Alumni of the Week: Dan Kennelly ’15

DanKennelyyThe first time I walked on the Syracuse University campus as a junior in high school, I knew it was the right fit. The upbeat students and professional feel of the Whitman School of Management immediately stood out. As a recent graduate, I feel a renewed sense of Orange pride when I return to Whitman for recruiting trips.

I graduated in May 2015 with a dual degree in finance (Whitman) and public relations (the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications) and a minor in economics. While attending Syracuse University, my major changed many times as my interests grew and developed. Whitman’s core curriculum provided me a variety of fields to study and career paths to explore. By working closely with the career center at Whitman, I was able to create a plan for success.

I currently work in Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management division as part of the central “Change the Bank” team. My main responsibilities include project prioritization, regulatory oversight and controlling the wealth management budget. In addition, we build work plans to create efficiencies within the company. The Whitman School of Management taught me how to effectively work in teams and, importantly, be efficient with my time. The school’s emphasis on group work and use of real-time situations in the classroom prepared me to enter the workforce with a running start. Whitman also prepared me with business fundamentals such as how to communicate, interview and dress in a professional manner.

Whether you’re talking about the professors, the sports teams or the students, Syracuse University is a unique school. I love the network that Syracuse provides all alumni living and working in New York City. It’s always a great feeling to return to SU. I will be recruiting on the Syracuse campus for Morgan Stanley and look forward to helping students with practical advice.

Dan Kennelly
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