Financial professional Eleni Demetriou has overseen departments at international finance firms and Fortune Global 500 companies, ranging from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America to ML and the Prudential Financial, Inc. In addition to serving as a successful financier and corporate trader, Eleni Demetriou graduated from Seton Hall University, where she attended the W. Paul Stillman School of Business and earned a Master’s degree in Finance.

Seton Hall’s Stillman School of Business first opened its doors in 1950, drawing its namesake from W. Paul Stillman, a successful banker and former chairman and CEO of First National State Bank, which was succeeded by First Fidelity Bancorporation. Today, the Stillman School of Business is home to roughly 1,050 undergraduate and graduate students studying toward Bachelor and Master’s degrees in accounting, economics, finance, management information systems, marketing, and other concentrations. The Stillman School of Business frequently ranks among top U.S. business schools and in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s top 100 Business Schools in America. It rated eighth among private universities for return on investment and 56th in a list of the top 100 business schools in the nation.

Stillman students have access to a wide range of resources, including academic centers and institutes like the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies; the Institute for International Business; and the Center for Securities Trading and Analysis, known more commonly as The Trading Room. Stillman School of Business students have the option of participating in eight different honor societies, such as the Finance Honor Society, the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Association Honor Society, and the Alpha Chi Lambda Sport Management Honor Society.

Seton Hall’s official business publication, The Stillman Exchange, is largely produced by undergraduate business students and distributed biweekly. Founded in 2006, The Stillman Exchange, which has a circulation of approximately 5,000, focuses on investment, sports, business, domestic and international news, and other subjects.

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Chase Manhattan Bank

April 12, 2010

I began my time at Chase Manhattan Bank in 1997 as a Junior Portfolio Manger and Trader in Asset Management before earning a promotion to Vice President of U.S. Fixed Income. When Chase Manhattan acquired J.P. Morgan & Co., I continued with the newly merged banks as a trader and Vice President of U.S. Fixed Income in the Asset Management department until 2004. The history of Chase can be traced all the way back to Aaron Burr, the third Vice President of the United States, who founded The Manhattan Company on Wall Street in 1799. Burr’s Bank of the Manhattan Company was formed in direction competition with Alexander Hamilton’s Bank of New York, a conflict that led to the infamous duel between the two men in which Hamilton lost his life. John Thompson formed Chase National Bank in 1877 and named it after Chief Justice and United States Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase. Alongside the Bank of the Manhattan Company, Chase National Bank continued to grow, acquiring a number of smaller banks during the 1920s. At the time, however, Chase National Bank was a wholesale bank, meaning that it dealt primarily with other prominent financial institutions and powerful corporate clients, such as General Electric. In 1955, Chase National Bank and The Manhattan Company merged to form Chase Manhattan Bank. Almost 15 years later under the leadership of David Rockefeller, the bank became the Chase Manhattan Corporation, a bank holding company. Shortly before I joined Chase Manhattan Bank, it was purchased by Chemical Bank of New York, though it retained its name. Four years later, in 2000, Chase Manhattan acquired J.P. Morgan & Co., marking one of the largest banking mergers in history. The company renamed itself J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Since I left the corporation, it has continued to acquire a number of important financial companies, including Bank One, Bear Stearns & Co. Inc., and Washington Mutual. I found it rewarding to be a crucial contributor to such a rapidly growing company.

Prudential Financial

April 12, 2010

In 2008, I joined Prudential Financial as its Vice President of Institutional Marketing for the Institutional Marketing Strategic Solutions Group. Prudential Financial was founded in 1875 in Newark, New Jersey, as “The Widows and Orphans Friendly Society” by the United States Senator John F. Dryden. Today, Prudential Financial is a Fortune Global 500 company with subsidiaries in the insurance, investment management, and financial product spheres. Prudential Financial’s products include life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, pension investments, retirement investments, asset management, securities brokerage, and real estate. Prudential Financial’s Rock of Gibraltar logo is one of the most famous corporate logos worldwide and was originated by an advertising agent passing by Laurel Hill, a volcanic neck, on a train in New Jersey. Since its inception, Prudential Financial has received a number of honors and awards. Every year since 2003, Prudential Financial has received a 100 percent rating on the Corporate Equality Index, which is released annually by the Human Rights Campaign. The magazine Working Mothers named Prudential Financial one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers, and the corporation was featured on Business Week’s 2008 list of The Best Places to Launch a Career. The corporation’s charitable arm, The Prudential Foundation, donated over $450,000 in Prudential CARES Volunteer Grants to nonprofit organizations around the world in 2007. As Vice President of Institutional Marketing, I maintained critical client and consultant relationships and researched vital quantitative and qualitative information necessary to both manage and strengthen these relationships. Continually seeking out potential business opportunities, I kept abreast of the critical issues facing our industry and any innovations that would prove to be an asset to Prudential Financial. I am honored to have served a historic company that continues to champion progressive social and political action.

