Emily Fodor

The gift of giving: Emily Fodor

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The holiday season is one many look forward to year after year. With its warm feelings of home, family and friends, it inspires giving back to those who have impacted our lives in positive and profound ways. This holiday season, we spoke with two Warrington College of Business alumni that have given back to their alma matter – one who has been giving for 43 years, and another who made their first donation this year. See what inspires Charlie Paulk and Emily Fodor to give back and how their education at the University of Florida influenced their lives and careers.

Emily Fodor enjoyed her UF experience so much that she felt compelled to give back. Though she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2018, she was eager to immediately support the university that set her up for success after graduation.

After experiencing the transformative education at the Warrington College of Business, Fodor knew she wanted to get involved in UF’s Go Greater campaign.

“I love UF’s Go Greater campaign and the theme of never being satisfied with our performance as a school,” Fodor said. “We made it to a Top 7 public university, but the work is never done.”

Today, Fodor works as a Trade Marketing Supervisor for Anheuser-Busch out of the company’s Bay Area office in California. After growing up in New Jersey, she wanted to go out of state for college and saw UF as a perfect place to reach her goals.

“I always wanted to go away to school and experience a new part of the country,” Fodor said. “UF was the perfect balance – strong academics, emphasis on career services, and infectious Gator Nation spirit. I would see the student section of The Swamp filled on Saturday, and Library West filled on Sunday.”

During her time as a student at Warrington, Fodor met a recruiter from Anheuser-Busch at Career Showcase, attended their information session and later accepted an internship in their Dallas office after her junior year at UF. The internship turned into an offer to return as a full-time employee as part of the Sales Trainee Program, a six-month rotational program where Fodor traveled the country to different offices, tackled business-critical challenges and shadowed various roles to become immersed in all aspects of the business.

As she continues to grow in her role at Anheuser-Busch, Fodor remains thankful for the student experience at UF and wants to play a role in the university reaching even greater heights.

“The Gator Nation knows that we have what it takes to be #1, and it’s important to me to support those efforts in any way that I can,” Fodor said.

Want to give back to the Warrington College of Business like Charlie and Emily? Learn more about how you can make an impact