Faculty Focus

Professor Sonia Marciano

Our Class of 2020 TRIUMers are looking ahead to their Module 4 where they will join NYU Stern’s expert faculty to explore ‘Strategy and Finance for Global Executives’. As well as benefitting from NYU Stern’s reputation as a top ranked business school for its strength in finance and international business, the class will also benefit from its incomparable location, located close to Wall Street and countless multinational corporate headquarters, providing the ability to balance business theory with practical experience.

With its prestigious reputation, the University has been able to attract top-tier professors from around the globe, as well as distinguished visiting professors from the worlds of business, politics and academia. Among them Clinical Full Professor Sonia Marciano, who is Academic Director for the TRIUM program and will be sharing her extensive expertise with the class during their TRIUM Module 4.

Professor Marciano joined New York University Stern School of Business as a Clinical Full Professor of Management and Organizations in July 2007, having previously taught Strategy at Columbia Business School and at Harvard University’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. In Chicago, Professor Marciano was also a Clinical Professor of Management and Strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Professor Marciano has worked in the consulting, banking and insurance industries, and has taught executive education courses for Ernst & Young and Abbott Laboratories, among others. Sonia has won several teaching awards for distinction in teaching, most recently for best professor in Yale’s, Kellogg’s as well as NYU Stern’s Executive MBA programs. Here she discusses what lies ahead for our Class of 2020 as they prepare to head to New York for their Module 4 at NYU Stern.

What can you tell us about what’s in store in Module 4?

Entrepreneurship, leadership, analytics, fintech –oh, and NYC and sunshine. It is a module I never get tired of attending

What do you enjoy most about teaching TRIUMers?

I appreciate that many of the great relationships that develop among students, faculty and staff would not exist if not for a program whose mission is to bring together physically in a classroom a global population. For that matter, even the friction-ful relationships within members of the TRIUM community teach us about ourselves and the world.

What’s your favorite place in NYC?

Can’t pick just one place…here is the short list (not including Stern, of course):

  • Washington Square or Madison Park with my dogs and a coffee or an ice cream
  • Times Square on my way to a show
  • Grand Central Station — love that building

What three words would you use to describe your TRIUM experience?

Two words to describe the modules: Intellectual and social.
One thing I crave during a module: Sleep

What book have you read recently that you would recommend to TRIUM students and alumni?

Too many to list. Right now I am reading a book recommended by a TRIUM guest speaker, Paul Zuber: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

What advice would you give to students who are considering TRIUM?

That the more you understand business and the world the bolder you will be — so TRIUM is a two for one.

Where in the world have you always wanted to go, but never quite made it?

I would really like to see New Zealand.