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Corporate and Foundation Webinar Series

St. John’s University’s Corporate and Foundation Webinar Series provides online learning from top alumni and industry experts. These hand-selected individuals discuss topics for business professionals seeking career growth and those interested in learning about the latest trends in their industry.

Small Business Webinar Series: How Far Ahead Should You Plan In Your Business

Thursday, November 5 at 5 p.m. EST 

Owning a business can be a challenge, but it can also be very rewarding with the right plan in place. In this session, John J. Ceparano ’85CBA, CPA/PFS, CFP®, M.Tax and Joe Casper, Director of Strategic Development, will cover what all businesses should know about planning. Having one-, three-, and five-year goals are critical but how do you know when to plan to pivot? How to choose the right entity (Sole Proprietor, LLC, etc.) and knowing when you might need to switch? How to position your business ahead of time for sale or succession. Are you prepared to cash in?  

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About John J. Ceparano ’85CBA, CPA/PFS, CFP®, M.Tax
John J. Ceparano ’85CBA is a Principal and Wealth Manager at Modera Wealth Management, LLC. John has over 25 years of experience in financial planning, taxation, business consulting, financial counseling for business owners, and serving high net worth individuals. He was formerly A Senior Tax Consultant at Price Waterhouse; Manager and CPA® at Blau, Soloway & Goldstein; President of Business Blocks, Inc., an accounting and tax firm; and President of Joseph & Company Certified Public Accountants, Inc. John served as an adjunct faculty member with St. John’s University and the University of Florida, where he taught classes in business management and finance.

He graduated with a B.S. degree in Accounting, and a minor in Economics, from St. John’s University. John received his Master of Taxation degree from Florida Atlantic University and holds the Certified Financial Planner™ certification, the Certified Public Accountant, and the Personal Financial Specialist professional designations.

John is co-author of The Science of Investing: How to Apply Academic Research to Reduce Risks and Increase Investment Returns. He serves as a wealth management panelist for St. John’s University’s “Meet the Expert” Forum. John currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Citrus County and is an active member of his local Rotary Club. He served on the Trinity Catholic High School Board of Trustees, Strategic Planning Committee, and Finance Committee.

 

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About Joe Casper, Director of Strategic Development
Joe Casper is the Director of Strategic Development at Modera Wealth Management, LLC. In his role at Modera, he provides business development support to the firm’s wealth management team. Joe is responsible for cultivating alliance partner and new client relationships and uncovering new business partnerships.

Joe earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Nichols College and his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Alliant International University. Before joining Modera, Joe was the vice president of business development at a healthcare IT start-up, Visual Clinic LLC. Prior to that Joe was with Allergan, Inc. as a senior business advisor, where he consulted and offered services to improve the client and professional alliance partner experience, added new service lines, facilitated financial and operational benchmarking, and mentored organizations on change management.

A lifelong Boston-area resident, Joe resides in Peabody, MA with his wife Joan. His personal interests include competitive tennis, fly fishing and traveling. Joe is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association.

Small Business Webinar Series: Incorporating Marketing Trends to Fast Track your Business

Thursday, December 3 at 6 p.m. EST

Owning a business can be a challenge, but it can also be very rewarding with the right plan in place. In this session, John J. Ceparano ’85CBA, CPA/PFS, CFP®, M.Tax and Mindy Cleaveland, ChSNC, CFP®, Senior Financial Advisor, will cover what all businesses should know all about current marketing trends. Are you up-to-date on industry and marketing trends? Learn to appreciate your competition, differentiate your business, and stay current and relevant. Discover where to spend your efforts to best reach your target audience.  

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About John J. Ceparano ’85CBA, CPA/PFS, CFP®, M.Tax
John J. Ceparano ’85CBA is a Principal and Wealth Manager at Modera Wealth Management, LLC. John has over 25 years of experience in financial planning, taxation, business consulting, financial counseling for business owners, and serving high net worth individuals. He was formerly A Senior Tax Consultant at Price Waterhouse; Manager and CPA® at Blau, Soloway & Goldstein; President of Business Blocks, Inc., an accounting and tax firm; and President of Joseph & Company Certified Public Accountants, Inc. John served as an adjunct faculty member with St. John’s University and the University of Florida, where he taught classes in business management and finance. 

He graduated with a B.S. degree in Accounting, and a minor in Economics, from St. John’s University. John received his Master of Taxation degree from Florida Atlantic University and holds the Certified Financial Planner™ certification, the Certified Public Accountant, and the Personal Financial Specialist professional designations. 

John is co-author of The Science of Investing: How to Apply Academic Research to Reduce Risks and Increase Investment Returns. He serves as a wealth management panelist for St. John’s University’s “Meet the Expert” Forum. John currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Citrus County and is an active member of his local Rotary Club. He served on the Trinity Catholic High School Board of Trustees, Strategic Planning Committee, and Finance Committee.

