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Benjamin Castro

‘It’s intense’: four students reflect on doing an online MBA

The pandemic has added to the pressures, but Zoom chats with classmates help lighten the load. UF MBA Online alumnus Benjamin Castro (BSBA ’15, MBA ’20) shares about his experience in the program in this story from the Financial Times. 

Jim Richardson poses with his mentees

A lifetime of impact

Ask Jim Richardson’s former students about their professor, and they all rave about the same qualities. His lectures were engaging, his coursework helped them learn, and his career advice helped them make important decisions. But the one thing they all mention? The personal relationships he built that lasted long after their final exams. Richardson made sure that his classes were more than a box to check before graduation. They often turned into a lifelong bond between teacher and student. Richardson’s

Mark Cuban, Sherron Washington, Anindya Ghose and Barbara Corcoran.

10 business influencers you should follow right now

Looking for new sources of business inspiration and insights? Check out these recommendations for business influencers and why it’s beneficial for you to follow them, according to students, alumni, faculty and staff across the Warrington College of Business. 1. Barbara Corcoran @barbaracorcoran on Twitter @barbaracorcoran on Instagram “I recommend following Barbara Corcoran on Twitter, LinkedIn and TikTok. Barbara posts a variety of content relating to business advice, encouragement, and hilarious business-related memes. Someone interested in entrepreneurship will definitely benefit from

Saby Mitra, Kim Kaupe, Fiona Barnes, Cameron MacMillan and Rachelle Antoine.

How do you stay motivated?

Some days are harder than others. Hard to get up in the morning, tackle your to-do list and get in a little exercise or family time. It’s in these challenging periods that you need to find a little motivation to keep progressing forward, but how do you do that? We Are Warrington podcast host Andy Lord ends every conversation with Warrington business leaders about what they do to stay motivated. See their top tips for motivation below and check out

Chantel Forrest poses for a photo on a windy day at the beach.

How this Master of Science in Management graduate earned consistent promotions

Chantel Forrest graduated in 2009 from the Master of Science in Management (MSM) program and today works with Otis Elevators. She looks after service, modernization and new equipment business, including sales and the field operation. Read on to see how an MSM helped Chantel in her career. Q: Tell us about yourself.   Forrest: “I am from Miami, Florida. I went to undergrad at UF and obtained my bachelor’s degree in hospitality management (recreation, parks, and tourism).” Q: Why did

Stand Up and Holler Gator Nation Giving Day Thank You! Warrington College of Business text on top of orange and blue color treated image of Mr. Two Bits in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Thanks for your support, Business Gators!

Dear Business Gators, We are amazed by the response from the Warrington College of Business community to Gator Nation Giving Day on February 18. Thank you, Business Gators! It was a historic day for the University of Florida with 22,198 donations made by alumni, students and friends in 49 states and 21 countries, totaling more than $25.3 million. It’s no surprise that Warrington was well represented with 498 gifts, the fifth most of any initiative on campus. We are humbled

UF Warrington alumnae Lizzi Salem speaks at a UBS event

Corporate Partnerships: UBS and Warrington

Before 2013, the University of Florida Warrington College of Business wasn’t on the radar of UBS. When UBS employees went on the road to recruit, they rarely stopped in Gainesville or thought twice about interviewing Warrington students for their internships or full-time positions.  Today, the partnership between Warrington and UBS is strong. The investment bank and financial services company now frequents the Warrington campus for hires, and alumnus Jim Pellicane is an important reason why. Jim Pellicane (Managing Director at

Patricia Pacey

Economic Empowerment

When Patricia Pacey (BA ’71, Ph.D. ’76) first came to the University of Florida, her aspiration was to be a high school math teacher. Growing up in a typical middle-class family in the 1950s and 60s, teaching was a common career route for women, and Pacey didn’t envision herself taking a different path. In the final semesters of her math bachelor’s degree program, Pacey was a work study student for the chair of the accounting department, Dr. Williard Stone. It

Archway with Go Gators

Join us February 18 for Gator Nation Giving Day

Two bits! Four bits! Six bits! A dollar! All for the Gators, stand up and holler! As an alumnus of the University of Florida, you’re likely familiar with the iconic Mr. Two Bits cheer, shouting it with 90,000 other Gators in The Swamp on a Saturday in the fall. On February 18, 2021, we encourage you to bring that same excitement alongside your fellow Gators to Stand Up & Holler for Warrington. Stand Up & Holler: Gator Nation Giving Day

Edouardo Jordan

Food with Roots

This story originally appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Florida Gator magazine. “Groundbreaking.” “Authentic.” “Elegant.” “Enticing.” “Revolutionary.” These are among the accolades lavished on Chef Edouardo Jordan’s award-winning cooking. But they apply equally to the UF alum and 40 Gators Under 40 honoree himself. A native of St. Petersburg and chef/owner of three acclaimed Seattle restaurants, Jordan (BABA ’03, BSESS ’03) has dazzled the culinary world with his interpretations of American and Southern food – specifically, the dishes of