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Patch featured Pace University's Lubin School of Business Dean Neil Braun in "Business Dean to Job-Seekers: Take Back Control"

05/29/2020

Patch featured Pace University's Lubin School of Business Dean Neil Braun in "Business Dean to Job-Seekers: Take Back Control"

As college seniors earn their diplomas this month and begin the daunting task of job hunting during a global pandemic and uncertain economic outlook, the Dean of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business has some valuable advice on maximizing this time: Take Back Control.

In a video message to students, Neil Braun, who has been an entrepreneur, television network president, corporate attorney, CEO, and film producer, says that students’ actions during this pandemic will reflect on them as they look to start their careers. He asks them to ponder three questions during this time where so many are sheltering in place: What did you manage? What did you learn? And what did you contribute to your community?

“The key is how to turn this time that feels so stressful and out of our control to taking back control and making something good happen for yourselves,’’ Braun said. 

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Press Release: Business Dean to Job-Seekers: Take Back Control

05/28/2020

Press Release: Business Dean to Job-Seekers: Take Back Control

Pandemic Experience Can be Applied to Future Careers

Asks Three Key Questions of What Students Did During Pandemic

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. May 28, 2020 – As college seniors earn their diplomas this month and begin the daunting task of job hunting during a global pandemic and uncertain economic outlook, the Dean of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business has some valuable advice on maximizing this time: Take Back Control.

In a video message to students, Neil Braun, who has been an entrepreneur, television network president, corporate attorney, CEO, and film producer, says that students’ actions during this pandemic will reflect on them as they look to start their careers. He asks them to ponder three questions during this time where so many are sheltering in place: What did you manage? What did you learn? And what did you contribute to your community?

 “The key is how to turn this time that feels so stressful and out of our control to taking back control and making something good happen for yourselves,’’ Braun said.

Watch Dean Braun’s message here.

Here are questions that Braun asks job seekers to consider:

What management skills did you develop? – Be able to talk about how you learned and managed new skills. What are some of the new responsibilities you were tasked with from managing the food supplies to helping manage elderly relatives?

What do you want to learn during this time? -- Whether its coding, cooking or ballroom dancing, what did you learn when you were sheltering in place other than binge watching Netflix?

What did you contribute to the community? There are plenty of ways to make a difference from volunteering virtually to read to children or talking to neighbors. Showing you took initiative can not only boost your self-esteem, but make points with future employers, Braun noted.

“I know that businesses are going to look for people who are agile and adaptable and creative problem solvers,” said Braun. “So these questions are inevitable and will likely come up in any interviewing situations.”

In addition to providing these insights, Pace University and its Department of Career Services is working overtime to provide its students and graduates with valuable resources. Recently, it also announced that it is extending its full range of resources, relationships, recruitment and know-how to include parents adversely affected by economic fallout of this crisis, and is ready to help families in need find employment.

To learn more, call (212) 346-1950 or email careers@pace.edu.

About Pace University

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains. Follow us on Twitter or on the Pace News website.

About the Lubin School of Business at Pace University
Globally recognized and prestigiously accredited, the Lubin School of Business integrates New York City’s business world into the experienced-based education of its students at Pace’s suburban and downtown campuses, implemented by one of the region’s largest co-op programs, team-based learning, and customized career guidance. Its programs are designed to launch success-oriented graduates toward upwardly mobile careers. www.pace.edu/lubin.

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"Westchester County Business Journal" featured Lubin School of Business Dean Neil Braun's piece "Keeping Pace: Business education is evolving"

07/18/2019

"Westchester County Business Journal" featured Lubin School of Business Dean Neil Braun's piece "Keeping Pace: Business education is evolving"

We live in a STEM world these days, where students are rightfully focused on learning the science, technology, engineering, and math skills they’ll need to succeed in an increasingly tech-reliant future

But business skills still matter, too. A lot.

Every successful business—every startup, every tech disrupter—needs to be financed, marketed, accounted for, and managed. Even the greatest new idea can only become a viable, successful business with the help of people who know how to define a need, develop a plan, create a budget, raise financing, hire the right employees, create the right marketing messages, and define metrics to measure progress.

That’s what a business education teaches.

That fact doesn’t always make the headlines. Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported on a trend of universities shutting down MBA programs. But the decline in the number of programs doesn’t mean the decline of business education. In fact, according to AACSB, the business school accreditation body, MBA enrollments were slightly up despite the decline in the number of programs.

The MBA represents less than 25 percent of the degrees awarded by business schools, so it is a mistake to draw conclusions about business education from MBA data alone.

