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2015

Miguel Lopez Velarde

Sherif El-Sabbahy (MS, Math, 2014; MSFE, 2015), Miguel Lopez Velarde (MSFE, Math, 2015), Hanutosh Baria (MSFE, 2017), and Naomi Rinaldi (MBA, 2016) participated in a virtual panel discussion moderated by Professor Ayça Altintig in mid-February. They shared personal experiences from their professional journeys and offered students advice on how to prepare for a successful career in the finance industry.

2015 | 2018

Iliana Perez

Iliana Perez (MA, Economics; PhD, Education), who is the director of research and entrepreneurship at the non-profit Immigrants Rising, discusses her career on CGU’s podcast series, How Did You Get That Job?

2014

Ran Zhao

Doctoral student¬†Ran Zhao¬†(MSFE/Math) and Lu Zhu co-authored¬†‚ÄúThe Externalities of Credit Default Swaps on Stock Return Synchronicity,” which was published last year in the¬†Journal of Futures Markets. Zhao¬†also presented on ‚ÄúCredit Derivatives and Corporate Default Prediction,‚Ä̬†‚ÄúImproving Asymmetric Stochastic Volatility Models with Ex-post Volatility,‚Ä̬†‚ÄúBond Volatility and CDS Auctions,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúCredit Risk Contagion in a Network Economy: Evidence from Supply Chain Data‚ÄĚ at various finance association annual meetings in 2020/21, including the Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Southern Finance Association Annual Meeting, Midwest Finance Association Annual Meeting, and the Western Conference in Mathematical Finance.

2014 | 2015

Sherif El-Sabbahy

Sherif El-Sabbahy (MS, Math, 2014; MSFE, 2015), Miguel Lopez Velarde (MSFE, Math, 2015), Hanutosh Baria (MSFE, 2017), and Naomi Rinaldi (MBA, 2016) participated in a virtual panel discussion moderated by Professor Ayça Altintig in mid-February. They shared personal experiences from their professional journeys and offered students advice on how to prepare for a successful career in the finance industry.

2013

Gina Orozco 

The Human Side of Management discussion¬†series concluded during Women’s History Month with an energized conversation about¬†‚ÄúWhy Women‚Äôs Leadership Matters.‚ÄĚ The discussion comprised an all-star panel of female leaders across different industries:¬†Ayca Altintig, assistant professor of finance at the Drucker School;¬†Paola Nava¬†(MBA, 2011), people director at Reformation;¬†Katrina Frye¬†(MAAM, 2013), principal consultant at Culture Shift Collective and CEO at Lauretta Records; and¬†Gina Orozco¬†(EMBA, 2013), vice president of gas engineering and system integrity at SoCalGas and member of the Drucker Industry Advisory Board.

2013

Katrina Frye

The Human Side of Management discussion¬†series concluded during Women’s History Month with an energized conversation about¬†‚ÄúWhy Women‚Äôs Leadership Matters.‚ÄĚ The discussion comprised an all-star panel of female leaders across different industries:¬†Ayca Altintig, assistant professor of finance at the Drucker School;¬†Paola Nava¬†(MBA, 2011), people director at Reformation;¬†Katrina Frye¬†(MAAM, 2013), principal consultant at Culture Shift Collective and CEO at Lauretta Records; and¬†Gina Orozco¬†(EMBA, 2013), vice president of gas engineering and system integrity at SoCalGas and member of the Drucker Industry Advisory Board.

2013

Yvonne Hernandez Friedman

Diverse Issues in Education recently highlighted two CGU graduates. Soua Xiong (PhD, Education, 2019), Asst. Professor at CSU Fresno, was recognized as an emerging scholar. The journal also announced Yvonne Hernandez Friedman’s (PhD, Education, 2013) appointment as Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

2012 | 2015

Elise Fenn

Elise Fenn¬†(MA, PhD, Psychology) reports receiving tenure in the¬†Department of Psychology at California State University Northridge¬†(as well as welcoming the arrival of baby Ezra!)¬†During her time at CGU, Fenn worked in Professor¬†Kathy Pezdek’s¬†lab and co-authored scholarly articles with her, including 2019’s “Nonprobative Photos Increase Truth, Like, and Share Judgments in a Simulated Social Media Environment” in the¬†Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.

2011

Paola Nava

The Human Side of Management discussion¬†series concluded during Women’s History Month with an energized conversation about¬†‚ÄúWhy Women‚Äôs Leadership Matters.‚ÄĚ The discussion comprised an all-star panel of female leaders across different industries:¬†Ayca Altintig, assistant professor of finance at the Drucker School;¬†Paola Nava¬†(MBA, 2011), people director at Reformation;¬†Katrina Frye¬†(MAAM, 2013), principal consultant at Culture Shift Collective and CEO at Lauretta Records; and¬†Gina Orozco¬†(EMBA, 2013), vice president of gas engineering and system integrity at SoCalGas and member of the Drucker Industry Advisory Board.

2010

Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza

Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza (PhD, Education) has been named the next president of the College of San Mateo, after previously serving over 20 years in the education field. Her tenure begins July 1, 2022. Read more about Taylor-Mendoza in this Skyline View article.

2010 | 2013

Monica Almond

Monica Almond (MA, PhD, Education) and The Almond Group recently hosted a listening session and discussion on the verdict stemming from the murder of George Floyd.

2009

Jordan T. Watkins

Jordan T. Watkins (MA, History) published his first book Slavery and Sacred Texts: The Bible, the Constitution, and Historical Consciousness in Antebellum America (Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society) in July.