Alumni Seminar Series

A Series for Graduate Business Alumni and current EMBA/MBA/MAcc students 

An outstanding group of Rider Graduate Business professors, alumni and professional partners have generously offered to share their valuable talents in a series of career skills seminars for current Rider EMBA/MBA/MAcc candidates and alumni. Each seminar covers essential career skills that will sharpen existing knowledge and reinforce the talents necessary to navigate the challenging workplace environment of the 21st century. Afterwards, network with your fellow alumni and classmates over light refreshments. 

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All seminars run from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

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College of Business Administration

Alumni Seminar Series include:
Self-Defeating Behaviors

Image of SaracenoPresenter:  Professor Mike Saraceno
Date:  Thursday, September 15, 2011
Time:  5:15 to 6:15 p.m. 
Location:  Boardroom - Sweigart 208 
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Self-defeating behaviors (SDBs) are behaviors that hold you back in life and derail you from achieving your goals, both professionally and personally. Everyone has them, but many people aren’t aware of their existence. In this interactive workshop, we’ll define and explain what SDBs are, help you identify your own SDBs, delineate where SDBs come from, address the consequences of SDBs, discuss ways to modify and eliminate your SDBs, and develop an action plan around your SDBs.

Professor Mike Saraceno has more than twenty years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, working for companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Publicis and Quantum Learning. Mike has been an adjunct instructor for Rider University since 1993, teaching EMBA, MBA, MA, and undergraduate business courses. He also participates in the Leadership Edge, a program of individual coaching hours that serves EMBA students. Mike has an MBA in HR Management from SUNY Albany, and is a Masters candidate in Counseling from Rider University.


Marketing Strategies in Social Media  

Image of BurgessPresenter:  Professor Mark Burgess
Date:  Monday, September 26, 2011
Time:  5:15 to 6:15 p.m. 
Location:  Auditorium - Sweigart 115
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We will explore how leading social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook and Blogs are used on line to generate interest, leads and sales. The rules of marketing are changing and the key to winning new clients is to use this change to your advantage. Learn how you or your business can "get found" on line with inbound marketing. Net takeaway: investing some time and creativity are prerequisites for joining the social media revolution. Clue: think "community."

Professor Mark Burgess has held senior marketing roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, AT&T and McCann-Erickson. Mark's focus and passion is interactive marketing and social media. Mark has strategically planned and executed marketing programs and introduced new products for leading brands. At McCann New York and Chicago, Mark managed two flagship advertising accounts -- L'Oreal & Sears -- and is a winner of two EFFIEs for marketing excellence. 


Design Techniques for Effective Presentations  

Image of ProcaccinoPresenter:  Dr. Drew Procaccino
Date:  Monday, October 10, 2011
Time:  5:15 to 6:15 p.m.  
Location:  Computer Lab - Sweigart 108
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Studies show that use of certain design techniques contribute to more effective electronic and printed documents. In this session, we will discuss the use of major design principles and basic color theory to enhance presentations. Examples will be reviewed as well as hands-on practice in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Dr. Drew Procaccino teaches introductory information systems concepts, spreadsheet and database design, business graphics and general business technologies. Dr. Procaccino earned his Ph.D. from The College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University. He has co-written several published articles on the management of software development projects, as well as articles and a booklet on identity theft.

Managing Your Career as a Business in the 21st Century 

Image of Ron ColonPresenter:  Mr. Rod Colon
Date:  Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Time:  5:15 to 6:15 p.m.  
Location:  Boardroom - Sweigart 208 
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Mr. Rod Colon will share his 24 years of experience as a corporate HR management insider, outside agency recruiter, professional networker and career coach through an unusual yet common sense approach to networking and career management. 

A career coach and professional speaker, Rod Colon is also the published author of Win the Race for 21st Century Jobs. He has been featured on ABC-TV “Tiempo” with Joe Torres, NEWS12 New Jersey “It’s Your Money” with Eric Landskroner, and has received numerous awards and citations in both print and online media. Rod co-hosts the weekly interactive call-in radio show Your Career is Calling on Rider University’s 107.7 FM and online at

Excel for Personal and Corporate Finance

image of Edward AdamsPresenter:  Professor Edward Adams
Date:  Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Time:  5:15 to 6:15 p.m.  
Location:  Computer Lab - Sweigart 108
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Whether you are an advanced or novice Excel user, this session is a hands-on opportunity to create effective financial decision-making tools for both personal and professional use. Participants will construct two spreadsheets that can be transitioned into real-world application: a mortgage amortization schedule, and a retirement savings plan. Excel functions PMT (payment), FV (future value) and other basic Excel mathematical parameters will be covered showing real life examples.