On the undergraduate level, business remains the most popular major, by far. Some 367,000 bachelor’s degrees were awarded in the 2016-2017 academic year, the most recent for which the National Center for Education Statistics has published data.

For graduate students, needs are simply different today than they were decades ago—or even a few years ago. Instead of a two-year, fulltime MBA program, today’s students want—and universities are today delivering—shorter, flexible, and specialized programs. They’re returning to business school later in life to earn new credentials that will help them navigate an ever-changing, and ever-faster-changing, world of employment. That’s also why a two-year commitment is no longer viable for many of them, and why universities are increasingly offering graduate business education in online and hybrid programs.

AACSB data the Journal cited also showed 140 new master’s programs in specialized business subjects, like data analytics, since 2014. That’s a 16 percent increase. And online MBA programs have doubled since 2014, the AACSB data show.

More than that, and especially at an undergraduate level, we know that some of the most important things students learn in college are not discipline-specific. Employers, business leaders, and alumni mentors all tell us the same thing: They’re looking for college graduates who know how to think, how to learn, and how to communicate. They need flexible thinkers who can problem solve across disciplines and continuously learn new skills. When I was at a roundtable of business leaders in Westchester last year, the gathered executives spoke with one voice: They need graduates who have technical skills, and they really need graduates who also have the so-called soft skills, like critical thinking and interpersonal communications.

That’s also borne out by data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, in which surveyed businesses ranked leadership skills, teamwork, communication skills, and problem-solving skills as the attributes they most seek in employment candidates, above analytical and quantitative skills, technical skills, and computer skills.

And that’s the beauty of a business education. Students across fields and majors learn critical thinking and problem solving. But in a business education, a student learns those skills in a context of commerce and industry, learns them in a way that will be instantly useful in the workplace. Simply put, business education teaches students not just the fundamentals of business but also the ways of thinking and interacting that are critical in the business world.

How we deliver that education, and how it is applied, may change, but it will remain deeply valuable.

Neil Braun is the Dean of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University.

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"Benzinga" featured Lubin School of Business Dean Neil Braun in "What Do Beth Comstock, Tom Davenport, V. Kumar, Heather Wilson, Randy Bean, Bill Franks, and Theresa Kushner Have in Common?: The Analytics Hall of Fame"

04/10/2019

"Benzinga" featured Lubin School of Business Dean Neil Braun in "What Do Beth Comstock, Tom Davenport, V. Kumar, Heather Wilson, Randy Bean, Bill Franks, and Theresa Kushner Have in Common?: The Analytics Hall of Fame"

On March 25, luminaries, C-suite executives, and top experts were honored at the Inaugural Award Ceremony of the Analytics Hall of Fame hosted at Pace University. Many of the most prominent names in the analytics and digital worlds were represented. Beth Comstock, bestselling author of "Imagine It Forward" kicked off the event, sharing her insights on change and innovation leadership, a pillar of the Analytics Hall of Fame. Comstock was interviewed by Neil Braun, Pace's Lubin School of Business Dean and former Chairman and CEO of Viacom Entertainment.

The Lubin School of Business at Pace offers a graduate program, an MS in Customer Intelligence and Analytics, and an undergraduate program, a BBA in Business Analytics. Analytics is also integrated across all business disciplines. "Data analytics is part of every business discipline in every sector of the economy and at the Lubin School of Business at Pace we are integrating it across the curriculum in addition to specialized majors, minors and degree programs," said Braun.

Comstock spoke about her career and how she anticipated and managed change. "I took my marketing degree seriously," said Comstock. "I lived in the markets. Marketing is not about advertising, it's about strategy and innovation and seeing where the world is going. So make sure you have a boss that will let you try something new."

The second part of the event recognized influential leaders in the analytics field.

"We are now entering a ‘golden age' of analytics," said Tony Branda, DPS, Founder of the Analytics Hall of Fame and Professor of Digital Marketing and Analytics at Pace University's Lubin School of Business. "In this new age, it is time for practitioners and academics of analytics to have their own Hall of Fame, the Analytics Hall of Fame, providing a well-deserved center stage to recognize unsung heroes and increase professional visibility."

"I am thrilled with the support we received from those we consider to be superstars in the analytics and digital arena," said Branda. "With the support of these inductees I am hopeful the Analytics Hall of Fame can build a strong membership base and powerful community."

"Fifteen years ago, we didn't have these practitioners called Chief Data Officer or Chief Analytics Officer," said Heather Wilson, Chief Analytics and Data Officer, L Brands. "The financial crisis birthed all of this and even the digitization that is going on now. As a practitioner, I've enjoyed seeing the impact of analytics on healthcare, insurance, and banking, and now retail."

