This month, the Dolan School of Business’ first group of “30 Under 30” will be recognized at an induction ceremony on April 20. The new program, which opened applications for the first time in October 2023, is intended to recognize upperclassmen business students’ accomplishments both inside and outside of the classroom. 

In an interview with FairfieldNews, Dean Zhan Li explained, “This recognition program does not just look at academic and professional achievements. It also emphasizes the community impact and ‘whole person’ development of our students.” 

“This new program illustrates another innovative way of how Fairfield Dolan strives to develop impactful citizens for and with others,” he continued. 

Though each of these students study within the business school, their individual professional aspirations and involvements on campus are distinct. 

One member of the 30-student roster, Finance Major Zack Maloy ‘25, is looking to pursue investment banking and private equity upon graduation. Maloy will be working in healthcare mergers and acquisitions at Ziegler this summer, an internship that he sees as a “golden ticket” to kickstart his career. 

On campus, Maloy volunteers his time as an alumni mentor with the Ignatian Residential College, mentoring ten students on the leadership track. Additionally, he is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, Beta Gamma Sigma, as well as Fairfield’s Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) and the men’s golf team.

Maloy described the Dolan School, and more specifically the finance department, as “underrated.” 

“The business school has helped me out tremendously, and it’s really great to see year after year it’s getting better and better– the acceptance rates dropping, more people coming in,” said Maloy.

Interested in pursuing a career in Human Resources, Isabella Cappolla was also recognized as one of this year’s “30 Under 30.” A management major from Manhattan, New York, Cappolla is a member of the Dolan Student Advisory Board and Women in Business Club. She also mentors younger business students as a Dolan Student Partner.

Within the world of HR, Cappolla has her eyes set on the sports entertainment industry, having recently completed an internship with Madison Square Garden. 

In terms of career coaching and development, Cappolla is grateful for the professors at the Dolan School. 

“When I think about the professors I’ve had… you’re going to class and learning material, but you’re also learning about their professional experiences,” Cappolla explained. “It’s really helpful.” 

Nicole Farmer ‘25, a marketing and management double major with a concentration in entrepreneurship, reminds of the Jesuit values embodied through students selected to participate in the program. 

“This program acknowledges students who are dedicated to learning, are immersed in the community, are involved on campus through extracurricular activities and leadership positions, embody ‘cura Personalis,’ and have an immense passion for caring for others,” said Farmer.

Farmer is interested in a career in sales, specifically within the healthcare or high-tech industries. More than anything, however, Farmer insists that she is “passionate about giving back to the community and working for a company that makes a beneficial impact on people’s lives.”

“Fairfield University and the Dolan School of Business have helped me discover who I am and find my passions inside and outside of the classroom setting. I am looking forward to pursuing the values that I have learned from Fairfield University throughout my life beyond college,” said Farmer. 

In the meantime, Farmer spends her time on campus working as Tour Ambassador and a member of both the Dolan Student Advisory Board and Alpha Sigma Nu. Farmer has also taken on several volunteer roles in Campus Ministry and acts as an Ignatian Residential College Alumni Mentor.

Each of these students, in their various backgrounds and interests for the future, represent the promising future of the Dolan School of Business.