SBI AMBASSADORS

TEN WEEKS. ONE SUMMER. COUNTLESS POSSIBILITIES.

We invite you to connect with one of our ambassadors below to understand their SBI experience. They are eager to speak about the program, what you can expect, why they decided to apply and enroll - and the return on their investment!

Emma Blaustein

Emma Blaustein
CLAS ‘22; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Economics
Minors: Business; Political Science
eblauste@villanova.edu

"SBI has proven to be an extremely valuable experience in not only shaping my future, but helping me uncover my passions and previously unmet potential for success within the business world."

Mary "Bella" Brosie

Mary "Bella" Brosie 
CLAS ‘22; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Communication
Minors: Business ; Statistics
mbrosie@villanova.edu

"SBI has taught me so much about myself and unveiled a skillset I didn't know I had. The SBI experience impacted me and my career path more than I could ever imagine. I now have a variety of interests in Finance and Accounting that being a Communication major I never thought I would have. For me, the best part about SBI was the Professional Success course. This course helped me develop my professional skills and hone in my interviewing skills through mock interviews and networking events. The SBI experience has had an incredibly positive impact on my career!" 

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Julia Cervoni 
CLAS ‘22; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Mathematics, Italian
Minors: Business 
jcervoni@villanova.edu

"SBI helped me realize the potential I didn't know I had, allowing me to utilize it in my current and future endeavors."

Kelly Coolican

Kelly Coolican
CLAS ‘22; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Economics
Minors: Business 
kcoolica@villanova.edu

"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was faced with a difficult decision of how to spend the summer after my internship was cancelled. After careful consideration, I applied to the Summer Business Institute hosted virtually by The Villanova School of Business. Upon completing this program, I am truly amazed how much I learned about the principles of business as well as how to network professionally with alumni and recruiters. I am incredibly grateful to have participated along-side other motivated students and professors who made my summer very interesting and enjoyable!" 

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Shannon Culloo
COE '21; SBI '18

Major: Electrical Engineering
Minors: Business, Mathematics
scullo@villanova.edu

"My favorite part of SBI was the people I got to meet through the program. Some of the best friends I made during the summer were from different majors or schools, so I never would have met them otherwise; I'm so grateful for this experience!"

Shannon Daine

Shannon Daine
CLAS ‘21; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Political Science
Minors: Business; Spanish
sdaine@villanova.edu

"Participating in SBI is one of the best decisions I have made at Villanova. I have gained such valuable skills, networking capabilities, and knowledge that will expand my career opportunities in the future."

Victoria Dee

Victoria Dee
CLAS '21; SBI '18

Major: History
Minors: Business, Art History
vdee@villanova.edu

"The best thing about SBI was being able to focus on a few number of classes at a time rather than trying to manage 5 classes at once."

Grace DeSorbo

Grace DeSorbo

CLAS ‘23; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Communication 
Minors: Business
gdesorbo@villanova.edu

"Nothing of value comes without hard work.  I certainly worked hard during my time in SBI, but the newfound confidence I have in my ability to compete in the business world was worth all the effort."

Sebastian DiStefano

Sebastian DiStefano 
COE '23; SBI '20

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minors: Business
sdistef2@villanova.edu

"SBI is the quintessential crash course to vitally important business concepts.  I am even impressing my dad, a lifelong businessman, with my newly-acquired knowledge.  Even though the program was online this year, I still found incredible value in not only the curriculum, but also the teaching staff, who were all reasonable, professional, and friendly."

Katherine Donofrio

Katherine Donofrio
COE '21; SBI '18

Major: Civil Engineering
Minors: Business, Data Analytics
kdonofr3@villanova.edu

"Just keep swimming" - Dory (from Finding Nemo)

Adriana Frio

Adriana Frio
CLAS ‘22; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Economics
Minors: Accounting, Communication, Business
afrio@villanova.edu

"After completing SBI I never thought I would have found such a passion for studying business. Now I am able to continue learning about business throughout my time at Villanova as I pursue a minor in Accounting. I never thought I would have found an interest in Accounting, but SBI has opened so many opportunities for me that i never would have had without participating in the program."

Christina Iglesias

Christina Iglesias
CLAS '21; SBI '18

Major: Communication
Minors: Business, Spanish, Marketing
ciglesia@villanova.edu

"One of my favorite parts of SBI is how helpful the professors are in working with students. They are always available if students are unsure about course material."

Viktoria Kall

Viktoria Kall
CLAS '22; SBI '20

Major: Psychology
Minor: Business; Spanish
vkall@villanova.edu

"It's been said that "It's not about what you know, it's about who you know." SBI is the perfect medium to expand upon both facets of a successful professional life. The people you will meet through SBI are equally as valuable as the information and skills you will learn throughout the 10 weeks, and you truly cannot have a comparable experience anywhere else."