Lubin offers courses, boot camps, and competitions in response to evolving needs in the marketplace. The school also works with corporate partners to host competitions that give students professional experience in data analytics consulting projects. Winning teams are awarded internships and job interviews for full-time placements. Recent competitions were hosted by Lubin with GroupM, the number one global media investment management group.

About Pace University: Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University's Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains.

About the Lubin School of Business at Pace University: Globally recognized and prestigiously accredited, the Lubin School of Business integrates New York City's business world into the experienced-based education of its students at Pace's suburban and downtown campuses, implemented by one of the region's largest co-op programs, team-based learning, and customized career guidance. Its programs are designed to launch success-oriented graduates toward upwardly mobile careers. https://www.pace.edu/lubin.

About the Analytics Hall of Fame: The Analytics Hall of Fame is a digital destination for the analytics industry. Features include practitioner recognition, peer recognition awards, company recognition, and a networking portal. The Analytics Health Check provides AI validation and analytics monitoring designed to help C-suite executives and board members achieve payback from analytics while ensuring privacy and ethical standards. The recruiting portal is a source of talent.

Membership is open to professionals in the following disciplines: Analytics (Insights, AI, Data Science); Business Intelligence and Big Data; CRM (Mar-tech, Sales, and Marketing Automation); Digital Marketing and Analytics (Social Intelligence); Research (Marketing, Market, and Competitive Intelligence). To learn more about membership: https://analyticshalloffame.com/memberships/.

Awards are offered in five categories in global, country, and industry leadership. Award nominations are now being accepted for the second quarter of 2019: https://analyticshalloffame.com/nominate/.

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Press Release: What do Beth Comstock, Tom Davenport, V. Kumar, Heather Wilson Randy Bean, Bill Franks, and Theresa Kushner have in common? The Analytics Hall of Fame!

04/09/2019

Press Release: What do Beth Comstock, Tom Davenport, V. Kumar, Heather Wilson Randy Bean, Bill Franks, and Theresa Kushner have in common? The Analytics Hall of Fame!

On March 25, luminaries, C-suite executives, and top experts were honored at the Inaugural Award Ceremony of the Analytics Hall of Fame hosted at Pace University. Many of the most prominent names in the analytics and digital worlds were represented. Beth Comstock, bestselling author of “Imagine It Forward” kicked off the event, sharing her insights on change and innovation leadership, a pillar of the Analytics Hall of Fame. Comstock was interviewed by Neil Braun, Pace’s Lubin School of Business Dean and former Chairman and CEO of Viacom Entertainment.

The Lubin School of Business at Pace offers a graduate program, an MS in Customer Intelligence and Analytics, and an undergraduate program, a BBA in Business Analytics. Analytics is also integrated across all business disciplines. “Data analytics is part of every business discipline in every sector of the economy and at the Lubin School of Business at Pace we are integrating it across the curriculum in addition to specialized majors, minors and degree programs,” said Braun.

Comstock spoke about her career and how she anticipated and managed change. “I took my marketing degree seriously,” said Comstock. “I lived in the markets. Marketing is not about advertising, it’s about strategy and innovation and seeing where the world is going. So make sure you have a boss that will let you try something new.”

The second part of the event recognized influential leaders in the analytics field.

“We are now entering a ‘golden age’ of analytics,” said Tony Branda, DPS, Founder of the Analytics Hall of Fame and Professor of Digital Marketing and Analytics at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. “In this new age, it is time for practitioners and academics of analytics to have their own Hall of Fame, the Analytics Hall of Fame, providing a well-deserved center stage to recognize unsung heroes and increase professional visibility.”

“I am thrilled with the support we received from those we consider to be superstars in the analytics and digital arena,” said Branda. “With the support of these inductees I am hopeful the Analytics Hall of Fame can build a strong membership base and powerful community.”

“Fifteen years ago, we didn’t have these practitioners called Chief Data Officer or Chief Analytics Officer,” said Heather Wilson, Chief Analytics and Data Officer, L Brands. “The financial crisis birthed all of this and even the digitization that is going on now. As a practitioner, I’ve enjoyed seeing the impact of analytics on healthcare, insurance, and banking, and now retail.”

Lubin offers courses, boot camps, and competitions in response to evolving needs in the marketplace. The school also works with corporate partners to host competitions that give students professional experience in data analytics consulting projects. Winning teams are awarded internships and job interviews for full-time placements. Recent competitions were hosted by Lubin with GroupM, the number one global media investment management group.

