David Purdy

David Purdy

Joined Stern 2010

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 3-104
New York, NY 10012

E-mail dap14@stern.nyu.edu


David Purdy joined New York University Stern School of Business as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Communication in September 2012, after having been an adjunct lecturer since 2010. He teaches both MBA and undergraduate courses through Stern's Management Communication Department, as well as facilitating seminars through Stern's Executive Education program.

Professor Purdy draws on more than 25 years of experience and education in business and the arts to help students, executives and entrepreneurs think and communicate more effectively both in person and online. His research in Aesthetic Intelligence draws on the arts and humanities – and insights from neuroscience – to help others connect, communicate, and create effectively.

Prior to joining Stern, he taught communications at Fordham University, Baruch College and the Mountbatten Institute, a Cambridge University accredited executive MBA program. Before becoming an academic, Professor Purdy worked as a financial analyst, planner, investor relations manager and consultant, primarily in financial services. Employers and clients have included Ruder Finn, Sprint, Verizon, Zurich Financial, Computron Software and Fannie Mae.

He received an education degree in music from Temple University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Maryland. He also studied for three years at the Studio Theatre Conservatory, and has studied entrepreneurship best practices through both the JumpStart and FastTrac programs at the Levin Institute.

Research Interests

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership Skills

Courses Taught

  • Business and Its Publics - Undergraduate
  • Business Communication - M.B.A.
  • On Your Feet: Think, Speak, Lead - M.B.A.
  • Organizational Communication and its Social Context - Undergraduate
  • Team Communication - M.B.A.
  • Teams and Leaders - M.B.A.

Academic Background

M.B.A., Finance
University of Maryland

B.M.Ed., Music Education
Temple University

Areas of Expertise


  • Public Relations
  • Social Media


  • Communications
  • Networking & Social Networks
  • Public Relations Strategies


  • Advertising/Marketing/PR Strategies
  • Digital Marketing/Advertising
  • Social Media