Alum Robert Sullivan ’81 Hosts Students at PwC in New York City
Robert P. Sullivan ’81, a PwC partner, is an advocate for alumni activity in the Girard School. Alumni, he says, can play a vital role in helping Girard students determine their career path:
“Like many students, my parents had no experience or contacts that aligned with my career direction/goals and so I relied on my professors at Merrimack for coaching. I certainly wish that I had an alum of the school in my profession to talk to when I was making my decisions around career direction.”
Sullivan has spent his entire career at PwC. He graduated from Merrimack College with his bachelor’s in business administration in June 1981 and immediately became an auditor at PwC in Boston. He moved to New York City in 1990 with his wife and four children, and became a partner in 1992. Today he is the global leader of the banking and capital markets business.
In recent years, he’s attended area alumni events and coached selected students.
For the visiting students, he and a PwC recruiter presented an overview of the firm’s business and recruitment process and he described his career there, which included stints in U.S. financial risk management consulting and U.S. financial services advisory businesses before returning to the audit business.
The Girard School students impressed him as “self-starters, well-spoken and very focused, with some strong internship experience.”
The skills they should bring into the professional world include, he said, “strong core technical skills; very strong communication skills and a desire to learn, grow and improve; a willingness to work hard to reach their goals; and, at the core, nice, confident, but humble and helpful.”
This year, the school upgraded its efforts in its second year at the G.A.M.E. Forum – more than doubling the number of students attending and adding the alumni activity. Students also visited alumni at Bloomberg and ITG (Investment Technology Group).
Quinnipiac University hosts the G.A.M.E. Forum along with NASDAQ OMX to gather students and faculty from numerous business schools to interact with industry leaders and learn best practices.