Whitman Voices


* = required field
graphic illustration of people trying on clothing virtually

Virtual Reality, Coming to Retailers Near You?

By Maya Bingaman | August 4, 2020

Imagine a world where you can try on multiple outfits without pulling a single hanger off the rack. Even better, you don’t even need to take your outfit off. This futuristic idea is becoming a reality with the surge of virtual fitting rooms, otherwise known as VFR. The technology has been growing in popularity behind the scenes of major malls and retailers, even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

headshot of Emily Fishman

From Intern to Manager, Alumna Builds Career at Unilever

By Maya Bingaman | August 3, 2020

Emily Fishman ’12 from Langhorne, Pennsylvania had her life changed by Syracuse University’s  Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Not only did she gain skills she needed to be successful working for Unilever, but she also made lifelong memories, close friends and even found her husband.  Fishman was a supply chain management major with a finance minor. She shares that the job market was tight for…

Decorative research icons

Whitman Professor Unveils Wine Futures Report Calling 2019 Bordeaux an Excellent Investment Option

By Kimmy Kimball | July 28, 2020

Researchers at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s (RPI) Lally School of Management are out with their yearly assessment of wine futures and have determined the 2019 Bordeaux vintage to be an excellent investment option. “Futures came out below their real values, meaning chateaus are selling at significantly reduced prices,” said Syracuse University’s Burak Kazaz, who along with RPI’s M. Hakan Hekimoğlu released a…

headshot of Johan Wiklund

Entrepreneurship Professor Improves SAGE Business Journal’s Impact Factor

By Kimmy Kimball | July 28, 2020

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management recognizes Johan Wiklund, Al Berg Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship, for his role in significantly improving the SAGE Journal Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice’s (ETP) 2019 Impact Factor published by Clarivate (part of the Journal Citation Reports 2020). As editor-in-chief, Wiklund has helped the ETP’s impact factor jump from 6.193 to 10.75. This places the journal in…

headshot of Irma Finocchiaro

Irma Finocchiaro: From Comptroller Student, to Director of the Program

By Maya Bingaman | July 28, 2020

Irma Finocchiaro graduated from high school in Panama in 1968. That same year, she began a lifelong career serving the country and forging relationships that have lasted a lifetime.

A graphic asking "How do we rank?"

Gartner Gives Top 25 Ranking for Whitman’s Supply Chain Management Undergraduate Program

By Kimmy Kimball | July 20, 2020

Gartner, Inc. announced that the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University is one of the top 25 in the country for its supply chain management (SCM) program, granting a #23 ranking to the undergraduate program. Gartner’s biennial North American Supply Chain University Program Survey evaluates the curricula, experiential content and public reputations of accredited, campus-based supply chain programs in the U.S. and Canada.…

headshot of Eli Seggev

Whitman’s Earliest Ph.D. Graduate Reflects on Experience Over 50 Years Later

By Maya Bingaman | July 20, 2020

Eli Seggev ’69 recalls one of his best days at Syracuse University, a story that he claims will forever be imprinted on his brain.

landscape photo of the Syracuse University campus

COVID-19 Relief and Inclusive Excellence Scholarships Support Returning Whitman Students

By Kimmy Kimball | July 16, 2020

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management has announced two new scholarship funds for returning undergraduate and graduate students. Current students must apply for either scholarship by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020. Students will be contacted within two weeks of their application. “These are challenging times for many of our students and their families and in different ways. We…

headshot of Jenna Thomas

#WhitmanWatch: Jenna Thomas ’23

By Maya Bingaman | July 15, 2020

The first time that Jenna Thomas ’23 visited Syracuse University she was moved by the potential that she knew Syracuse University held. Thomas, from Bethlehem, PA, recalls, “I wanted to go to Syracuse University ever since I first stepped foot on campus.” The enthusiasm that her tour guide brought and the beautiful campus excited her as she imagined what her college experience could be like.

