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This article originally appeared in the Bentley Magazine.
Vice President, Client Services, BNY Mellon
On the always changing world of business . . .
There is one constant in both business and in life: change. During my 20 years in the financial services sector, the business environment has shifted dramatically, especially due to geo-political factors and emerging technologies. A business education from Bentley prepared me for the ever-changing world of finance and helped me develop a successful career in the process.
On staying involved. . .
I stay involved with Bentley because the school is a part of me. The four years I spent on campus were among the most influential and formative of my life; giving back to my alma mater keeps my connection with Bentley as strong as ever.
On the value of making a reunion gift. . .
Supporting Bentley with a reunion gift means a great deal to me. Like many of my classmates, I had parents who made a number of sacrifices to enable me to attend Bentley and follow my dreams. A reunion gift is my way of “paying it forward” – a way to honor my class and Bentley experience, and provide much-needed assistance for today’s students.
On encouraging others to take action. . .
Reaching out to fellow alumni is not a big deal for me. There are so many benefits to giving back and so many ways to do so, whether through financial means or by lending your time and expertise. I am happy to explain this to my classmates and fellow alumni, and encourage them to get involved. Plus, I know that Bentley has a low percentage of alumni who make an annual gift in support of the school. I want to help change that trend!
The Yawkey Foundations have recognized Bentley University’s longstanding commitment to service-learning and awarded the university $500,000 to educate students to effectively lead nonprofit organizations and expand student efforts to help community groups.