Dawn DiStefano, B.B.A., M.B.A. DPS

Dawn DiStefano, B.B.A., M.B.A., DPS

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Professor DiStefano served as the Associate Dean & Director, Undergraduate Programs from 2018-2020. Additionally, she became a full-time faculty member of Molloy College in Fall 2015.  Previously, she served as an adjunct professor within the Business Division at Molloy College while teaching adjunct within the Marketing Department at Nassau Community College, after the birth of her daughter, Mia. Prior to joining Molloy, through hard work and commitment, Professor DiStefano enjoyed a distinguished career at Nassau Community College (NCC) where she began teaching as a full-time professor in the Marketing Department. She focused on her teaching, committee work, advisement, recruitment, and social responsibility as a faculty member. Her primary area of expertise in Marketing and Management. In May 2011, Professor DiStefano received an award for Servicing Learning and later that same year was promoted to Executive Director of the Nassau Community College Foundation. In that role, her primary focus was growing student scholarships, managing grants, special events, and various college-related, fund-raising initiatives. Professor DiStefano successfully partnered with the President of NCC as well as the faculty, to pioneer the electronic offering of student scholarships fully online. 

Before her transition to academia, Professor DiStefano's primary career was in banking and finance where she held a position as Client Service Specialist at Charles Schwab & Co., focusing on daily cashiering, transfer of accounts, and retention dealing with death and divorce. While serving in this role she acquired her Series 7 and Series 63 licenses and became an Investment Consultant at Fidelity Investments. Professor DiStefano also served as Senior Gift Officer at the American Red Cross, heading up fund-raising initiatives for Long Island and reporting to the Greater New York Region Chief Development Officer. Well accomplished, she doubled fund-raising goals for their Annual Gala and secured a quarter of a million-dollar donation. In addition, she was successful in securing this business relationship - at the same giving level - the following year. She holds a BBA Degree in Business Management from Hofstra University - where she was awarded the Top Scholar of her graduating class - an MBA in General Business from Dowling College and a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Business, with a concentration in Marketing at Pace University, Manhattan. Professor DiStefano teaches the following courses at Molloy:

  • Business and Finance Capstone
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Digital Media Marketing
  • Economics

Honors and Awards: 
AHRC Suffolk - Humanitarian Award (2013)
Town of Oyster Bay, Seminar Series -- How to Build your Business with E-Commerce (2011)
Service Learning Award -- Prom Boutique and Partnering with Local Non-Profits (2011)
Channel 12 News, Public Relations - E-Marketing (2007) and E-Commerce (2008)
Newsday Article - Public Relations -- Downsizing in Today's Market (2006)
Top Scholar Award - Hofstra University (2006)

Publications and Presentations
NBEA 43rd Annual Conference - Market Orientation and Social Responsibility = Profitability, a Framework for Persons With Special Needs (2016)
Faculty Research Day, Molloy College - Aligning Brand Perception with Market Orientation and Social Responsibility (2016)
MBAA Annual Conference - Connecting With Brands - Brand Personality and Brand Outcome (2017)

Corporate Experience: 
Financial Consultant; Personal Banking; Life, Health, Annuity Licensed
Notary Public for New York State
Legal Executive
Citi-Program Certified (IRB)
Online and Blended Learning Trained - TLC, Molloy College
American Red Cross-Development
NCC Foundation - Executive Director

Volunteer Work or Group Affiliations:
American Cancer Society - Relay For Life and Breast Cancer Walk - Jones Beach
Mid-Nassau Lend a Helping Hand
Gary Big Brown 68 Foundation
Charles Evans Center; ACLD
AHRC Suffolk