LiFt Consulting Update: Laura Fitzgerald, SBI ’97


Back in April of 2014, we had the opportunity to feature SBI alum Laura (Menard) Fitzgerald as one of our first alumni profiles for the blog.

Now, two years later, Ms. Fitzgerald has exciting news to share: she has penned two articles for American Express OPEN.

Please take a moment to read through her articles on the American Express website— Is Your PR Strategy Really Working? and 5 Signs Your Business Might Be Ready for PR.

Laura invested the summer after her freshman year in SBI and now she owns LiFt Consulting LLC.  How will you #investinyourfuture?


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Fast Five: Meet Abby Delserone!


1953187Abby is a Villanova senior from Wexford, PA. She is currently working toward a major in Electrical Engineering, and a Math minor in addition to her SBI Business minor.

Abby tries her best to stay involved on and off campus, even with all of that engineering work to get done! She’s a member of Kappa Delta sorority, where she served as the Alumni Relations chairperson. She was also the Publicist for Villanova’s Baking Club. FInally, last summer she worked as a Distribution Engineering Standards Intern for PPL Electric in Allentown. We’re looking forward to the great things she does as a future engineer! Take a look at Abby’s Fast Five…

#1: What is one fun fact about you?

“I’m allergic to bananas.”

#2: What is your favorite college memory?

“Probably getting a bid from Kappa Delta freshman year.”

#3: If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be?

“My grandma because she passed away my senior year of high school and I miss her a lot.”

#4: What’s on your bucket list?

“Visit Paris and climb the Eiffel Tower.”

#5: What is your all-time favorite movie?

“The Titanic.”


Fast Five: Meet Brynn Bannister!


Brynn is currently a junior here at Villanova, and she completed SBI this past summer. She’s working on a degree in Communication, with minors in Psychology and Classical Studies, in addition to her SBI minor!

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAI9AAAAJGFmZGJlZTZkLWFkZDgtNDgyMi1iNzExLWFjZjVhN2RhMTM5YwBrynn, who comes to Villanova from Newtown, PA, is very involved on campus. She is a member of Alpha Phi sorority and Bridge Society. She also belongs to Eta Sigma Pi, the National Classics Honor Society. Brynn also contributes her time to working with The Villanovan, our school’s newspaper. As for her career plans, she doesn’t know what exactly she wants to do but she’s keeping all of her options open!

#1. What’s your all-time favorite movie?

“Uptown Girls.”

#2. What’s on your Villanova bucket list?

“Be there when we win the NCAAs.”

#3. What’s a fun fact about you?

“I’ve had 60 stitches in my face and you can’t tell that I have them.”

#4. What are you currently watching on Netflix?

“Grey’s Anatomy.”

#5. If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be?

“Blake Lively, love her.”

Fast Five: Meet Janine Perri!


unnamedJanine completed SBI in 2012 and graduated from Villanova in 2015. This Holbrook, NY native was very busy during her time as a Villanova student: she triple-majored in English, History, and Honors and had minors in Economics and Classical Studies in addition to her Business minor. Over the past few months, Janine has been in South Korea working as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. She has been teaching conversational and written English to hundreds of Korean high school students and volunteering for great causes along the way. Here is Janine’s Fast Five!

#1: Why did you decide to do SBI?

“As an English major, I wanted to learn more about how to apply my writing and critical thinking skills to new settings.”

#2: What’s one fun fact about you?

“When I studied abroad in England, I saw the Queen!”

#3: What’s your all-time favorite movie?


#4: Name one thing from your bucket list.

“Publish a book.”

#5: What is your favorite college memory?

“Performing the Merchant of Venice with Alice Dailey’s ‘Shakespeare and Performance’ class.”

Friday’s Fast Five: Meet Brittany Gullone!


AAEAAQAAAAAAAAIXAAAAJDNjMTEzNTNhLWQ2YTgtNGQxNC1hNzFiLWZhNGIzYmY0YWQ0ZgBrittany is a 2014 Villanova graduate, originally from Wayne, New Jersey. During her undergrad years, she majored in Psychology and had a Marketing minor, in addition to her SBI Business minor. Brittany interned at Vanguard before joining full-time in the Vanguard Accelerated Development Program. As she nears the end of her program, she is preparing for a role as supervisor of the investment operations division. Here’s Brittany’s Fast Five!

#1. What’s one fun fact about you?

“I won the “best interview” award as a 12 year old in a dance competition (but did not win anything for my actual dance performance).”

#2. What’s your all-time favorite movie?

“Life is Beautiful”

#3. Name one thing from your bucket list.

“Traveling to see and experience the as much of the world as I can.”

#4. What’s your favorite college memory?

“It is difficult to pick just one!  I’d have to say it is a combination of the very first mass and very last mass I attended with my family and the Villanova community.”

#5. Why did you decide to apply for SBI?

“When applying to SBI, I did so because I thought “business is at the heart of everything” – since then, the experiences I have had changed my perspective to “people are at the heart of everything”. It was the combination of my passion for liberal arts (specifically the topic of psychology) and the practical business education I gained through SBI that has contributed to my success since graduating from Villanova.”