 

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About Mindy Cleaveland, ChSNC, CFP®, Senior Financial Advisor 
Mindy Cleaveland is a Senior Financial Advisor with Modera Wealth Management, LLC. Mindy helps individuals and families who have planning needs centered around disability or other medical conditions. She also partners with those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer (LGBTQ). Mindy’s expertise in financial planning spans risk management, investment management, retirement income planning, tax planning, and gift, trust and estate planning across her clients’ lifetime. She works closely with her clients to understand, then organize and prioritize, their goals in order to build a comprehensive plan centered around these goals. In addition, she works closely with her clients’ other professional team members, such as accountants, estate attorneys, and insurance agents, to see that all aspects of the plan work together.

Mindy began her finance career with Fidelity Investments in 2011. During her time there, she was responsible for maintaining and deepening client relationships. She provided comprehensive reviews with her clients to assess their financial goals and provide them with various considerations to improve or maintain their plan. Prior to working in the financial planning field, Mindy worked as an inhome therapist for children with autism and their families. She created and implemented behavioral, social, and educational intervention programs to help the children reach their maximum potential. 

Mindy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology and a minor in Spanish from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Mindy is a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional and a Chartered Special Needs Consultant®. 

In her free time, Mindy enjoys trying new restaurants and cuisines in the area, traveling abroad, visiting her family in Maryland and occasionally catching a Ravens game at M&T stadium. She resides in Fort Lee, NJ with her fiancée Lisa. Additionally, Mindy supports various non-profit organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, and Autism Speaks.

Past Events

Missed one of our events? You can catch up any time by viewing the event listings below and watching the recorded webinar.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing

Thursday, October 29 at 9 a.m. EST

Looking to have a standout resume? Hear from Susan Ginsburg O'Sullivan  and learn how to write captivating points to sell your capability to prospective employers on your resume. Pair it with a well-written cover letter, which is also a vital part of the job application process. This webinar will show you how to write effective cover letters without spending too much time on them.

In addition, learn how to work with automatic tracking systems so your resume gets through the tools employers use to screen you out!

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About Susan Ginsberg-O’Sullivan 

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Susan Ginsberg-O'Sullivan is a New York City based Certified Executive and Leadership Coach and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator helping busy professionals make positive change.

Susan specializes in Career and Personal Development, Career Strategies, Group Coaching, and Problem Solving. Her one-to-one coaching engagements are highly individualized and responsive to each person's unique situation, circumstances and goals. Her approach is engaging and participatory as she guides and empowers clients to gain the clarity and confidence needed to reach their goals.  

As a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, Susan runs workshops based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The work helps individuals examine the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that stop us from moving forward, and identify new choices and practices that move us towards being more authentic in how they live, lead, love, and parent. 

Prior to becoming a Coach, Susan spent the majority of her career in the publishing, entertainment and non-profit sectors as a marketing and communications executive where she was responsible for developing and implementing growth marketing strategies and communication programs focused on building the customer base and brand awareness.   

Susan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Syracuse University and her Coaching Certification from New York University. She is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, and for four years sat on the board of the International Coach Federation’s New York City Chapter until December 2018. As a Certified Therapy Dog Handler Susan and her dog Bertha bring smiles to many in the local community. She resides in New York City.

Focus as Consultant, Coach, and Trainer:

  • Executive Coach
  • Career Strategies
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Positive Change Management – Individual &Team
  • Workshop Facilitation 

Corporate Funders: Avoid doing business as usual during the pandemic

Thursday, October 15 at 1 p.m. EST

During these unprecedented times, corporations supporting communities is not only critical but also smart corporate strategy. By joining, you will hear the perspective and strategies being undertaken by a Top 5 Corporate Donor as ranked by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The talk will give you insights into the kinds of requests and programs being supported, the pivots made during COVID-19, and how corporate giving has energized employees and stakeholders.

Webinar recording available upon request. 
Please email Stacey Varghese at [email protected]

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About Arun Skaria, Director of Corporate Contributions

Arun Skaria joined Gilead Sciences in 2014 and currently serves as the Director of Corporate Contributions. In this role he works on Global Strategic Initiatives that aim to address vulnerable populations suffering from viral infectious diseases. Prior to joining Gilead, Arun worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he served as the Director of the Agency Liaison Office for the Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs.  Arun has also held senior level positions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Arun received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. 

Virtual Learning and Tutorial Curriculum Programing for Educators and Students

Thursday, October 8 at 4 p.m. EST 

With the move to distance and remote learning last spring and this fall, many students are learning in new ways and may need new strategies to be successful. Dr. Kristen DiCerbo, the Chief Learning Officer of Khan Academy, will discuss research-based tips for navigating online learning. She'll talk about staying motivated, how to develop learners' sense of ownership over their learning, and how to know if learners are gaining the knowledge and skills they need when working remotely. 

