Steven Lander ’14 chose to attend Adelphi University because of the perfect blend of academic excellence with a nurturing and inclusive community.
Member of Adelphi University’s 10 Under 10
Robert B. Willumstad School of Business – Management
Partner, Banking and Financial Markets, IBM
Adelphi’s business school, in particular, held a significant appeal for him as he aspired to learn from distinguished professors and access cutting-edge resources in the business field. Adelphi’s strong emphasis on experiential learning opportunities, including internships and hands-on projects, aligned perfectly with his desire to apply classroom knowledge in real-world settings. Lander saw in Adelphi an opportunity not only to earn a degree but also to embark on a transformative journey that would prepare him for a successful and fulfilling future.
During his time at Adelphi, Lander experienced exceptional mentorship from two crucial sources—his professors and the Center for Career and Professional Development.
“Adelphi’s remarkable faculty and the dedicated professionals at the Center for Career and Professional Development provided me with mentorship that profoundly influenced my academic and professional growth,” Lander said. “They instilled in me the confidence to pursue my ambitions with conviction, serving as exceptional mentors throughout my time at Adelphi.”
Lander’s role as a partner at IBM in financial services consulting is a blend of strategic leadership, client relationship management and innovation stewardship. It embodies the commitment to delivering exceptional value to clients and ensuring IBM’s status as a premier consulting partner in the ever-evolving financial services sector.
His journey at IBM has been filled with a multitude of opportunities and rewarding experiences. Since joining as an associate in 2014, he has consistently been encouraged to step out of his comfort zone and reach for the next level within the organization. In less than a decade, he is grateful to have achieved the milestone of becoming a partner at IBM—a remarkable accomplishment that underscores the incredible opportunities IBM offers its talent.
From the moment he stepped onto its campus, he embarked on a path of unparalleled academic growth. The rigorous programs, dedicated faculty and cutting-edge resources at Adelphi provided him with the knowledge and skills that have been instrumental in shaping his professional success.
But Adelphi’s impact extended far beyond the classroom. The University, particularly the Center for Career and Professional Development, demonstrated an unwavering commitment to interview preparation and career readiness, equipping him with the confidence and expertise needed to thrive in the competitive job market. The guidance and mentorship from Adelphi’s staff were essential for navigating the complexities of a soon-to-be graduate entering the professional world.
“Without Adelphi, its dedicated staff and the myriad of tools and experiences it provided, I can honestly say I would not be anywhere near as successful or in the position I am today. Adelphi University has been the catalyst for my personal and professional growth, and I am forever grateful for the doors it has opened and the foundation it has laid for my success.”
Beyond its influence on his professional growth, Adelphi has also had an impact on Lander’s personal life; he met his wife, Victoria (Tori), while at Adelphi. Her steadfast support for him and his admiration for her personal dedication to success in her career has been instrumental in his journey, both personally and professionally. Without Adelphi, their paths may never have intersected, and he is forever grateful for the love and support that enriches his life every day because of Tori and their collective journey together.
Lander advises Adelphi students, “As you embark on your journey through and beyond the classroom, take advantage of the array of invaluable assets and tools that Adelphi offers at your disposal. Seize these opportunities to learn and grow, for they are the building blocks of your future success. Equally vital is the power of mentorship; seek out mentors who can guide, inspire and share their wisdom with you. Don’t underestimate the significance of networking; forging connections can open doors you never imagined.”