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Michael Tarulli came to NYU Stern, joining an extraordinary community and taking on leadership roles that have led him to a banking career.
Michael Tarulli came to NYU Stern with a strong background in finance—he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and worked at a respected firm in the industry. "I reached a point in my career where I wanted to broaden my perspective, and explore finance and business issues through the prism of the world’s preeminent thinkers,” said Michael. With longstanding ties to Wall Street, coupled with the hustle and bustle of the world’s financial capital, Stern was absolutely the right fit.

Joining the full-time MBA program, “I expected to treat business school like a job,” he said. What he got was an extraordinary student community, professors who are leaders in their fields, exposure to recruiters and access to a global alumni network. “As a student, I benefited from a great support network of people who encouraged and challenged me every step of the way."

“Once I got to Stern, I immediately got involved,” he explained. “I believe that you get out of something what you put into it.” Michael took on a leadership role as the head of the Graduate Finance Association, a popular MBA club with more than 400 members, securing corporate sponsorship, working with recruiters and assisting fellow students with interview preparation. He worked with Professor Aswath Damodaran, a renowned valuation expert and one of Stern’s most popular faculty members, on the requisite Corporate Finance course. And he made the time to take advantage of the conversations with business leaders and alumni taking place all the time on campus: “In one year, I heard John Mack (Morgan Stanley), Henry Paulson (former US Treasury Secretary), John Paulson (BS ’78, Paulson & Co.) and Skip McGee (Barclays) speak. Being in New York City gives you incredible access to business leaders that you would otherwise just read about,” he said. “The opportunity to meet and speak with dozens of bankers and alumni proved to be critical during the recruiting process.”

Michael's engagement in the Stern experience earned him a prestigious service award for his extraordinary service to the School—and a job in banking at a top Wall Street firm. “The return on investment of my time at Stern is immeasurable,” he noted. “As I look forward to the start of my career in investment banking, I’m confident that my Stern experience has provided me with the skills and network necessary to succeed.”