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About Dr. Kristen DiCerbo, Chief Learning Officer at Khan Academy

Dr. Kristen DiCerbo is the Chief Learning Officer at Khan Academy, a nonprofit dedicated to providing a free world class education to anyone, anywhere. In this role, she is responsible for driving and communicating the teaching and learning strategy for Khan Academy’s programs, content, and product in order to improve student and teacher engagement and outcomes. She ensures pedagogical coherence and a research-informed design across Khan Academy’s offerings.

Dr. DiCerbo’s work has consistently been focused on embedding what we know from education research about how people learn into digital learning experiences. Prior to her role at Khan Academy, she was Vice-President of Learning Research and Design at Pearson, where she led a team of researchers and learning designers conducting new research in learning and assessment and translating research insights into the design of learning tools. She also previously served as a research scientist supporting teaching and learning in the Cisco Networking Academies and as a school psychologist in an Arizona school district.

Dr. DiCerbo’s personal research program centers on the use of games and simulations to understand what learners know and can do and she has published extensively in academic journals and books in this area. She speaks to audiences of parents, teachers, school leaders, research scientists, and the educational technology community about learning and learning science. Kristen received her Bachelor’s Degree from Hamilton College and Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Arizona State University.    

 

Small Business Webinar Series: Year End Tax Planning NOW!

Thursday, October 1 at 6 p.m. EST 

Every first Thursday in the fall you have the opportunity to participate in this special Corporate and Foundation Small Business Webinar Series. Each month we highlight different strategies you can take to help improve your business and have straight talk about owning a business. 

Owning a business can be a challenge, but it can also be very rewarding with the right plan in place. In this session, John J. Ceparano ’85CBA, CPA/PFS, CFP®, M.TAX  and Karl H. Graf, CPA/PFS, CFP®Principal and Wealth Manager will cover what all businesses should know about taxes and retirement plans. Learn how to keep Uncle Sam at bay by keeping overhead low, managing debt and runaway expenses, and minimizing your taxes. Plus, find out how to choose the appropriate retirement plan for you and your employees.

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About John Ceparano '85CBA, CPA/PFS, CFP®, M.TAX

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John J. Ceparano ’85CBA has more than 25 years of experience in financial planning, taxation, business consulting, financial counseling for business owners, and serving high net worth individuals. He was formerly a Senior Tax Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Manager and CPA® at Blau, Soloway & Goldstein; President of Business Blocks, Inc., an accounting and tax firm; and President of Joseph & Company Certified Public Accountants, Inc. Mr. Ceparano served as an adjunct faculty member at St. John’s University and the University of Florida, where he taught classes in business management and finance. 

He graduated with a B.S. degree in Accounting, and a minor in Economics, from St. John’s University. Mr. Ceparano received his Master of Taxation degree from Florida Atlantic University and holds Certified Financial Planner™ certification, and the Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist professional designations. 

He is coauthor of The Science of Investing: How to Apply Academic Research to Reduce Risks and Increase Investment Returns. He serves as a wealth management panelist for St. John’s University’s “Meet the Expert” Forum. 

Mr. Ceparano currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Citrus County and is an active member of his local Rotary Club. He served on the Trinity Catholic High School Board of Trustees, Strategic Planning Committee, and Finance Committee.

About Karl H. Graf, CPA/PFS, CFP®Principal and Wealth Manager

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Karl H. Graf is a Principal and Wealth Manager at Modera Wealth Management, LLC. His main responsibilities include helping clients develop their financial plans, implementing wealth management strategies and managing clients’ investment portfolios. Karl has extensive experience working in all areas of financial planning, including retirement planning, estate planning, tax planning and risk management. He has more than 21 years of experience in the wealth management profession.

Prior to joining Modera, Karl was the founder and owner of Graf Financial Advisors, LLC, a fee only wealth management and financial planning firm that provided wealth management and fee-only financial planning services for approximately two decades. Early in his career as a CPA® Karl worked at Price Waterhouse in the small and emerging business area, managing audits and consulting engagements. He also spent time in the tax department working on complex individual and estate tax issues.Karl is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) and holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification with broad experience in financial counselling and wealth management services. He has been certified by various courts as a financial expert and has provided such testimony in court on several occasions. In addition, he has been published on various personal financial planning issues and has been a frequent speaker on financial planning issues. Karl has been interviewed on national and local television, including CNN’s “Your Money.”Karl is an honors graduate of Upsala College. He is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the New Jersey Society of CPAs (NJSCPA). He has served as a director of the Bergen County Chapter of the New Jersey Society of CPAs and as chairman of the Personal Financial Planning Committee of the New Jersey Society of CPAs.

