Silberman Alumni, Faculty and Students in the Spotlight
Our Silberman community is rich with alumni, faculty and students who are innovators, leaders and change-makers working to advance business here and abroad. Here are a few of note.
Marketing major Sarah Hof, (class of 2019) reflects on how her time abroad with FDU has inspired her desire to travel. "My recent trip with Silberman to the Wroxton campus (and London!) has had a huge influence on my thinking of going abroad. After seeing London through the eyes of a local, I fell in love with the city; I can definitely see myself living there for a while after graduation!"
Irum Abidi, Majoring in Management Creates "1000 Hijabs" Blog to Raise Awareness and Promote Tolerance
While she was a managment undergraduate at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business, Isrum Abidi, launched a blog called '1000 Hijabis,' a collection of what she hopes will be a thousand personal stories of Muslim women and their reasons for wearing a hijab, or a head covering. “The idea for ‘1000 Hijabis’ came from me wanting to make a positive change and broaden people’s perspectives."
Jacqualyn Colasurdo, BS'16 in marketing saw the need for an app for the insurance firm for which she was interning. The app idea for Madison Insurance came to Colasurado after seeing other insurance companies do well with apps. “Among one of my first tasks as an intern was to figure out how to better reach customers. Looking at insurance giants like Geico and Progressive, it’s evident that they are having a lot of success with using mobile apps. I wanted to be able to emulate that,” says Colasurdo.
Organizational behavior and leadership expert Tiffany Keller-Hansbrough, PhD, talks about her research, Silberman College and her students. "The appeal of different leadership styles is an important precursor to perceptions and ratings of leader behaviors. Ultimately, a focus on followers provides a more complete understanding of the leadership dynamic which will enhance leader effectiveness.
Jon Budish, BA'77, MBA'85, discusses luck, timing, and being a new grandfather. "I walked into a Merrill Lynch office in Chatham and was hired as a clerk. In two seconds, I knew I wanted to work on Wall Street. I lucked out by applying for a Fixed Income trading position at Advest. When I got hired, the Dow Jones Average was 650. A year later, 1980, when the Dow broke 1000, there is no way I would have ever gotten a job."