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Members of the CBS Career Management Center team are available to meet one-on-one with alumni to assist in the development of personalized career management strategies and to highlight relevant School resources. Meetings can be held in person, by phone or via skype.
Please use COIN to find and schedule appointments.
Nancy Farina Johnston
Director, Experienced Professionals Career Management
Nancy leads the delivery of career management services and resources to the Columbia Business School alumni community. She is an experienced leadership and transition coach and has worked in career management with experienced professionals for more than ten years. Previously, Nancy was the Director, Corporate Relations, at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business where she worked collaboratively with Booth and internal University partners to build school/university-wide strategic partnerships with corporations. Prior to that role she worked for Chicago Booth as Associate Director, Career Services to provide coaching and career management support to students and alumni, and was involved in various women’s initiatives. Prior to working with MBA populations, she was an Executive Coach at Right Management in the Career Transitions practice.
Earlier in her career, Nancy served in a variety of marketing roles, primarily at entrepreneurial software firms. She has been responsible for developing and executing marketing strategy for several leading providers of software solutions targeting Fortune 500 companies and large financial institutions. Nancy earned her Master’s in Counseling and Organizational Psychology from The Adler School of Professional Psychology, her MBA in Marketing and Finance from DePaul University, and her BA in Marketing from Loyola University.
Executive Director, Experienced Professionals Career Management
Tom is an experienced career advisor and executive coach who has worked with successful professionals at all stages of their careers. Tom has held a variety of leadership roles within Columbia Business School’s Career Management Center (CMC) for over 15 years. He currently serves as Executive Director of Experienced Professionals Career Management where he manages the delivery of leadership development and career-related services to CBS Alumni and Executive MBA students.
Prior to Columbia Tom worked for over 9 years in finance and accounting at Ernst & Young and Bear Stearns in New York. He joined Columbia in MBA Admissions as Associate Director and member of the Admissions Committee. In his previous roles in Career Management Tom served as Associate Director for Career Services where he managed the first and second year MBA recruiting programs and offered strategic direction to Fortune 500 corporations to help them meet their talent management needs. He oversaw a management communication training program where he counseled hundreds of students on how to succeed at self-assessment, interviewing, negotiation, business communication and career planning.
Tom has worked internationally in microfinance for an international development NGO in Tanzania; he possesses CELTA certification (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) and taught ESL to corporate clients in Prague, Czech Republic.
Tom holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from The Ohio State University and a BS in Accounting from Villanova University.
Director, Experienced Professionals Career Management
Michele Rankin advises alumni on professional development and the job search process. Michele was previously a Vice President at American Express where she worked for 16 years in both London and NY in a variety of roles including customer acquisition & retention, quality, reengineering, and systems development. Most recently she was a Vice President with the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee where she recruited, trained and deployed a volunteer program spanning 8 days and 8,000 people for Super Bowl XLVIII. Beginning her career at Merrill Lynch, she later founded and was president of a licensed mortgage broker and secondary mortgage lender. She holds an MBA in Finance from NYU.
Mico Zinty ‘93
Associate Director, Experienced Professionals Career Management
Mico Zinty advises alumni on all aspects of career management & professional development including career transitions, internal career mobility, and job search strategies across a broad range of industries and continents. Mico has been with Career Management since 2005 and also develops and leads workshops & Career Action Planning groups. With an MBA from Columbia Business School (’93) and a BA from Barnard College, Mico has over 15 years of experience in career coaching, management training and development and has worked with such organizations as, Xerox, the American Management Association, and Merrill Lynch. At the University of Maryland Business School, Mico oversaw MBA Career Services and managed corporate relations.
Mark Horney '97
Assistant Dean, Leadership, Learning & Development
Mark Horney oversees a portfolio that includes the CMC’s Columbia Coaching Program, Digital Media Center, and the Career Leadership Institute. He also helps to lead strategy development for programs and services designed for CBS’s experienced-level MBAs. With nearly 20 years of coaching experience, Mark advises alumni on all aspects of career management and leadership development in addition to facilitating workshops and events. He has previous work experience in the investment banking, healthcare, and media industries. A licensed psychologist, Mark also works in private practice as an executive coach. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the City University of New York, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a BA from Yale University. He also holds certificates in executive and organizational coaching from Columbia University and from the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York.
Alumni are also encouraged to schedule appointments with the Executives in Residence. The Executives in Residence Program is comprised of 27 senior executives from the C-Suite of companies in industry verticals such as technology, retail, health care, manufacturing and consumer goods as well as senior partners from strategy consulting, private equity, financial services and real estate.
Alumni can schedule appointments to discuss career or professional development issues via COIN or by contacting Amy Jones at (212) 854-6100 / email@example.com.