Category Archives: Zarb Special Events

Zarb Events Preceding the Presidential Debate at HU

As Hofstra University gets ready to host the September 26 presidential debate, we are pleased that the Zarb School of Business will host two of the many pre-debate events being held on campus.

Check for more information on the debate and the related events — and to see event updates.

  • Tuesday, September 13, 4-6 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: World of Work
    The typical employment relationship has changed drastically over the last few decades and will continue to evolve as the millennials assume leadership positions in organizations and technological advances shape the world of work. Employers strive to create organizational cultures that are responsive to workers and support various work-life-balance initiatives while navigating a myriad of employment legislations that frame the relationship. From the type of work to the methods of collaborating and producing, organizations are facing transformative decisions regarding the optimal form of strategy and structure to remain competitive. What should the new employment relationship look like? How can employers balance competing interests and still move the economy forward?

Sponsored by the Frank G. Zarb School of Business.
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library
Host: Janet Lenaghan, Vice Dean, Zarb School of Business

  • Wednesday, September 21, 4-6 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: Analytics and Decision Making
    Big data is getting more precise, more accessible, faster and cheaper. Analytics software is becoming increasingly more advanced and widespread. As a result, the proliferation of data and advances in new technology enable private business, government, education and the military to make better decisions, faster and cheaper. The world of business is changing. The economy is changing. The impact and value of analytics in major sectors of our economy will be discussed by the panel.

Sponsored by the Frank G. Zarb School of Business.
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor
Contact: Janet Lenaghan, Vice Dean, Zarb School of Business


The Zarb School Congratulations ALL 2016 Graduates

Sunday May 15, 2016 was a day for new alumni and their family and friends to celebrate the graduation of both undergraduate and graduate students at Hofstra University. The Zarb School of Business gives a big shout out for a job well done.

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Winners of 2016 Hofstra CPXi Venture Challenge

The 2016 Hofstra CPXi Venture Challenge recently concluded with Hofstra undergraduate and graduate student entrepreneurs winning a total of $42,000 in prizes.

Here is the recap of the 2016 challenge, as reported by Hofstra’s Karla Schuster:

“A staring contest mobile app and a 3D-printed bionic hand won the top prizes in the 2016 Hofstra CPXi Venture Challenge entrepreneurship contest. The competition, sponsored by alumnus and trustee Mike Seiman, CEO of the digital media company CPXi, drew more than 57 competitors – the largest number since it began in 2013. A total of 17 finalists (11 undergraduate students and six graduate students) competed for $42,000 in seed money for their ventures. Seiman founded CPXi when he was still a student at Hofstra.”

“Look, the staring-contest mobile app, was conceived by a team of four students, two freshmen – engineering major Lynn Luong and biology major Anthony Avgi, and two sophomores – international business major Allon Avgi and management major Chris Catalano. All are officers of the Hofstra University Start-Ups club. Their team won the $15,000 first-place prize in the undergraduate competition.”

“Second place and $10,000 went to Beacon, a location-based app for those between the ages of 18 and 29 to meet those of similar interests was presented by juniors Christopher Davie and Taylor Ninesling. Dylan Ander, a senior won the $5,000 third place prize for GearLocker – a guitar lock with a GPS chip.”

“We come from such diverse backgrounds and we never thought we would get to this place,” Lynn Luong said. “Now we have the motivation and the fire to keep going.” The students also credited Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship, which presented the 2016 Venture Challenge, with providing the guidance that helped them make a successful pitch. The center, through its Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and Accelerator programs, provided CPXi contestants with sessions on a wide range of issues including preparing a business pitch and plan, intellectual property issues, and how to build a business without outside capital. “The entrepreneurs-in-residence helped us so much,” Anthony Avgi said. “They gave us pointers on our presentation and our business plan. They spent so much time with us. We learned so much.”

On the graduate side, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine student Todd Goldstein took first place and $7,000 for Mano-Matic, a 3D printed prosthetic hand controlled with electronic motors and sensors. The runners-up were were: Urban Jungle Green Roofing, an innovative engineering and installation company founded by Nicholas Wejchert, which won second place and $4,000; and TobChat, a “connectivity media” alternative to social media for developing nations presented by Oluwatobi Kareem, which won third place and $1,000.

Photo: (from left) Software entrepreneur James Droskoski (judge), and CPXi CEO Mike Seiman (judge), LOOK team members Anthony Avgi ’19, Chris Catalano ’18, Allon Avgi ’18 and Lynn Luong ’19, Center for Entrepreneurship Executive Dean Mark Lesko, and judges Mike Zacharski, COO of CPXi, Dr. Elizabeth Venuti, senior associate dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business and Nasi Ali, CEO of Upstate Venture Connect and executive director of Seed Capital Fund of Central New York.


Zarb at 50: All Video Clips

Recently, we made six video posts on a spectacular Zarb School event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the business school. In this post, all of the video clips are made available in one spot.

Zarb at 50 (1): Overview Video with President Rabinowitz

Zarb at 50 (2): Presentation by Kathyrn V. Marinello, Distinguished Alumna

Zarb at 50 (3): Presentation by Stella M. Mendes, Distinguished Alumna

Zarb at 50 (4): Presentation by Julio A. Portalatin, Distinguished Alumnus

Zarb at 50 (5): Presentation by Debra A. Sandler, Distinguished Alumna

Zarb at 50 (6): Presentation by Michael Venuti, Distinguished Alumnus


Reminder: Two Zarb Speakers Today

Kathleen Stanley, Senior VP of Capital One Bank, will be speaking at 11:15 AM. Shapiro Alumni House, South Campus, Hofstra University. More Details
Matt Seeley, Group President, North America Experian Marketing Services, will be speaking from 6:00-8:00 PM. Student Center Theater, Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus. More Details

Zarb Executive Speaker: Matt Seeley, Experian

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM, Matt Seeley, Group President, North America Experian Marketing Services, will be speaking on “Creating Consistency in Change.”

This event will be held in the Student Center Theater, Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus. All Zarb graduate students, faculty and administrators are invited to attend.

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Matt Seeley Poster