About Pace University: Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains.

About the Lubin School of Business at Pace University: Globally recognized and prestigiously accredited, the Lubin School of Business integrates New York City’s business world into the experienced-based education of its students at Pace’s suburban and downtown campuses, implemented by one of the region’s largest co-op programs, team-based learning, and customized career guidance. Its programs are designed to launch success-oriented graduates toward upwardly mobile careers. www.pace.edu/lubin.

About the Analytics Hall of Fame: The Analytics Hall of Fame is a digital destination for the analytics industry. Features include practitioner recognition, peer recognition awards, company recognition, and a networking portal. The Analytics Health Check provides AI validation and analytics monitoring designed to help C-suite executives and board members achieve payback from analytics while ensuring privacy and ethical standards. The recruiting portal is a source of talent.

Membership is open to professionals in the following disciplines: Analytics (Insights, AI, Data Science); Business Intelligence and Big Data; CRM (Mar-tech, Sales, and Marketing Automation); Digital Marketing and Analytics (Social Intelligence); Research (Marketing, Market, and Competitive Intelligence). To learn more about membership: https://analyticshalloffame.com/memberships/.

Awards are offered in five categories in global, country, and industry leadership. Award nominations are now being accepted for the second quarter of 2019: https://analyticshalloffame.com/nominate/.

Find the Analytics Hall of Fame on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube.

A panel of expert judges evaluates submissions from the professional and academic communities. Judges for the 2019 – 2020 term include:

  • Tony Branda, DPS, Founder – Analytics Hall of Fame; former CAO at Citi and RBS and Professor of Digital Marketing and Analytics at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.
  • Dawn Donnelly, Awards Judge – a Senior leader in Analytics at Walmart.
  • Kevin Kramer, Ph.D., Awards Judge – former CAO of Analytics Aetna, Bank of America.
  • George Ling, Awards Judge – consultant to major banks in analytics and marketing.
  • Jim Sterne, Awards Judge – best-selling author of digital marketing books.
  • Mark Weber, Awards Judge – former head of market research at Bank of America.

The Hall of Fame honored nine Global Leaders in the inaugural ceremony: https://analyticshalloffame.com/global-leaders/

  • Beth Comstock, former Vice Chair and CMO of GE.
  • V. Kumar, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Marketing and Director of the Marketing Ph.D. Program at Georgia State University.
  • Tom Davenport, academic, author, and one of the top business/technology analysts in the world.
  • Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer of the International Institute for Analytics and past CAO of Teradata.
  • Vishal Kumar, researcher, educator, and founder of Analytics Week.
  • Heather Wilson, Big Data and Analytics expert with senior leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente, Citigroup, AIG, and L Brands.
  • Marcia Tal, developer of the Global Decision Management function and founder of Tal Solutions.
  • Randy Bean, Founder and CEO of NewVantage Partners, and recognized industry authority in Big Data, AI, and business innovation.
  • Gina Papush, Global Chief Data and Analytics Officer at Cigna Corporation, with former leadership roles at QBE Insurance Group, Citigroup, Fulcrum Analytics, and GE Capital.

Industry Leaders that were recognized in the ceremony include: https://analyticshalloffame.com/industry-leader/                

  • Carmel La Sala, analytics leader at both Citibank and Chase.
  • Eric Sandosham, Founder & Partner, Red & White Consulting Partners, and former Managing Director and Head of Decision Management at Citibank.
  • Deep Thomas, Data Analytics evangelist with leadership roles at Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, and Citigroup.
  • Theresa Kushner, a partner at the consulting firm Business Data Leadership, B2B Data and Data-Driven Marketing expert with a history of senior roles at Dell, VMware, Cisco, and IBM.
  • David Bradley, founder of the Bradley Business Group, best-selling author, and Digital Marketing expert.

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"Everyday MBA Podcast" featured Pace University's Lubin School of Business Dean Neil Braun in "STEM Education – Are Students Prepared?"

02/11/2019

"Everyday MBA Podcast" featured Pace University's Lubin School of Business Dean Neil Braun in "STEM Education – Are Students Prepared?"

Lubins School of Business Dean, Neil Braun, was a guest on the latest edition of Everyday MBA, a top business podcast. Host Kevin Craine and Dean Braun talked about what a business education looks like in today's STEM-driven world.

Episode 191 – Neil Braun, Dean of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, discusses STEM education. Are graduating students prepared for the real world? Professor Braun warns us that more is needed in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. What is the future of business education and its integration with other sectors like science and technology?

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