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Whitman Hosts 67th Annual Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program

By Kerri Howell | October 14, 2016

BASF honored with Salzberg Medallion The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University’s H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management hosted its annual Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program Oct. 13, at the Whitman School’s Lender Auditorium. Established in 1949, the annual Salzberg event is a central component of Whitman’s Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management, which is consistently recognized among the best in the country by…


Workshop Focuses on Entrepreneurship and Mental Health

By Kerri Howell | October 11, 2016

The entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises department held a workshop Oct. 7-8, to discuss papers that have been accepted for an Academy of Management Perspectives special issue titled, “Entrepreneurship and Mental Health.” Participants included clinical psychologists, as well as leading management and economics scholars from around the world with a specific interest in the topic area. “The AMP is a highly-regarded…

Unemployment and the Effects of the Minimum Wage

By Corey McKeon | October 10, 2016

By  Syracuse Staff With the “Fight for $15” making headlines, opinions abound about whether raising the federal minimum wage will have a positive or negative effect on unemployment rates. Advocates of an increase cite the impossible task of making ends meet on today’s paltry sum of $7.25 an hour and say an increase would have little effect on the overall economy.…

Whitman’s Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship Honored with the NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

By Arielle Spears | October 6, 2016

The Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship housed within Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management recently received the 2016 NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence award from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, an organization that brings together entrepreneurship centers to advance excellence in entrepreneurship. This award is given to centers that have made outstanding contributions to improving areas of entrepreneurship, such as outreach to emerging ventures, and is…

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#WhitmanWatch: Qirong (Annie) Zheng

By Alexander Straus | October 5, 2016

Qirong (Annie) Zheng Class of 2017 Major: Supply Chain Management Hometown: Greenwich, Connecticut For Annie Zheng, the choice to attend Syracuse University came down to three factors: academic prestige, diversity and its large variety of extracurricular options. Now a senior majoring in supply chain management at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Zheng feels she made the right choice.…

A Whitman Family Wedding

By Arielle Spears | October 5, 2016

When MBA student, Kaitlynn Harvester ’16, now Kaitlynn Ihrke, met John Petosa, professor of accounting at Syracuse University‘s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, she knew that he would be one of her favorite professors. However, what Harvester didn’t know was that she had just met the man who would one day perform her wedding ceremony. In April, Harvester and…

Upcoming Events

By Alison Kessler | October 3, 2016

Check out Whitman’s upcoming events. You may find a great reason to come back to campus, connect with classmates in your area or participate in executive education programming to develop new skills. WISE Women’s Center Announces Two 10th Anniversary Events: On Friday, Oct. 14, The Little Black Dress Event will be a perfect opportunity to toast the WISE Women’s Business Center in celebrating 10 years of training and inspiring women entrepreneurs. The event…

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October 2016 Class Notes

By Alison Kessler | October 3, 2016

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 Appointments: Top-100 law firm Akerman LLP announced that David…

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This Month’s Alumni of the Week

By Alison Kessler | October 3, 2016

We would like you to meet our Alumni of the Week for October: Emily Callahan (above left), a 2015 graduate of the Whitman School who is currently working in online operations at Facebook in the San Francisco Bay Area. Grace Yoonhee Lee ’16 (above right), an audit associate within the KPMG who works in the firm’s New York City Metro Practice.  

Dear Whitman Alumni: October Message from Cindie Adams

By Cindie Adams | October 3, 2016

It was so nice to see many of you during Orange Central 2016. For those of you who could not make it back to campus, you were missed. We were pleased to honor four exemplary alumni during Whitman’s Annual Awards Ceremony & Reception and to host the second annual Orange Tank business pitch competition. Orange Tank is one of my…

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Meet Our October Featured Alumni Entrepreneurs

By Alison Kessler | October 3, 2016

This month, we are pleased to introduce you to two Whitman alumni entrepreneurs: Alyza Bohbot ’08 of City Girl Coffee (pictured above, left) Samuel Sanders ’16 of Wundershirt (pictured above, right)  

Entrepreneur and Emerging Enterprises 2015-2016 at a Glance

By Alexander McKelvie | October 3, 2016

Consistently ranked as one of the top entrepreneurship programs in the nation, Syracuse University‘s Whitman School Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE) department helps students discover their innate entrepreneurial potential, giving them a set of tools and perspective to capitalize on that potential and help launch their career. Syracuse University is one of the few schools in the nation with a…

Orange Family Legacy: Seven Kleins and Counting

By Eric Klein | October 2, 2016

Growing up, I bled orange. But my journey to and through The Hill didn’t start with my decision to attend Syracuse University, or even when I was brought home from the hospital in an Orange onesie. It began many years prior in 1968 when my uncle Dennis Klein ’72 decided that SU was the only school for him. It was…

Featured Alumni Entrepreneur: Thomas Berman ’10

By Thomas Berman | September 30, 2016

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”                    – Wayne Gretzky. This is the quote and inspiration that Thomas Berman, founder of DraftingSleepers.com, The Social Network for Fantasy Sports, has lived by. This was the early encouragement to take the risk into entrepreneurship when launching his new venture. Berman, like…

Born Into Academia

By Kerri Howell | September 29, 2016

Breagin K. Riley, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing, was meant to become a professor. Her grandmother, a linguist, and aunt, a sociologist, were both college professors. “I grew up around curious women telling me interesting stories and information they’d figured out,” said Professor Riley. “I actually started researching in high school through science and math fairs and during my undergraduate…

Alumni of the Week: Emily Callahan ’15

By Emily Callahan | September 29, 2016

I was born bleeding orange. My mother graduated from Syracuse University in 1985, and I knew stepping on campus that Syracuse was going to be my alma mater. Going into my freshman year as an economics major in the College of Arts and Sciences, I quickly realized that the Martin J. Whitman School of Management is where I wanted to…


Rushing to Complete Work on Deadline Could Mean More Mistakes

By Kerri Howell | September 27, 2016

New management research from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University shows that when deadlines are in place workers, tend to complete their tasks at the last minute, often leading to lower quality outcomes. In “Deadlines, work flows, task sorting, and work quality,” Natarajan Balasubramanian, associate professor of management at the Whitman School of Management, and his…

Whitman Hosts Orange Tank Business Competition

By Arielle Spears | September 25, 2016

During Orange Central weekend, Martin J. Whitman School of Management student and alumni entrepreneurs came together to compete in the second annual Orange Tank business pitch competition. Five alumni ventures and five student ventures were presented to a panel of judges in hopes of taking home a cash prize. The top winner in each category was awarded $5,000 followed by…


Alumni, Faculty and Staff Honored at the Whitman School Annual Awards Ceremony

By Kerri Howell | September 23, 2016

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University honored Deborah Leone ’86, ’87 MBA with the Jonathan J. Holtz Alumna of the Year Award, the highest honor given to graduates of the Whitman School, during a ceremony Sept. 15. Established in 1986 by Jonathan J. Holtz ’78, the award recognizes an outstanding alumnus each year for his or her…

Featured Alumni Entrepreneur: Alyza Bohbot ’08

By Alyza Bohbot | September 23, 2016

City Girl Coffee is a brand of the Alakef Coffee Roasters corporation, which is owned and operated by Whitman alumna Alyza Bohbot ’08. City Girl is a socially-conscious coffee producer, which uses as much women-sourced coffee as possible from women-owned or run coffee farms. A portion of sales from each bag sold is donated to organizations that support and empower…