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Debra is the Director of Marketing at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, which is a full-service law firm on Long Island with offices in Nassau and Suffolk County. She has been working at the firm since 1998 and in the field of legal marketing since 1990 with positions at two other law firms. She has also worked at Canon USA, Norstar Bank, and at Dowling College as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. An MBA, she also earned a bachelor’s degree in English, magna cum laude, from Stony Brook University, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Active in her…

Daniel McLane ’88 | Where is He Now? Daniel is the Principal Law Clerk to the County Court Judge. He is currently assigned to Family Court. He has years of experience in law, with prior experience as Deputy County Attorney, as an adjunct business law professor, and an attorney in private practice. Company: NYS Unified Court System Mentor on Campus Tap. Degree Type: BA in History and Political Science What’s your 30-60 second elevator pitch? Public service is my vocation. I am diligent, competent, and honest. I strive to always improve and better myself. Did you consider any other careers…

By Dawn Zier ’ 86, CEO of Nutrisystem (NASDAQ:NTRI), Spirit Airlines Board Member My education at Stony Brook has been one of the most profound things that has happened to me – it taught me how to think critically.  I was trained as an engineer and in computer science and learned how to take complex problems and break them down into modules and then build up solutions. This has helped me in every job that I have had since. Ask engineers what they do and they’ll likely tell you they solve problems. That’s true whether they’re trying to shrink the…

Renee Pelletier ’03, ’08, ’16 has worked in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services for 17 years. For the last five years, she’s served as a financial literacy and default management specialist. She also oversees Stony Brook’s Money Smart Seawolves financial literacy program. Do you ever get stressed out over your financial obligations? Does it sometimes feel like you don’t have enough money to do all the things you want to do? Are you a recent graduate stressed out about your future student loan repayment? You’re not alone! Managing your personal finances is not always easy, but knowing…

By Frank A. Loglisci ’07 Many students graduate college with a dream of being successful in their field, and while the definition of what it is to be a success is different for each person, my advice is always the same. It’s a given that you need to be smart, driven and work hard, but one of the hardest and most important things you need to be able to do is communicate. I don’t mean being able to write or speak in a professional manner (though both are important, of course). I’m talking about being able to speak to your…

By John Rosenfelder ’88 John is a business intelligence analyst with proven results applying technology to strategy through data investigation, statistical analysis and visual presentation. He received his BA from Stony Brook in English Composition and Art History and an MS from Columbia University in Technology Management. John has been an SBU CAN Mentor for several years. It is a widely accepted fact that most jobs come from personal referrals, not by using online applications or career sites. If you have no network because you are just starting your career or changing professions, how can you find people in your…

By Joe Campolo, Esq. ’94, Managing Partner, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP Negotiation is a crucial business, management and leadership skill. We all negotiate every day, in daily life with family and friends, in business, in political life and government, in academia and in deal-making, conflict resolution, problem-solving and decision-making. Yet too often, negotiations fall apart due to lack of preparation and an inability to be willing to create a win-win (or win-not lose) solution. We recently saw this play out on the national stage. Donald Trump holds himself out as a master negotiator and “dealmaker,” frustrated by the gridlock…

by Mallory Rothstein ’15, BA in Psychology This past fall, I decided it was the right time to leave my former employer and find a new job. My goal was to start a fresh chapter by landing a position in the tech industry. The only catch? Never before had I worked at a tech company, and I didn’t have many close connections within any tech companies, either. I knew that in order to get a job, I would have to be a standout applicant. And I succeeded! But how did I do this? I was able to use social media…

When was the last time you did something to help a colleague look good? Or went that extra step, not because you had to, but because it was the right thing to do? You might think that it doesn’t matter, and that nobody is watching, but you never know. As a mentor, I am often asked how I got started in my career, and I’m always happy to share this story. When I was just starting out, I was offered a temporary assignment in midtown Manhattan in the marketing department of CBS/Fox Video, the leader in home video at the…

In addition to my day job, I also enjoy teaching undergraduate classes on campus. One semester, I started my Communications class with a simple instruction: Stand up and tell the class who you are in 30 seconds or less. This quick improvisation exercise is designed to help people focus on saying just the most important details that they need to convey. The students had to decide within a matter of moments which aspects of their life they believed were appropriate to share with the group. I immediately scanned the group for the body language that would clue me in to…

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