Michele Nicoletta ’98 CLAS
Villanova is known for alumni who go above and beyond for their fellow Villanovans. Michele Nicoletta ’98 CLAS experienced this firsthand and because of it, continues to support Villanova today.
A first-generation college student, Michele recalls being awarded a scholarship that was “instrumental” in her ability to attend the University. “The impact of Villanova on my life began before I stepped foot on the campus as a freshman,” she said.
This impact continued during Michele’s freshman year when she reached out to an alumnus for advice on a major to pursue. The response from that alumnus, a managing partner at JP Morgan, exceeded her expectations. After a meeting and a tour of the JP Morgan trading floor, Michele knew she had found a professional environment she enjoyed. This parlayed into a summer internship after her freshman year, and eventually a full-time position at JP Morgan. “Simply put, I owe my career to Villanova and all of the opportunities that it has afforded me and my family,” said Michele.
Michele graduated from Villanova in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Honors Program, majoring in Honors and Economics, and a minor in business. Since that time, Michele’s career has allowed her to work for a variety of banks on Wall Street. During tenures at JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, she focused on emerging markets bond and credit derivatives trading. She has since embraced electronic trading in fixed income and joined Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) as the Head of ICE Credit Trade and, additionally, as the Head of New Business Development for ICE Bonds.
A few years ago, Michele encountered yet another dedicated Villanova alumnus—Christopher Vogel ’89 VSB—who would help connect her once again to the Villanova community. Chris encouraged her, as a woman in finance, to become more officially engaged with Villanova This inspired Michele to not only give her financial support to the Department of Finance, but also join the Finance Department Advisory Council in 2017, where she continues to serve as a member today. Michele also attended the 2017 Villanova University Leadership Summit for the launch of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership and looks forward to growing her involvement with Villanova even more in the future. “The people, the sense of faith and community that embodies the Villanova experience is second to none,” Michele said.