Whitman Magazine Spring 2020

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A Look Ahead to Whitman’s Second Century

As we celebrate the success of the first 100 years of our school, we also look with great anticipation toward the future. Together, we are tasked with ensuring that graduates of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management — whether this year, 10 years or 100 years from now — will be equipped not only with the finest classroom education but also the abilities and experiences to enter the world as transformational leaders in an increasingly global, diverse and inclusive business culture. This strategy rests not only on the shoulders of our students, faculty and administration. It also depends on the continued contributions of time, talent and treasure from Whitman’s vast and impressive alumni network. In the pages that follow, catch a glimpse of some of the ideas, research and initiatives that are already in the works on campus and around the world, as we continue to position the Whitman School as a leader today and in the future.

New Strategic Relationship Management Solidifies Corporate Partnerships

For decades, the Whitman School has worked with alumni and corporate recruiters to help students find meaningful internships and jobs. Those relationships have run the gamut from companies that simply hire students to those that not only hire but engage on a deeper level with the Whitman School. It’s those engagements that have proven most sustainable for the school and the corporate partner.

Whitman History with Veterans to be Furthered with NVRC

Entrepreneurship envelops the relationship between the Whitman School and the new National Veterans Resource Center, which opened this year on the Syracuse University campus.

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Help to Ensure All Students can Thrive

As the Whitman School continues to celebrate its new core values, students, faculty, staff and alumni continue to strive toward an all-inclusive community where those of diverse backgrounds and thoughts come together. In an effort to do so, the Whitman community, led by Diane Crawford, executive director of institutional culture, has created and implemented opportunities for conversation, collaboration and education around diversity, inclusion and equity. These initiatives will ensure the Whitman School is creating lasting positive change to foster a welcoming and comfortable community for all students.

New NYC Abroad Program Offers Unique Mix of Work Experience, Study

This spring was the inaugural semester of the Whitman School’s Study Abroad in NYC program. Three students intended to spend four months living in New York City, taking classes and working as interns. The program, open to all qualifying Whitman juniors, was announced last year as a way for students to complete their major coursework, while at the same time gaining real-world experience in the city many of them hope to end up in after graduation.

Trailblazing Students Take on Newly Established NYC Abroad Program

Julia Danan ’21 originally planned to study abroad in a more traditional sense this spring by going somewhere in Europe, but when she heard that the Whitman School was starting NYC Abroad, a program allowing students to work and study in New York City, she jumped at the chance to be a part of the experience.

Business Schools Embracing Digital Transformation

It is no question that all aspects of professional life and the business world are affected by the booming digital age, but what about business schools? B-schools are finding new ways to embrace digital transformation to better prepare students for the future, as well as help them develop necessary skills through the incorporation of new technology in academic programs.

Class of 2020

Class of 2020: A Year to Remember

While their final year was abruptly cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Whitman School graduating Class of 2020 will always have memories of their time at Syracuse University. Congratulations to the Class of 2020. We wish you well. Go Orange!

2020 Whitman Scholars

Each year, Whitman Scholars are chosen from the senior class through a competitive selection process. To be considered, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.65 and a demonstrated history of engagement and leadership at the Whitman School and Syracuse University. On the following pages, the 2020 Whitman Scholars share their thoughts on the experiences they have had and the knowledge and skills they have gained during their time at Syracuse University.

2020 Graduate Student Spotlights

Learn more about some of the Whitman School graduate students and their experiences by reading the following:

Infographic: 2020 Whitman by the Numbers

Student Spotlights


Hometown: Parkland, Florida
Major: Marketing Management and Supply Chain Management
Minor: Psychology


Hometown: Southington, Connecticut
Degree: MBA
Concentrations: Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics


Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Major: MBA/Online


Hometown: Guangzhou, China
Degree: Ph.D. in finance

Alumni & Friends

Whitman at Work: Alumnus Gives the Green Light to Superheroes and Disney Princesses

Seth Weinger ’97 has gone from the halls of the Whitman School to a magical place where princesses, superheroes and even an iconic mouse are occasionally spotted—Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles. For 14 years, he has been a key player in financial decisions responsible for dozens of Disney films.

California Alumnus Aims to Connect Whitman Entrepreneurs to West Coast Resources

Jim Keene ’79 was born in Connecticut and spent his college years in Upstate New York, but he’s lived in California for the last 39 years. Keene didn’t plan on moving to the West Coast a few years after graduating from Syracuse University. A job brought him there, but the sun, fast pace of life, great outdoor activities and forward-thinking, open-minded people made it home.

Trustee Lisa Fontenelli Makes $1 Million Gift Focused on Experiential Learning Opportunities in NYC

Elisabeth “Lisa” Fontenelli ’86 well remembers a summer internship with a media company that introduced her to working daily in a high-energy, corporate environment in New York City. She enjoyed the experience and, ultimately, it sparked her interest in a career on Wall Street. But there were also challenges: It was unpaid and required a four-hour roundtrip commute from her home in New Jersey.

Five Under Five: Kora-Lynah Abelard ’15

Our Five Under Five column features a Q&A with a Whitman School alumna/alumnus who graduated within the last five years. For this issue, meet Kora-Lynah Abelard ’15, a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who came to Syracuse from Germantown, Maryland, and dual majored in finance at the Whitman School and public relations at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Focus on Faculty

Junior Faculty Contribute Groundbreaking Ideas to Position Whitman for the Future

As the Martin J. Whitman School of Management continues to celebrate its first 100 years, it is also positioning itself for the future. It’s nearly impossible to imagine what the Whitman School will look like a century from now, but a glimpse at some of the innovative research and initiatives coming from Whitman’s junior faculty is proof positive that the roadmap to the Whitman School’s second century will be filled with excitement, passion, new ideas and success.

David Park: An Avid Learner Making an Impact on Students

David Park loves to learn. Indeed, his decision to become an entrepreneurship professor is rooted in that love. He joined the Whitman School faculty in September 2017 as an assistant professor of entrepreneurship.

Funded Research on Diversity and Inclusion in Business and Management

Several research projects focused on diversity and inclusion in business and management are supported by an internal grant program sponsored by the Whitman School. As part of the school’s strategic plan, Roadmap to Whitman’s Second Century, the grant program earmarks nearly $500,000 in funding for high-quality research that enhances scholarly impact and reputation. The first three funded projects are nearly complete with results targeted at top management journals.

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