Aileen McBride

Aileen McBride
CLAS '21; SBI '18

Major: Biology
Minors: Business, Communication
amcbrid5@villanova.edu

"The Summer Business Institute did not only give me the opportunity to earn credits in a field of study that truly interested me, but also the opportunity to meet so many amazingly helpful professors, professionals and classmates."

Bridget Neumann

Bridget Neumann
COE ‘23; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Civil Engineering
Minors: Business
bneumann@villanova.edu

"SBI helped me gain a higher level of confidence in my knowledge of business and engineering. This experience gave me a new perspective on where my future career in engineering could take me."

Annie O'Connor

Annie O'Connor
CLAS ‘21; SBI Summer ‘19

Major: Communication
Minors: Business and Economic
aoconn17@villanova.edu

“As long as you work hard for what you want to accomplish, you can achieve anything. Although SBI was challenging, it has made me more prepared for the real world after college.” 

Abhishek Patel

Abhishek Patel
COE ‘23; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Chemical engineering 
Minors: Business, Mathematics
apatel77@villanova.edu

"SBI is definitely challenging, but if you are looking to gain some incredibly useful skills to complement your major, or just have a productive summer, doing SBI is definitely the right move!"

Molly Postupak

Molly Postupak
CLAS ‘21; SBI Summer ‘19

Major: Communication (PR & Advertising)
Minors: Business (Marketing Specialization), Writing & Rhetoric
mpostupa@villanova.edu

“SBI has been a great addition to my education acumen and has given me the professional skills and confidence that will continue to help me in all my future endeavors”

Ryan Puccino

Ryan Puccino
CLAS ‘22; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Communication
Minors: Business; Marketing
rpuccino@villanova.edu

"SBI will undoubtedly open many doors for me in the future. As a Liberal Arts student, I will feel so much more confident entering the work world with a strong knowledge of fundamental business principles that I would not have without my participation in SBI. I especially valued working with a team for the duration of the program, learning about current business trends and software, and networking with professionals in my desired field. Obtaining my Business Minor through SBI will also allow me to take additional marketing courses toward a Marketing Minor. If you are looking to expand your opportunities, SBI is the program for you!"

Carolyn Reilly

Carolyn Reilly 
CLAS ‘23; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Communication; Spanish 
Minors: Business
creill22@villanova.edu

"I think SBI can be of great value to anyone. There is no reason you should not be familiar with principles of Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and the other disciplines we study. The concepts you become familiar with enable you to hold your own in professional conversations, which will help you be successful in your future. The knowledge I have gained has given me a sense of confidence in all my studies."

Stephen Soussou

Stephen Soussou
COE ‘21; SBI Summer ‘19

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minors: Business
ssousso1@villanova.edu

“Being a part of SBI was one of the best decisions I could’ve made as an engineering student. The minor has enabled me to apply what I learned in the classroom to the corporate world and solve real world business problems." 

Kaitlyn Stivers

Kaitlyn Stivers
CLAS ‘22; SBI Summer ‘19

Major: Organizational Communication
Minors: Business and Psychology
kstivers@villanova.edu

“Participating in SBI after my freshman year was the best decision I could’ve made. It opened me up to so many more opportunities and helped me clarify what my interests are.” 

Ryan Sullivan

Ryan Sullivan
CLAS ‘22; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Economics
Minors: Business; Communication
rsulli24@villanova.edu

"SBI gave me the opportunity to achieve a Marketing minor, develop my personal and professional brand, and provided me with numerous networking experiences which boosted my confidence in pursuing internships."

Lulu Teixeira

Lulu Teixeira
CLAS ‘21; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Economics
Minors: Business
lteixei2@villanova.edu

“SBI helped me discover interests I never knew I had and led me to consider new career paths. Although it was challenging, SBI prepared me for professional life after college and has continued to present me with opportunities even after receiving my minor." 

Marialisa Terranova

Marialisa Terranova
CLAS ‘21; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Art History
Minors: Business, Finance
mterran2@villanova.edu

"Completing SBI has been a highlight of my Villanova experience. I am now pursuing a Finance minor and hope to work in Finance after graduation, all of which was made possible by the great professors and opportunities that SBI provides."

Liv Whytosek

Liv Whytosek
CLAS ‘21; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Communication
Minors: Business
owhyto01@villanova.edu

“I did not know the impact that a 10 week business program could have on my life. I am so thankful for the opportunities and classes that SBI showed me. I have definitely changed my career focus and now would consider a job in the business field!" 

Lily Wiesnegger

Lily Wiesnegger
CLAS ‘22; SBI Summer ‘20

Major: Communication
Minors: Business, Spanish
lwiesneg@villanova.edu

"SBI helped me feel a lot more competent and prepared for the professional world. While my career choices may not align perfectly with the business world, SBI supplemented my education with valuable skills and broad knowledge."

  

Trish Burdo
Associate Director, Business Minor Programs
The Clay Center at VSB - Bartley Hall 1054
Villanova School of Business | Villanova, PA  19085