July Class Notes

By Alison Kessler | July 14, 2020

We welcome announcements of new jobs, promotions, board positions, marriages and family additions. Please visit our online submission form to share your news. You can also use this form to request your copy of the Whitman biannual magazine via email rather than in print. To update your address or contact details, please visit https://securealumni.syr.edu. NEW POSITIONS AND PROMOTIONS: Rick Elfman ’76: Tucker Sales LLC, Owner Peter…

headshot of Cameron Miller

From Analytics to Academics, Management Professor Now Earning Research Awards

By Mallory Carlson | July 14, 2020

Many students may know Cameron Miller as a management professor at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, but he also spends a lot of time working on various research projects. And outside of the office, Miller enjoys spending time with his family or dedicating time to his other hobbies, like playing guitar.  “I’m not a big fan of…

empty shopping mall

Death of Malls and Changes in Retail

By Maya Bingaman | July 9, 2020

This year alone 25,000 stores are expected to close. This news surfaces as the COVID-19 pandemic slowly eases up and companies have a moment to reevaluate their circumstances. More than half of the closing stores will be accounted for in malls across the country.  Sixty percent of malls host department stores, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that when those steadfast entities…

text: Whitman Business Terms

Whitman Workbook: Essential Business Terms and Phrases

By Karley Warden | July 8, 2020

Welcome to the Whitman Workbook! This workbook serves as a source of working definitions and phrases for Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management undergraduate and graduate students. The Whitman Workbook is a collection of essential terms and phrases to understand during your time in the business school. Each week there will be new words and definitions from our…

man holding a cell phone with graphics of social media icons floating above the cellphone

How to Become an Influencer?

By Maya Bingaman | July 8, 2020

When you hear the word influencer, what image do you picture? Many of you might think of Instagram pages with young women who share flawless selfies and make up hacks. Others might picture a professional male athlete wearing name brand apparel. This is far from an overall representation of the social media influencer industry.

two people discussing a contract with a pen and paper in hand

How to Negotiate Salary

By Maya Bingaman | July 7, 2020

Whether you are applying for your first job or seeking a new one, you should always be prepared to negotiate your salary. Kara Primrose, director of career services and John Petosa ’95 JD, professor of practice, at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, lend their expertise to help professionals learn the best negotiating practices.

Esther Kim smiling in a kitchen making pasta

Refugee to Entrepreneur, Alumna Says Yes to New Opportunities

By Maya Bingaman | July 6, 2020

Esther Kim ’12, came to the United States along with her Jewish parents— their life in suitcases⁠— and their family dog.

Kim was a marketing and supply chain management double major during her undergraduate time at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

Omnichannel Supply Chain Method Reinvents Retail Distribution Centers

By Karley Warden | July 6, 2020

Rong Li, associate professor of supply chain management at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, has published research on reinventing retail supply chain and the Ship-from-Store-to-Store (SFSTS) practice.  This practice has emerged as retailers have become equipped to deliver products and services among different channels. Consumers now order products online, in-store, by phone and more, so retailers have discovered…

a living room with a desk set up, a laptop, coffee mug, notebook and phone set on to

Not Your Typical 9-5, A New Normal

By Maya Bingaman | July 2, 2020

Has the typical 9-5 workday changed for good? For many, waking up early to pack lunches and commute to work has become a thing of the past during the pandemic. Our “normal” routine of showing up to the office early, with coffee in hand, has become a distant memory after three months of working from home.

headshot of Charles Naples

#WhitmanWatch: Charlie Naples ’21

By Lindsey Godbout | July 1, 2020

As a triple-major at Syracuse University, Charlie Naples ’21 is steadfastly working towards degrees in finance and accounting at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and Spanish at the College of Arts and Sciences, while serving as a leader of several student organizations, gaining knowledge through summer internships and obtaining global experience through Syracuse University Abroad. Naples hails from Livingston, New Jersey, and attended Morristown-Beard…

A Mentor On and Off the Syracuse University Football Field

By Maya Bingaman | June 30, 2020

William’s stayed with Syracuse University after earning a master’s degree. He says, “I worked in the athletic program as an academic coordinator for five years.” Following that role, Williams held a position working in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, he joined the Martin J. Whitman School of Management staff as an academic advisor in the Whitman Undergraduate Office.