Colgate-Palmolive Exec. Phillip A. Berry to Keynote 15th Annual CUNY Big Apple Job Fair

Colgate-Palmolive executive and CUNY alumnus Philip A. Berry will be the keynote speaker April 3 at the 15th annual Big Apple Job Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. He will be joined by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Trustee Kathleen Pesile and the leadership of CUNY’s Career Placement Association.

More than 5,000 graduating seniors and recent CUNY alumni are expected to attend and present professional resumes to scores of corporate and institutional recruiters.

It is a diverse, high quality and highly sought after talent pool that each year attracts corporate and institutional recruiters.

Some firms have participated in the Big Apple Job Fair for more than a decade, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Bear Stearns & Co, the New York Public Library, WCBS/Viacom, the Ford Foundation, MetLife and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

First time participants include the Cox broadcasting companies, JetBlue Airways, the U.S. Capitol Police, the Vera Institute of Justice and the New York City Department of Small Business Services.

Each year, more than 96 percent of participating organizations report meeting all of their recruitment objectives.

Berry, who holds an Associate’s degree from the Borough of Manhattan Community College and a B.A. in Sociology from Queens College, has moved up the executive ladder at Colgate-Palmolive during 13 years of work there.

His current title at the $12 billion consumer products company is Vice President for Global Employee Relations and Best Place to Work. He also holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University.

The Big Apple Job Fair is administered by CUNY’s Office of Student Affairs, Job Fair Coordinator Patricia Reilly and the CUNY Career Counseling and Placement Association. It is designed to give students access to a large and diverse group of major employers.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847 as the Free Academy, the University’s 23 institutions include 11 senior colleges, six community colleges, the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. The University serves 243,000 degree-credit students and more than 240,000 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program for 32,500 high school students, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate degrees through the School of Professional Studies and an individualized baccalaureate through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree.