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The Career and Professional Development team connects Mercy College students with leaders of industry, and prepares students for a successful business lunch, in our Lunch with a Leader program. Students have a chance to better understand the requisite skills for entry and success in various career fields, and to hear personal anecdotes about how these leaders succeeded, challenges they faced, and career advice they want to share.

Check out the Career and Professional Development Calendar for Upcoming Lunch with a Leader Events. Contact Career and Professional Development if you are interested in attending: cpd@mercy.eduΒ 

Christopher Zarr, Education Specialist, National Archives at NYC
Letitia James, Public Advocate, City of New York
Melissa Vuernick, Executive Director, Kaplan Leadership and Professional Development, US

Fall 2016 Semester at our Manhattan Campus

Antonio Gonzalez, Senior Marketing Manager, Scholastic

Fall 2016 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Steve Birmingham, Chief Information Officer, Ellucian

Fall 2016 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Joe Wehle, Campus Recruiter, Financial Services Organization, Ernst & Young

Spring 2016 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Elizabeth Velez, President and Chief Contract Administrator, Velez Organization

Spring 2016 Semester at our Bronx Campus

Dr. Sharon Joseph, Medical Director, NYU Lutheran Pediatric Clinic

Spring 2016 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Alex R. Ferrari '82, Executive Vice President, Production & Production Technology, Viacom Music & Entertainment

Spring 2016 Semester at our Manhattan Campus

Annie Polland, Senior Vice President of Education & Programs, Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Spring 2016 Semester at our Manhattan Campus

Karen Edwards, President for Education, Training and Research, Westchester Institute of Human Development

Fall 2015 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Ray Negron, Community Advisor, New York Yankees

Fall 2015 Semester at our Bronx Campus

Joe Torres, News Reporter and Anchor , ABC News

Fall 2015 Semester at our Bronx Campus

Daniel Torres, Manager of Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis, J.Crew

Fall 2015 Semester at our Manhattan Campus

John Durante, President & Owner, Durante Rentals

Fall 2015 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

James Dennis, State Director, Pennsylvania Chapter, March of Dimes

Fall 2015 Semester at our Bronx Campus

Sobeida Cruz, Founder/Board of Trustees of Charter School of Educational Excellence

Spring 2015 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Daniel Zelem, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of IT Infrastructure Services, Johnson & Johnson

Spring 2015 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Trisha Blackmar, Senior Editor, Sports Illustrated

Spring 2015 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Jack Mulcahy, Actor, Producer, and Writer

Spring 2015 Semester at our Manhattan Campus

Scott McGee, Anchor, News 12

Spring 2015 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Donna Bray, Vice President, Co-Publisher, Balzer + Bray at HarperCollins Publishers

Spring 2015 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

David Hammer, Assistant District Attorney, New York County DA Office

Spring 2015 Semester at our Manhattan Campus

Steven Mazzola, Principal, Saunders Trades and Technical High School

Spring 2015 Semester at our Bronx Campus

Mark Leeds, CFO of Win Properties, Inc.

Spring 2015 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Janet DiFiore, Westchester County District Attorney

Fall 2014 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Angela Tolosa, Esq., Deputy Reentry Director for Constituency Development and Management, National Division at The Council of State Governments Justice Center

Fall 2014 Semester at our Bronx Campus

Essie Weingarten, Founder & President of Essie Cosmetics, Ltd.

Fall 2014 Semester at our Manhattan Campus

Cristina Lambert, Former VP, Head of Front Office Campus Recruitment, Asia Pacific at Morgan Stanley

Fall 2014 Semester at our Manhattan Campus

Paula Mandell, Regional President of M&T Bank

Fall 2014 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Paloma Hernandez, President and CEO of Urban Health Plan, Inc.

Fall 2014 Semester at our Bronx Campus

Luis Torres, Principal of NYC Public School

Fall 2014 Semester at our Bronx Campus

Tim Scheld, Director of News and Programming at New York's WCBS Newsradio 880

Spring 2014 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Stephen Wade, Sr. VP of Wholesale Credit and Investment Risk Management at CIBC

Spring 2014 Semester at our Manhattan Campus

Sal Lagonia, Senior Town Justice for the Yorktown Justice Department

Spring 2014 Semester at our Bronx Campus

Robert Glazer, CEO of ENT and Allergy Associates

Spring 2014 Semester at our Bronx Campus

Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson, Executive VP and Creative Director at Thompson and Bender

Spring 2014 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Brian Segal, Managing Partner at New York Life

Spring 2014 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Winette Saunders-Halyard, Asst. Commissioner for Community Partnerships and Program Development at the NYC Department of Correction

Fall 2013 Semester at our Bronx Campus

Robert Weisz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at RPW Group

Fall 2013 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Joseph DiCarlo, Senior VP and Director of Human Resources at Westmed Practice Partners

Fall 2013 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

William Mohl, President of Entergy Wholesale Commodities

Fall 2013 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Stephen Pope, Stunt Coordinator and Co-Owner of Argus Film Works, LLC

Spring 2013 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Les Steiger, Group VP/Divisional Merchandise Manager Men's Collection at Macy's

Spring 2013 Semester at our Manhattan Campus

Peter Moore, VP and CFO of Warnaco Inc's Calvin Klein North America Division

Spring 2013 Semester at our Manhattan Campus

Nancy Hunter-Jadot, Sr. Director Community Relations and Diversity Staffing at Ralph Lauren

Spring 2013 Semester at our Bronx Campus

Dennis Curran, Senior VP of Labor and Litigation at the NFL

Spring 2013 Semester at our Manhattan Campus

Joseph Gantz, Managing Director and COO at Pine Brook Brothers

Spring 2013 Semester at our Manhattan Campus

Daniel Papes, Senior Vice President of Westcon Group North America

Spring 2013 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Dr. Raymond Manganelli, Executive Dean and Director, Mercy College

Fall 2012 Semester at our Manhattan Campus

Bala Ayyar, Managing Director and Deputy CFO of Societe Generale

Fall 2012 Semester at our Manhattan Campus

Michael Max Knobbe, Executive Director of BRONXNET Community Television

Fall 2012 Semester at our Bronx Campus

Joseph Kelleher, President and COO of Hutchinson Metro Center

Fall 2012 Semester at our Bronx Campus

Bruce Haber, President of BJH Management, LLC

Fall 2012 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Kuni Nakamura, President of Advanced Polymer, Inc.

Spring 2012 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Matthew McConnell, Former Senior VP and Global Head of Equity Sales Trading at Fidelity Capital Markets

Spring 2012 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Lenny Caro, President and CEO of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce

Spring 2012 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus

Lou Buther, Chief Operating Officer of UHS Surgical Services, Inc

Spring 2012 Semester at our Bronx Campus

Alberto Vitale, Former Chairman and CEO of Random House Worldwide

Spring 2012 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus.

Zane Zumbahlen, HR Director, Global Markets and Platforms at IBM Systems and Technology Group

Fall 2011 Semester at our Dobbs Ferry Campus