Two 1985 graduates, both economics majors, will talk about how their liberal arts degrees have taken them in completely different ways on Thursday, March 6.
Skillman and his wife, Pam Pritchard Skillman, who met in Professor of Economics Patrick McGuire’s Macro Economics class, and later married, will share their stories as part of the Salisbury Center’s Professionals in Residence series.
Steve will talk about “A Career in Sales and Trading,” and what it takes to have a successful career on a stock trading floor; Pam will describe her journey “From William Smith to a Career in Social Work,” and the demands and challenges of career in the social services.
While at HWS, Steve participated in the inaugural Washington, D.C. off-campus semester with McGuire and Professor of Political Science Joseph DiGangi, interning at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. He was active in the fraternity system and played football for four years.
Since graduating, he has worked on Wall Street in a variety of capacities including at the Bank of New York and Royal Bank of Canada before earning his MBA at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is currently Head of Corporate Sales at RBS Greenwich Capital in Greenwich, Conn.
Pam was a member of the Economics Honor Society and the Herons tennis team, attended the London School of Economics during her junior year abroad and the next year, spent an off-campus semester in Washington, interning at the Congressional Budget Office.
For five years after graduation, she was a stock broker for Prudential Bache and then a portfolio fund manager for Dreyfus Corp. After the first of their three children was born, she spent 12 years as a full-time mom and a part-time actress and childbirth educator.
In 2004, she returned to school to pursue a master’s in social work from Fordham University, graduating magna cum laude. She is now a social worker at Four Winds Hospital, an inpatient, acute psychiatric facility in Katonah, N.Y.
They will each be available for individual student sessions; appointments must be made by e-mailing Joe Ambrosetti.