Karl has devoted considerable time and energy to charitable endeavors, primarily as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. He spent several years serving in various roles including as Chair of the Board of Directors of the North Jersey Chapter. Additionally, he was co-chair for planned giving activities for its New Jersey Division. This role involved speaking to potential donors about estate planning and how they could benefit charities while also remembering their heirs. In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors (hiking, biking and kayaking) and travel.

Networking and Job Searching during the Pandemic – Part II

Thursday, September 24 at 9 a.m.

In the Covid-19 workplace landscape, job search brings new challenges and opportunities. During this Part II one-hour interactive discussion, we will dive deeper into the dimensions of a strategic job search. You will learn additional tactics and tips to best network, allocate your time, and interview. Look forward to walking away from this session knowing what strategies will work for you based on your personality and style, what you are looking for in a job and how to create the roadmap to get there.  

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About Deborah Goldstein

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Deborah ‘Goldie’ Goldstein is a seasoned consultant and coach to New York City, national, and international organizations that have made creating and maintaining a healthy, inclusive, and productive workplace culture a core value. Deborah’s areas of focus are in Women’s Leadership, Intentional Productivity, and Workplace Diversity & Inclusion. She is certified in Conversational Intelligence®, which is rooted in the neuroscience of conversations and informs the foundation of all of her programming, facilitation and coaching. She has also earned a certification in Diversity Coaching from a joint venture between Diversity Coaching Institute and Howard University.

Deborah's career mission is to help executives “clear the fog” created by career stress and toxic workplace environments. She has positioned her company DRIVEN Professionals as a vehicle to enhanced individual and workplace productivity and engagement. DRIVEN clients include nationally prominent Accounting firms, Law firms and Financial institutions. Deborah also embraces her business community network, and is active in the Conversational Intelligence® community, participating in annual retreats both in the US and abroad. She is a life-long learner and regularly contributes to Forbes and the Iris online platform for financial ideas and innovations. 

Deborah rejuvenates her energy by dedicating herself to a robust exercise program and creating frequent Fresh Market meals for friends and loved ones. She splits her time between NYC and Putnam County, NY, thriving in the stillness of her country home to contrast the intensity of NYC life. Balance is an aspiration, if not a perpetual reality for Deborah. She is grateful to manage a well-integrated life, often reminding folks that she is DRIVEN’s best student. 

About Susan Ginsberg-O’Sullivan 

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Susan Ginsberg-O'Sullivan is a New York City based Certified Executive and Leadership Coach and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator helping busy professionals make positive change.

Susan specializes in Career and Personal Development, Career Strategies, Group Coaching, and Problem Solving. Her one-to-one coaching engagements are highly individualized and responsive to each person's unique situation, circumstances and goals. Her approach is engaging and participatory as she guides and empowers clients to gain the clarity and confidence needed to reach their goals.  

As a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, Susan runs workshops based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The work helps individuals examine the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that stop us from moving forward, and identify new choices and practices that move us towards being more authentic in how they live, lead, love, and parent. 

Prior to becoming a Coach, Susan spent the majority of her career in the publishing, entertainment and non-profit sectors as a marketing and communications executive where she was responsible for developing and implementing growth marketing strategies and communication programs focused on building the customer base and brand awareness.   

Susan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Syracuse University and her Coaching Certification from New York University. She is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, and for four years sat on the board of the International Coach Federation’s New York City Chapter until December 2018. As a Certified Therapy Dog Handler Susan and her dog Bertha bring smiles to many in the local community. She resides in New York City.

Focus as Consultant, Coach, and Trainer:

  • Executive Coach
  • Career Strategies
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Positive Change Management – Individual &Team
  • Workshop Facilitation 

Influencer and Mobile Marketing

Thursday, September 17 at 9 a.m.

I wouldn’t click on that. Would you? 

Advertising doesn’t work like it used to, and that’s a big problem for any brand that needs to sell product and build a customer base. Instead of advertising, brands need to energize consumers. This webinar will explore the seismic shift that has occurred in the way brands and consumers interact, the approach we must take in 2020, and then we’ll look at two strategies (Influencer Marketing and Content Marketing) that can heighten brand preference in this very challenging consumer-controlled environment.

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About Neil Feinstein, Associate Professor, St. John’s University

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Neil Feinstein is an Associate Professor of Advertising at St. John's University and the Director of the MS in Integrated Advertising Communications program. Prior to joining St. John’s, Neil was an adjunct professor for 11 years at New York University, teaching in their Masters of Integrated Marketing program. 

Neil’s research focus is digital innovation: He conducts an annual "Hot or Hype" survey on the most important innovations for practicing digital marketers. Neil is also conducting research that explores the power Influence Marketing. In addition, he is also helping build the St. John’s Design Factory, where we will be working with partners/corporations/NGOs to “spark great ideas that have impact.”

