge and without his dedication and hard work, we could not have run a successful event.

Andrew Fogarty is a hard-working, exceptional young man.  I have seen him grow academically but more importantly as a person while at Georgetown.  I know he will succeed in all his future endeavors and make Georgetown and McDonough proud!”

Deborah Coburn
Assistant Dean
Undergraduate Program Office
McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University



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