Fall 2021 Whitman Magazine

Whitman Magazine | Fall 2021

ON THE COVER

Whether it’s educating its students and faculty on issues surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion; fostering new ventures through research, innovation and entrepreneurship; or tapping into the experience,generosity and leadership of its vast alumni network, the Whitman School of Management at SyracuseUniversity is working to break barriers every day with a campus culture that continues to evolve, advance and promote its students with the support and skills they need to not only succeed in the business world but become leaders that are truly making a difference. To that end, we introduce you to six alumni who have used the foundation of their Whitman education to smash the glass ceiling, foster a new level of acceptance and bravely open doors leading not only to their own success but to the success of others, as well.

WHITMAN BRIEFINGS

Kenneth “Kenny” Goodman ’70 knows what it takes to be successful in the business world and he has committed himself to ensuring that Syracuse University graduates are a step ahead and better prepared to compete in a fast-changing world. That’s why the retired director, president and chief operating officer of the international pharmaceutical giant Forest Laboratories has committed an additional $1.25 million to the Forever Orange Campaign and the Whitman School of Management to significantly expand its Goodman IMPRESS program, a professional and personal development program he helped launch in 2014.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHTS

Daniella French ’23 (WHIT/NEW) found her second home over 1,500 miles away from her native Miami. “Syracuse University was far from home, but I fell in love with how I felt here during my campus visit. I felt comfortable. I felt at home,” she says.

JT Garwood ’22 MBA believes nothing is more important than finding advisors and mentors you trust. “There are always people who have gone through the same triumphs and failures. Getting advice from those individuals will be so beneficial to your success,” he says. 

Nneka Akukwe ’20 (MAX), ’22 MBA didn’t know that she would be attending graduate school so soon, but when COVID-19 descended on the country in the midst of her last semester of college, her plans changed. 

When Devin Stein moved to Logan, Utah in 2011, he was taken aback by the haze that hung in eerily orange skies during the summer, nearly hiding the sun from view for days on end. The native of Long Island, New York, had ventured west to attend Utah State University, and he soon learned that the wildfires behind the phenomenon were a regular occurrence. 

ALUMNI & FRIENDS

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CLASS NOTES

FOCUS ON FACULTY

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