Neil came to education after a 30-year career in advertising, the last 16 years of which were focused on interactive marketing. He built the first ever online ads for The New York Times, the first ever mobile program for the DMA, the first ever email marketing program for Hachette Filipacchi, and has advised American Express, Disney, Bristol Myers Squibb, Constant Contact, Merrill Lynch, and not-for-profits Wounded Warrior Project and ASPCA. Neil has won multiple creative and digital innovation awards. 

 

Small Business Webinar Series: 10 Strategic Tips to Make Your Business Successful!

Thursday, September 3, at 5:30 p.m.

Every first Thursday of the month, during this special Corporate and Foundation Small Business Webinar Series, different strategies are highlighted to help improve your business. 

Owning a business can be a challenge, but it can also be very rewarding with the right plan in place. In this session, John J. Ceparano ’85CBA and Michael D. Gibney cover 10 strategies—plus bonus tips—to consider for your current and future business success. 

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About John Ceparano '85CBA

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John J. Ceparano ’85CBA has more than 25 years of experience in financial planning, taxation, business consulting, financial counseling for business owners, and serving high net worth individuals. He was formerly a Senior Tax Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Manager and CPA® at Blau, Soloway & Goldstein; President of Business Blocks, Inc., an accounting and tax firm; and President of Joseph & Company Certified Public Accountants, Inc. Mr. Ceparano served as an adjunct faculty member at St. John’s University and the University of Florida, where he taught classes in business management and finance. 

He graduated with a B.S. degree in Accounting, and a minor in Economics, from St. John’s University. Mr. Ceparano received his Master of Taxation degree from Florida Atlantic University and holds Certified Financial Planner™ certification, and the Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist professional designations. 

He is coauthor of The Science of Investing: How to Apply Academic Research to Reduce Risks and Increase Investment Returns. He serves as a wealth management panelist for St. John’s University’s “Meet the Expert” Forum. 

Mr. Ceparano currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Citrus County and is an active member of his local Rotary Club. He served on the Trinity Catholic High School Board of Trustees, Strategic Planning Committee, and Finance Committee.

About Michael D. Gibney 

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Michael D. Gibney is a Principal and Wealth Manager at Modera Wealth Management, LLC. His main responsibilities include helping clients develop their financial plans, implementing wealth management strategies, and managing clients’ investment portfolios. In his role, he serves small business owners and individuals throughout the United States. 

Mr. Gibney has extensive experience working in all areas of financial planning, including retirement planning, estate planning, tax planning, and risk management. He specializes in retirement accumulation and distribution strategies, and investment advisory services for foundations, trusts, and charitable organizations. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial planning.

He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from Pace University, as well as a financial planning certificate from New York University. Mr. Gibney is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and also has earned the AIF® Accredited Investment Fiduciary® professional designation. 

He is frequently quoted in local, as well as national, media in the areas of personal finance and retirement planning. His media credits include the Wall Street Journal, Money magazine, USA Today, Smart Money online, CNBC.com, NBC Nightly News, and the Nightly Business Report.

Future of College and Professional Sports Post COVID-19

Thursday, August 27 at 10 a.m. EST. 

In this webinar, the Future of College and Professional Sports Post COVID-19Mike Cragg and Michael Verna '02CPS will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on students and professional athletes around the world. Topics include the success of the NBA and NHL “bubbles” and applying them to college sport, the rise of lesser-known sports such as Korean league baseball and weightlifting, the role of social media for St. John’s sports, and the impact on student’s studying and internships in the business of sports. 

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About Mike Cragg

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With more than 30 years of intercollegiate athletics administration experience on his resume, Mike Cragg enters his third year as the Director of Athletics at St. John’s University in 2020-21. Cragg is responsible for providing executive leadership, strategic direction and oversight for all of St. John’s 17 varsity sports and its nearly 350 student-athletes. In addition, he is charged with managing the department’s fiscal affairs, personnel, strategic planning, facilities, general operations and public relations.
 
A key part of the University’s senior leadership, Cragg serves on the President’s Advisory Council and is the direct liaison between the Athletic Department and the broader campus community.

Cragg is committed to inspiring excellence in every facet of the student-athlete experience and to fostering an environment that allows the Red Storm to be successful on all fronts. Since his arrival in Queens, Cragg has helped St. John’s continue to rise among the nation’s elite institutions for its combination of its academic prestige, athletic achievement and community service.
 
In Cragg’s two years leading the Athletic Department, the Red Storm won four BIG EAST championships and had six teams compete in national postseason competition, including the fencing program’s first NCAA individual title in women’s saber in 2018-19. The 2019-20 academic year featured the women’s volleyball team’s unprecedented run to capture its first BIG EAST title in 12 years while the men’s soccer program earned a national seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Round of 16.

