Sep 22, 2017 |
American diplomat and St. Bonaventure University alumnus Matthew P. Cullinane will return to his alma mater in October as this semester’s presenter in the university’s William C. Foster ’62 Center for Responsible Leadership speaker series.
Cullinane’s talk, “A View from the Inside,” will take place at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in the William F. Walsh Science Center auditorium. The event is free and open to all.
In keeping with the Foster Center’s focus on integrating Franciscan values with business and civic leadership, Cullinane will discuss the development of responsible, ethical, corporate and social leadership practices.
“Matthew will provide an insider’s view to achieving these ideals while pursuing a successful career spanning diplomacy, international trade, investment management and supply chain management,” said Dr. Matrecia James, dean of the School of Business at St. Bonaventure.
“We think his talk will have broad appeal, that his experiences will be of interest not only to business students but to our international and study abroad programs, such as our China Studies and summer in Oxford programs,” said James. “Our hope is that he inspires our students to become future leaders in business and society who are guided by responsible, ethical decision-making.”
Cullinane, based in Washington, D.C., focuses on international trade, foreign assistance programs and U.S. overseas business interests at the United States Agency for International Development. He advises the White House Office of Trade on international development matters.
His overseas tours include U.S. embassies in Bangkok, Thailand, and Accra, Ghana. In 2015 he received a career commissioning as a Foreign Service officer, and now leads U.S. government partnerships with foreign governments, NGOs, and American companies in innovative global supply chain tracing programs.
He previously worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as an investment portfolio manager at Ginnie Mae, overseeing mortgage-backed securities trading. While at HUD, he served as acting deputy assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs, managing the transition between the Bush and Obama administrations, and leading the successful recovery ground operations after Hurricane Ike.
Cullinane earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Bonaventure in 2006 and his MBA from St. Bonaventure in 2007. A native of Washington, D.C., he is fluent in Spanish and has lived and worked in Costa Rica and Argentina.
Cullinane will arrive on campus the day before his Monday talk. On Sunday evening, he will have dinner with Foster Center student ambassadors and Dr. Matrecia James, dean of the School of Business. On Monday, he’ll have breakfast with students and faculty involved with Embrace it Africa, a nonprofit organization created by SBU students to bring sustainable economic development to a small village in Uganda. He’ll have lunch with political science students and present to a classroom before giving his public talk.
The William C. Foster ’62 Center for Responsible Leadership is made possible through an endowment gift by Daria L. Foster, Managing Partner of Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC. The award honors her late husband, William C. Foster, ’62, who served on St. Bonaventure’s Board of Trustees from 2008 until his passing in 2010.
The Foster Center offers educational materials, practices and programs designed to engage students, staff and the community at large in dialogue aimed at providing leadership that adheres to Catholic Franciscan values.
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