Professor Ed Adams founded ABA Financial Corporation, Abacus Capital Corporation and spent many years on Wall Street managing leveraged buyout deals for PruCapital Corporation. An alumnus of Rider University with an MBA from St John’s University, Professor Adams currently operates his CPA firm, Adams and Associates and is a registered representative of Genworth Financial. Professor Adams has been an Adjunct Professor at Rider for 24 years, including three years at Sanda University in Shanghai, China.

The Effect of Emotional Intelligence on Career Success

Image of Mark KasrelPresenter:  Professor Mark Kasrel
Date:  Monday, December 5, 2011
Time:  5:15 to 6:15 p.m.  
Location:  Boardroom - Sweigart 208
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Seminar participants will be coached on what emotional intelligence is and how EQ, rather than IQ, contributes more to a person’s success at any level or technical expertise. We invite you to learn the surprising truth about what really motivates us.

Professor Mark A. Kasrel, B.S., M.A., L.P.C , is an Executive in Residence and Harper Professor at Rider University’s College of Business Administration, teaching professional development courses and serving as Director of Corporate Outreach for the Executive Center for Education and Development (EXCEED). Mark has been a consultant to businesses for 25+ years. The bulk of Mark’s clients are fast growth entrepreneurial companies as well as successful family businesses. A highlight for Mark has been his involvement with Dr. Greg Olsen, the third civilian selected to travel to the International Space Station, for whom he is an executive coach.

Practical Application of Pivot and Data Tables  

Image of Bill AmadioPresenter:  Dr. Bill Amadio
Date:  Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Time:  5:15 to 6:15 p.m.  
Location:  TBA
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Excel users can create powerful analyses very quickly using Pivot Tables and Data Tables. In this session, we will discuss what Pivot and Data Tables are, along with how and when to apply them. There will be hands-on practice, and all participants will leave with a file of sample Pivot Table and Data Table examples. Employee Sales file that will be used during the session.

Dr. Bill Amadio teaches business intelligence and other data-driven technologies for management practice. Dr. Amadio earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. In 1990, he received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. At present, he serves as a full-time member of the Rider faculty and Director of Rider's Center for Business Forensics.

Professional Sales Techniques 

Presenter:  Mr. Justin Plunkett
Date:  Monday, March 5, 2012
Time: 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.  
Location:  Boardroom - Sweigart 208 
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Closing a business deal takes more than strong negotiation tactics. Learn effective sales strategies that will strengthen the ability to build professional alliances, enhance credibility in any given industry and get business deals moving to the closing table with proficiency and composure.

Mr. Justin Plunkett, MBA '07 is an accomplished national sales account leader within the pharmaceutical industry who possesses a wealth of knowledge in driving new business development, developing staff and profit enhancement. Through a combination of strategy formulation and relationship building, Mr. Plunkett has built a record of successful sales deals and contract negotiations that he will share with seminar participants.

Developing a Healthy Work-Life Balance for New Accountants

Image of Matt NissenPresenter:  Mr. Matt Nissen, CPA
Date:  Thursday, April 19, 2012
Time:  5:15 to 6:15 p.m.  
Location:  Boardroom - Sweigart 208  
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Although college can teach you a wealth of technical accounting knowledge, there is one challenge an accounting student rarely reads about on the pages of an accounting textbook. How should a new accounting professional prepare for the inevitable struggle to strike the right work/life balance in their professional career? Although reaching this balance is different for each of us, there are lessons to learn through the exploration of those who have come before us. Learn how Mr. Nissen has worked to achieve harmony while juggling the challenges of adjusting to a demanding new career, passing the CPA exam and maintaining relationships with family and friends. It was an interesting ride and he would love share his lessons learned with you through this interactive discussion.

Matthew Nissen graduated from Rider University with a BSBA in Accounting and an MBA concentrated in Finance. He currently works in public accounting as an Audit Senior Associate with the Audit, Tax and Advisory firm of KPMG, LLP in their New York Financial Services practice. Focused on both public and non-public clients, his engagement portfolio includes banks, leasing, and investment companies. Matthew is a fully licensed Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey.

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