St. John’s student-athletes have also shined in the classroom under Cragg’s leadership, as Red Storm program’s have earned nine public recognition awards from the NCAA for finishing in the top 10 percent of their sport in Academic Progress Rate (APR). In addition, 141 perfect semesters with 4.0 grade point averages were logged by St. John’s student athletes over the last two years.

During the 2019-20 academic year, Red Storm student-athletes earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.51, including a 3.72 cumulative GPA for the spring semester. In total, 90 percent of student-athletes achieved a mark of 3.0 or better while 59 percent earned above a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

 Prior to starting at St. John’s on September 27, 2018, Cragg spent 30-plus years at Duke University where he played a vital role in shaping the direction of Duke’s nationally acclaimed men's basketball program.  The senior administrator for the men’s basketball team for two decades, Cragg most recently served as the Blue Devils Deputy Director of Athletics and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing facilities and planning for all 27 of Duke's athletic programs.

About Michael Verna '02CPS 

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Michael Verna is Vice President of Account Activation in Marketing Partnerships with The Madison Square Garden Company. He is responsible for overseeing the activation strategy and execution for partnerships across MSG’s portfolio, including the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Concert Series at MSG, Sports Properties, Radio City Music Hall and KNX Gaming. In addition, Verna leads the account management of multiple key partner accounts, including Verizon, Kia, Johnson Controls, Enterprise and Renaissance.

Verna joined the company in 2012 as MSG entered the final phase of the arena’s transformation. He implemented activation strategies across MSG properties, leading to increased internal efficiencies and communication within the Account Management department. As the activation lead for Marketing Partnerships, he has built a team that plays an integral role in the management of signature partner accounts, including Chase, Delta, Lexus, Anheuser-Busch, Draft Kings and more.

Prior to joining MSG, Verna spent 10+ years with New Jersey Nets/Brooklyn Nets/Barclays Center organization. Starting as an intern, he held roles in the Operations and Season Ticket Services departments, concluding with his role as Senior Account Executive in Partnership Marketing. There he lead the management of several founding partner accounts and their transition from New Jersey to Brooklyn.

Born in Queens, NY, Verna graduated from St. John’s University and currently resides in Haledon, NJ with his wife, Mimi, and niece, Xena.

Networking and Job Searching During the Pandemic

Thursday, August 20 at 9 a.m. EST 

In the Covid-19 workplace landscape, job search brings new challenges and opportunities. During this one-hour interactive discussion, Deborah Goldstein and Susan Ginsberg-O’Sullivan will explore the dimensions of a strategic job search. They will teach tactics and tips to best network, allocate your time, and interview. Look forward to walking away from this session knowing more about who you are as a professional, what you are looking for in a job, and how to create the roadmap to get there. 

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About Deborah Goldstein

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Deborah ‘Goldie’ Goldstein is a seasoned consultant and coach to New York City, national, and international organizations that have made creating and maintaining a healthy, inclusive, and productive workplace culture a core value. Deborah’s areas of focus are in Women’s Leadership, Intentional Productivity, and Workplace Diversity & Inclusion. She is certified in Conversational Intelligence®, which is rooted in the neuroscience of conversations and informs the foundation of all of her programming, facilitation and coaching. She has also earned a certification in Diversity Coaching from a joint venture between Diversity Coaching Institute and Howard University.

Deborah's career mission is to help executives “clear the fog” created by career stress and toxic workplace environments. She has positioned her company DRIVEN Professionals as a vehicle to enhanced individual and workplace productivity and engagement. DRIVEN clients include nationally prominent Accounting firms, Law firms and Financial institutions. Deborah also embraces her business community network, and is active in the Conversational Intelligence® community, participating in annual retreats both in the US and abroad. She is a life-long learner and regularly contributes to Forbes and the Iris online platform for financial ideas and innovations. 

Deborah rejuvenates her energy by dedicating herself to a robust exercise program and creating frequent Fresh Market meals for friends and loved ones. She splits her time between NYC and Putnam County, NY, thriving in the stillness of her country home to contrast the intensity of NYC life. Balance is an aspiration, if not a perpetual reality for Deborah. She is grateful to manage a well-integrated life, often reminding folks that she is DRIVEN’s best student. 

About Susan Ginsberg-O’Sullivan 

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Susan Ginsberg-O'Sullivan is a New York City based Certified Executive and Leadership Coach and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator helping busy professionals make positive change.

Susan specializes in Career and Personal Development, Career Strategies, Group Coaching, and Problem Solving. Her one-to-one coaching engagements are highly individualized and responsive to each person's unique situation, circumstances and goals. Her approach is engaging and participatory as she guides and empowers clients to gain the clarity and confidence needed to reach their goals.  

As a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, Susan runs workshops based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The work helps individuals examine the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that stop us from moving forward, and identify new choices and practices that move us towards being more authentic in how they live, lead, love, and parent. 

