Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management has featured two members of The Consortium family in a detailed feature about the school’s diversity efforts — and how involvement with one of those organizations brought them together.
Peter Ferrara (Cornell ’19) and Jorge Garcia (Cornell ’16) are active participants in the Toigo Foundation program to support underrepresented minorities. Both are also members of The Consortium, which has counted Cornell among its member schools since 2009.
In its Jan. 10 blog post, Cornell noted the bond the two men formed through their association through Toigo. “Not only do you have access to your own business school’s network and resources,” Ferrara told Johnson’s blog, “but you also have access to the networks all over the country where the foundation has fellows and alumni.”
Consortium alumni widely report a similar effect through their membership—the ability to instantly create a wide-ranging network within and beyond the school they attend. Since its founding in 1966, The Consortium has grown from three to 19 member schools. Cornell was the 16th school to join The Consortium.
When Ferrara initially got involved with Toigo, Garcia — a Cornell admissions ambassador and investment banking associate at Citigroup in Manhattan — reached out to Ferrara to offer support and guidance.
According to the Cornell article, the two became friends as Garcia continued to give Ferrara insight about the process of recruiting in investment banking and ways to leverage and build his Cornell network.
“I know that it can be overwhelming when you’re first starting out,” Garcia told the SC Johnson blog. “I let Peter know that I am always available whenever he needs something.”
Read more about Cornell’s D&I involvement as well as Garcia’s and Ferrara’s involvement with Toigo on the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management blog.
Pictured above: Left, Peter Ferrara; right, Jorge Garcia.