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Friday, February 10, 2012 - 11:00am

Laurene Gandolfo, Executive Vice President, Macy’s Home Private Brands, spoke with Mercy College students as part of the Vitale Life Skills Lab “Lunch with a Leader” program held at the Mercy College Manhattan Campus on February 1.

In conjunction with Mercy College’s Career Services, the Vitale Life Skills Lab sponsors events such as Lunch with a Leader in order to expose students to the depth and breadth of career opportunities within a wide array of industries. This program focuses specifically on identifying the requisite skills for entry and success within the presenters’ fields.

Gandolfo was accompanied by members of her team at various levels throughout the Home Private Brands division, and each discussed the professional path they’ve traveled to reach their current position. The team also shared advice and insight into their responsibilities, career goals and the most advantageous avenue to gain entry into the industry.

“Focus your attention on being really good at what you do,” said Gandolfo. “It will lead you to becoming better, and people will start to notice you. The best part of my job is seeing people in my organization grow and develop into leaders.”

The students in attendance offered insightful and thoughtful questions at the conclusion of the presentation and saw this opportunity as an invaluable resource as they prepare for future employment.

“This was a great experience to learn about what it takes to get to where they are now,” said Daniel Ramos ‘13. “It was helpful to see the correlation between what Macy’s does in the retail industry and what I have been studying as a sports management major. I can see how it relates to what I want to do professionally.”

For more information on the Lunch with a Leader program or to learn more about the opportunities offered by Career Services, contact  your PACT Mentor or a Career Services professional (914) 674-7203 or

About the Vitale Life Skills Lab
Located within the Center for Student Success and Engagement, the technologically-sophisticated Vitale Life Skills Lab is providing students with a rich array of resources to help them be well prepared for entering the job market. Created from a generous donation from Mr. Alberto Vitale, HD ’09 and former Mercy College Trustee, the Lab provides access to a private and personal web-based virtual mock-interview tool, interactive resume building; and interactive career exploration and educational planning tools, and Career Maverick, Mercy’s proprietary online recruiting system. Additional programming includes workshops with business and educational leaders.

About Mercy College Founded in 1950, Mercy College is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five prestigious schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College offers an engaging and personalized learning experience that includes the College’s revolutionary Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. The Mercy College PACT is the first program of its kind and now serves as a nationally recognized model for mentoring. 877-MERCY-GO.