Prior to becoming a Coach, Susan spent the majority of her career in the publishing, entertainment and non-profit sectors as a marketing and communications executive where she was responsible for developing and implementing growth marketing strategies and communication programs focused on building the customer base and brand awareness.   

Susan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Syracuse University and her Coaching Certification from New York University. She is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, and for four years sat on the board of the International Coach Federation’s New York City Chapter until December 2018. As a Certified Therapy Dog Handler Susan and her dog Bertha bring smiles to many in the local community. She resides in New York City.

Focus as Consultant, Coach, and Trainer:

  • Executive Coach
  • Career Strategies
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Positive Change Management – Individual &Team
  • Workshop Facilitation 

Artificial Intelligence: Demystification, Trends, and Practical Applications

Thursday, July 30 at 9 a.m. EST

In this webinar, Artificial Intelligence: Demystification, Trends, and Practical Applications, experts Anthony Heading and Simon Greenman will discuss Demystifying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and will provide a practical overview of artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML); introducing key concepts, capabilities and the fundamental knowledge needed to understand the AI revolution from a business perspective. Real-world examples will be used to explain and illustrate concepts throughout the webcast. We will touch on the benefits of Artificial Intelligence, AI applications and capabilities, how it drives a competitive advantage, explanation of the importance of data in AI applications, and industry drivers and the impact of AI on the future of work.

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About Anthony Heading

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Anthony is a Managing Director and head of the Data Science team at JPMorgan Asset Management. This group is involved in applying modern AI, machine learning and big data technologies to all parts of JPMorgan’s business. He joined JPMorgan in 1994 and has worked earlier as an interest-rate trader, research analyst, technologist and various other roles, in London, Singapore, Tokyo, and currently New York. Before joining JPMorgan he worked for the UK Ministry of Defence for five years developing similar machine learning techniques to those used today. He holds a M.A. from the University of Cambridge, UK.

 

About Simon Greenman

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Simon Greenman is co-founder and partner at Best Practice AI where he advises corporates, start-ups and investors on best practice in AI strategy, implementation, risk and due diligence. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global AI Council. He has over twenty years of international digital transformation and innovation leadership experience including co-founding MapQuest.com, the first online mapping brand. 

Simon chairs the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of London, is an AI Expert In Residence at Seedcamp and advisor at DN Capital. He holds a MBA from Harvard and a BA in Computing & Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex.

Cryptocurrency

July 23, 9 - 10 a.m EST

Experts Gabor Gurbacs and F. Jacob Cherian '94MBA dive into the topic of Cryptocurrency. In this webinar we will discuss the building blocks of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin - the Blockchain and public and private keys as well as explore some of the other major cryptocurrencies and the differences between traditional currency (fiat) and cryptomarkets. We will also discuss the potential applications of blockchain far beyond bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Finally, we will investigate the current and future state of the broader crypto ecosystem. 

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About

Gabor Gurbacs

Gabor Gurbacs is responsible for managing VanEck’s digital asset initiatives, including investment, technology, and regulatory matters. Mr. Gurbacs built the first industry-standard digital asset indices and architected and filed for first futures-based bitcoin ETF and oversees physical Bitcoin ETF efforts. He pioneered and leads digital asset investing and market structure discussions with U.S. and global regulators (such as SEC, CFTC and BaFin). He joined VanEck in 2014 and was previously a member of the ETF product management team. Prior to joining VanEck, Mr. Gurbacs held several finance research positions at Williams College, Budapest University of Technology and Economics as well as Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About F. Jacob Cherian '94MBA

F. Jacob Cherian

F. Jacob Cherian is Co-founder and CEO of two NASDAQ listed acquisition investment companies (SPAC) which raise over $110 million cash through the full Wall Street IPO process and create hundreds of millions of dollars of public equity to invest in cross border transactions in emerging markets. Mr. Cherian performing all the responsibilities and duties of a U.S. listed company CEO.   

He brings deep capital markets, M&A, public/private equity, and management consulting expertise. He has expertise in all facets of capital investing, including raising investment capital, sourcing and negotiating investments, building management teams, providing strategic guidance, and creating strategies to provide attractive returns. 

Mr. Cherian’s prior work experience includes working at JP Morgan & Co., a Wall Street bulge bracket firm; Director at KPMG LLP, a Big Four; and Partner at Computer Sciences Corp., a Fortune 500 global information technology & services company spans 15 years and 3 continents of Europe, Middle East and South Asia.   

Recently Mr. Cherian registered with FINCEN (U.S. Treasury Dept.) and providing the go-to market strategy for a Digital Currency as part of a Platformized Digital Asset Exchange. 

