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The Zarb School at 50: Exploring the Future of Business Education

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The Frank G. Zarb School of Business will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a day-long symposium that brings together leaders of industry, academia and government to explore the future of business education, from the role of big data and analytics to the emergence of multi-disciplinary programs that focus on sustainability, entrepreneurship, and art and design.

Looking Ahead to the Next 50 Years of Business Education will be held Tuesday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Midtown Manhattan. The event is free, but registration is required. For more information, including a complete program listing, go to or call 516-463-8809.

“Fifty years is an important milestone, and the Zarb School has much to be proud of,” said Dean Herman Berliner. “But milestones also represent a vital opportunity for reflection in a world that is more complex, more uncertain and moving faster than ever before.

“This symposium is designed to celebrate history and make certain that business education continues to be relevant,” Berliner said. “This slate of policymakers, corporate executives and scholars will provide a broad, clear-eyed, innovative look at what business schools are doing well, what we need to do differently and how to serve the needs of global industry and our students.”

The symposium speakers include:

  • Robert S. Adler, Commissioner, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • William H. Glick, PhD, Dean, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University and Chair, AACSB International Board of Directors
  • Xueming Luo, PhD, Charles Gilliland Distinguished Chair Professor of Marketing, Strategy and MIS, Founder/Director of the Global Center on Big Data and Mobile Analytics, Fox School of Business, Temple University
  • Erica Muhl, Dean, Roski School of Art & Design and Iovine and Young Academy, University of Southern California
  • Jose R. Rodriguez, Chair, KPMG Foundation and KPMG Chief Operating Officer – Global Audit
  • Michael Strine, CEO and First Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Giselle Weybrecht, author, The Sustainable MBA: A Business Guide to Sustainability
  • Frank G. Zarb, Senior Advisor, Promontory Financial Group; former Chair, NASDAQ; former Chairman and CEO, NASD (now FINRA)

On March 23 at 6 p.m., the conversation about the future of business education will continue on Hofstra’s Long Island campus, with a panel discussion at the Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus, featuring President Stuart Rabinowitz and several accomplished alumni of the Zarb School including:

  • Katherine V. Marinello, senior advisor, Ares Management LLC; former chairman, president and CEO, Stream Global Services; former chairman and CEO, Ceridian Corp.
  • Stella M. Mendes, managing director, FTI Consulting; former president and CEO, First National Bank of New York
  • Julio Portalatin, president and CEO, Mercer; former president and CEO, Chartis Growth Economics, a division of American International Group (AIG)
  • Debra Sandler, worldwide president, McNeil Nutritionals LLC; former president, Mars Chocolate North America; former chief health and wellbeing officer, Mars Inc.
  • Michael Venuti, president and founder, Agua Brands; former chief financial officer, Vitamin Water

The event on March 23 also will be broadcast live online.

Hofstra University has offered business courses and programs since the institution was founded in 1935. The School of Business was created in September 1965, and celebrated its first graduating class in May 1966. In 1994, the school was named in honor of alumnus Frank G. Zarb, who earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA at Hofstra.

The Zarb School is among only 10 percent of business schools to earn accreditation in both business and accounting from AACSB International. It is ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Forbes (58th), and its programs have been recognized by numerous national organizations and publications including Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.



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