2023 Best & Brightest Business Major: Jack Cordero, Northeastern University (D’Amore-McKim)

Jack Cordero

Northeastern University, D’Amore McKim School of Business

“I am an inquisitive individual that enjoys learning new information in nearly all environments.”

Fun fact about yourself: I developed a model in Excel to predict March Madness basketball games.

Hometown: Wayne, NJ

High School: Wayne Valley High School

Major: Business Administration – Concentrations in Finance, International Business, and Entrepreneurship

Minor: N/A

Favorite Business Course: Cultural Aspects of International Business

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College:

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
    • Working on a study analyzing sustainability trends in the international construction industry
      • Presented findings at the 2022 Frontiers in International Business Conference
      • Co-authored a poster presented as a work-in-progress contribution at the 17th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance
      • Invited as a guest speaker to Managing the Global Enterprise (MBA course)
      • Organized and co-delivered a presentation for company executives at MFS Investment Management
      • Will deliver a presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research
    • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
      • Cultural Aspects of International Business
      • International Business and Global Social Responsibility
    • Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust Scholarship
    • Dean’s List
    • Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
    • University Honors Program
    • Student Alumni Ambassador

Where have you interned during your college career? Morgan Stanley – Wealth Management Intern – Florham Park, NJ

  • MFS Investment Management – Defined Contribution Sales CO-OP – Boston, MA
  • Boston Consulting Group – Principal Investors and Private Equity CO-OP – Boston, MA
  • Boston Consulting Group – Case Team Assistant – Boston, MA

Where will you be working after graduation? Boston Consulting Group – Principal Investors and Private Equity Knowledge Analyst

Who is your favorite business professor? Dr. Alexandra Roth –In addition to having a wonderful experience as a student of Professor Roth in one of her classes, I have been working as her research and teaching assistant since the beginning of my sophomore year. This has been such a rewarding experience. She has been an amazing mentor and has included me on numerous projects that have exposed me to a wide variety of fascinating topics. Without her guidance, countless doors would not have been opened throughout my experience at Northeastern.

What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business? Regardless of how in-depth an analysis may be, diverse perspectives can help to uncover patterns that could not have previously been found.

What advice would you give to a student looking to major in a business-related field? Since the business world is ever evolving, look to study topics that you are passionate about, not simply the ones that are the most popular.

What has surprised you most about majoring in business? The diverse skillset needed to succeed in today’s business environment has surprised me while I was completing my undergraduate studies. For example, in addition to needing strong analytical skills, you must also be a strong orator than can describe complex topics in a digestible format to succeed as a business major. This surprised me because of the stereotypes associated with businesspeople as individuals with highly specialized skillsets.

Looking back over your experience, what is the one thing you’d do differently in business school and why? I wish that I would have taken greater advantage of the opportunities for international travel and studies throughout my time in business school. While options were limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, having the opportunity to embrace a new culture and learn about interesting subjects from a different perspective is an invaluable experience.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? I am most proud of having the opportunity to co-deliver a presentation on research at the 2022 Frontiers in International Business Conference. At this event, I was the only person without a PhD or currently enrolled in a PhD program to present. It was such an incredible experience to share information and learn from distinguished academics who have devoted their careers to researching business topics.

Which classmate do you most admire? Zac DeCurtis – I have known Zac since the beginning of my first year of undergraduate studies and have always admired how he has conducted himself. In addition to acting as a model student, serving in numerous leadership roles, and working in high-stakes positions across the medical field, he is extremely humble and personable. Zac has been able to manage multiple simultaneous responsibilities, while always having time for those around him. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to know him over the past few years.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? I would like to thank my parents for my success. Ever since I was young, they have always supported me in all of my endeavors, regardless of the level of ambition in these activities. Without their support, I never would have had the confidence or opportunities to pursue my passions. They taught me to be ambitious, inquisitive, and experiential. This mindset has helped to shape the person that I am; Without their support, I am confident that I would not be in the position I am in today. Furthermore, their extremely helpful advice has always steered me on the best path forward.

What are the top two items on your professional bucket list?

  • Deliver a keynote presentation
  • Complete an expatriate assignment

What are your hobbies?

Traveling, discovering new foods, watching baseball and football.

What made Jack such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2023?

“Jack Cordero stands out as one of the most dedicated, talented, creative, and highly motivated students we have ever met. He has demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and maintained an admirable level of academic rigor. His performance on co-ops and internships has been equally outstanding. He has also sought out leadership positions in clubs and campus initiatives, demonstrating leadership qualities. Lastly, he has maintained an unwavering commitment to responsible corporate management as evident in the many ESG and corporate governance projects he has worked on as a research associate and co-op student.”

-Dr. Alexandra Roth, Executive Professor

-Dr. Sheila Puffer, University Distinguished Professor

-Dr. David Wesley, Research Program Manager


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