Sean Cogliardi

Home: Milan, Italy

Major: International Relations, Economics

Graduated: Spring 2007


Where are they now?

After graduating from Geneseo in 2007, Sean received a Master's in Public Administration from Cornell University. He began working for the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., became a Strategic Research Senior Analyst at Corporate Executive Board and currently works at Oracle Corporation as a Senior License Consultant.


While at Geneseo:

As a double major in International Relations and Economics at Geneseo, Sean became involved in many organizations and activities that supported his academic pursuits. Of these programs, Sean says that his involvement in the Fed Challenge was his greatest achievement and one of his fondest memories from Geneseo. When talking about the Fed Challenge, Sean says, "It was a fantastic experience embodying all the best of college: it allowed me superb learning, I built strong relationships with fellow students as well as professors that have outlasted graduation, it granted me the opportunity to represent Geneseo not only within the state, but even nationally, and continues to serve me well in my professional endeavors." The College Fed Challenge is an opportunity for undergraduates studying economics, business, and finance to learn more about the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the decision-making process of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), and the Federal Reserve's monetary policy-setting group. Teams of students from various universities throughout the United States participate in mock discussions about the Federal Open Market Committee and must present their decisions and answer questions in front of a panel of judges. Specifically, teams make the types of decisions typically made by the FOMC, and must support their analysis and arguments. Sean's team placed second in the competition in 2006.


Sean was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor society, "the nation's best known and most significant honor society", during his senior year. He graduated a Presidential Scholar, a title that is given to only a few outstanding students in each graduating class. Sean also presented research in topics regarding Economics and International Relations during Geneseo Recognizing Excellence and Talent (G.R.E.A.T.) Day in 2007.


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