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Three Women of Many from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University

It’s no surprise to the people at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University that their alumni are making it in the news and in political discourse around the world. Maxwell is one of the 12 schools and colleges of Syracuse University and is home to interdisciplinary teaching and research in the social sciences, public policy, public administration and international relations. They have undergraduate programs, master’s programs and PhD programs. Here, we feature three such alumni and the work that they are doing.

Emily Newman, with a MPA from Maxwell, was recently named to City and State magazine’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” for the work that she is doing as first deputy commissioner in the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. This is an award given to individuals who work in NYC government, advocacy, media and related areas of expertise.
Sonya Reines-Djivanides, who works in Brussels, Belgium, received a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Today, she is the executive director of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO). This is an independent platform of NGOs and think tanks that work to prevent violent conflicts. Prior to this, she was the chair of the EPLO’s steering committee and the director of the Brussels Headquarters of Search for Common Ground.
Another woman, Sheridan Marfil, graduated from the Maxwell School with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. She is now the director of digital outreach at Subject Matter. This is a public relations and communications company based out of Washington D.C. They have a particular focus in public affairs and they pair legislative and policy expertise with their advertising, digital, content and media abilities. She manages the digital strategies and conducts the digital outreach efforts.
These are three of the hundreds of examples of Maxwell alumni who are making great strides in the world of public policy, public administration and beyond.

Business Schools Could Lose Overseas Students in President Trump America

Until the election of Donald Trump to become the US president beginning in early 2017, US business schools were a desirable option for students from overseas looking to earn an MBA. Now some of these prospective students are reconsidering US business schools as an option.

“I want to be able to work in the country where I study after graduation,” one marketing executive from India said. “So it is important to be in a place that is immigrant-friendly.”

US business school deans are hopeful that this prospective student is not the sign of a trend.

Douglas Skinner, dean of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business says he is “cautiously optimistic,” about the backlash from a Trump presidency. He pointed out that even if the economy was to stall, (something he does not think will happen,) domestic demand for MBA places would rise, since that is the trend when jobs are more scarce.

But Skinner is afraid that the threatened proposals to immigration will seriously effect enrollment in his school’s MBA program. More than one-third of the full-time students attending the Chicago Booth School of Business come from overseas.

“If there was a restriction on visas to students that would clearly be somewhat harmful to us,” Prof Skinner says. He adds that other schools are even more dependent on students from abroad than Booth is.

New Ranking for US Business Schools’ MBA Programs

The Financial Times has released their assessment of the best MBA programs in the United States for 2016, the second time they have released such a survey.

Coming out on top for the second straight year is Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business for its MBA programs for entrepreneurship.

In second place is Babson College’s FW Olin Graduate School of Business. In the show position, the Darden School of Business of the University of Virginia.

In the fourth through seventh positions were:

  • Dartmouth’s Tuck school
  • Anderson of UCLA
  • UC Berkeley’s Haas
  • The Wharton School of Business

The schools’ rank was decided using several criteria, including the percentage of a school’s MBA’s went on to launch companies, and how many of those new businesses sere still around by the end of 2015.

Introducing Parasha Diplomatit by Daniel Taub

Israeli diplomats abroad have an unusual new tool in their diplomatic toolbox – insights and lessons from the Hebrew Bible.

Parasha Diplomatit was initiated by veteran diplomat Daniel Taub after he received requests from colleagues around the world for ideas from the weekly Torah reading that they could share in speaking to Jewish audiences, as well as those of other faiths. The result was a compendium of insights regarding politics and diplomacy draw from the five Books of Moses. Alongside the book there is now a companion website, updated regularly with ideas and insights from Parasha Diplomatit.

Born in England in 1962, and educated at Oxford and Harvard, Daniel Taub moved to Israel in 1989. After serving in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat medic and an international law officer, he joined Israel’s Foreign Ministry. In more than two decades at the Ministry, Taub held a wide variety of posts, including as a member of Israel’s negotiating teams with its neigbours and defending Israel before international forums.

Alongside his diplomatic career, Daniel Taub continued to write and teach on subjects of Jewish interest, and he was the creator and writer of a popular Israeli drama series, HeChatzer, which was set in the heart of a Hassidic community.

Between 2011 and 2015 Daniel Taub served in the UK as Israel’s Ambassador to the Court of St. James. In parallel to his other diplomatic functions, Taub drew on Biblical study as a tool of Israeli diplomacy. He was invited to teach classes in Hebrew Bible Study at the Church of England Synod and at Westminster Abbey, as well as the popular Holy Trinity Brompton Community (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHND3gIdJUI). He also engaged in outreach to the British Moslem Community and held a joint Iftar/fast-breaking on 17thTammuz/Ramadan.

Spiced with humour and wit from the worlds of politics and diplomacy, in Parasha Diplomatit Taub sheds a fresh new light on ancient and beloved texts.

America’s Ten Best US Undergrad Business Schools

Huntsman Hall at the University of Pennsylvania.

High school seniors planning ahead are probably thinking about what they might like to do when that special day comes and they are graduates. Some of them are likely considering attending a four-year undergraduate degree program in business, a good choice as it opens doors to many possible career paths. Now that the ‘what’ has been decided, the next step is to consider the ‘where.’

Since the difference between a well-respected degree and an only ‘so-so’ degree can spell the difference between a highly paying and emotionally rewarding job and a not such well compensated job, it is important to consider the rankings of today’s best business schools.

College Factual studied the schools for USA Today. Here are their findings which are published for the 2015-2016 academic year. For more information about the schools and the methodology involved in finding the conclusions, go to the USA Today website.

1.    Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania
2.    The Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley
3.    The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California
4.    Bentley University
5.    Bryant University
6.    Georgetown University
7.    Pepperdine University
8.    Georgia Institute of Technology
9.    Gonzaga University
10.    Boston University