Rutgers University

March 16, 2010

Rutgers University, situated across several campuses in New Jersey, is a leading institution of higher education with 100 major programs and over 4,000 courses. The University ranks especially high in areas such as finance and management. For students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Rutgers University offers a program through its Business School, including a seminar series, four foundation and methodology courses, and research and paper presentations. Graduate students receiving financial support who enter the program also have the opportunity to teach an undergraduate course in finance with the Finance Department or the non-degree course in Effective College Teaching. To learn more about Rutgers University, visit http://www.rutgers.edu.

Seton Hall University

March 16, 2010

Seton Hall University is a private Catholic institution based in South Orange, New Jersey. Established in 1856 by Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, Seton Hall University remains the oldest United States diocesan college, created under the Archdiocese of Newark. Seton Hall University contains eight individual colleges and offers more than 60 different majors. Its schools include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Nursing, the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and the Stillman School of Business. Seton Hall University also offers advanced degrees in medicine, theology, law, and international business. No matter their major, Seton Hall University students are encouraged to become servant leaders, demonstrating leadership not just through their academics, but through their values as well. Students have the opportunity to take classes in ethics; through this kind of well-rounded education, graduates of Seton Hall University learn the importance of compassion and community service. Choosing the Right College ranked Seton Hall University as one of the top 110 colleges in the nation—alongside such Ivy League schools as Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). To learn more about Seton Hall University, visit http://www.shu.edu.

Cambridge Who’s Who

March 16, 2010

I recently had the honor of being recognized by the Cambridge Who’s Who. Established in 2006, the Cambridge Who’s Who is the result of a merger between professional biography publishing companies Manchester’s Who’s Who Registries, Inc. and Empire Executive and Professional Registry, Inc. Today, it has over 400,000 active members who are executives, professionals, and entrepreneurs throughout the world. The majority of its members are in the United States, Canada, Australia, and England. Members receive more than just distinction among their peers. They also garner widespread networking opportunities with other members, opening doors around the world for business growth and consultant and employee recruitment; meanwhile, the website grants members a space to find new career opportunities and connect with fellow professionals. Read the success stories of Cambridge Who’s Who members at http://www.cambridgewhoswho.com.

Haiti and the NAPW

February 21, 2010

I am proud to be a longtime member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), a countrywide network of 150,000 women. NAPW’s mission is to connect like-minded women from every industry, both professionally and socially. Recently, the NAPW has pledged to donate 10 cents for every dollar that its members contribute to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund. If every one of the NAPW’s 150,000 members donated one dollar, the end amount would be $165,000. Even now, weeks after the earthquake, basic needs, like shelter, medical supplies, and food and water, are not being met for Haitians. To see what the NAPW is doing to help and how you can donate, visit http://www.napw.com. If you are not an NAPW member, you can find and donate to a number of other Haiti relief funds here: http://www.charitynavigator.org. A helpful guide, Charity Navigator not only lists every charity in the country by rank, but also gives you advice on the different ways in which you can help.

On January 4 of this year, the NAPW announced the establishment of its Rising Stars Education Scholarship Program. The program will award funds to select member’s daughters to support their goals and succeed academically and professionally. The Rising Stars Education Scholarship Program will grant $1,000 toward the college tuitions of the daughters of Elite, Preferred, or VIP NAPW members. The scholarship also rewards the women who have already demonstrated their well roundedness in academic achievement and extracurricular activities. Encouraging young women to pursue their careers is a wonderful cause. To learn more about the Rising Stars Education Scholarship Program, check out risingstars.napw.com.

Eleni Demetriou’s Blog

August 26, 2009

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