Dolan School rolls out Professional Development Series

Illustrating the Charles F. Dolan School of Business’ (DSB) strategic theme of enabling students to be “career-ready,” the DSB developed and rolled out the Professional Development Series. The new series consists of programs designed to supplement a student’s academic development and provide a structured forum for students to gain the knowledge and networking strategies to leverage their business education into a productive career.

The series helps students to gain career-oriented skills, such as résumé-writing and interviewing techniques, while also helping them to focus and define their academic and career interests. Events included the ever-popular Competitive Edge Etiquette Dinner and Seminar, aimed at providing helpful tips for students in learning domestic and international etiquette.

The DSB’s “Career Night: Stags in Business,” led by members of the DSB Advisory Council, provided tips to students from top business leaders, mostly Fairfield alumni, on the key elements of a successful career.

As part of the new series, Dr. Donald Gibson, dean, launched an initiative to have all sophomores prepare their professional résumé and have it reviewed by a faculty member and a member of the Office of Career Planning.


  • The DSB successfully launched the inaugural Business Plan Competition, the collaborative effort of faculty from the Management Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering. Students across campus engaged in the competition to develop and present their entrepreneurial ventures. The first-prize winner received $10,000, and the second place winner received $2,000.
  • A one-year, full-time MBA program was developed so that business undergraduates can complete a B.A. and MBA in five years.
  • At least 85 percent of DSB students participated in co-curricular activities related to their studies at the business school. The largest, the Marketing Club, had 70 paid members (up from 10 the year before), and received the “Club of the Year” award from the University.
  • A new club, Young Business Leaders of Fairfield (Phi Beta Lambda), was started by students. Students participated in competitions, including the NY Society of Security Analysts Case Competition, and the Rotman School (University of Toronto) Trading Competition, and attended the American Accounting Association Conference and Beta Gamma Sigma Student Leadership Conference. More than 150 undergraduate and graduate students were honored for distinction in academics at the April Student Awards Ceremony.
  • The DSB launched a new Executive Education program, “Leading the Business,” over the summer, aimed at managers interested in developing their skills as future leaders. The program featured an innovative team simulation developed by DSB Professor of Finance Thomas Conine.