DUSD is a Digital Currency/Stablecoin developed for the Asian markets underpinned by Blockchain technology and pegged 1:1 to the U.S. dollar with the goal of issuing the digital currency to become a bridge between the assets of the real world and the digital world on Blockchain ERC-20 technology to inject greater vitality into the Asian economy and giving new value to various types of assets and eventually replace paper money and coinage and creating a strategy for a U.S. registered Stablecoin for Asian markets to serve as a digital currency to create price stability, scalability, privacy, decentralization, and redeemability. 

Mr. Cherian has also been an adjunct professor of Finance at St. John’s University, Tobin College of Business MBA Program in New York for ten years.  

The Evolution to Digital in Asset Management

Thursday, July 16 at 10 a.m. EST

Industry leaders Jillian DelSignore, CIMA, and Steve Oh drive the topic of the Evolution to Digital in Asset Management. The realm of asset management is explored and discussed, and questions are answered such as:  what is an ETF?; how does an ETF work?;  how does it differ from a mutual fund?; what are the benefits of using an ETF?; who uses them and how?; where will the growth come from?; what are the trends in the industry?

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Jillian Delsignore

Jillian DelSignore

Jillian DelSignore, CIMA, is a Women in ETFs Board member and senior executive in the ETF industry. 

She was most recently Head of ETF Distribution with J.P.Morgan’s Asset Management business. She was responsible for leading the sales and distribution efforts and strategy in the intermediary and institutional markets. She also served as Co-President of Women in ETFs (WE), the first women’s group for the ETF industry from 2017-2019. Founded in 2014, WE achieves the mission to connect, support and inspire by organizing events globally that support our goals of education, networking, philanthropy.

Before joining J.P.Morgan in September 2015, Jillian was a Strategic Account Manager within BlackRock's iShares ETF Institutional Asset Management Group. She was responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with institutional investors, including boutique asset managers, global institutional asset managers, hedge funds and registered investment advisory firms.

Prior to joining iShares in March, 2009, Ms. DelSignore worked in the Independent Advisory Channel of Goldman Sachs Asset Management covering GSAM mutual funds, separate accounts, retirement plans, and alternative investments. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2005. Earlier, Ms. DelSignore worked in both the Institutional Corporate Cash and Global Bank Divisions at Federated Investors from 2000-2005.

Ms. DelSignore has a B.A. in Communications from John Carroll University and an M.B.A degree in Finance from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her CIMA designation from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and holds the Series 6, 7, and 66 licenses.

Steve Oh

Steve Oh

Steve Oh joined Nasdaq in 2017 as the Head of ETF Listings. His primary role is to oversee the Nasdaq ETF Listings Exchange that currently has nearly 400 listed ETFs. He also leads ETF business development working with other Nasdaq departments to support ETF related opportunities globally. Steve came to Nasdaq with a broad and deep understanding of the ETF industry and product having managed business units for 20 years in Asset Management and Trading across the US, Europe and Asia. 

Drug Approval Process: Medications in the Global Pipeline for Covid-19

Thursday, July 9 at 9 a.m. EST

In this seminar, "Drug Approval Process: Medications in the Global Pipeline for COVID-19," Andrew Clair '77GP, '82Ph.D. provides an overview of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 including its genomic features, epidemiology, and biology. He also addresses the history of pandemics. Participants learn about global drug development and the US regulatory process these treatments must go through in order to gain FDA approval. Lastly, specific pharmacologic treatments showing the most promise in improving patient outcomes are reviewed.

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Andrew Clair

Andrew Clair '77GP, '82Ph.D.

Andrew Clair '77GP, '82Ph.D. most recently served as Senior Director, Medical Affairs, Oncology at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in New York City. He has also been an adjunct professor at Temple University and St. John’s University. Dr. Clair retired in 2018 after a 24-year career at Pfizer. He has spent 37 years working in the pharmacy industry.  During his career at Pfizer, Dr. Clair worked in Safety and Risk Management, Regulatory Affairs as well as Medical Affairs. He has published over 140 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics involving pain, neuroscience, comorbid depression and oncology (kidney).

Dr. Clair has his doctorate in Pharmacology from the Graduate Division, College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, St. John’s University. He currently lectures to medical school students on pharmaceutical medicine via Pfizer’s medical elective program and lectures to teenagers on the health consequences associated with smoking via his “Tragedy of Tobacco” program.

Upcoming Programs

Cybersecurity Trends
Thursday, November 12, at 9 a.m.

Networking Series: Virtual and In-Person Interviewing
Thursday, November 19, at 9 a.m.

Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC)
Thursday, December 10, at 9 a.m.

Networking Series: Know Your Values
Thursday, December 17, at 9 a.m.

Still Using a Rock and Chisel? Time to Innovate Your Technology!
Thursday, January 7, at 5:30 p.m.

Being a Balanced Leader
Thursday, January 14, at 9 a.m.

Managing Your Credit
Thursday, January 21, at 9 a.m.