Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business Advisory Council sponsors "Navigating Your Path to Success," a special opportunity to learn from alumni working for top American companies


On Thursday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m., prominent Fairfield University alumni will share their stories of succeeding at such Fortune 500 companies as Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Securities and GE at a forum sponsored by the Dolan School of Business Advisory Council.

Entitled, "Alumni Leaders in Business: Navigating Your Path to Success," the event, free and open to the public, will take place in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room. For more information, contact Robert Cottle, the University's director of corporate relations, at rcottle@fairfield.edu or (203) 254-4000, ext. 2930.

Norm Solomon, Ph.D., dean of the Dolan School of Business, sees the event as a special opportunity to engage with alumni who are leaders at top corporations. "The panel will tackle a variety of issues, including key factors for career success, balancing competing demands on your time - work, family, advanced education - and knowing when to make career moves."

Advisory Council member Maive F. Scully, who retired from her position as senior vice president and chief financial officer of GE Money, will be the moderator of the forum.

Panelists will include:

Image: Anne H. BlackAnne H. Black, class of 1993, vice president, corporate engagement at Goldman Sachs & Co.

Black is a member of the corporate engagement team at Goldman Sachs, advancing the firm's 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Businesses initiatives. Building on the firm's track record in bringing together people, capital and ideas to address social and economic challenges, 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Businesses aim to provide greater access to business education for entrepreneurs around the world as a means to address barriers to expansion for small businesses and to ensure more shared economic growth. Black earned an M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business and a B.A. from Fairfield. She also studied at St. Ann's College, Oxford University.

Jay LoVetere, class of 1986, principal and managing director of LoVetere Financial LLC.

LoVetere is the sole principal and managing director of LoVetere Financial LLC. A registered investment advisor with the State of Connecticut, he specializes in asset management. He participates in various industrial investments, both from a financial and active general management role. Prior to forming LoVetere Financial LLC in 2000 at the age of 36, he was the chief financial officer at MacDermid Incorporated, a chemical company. He was a key contributor in the company's growth in market capitalization from $200 million in the mid-1990s to a value in excess of $1 billion before his departure.

Kristin McMahon, class of 1987, chief claims officer of IronHealth, Inc.

In her position, McMahon oversees all claims handling and coverage issues pertaining to the firm's healthcare, life sciences, and managed care liability products. As a member of IronHealth's senior management committee, she is involved in all major policy-making decisions related to strategy, product development, and risk management. Prior to joining IronHealth in 2008, McMahon was a practicing attorney for eighteen years at law firms in New York City and Chicago. She has published numerous articles on an array of insurance related issues. She graduated cum laude from Fairfield University with a B.S. in mathematics, and earned a J.D. from Boston University's School of Law.

Shannon Barry Siwinski, class of 1992, executive director, Short Term Fixed Income Trading, JPMorgan Securities

Siwinski joined JPMorgan Securities in 1992 within fixed-income sales, transitioning to trading in 1993 where she remains a senior member of the Short Term Fixed Income trading team. She is an active member of the JPMorgan Investment Bank Women's Committee as well as the Women Who Trade networking group. A member of Fairfield's Alumni Association Board of Directors, she has been a member of the Trustees Advisory Council since 2004. She chaired her Fairfield class's 15th reunion, and was a volunteer for the 'Our Promise' campaign. She graduated Fairfield with a B.S in biology, with a double minor in finance and management.

Vivian Vitale, senior vice president of Human Resources, Unica Corporation

Responsible for the design and management of Unica's global HR initiatives, Vitale has more than 25 years of human resources management experience, with an emphasis on talent acquisition and organizational development within leading technology companies. She formerly served as senior vice president of human resources for RSA Security, where she played a key role in supporting the worldwide growth of the company from 150 to 1,500 employees. She served as a part-time faculty member of Boston College's Carroll School of Management. She earned an M.A. from Fairfield in 1980.

Image: Kevin WalshKevin Walsh, class of 1982, managing director, Power & Renewable Energy, GE Energy Financial Services

Walsh leads GE Energy Financial Services' Power & Renewable Energy group. Renewable energy is a strategic growth initiative at the corporation, which has invested more than $4 billion since 2004 in wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and biomass energy projects globally. Walsh's group also makes equity investments in thermal electricity-generating, transmission and distribution assets. He serves on the board of directors of Greenhouse Gas Services, a GE AES venture, and the board of directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Walsh graduated cum laude from Fairfield with a B.S. in business management.

Maive F. Scully, former Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (Retired), GE Money

Beginning in 1976, Scully held various financial management positions with GE and GE Capital. She was named Vice President, Finance for GE Consulting Services in 1988; Portfolio Manager for GE Capital Services in 1990; and Chief Financial Officer for GE Capital's Structured Finance Group in 1992. Scully's time at GE has been characterized by "learning and change." Within the company, she held 15 different positions spanning five major businesses. "I've worked with bankrupt airlines, telecom startups, and Fortune 100 companies," Scully says. "I've traveled around the world and worked with people from all around the globe."

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 18, 2010

Vol. 42, No. 240