From campus to corporate: Making strides while paying it forward

When Janelle Fore, BS ’20, MBA ’21, attended a campus hiring event hosted by the UB School of Management’s Career Resource Center, Goldman Sachs recognized her potential and offered her the opportunity to launch her career.

Upon graduation, Fore relocated to begin a position as an analyst in the Salt Lake City, Utah. She immediately immersed herself in the company culture and participated in professional development and volunteer opportunities. Her dedication and expertise quickly propelled her from a senior analyst to her current role (now in Jersey City, New Jersey) as an associate in the Controllers Department, the global team responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the firm’s financial and regulatory information by complying with the rules and regulations governing financial markets worldwide.

“I am proud of the progress I’ve made within my role,” says Fore, reflecting on her rapid growth at Goldman Sachs. “I remember my first day and how intimidated I was. Now I feel confident in the work I do and can rely on my coworkers for insightful collaboration.”

She channels this newfound confidence and expertise by giving back to a program that was meaningful to her development during her time as a student.

Now, through Goldman Sachs’ Community TeamWorks program – a volunteer initiative that enables employees to work in partnership with nonprofit organizations to contribute their ideas and expertise to drive progress within communities – she volunteers her time to benefit School of Management students. In the past year, Fore assisted as a mentor for the School of Management Global Programs Office and as a judge for the Experience the 50 micro-credential program that offers global perspective through the exploration of a wide range of businesses in the U.S. 

Fore was involved in many extracurricular activities as a student, including serving as vice president of case competitions for the Supply Chain and Operations Management Club, treasurer for the Buffalo Undergraduate Consulting Group and communications chair for the Student Assembly Association. But it was her experience with the Global Programs Office she says was the most transformative, offering her the global mindset needed to succeed in the corporate world. After returning from her experiences around the world, including trips to Ghana and Costa Rica and virtual participation (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) in the India and Hungary program, Fore also served as graduate assistant for the Global Programs Office, sharing her passion for global engagement with her peers.

“The three global programs I participated in shaped my life,” she says. “I had the opportunity to experience the culture and business of each country through the lens of social innovation and entrepreneurial leadership.”

Thanks to the expert mentorship of Fore and several other Goldman Sachs employees this year, UB School of Management students were able to provide outstanding, thoughtful projects to organizations in Africa. As a judge for the Experience the 50 course projects, Fore brought practical engagement to the classroom, providing valuable insights and encouraging students to approach their work with a critical mindset.

“I want to impart new ways of thinking to the next generation of leaders, such as approaching a project by always considering the areas of improvement,” she says. “Recognizing potential issues up front can help build a better product.”

Written by Alexandra Richter