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Fellow:Giana Bartko

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Giana Bartko is a University Innovation Fellow and is studying Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. She is from the small town of Ardsley in Westchester, NY, located just outside of New York City. 

At Fordham, Giana exercises her passions of innovation and entrepreneurship through the various organizations she is involved with. She was a 2018-2019 Social Impact 360 fellow, where she learned about social innovation as well as valuable entrepreneurial skills. Through this program, Giana was mentored and inspired by Julia Butler, who became a University Innovation Fellow at Fordham last year. It was through Julia that she was exposed to the University Innovation Fellows Program. Currently, she is involved with the Entrepreneurship Society on campus, which is a group of passionate students that work hard to create a broader entrepreneurial environment at Fordham. Giana has also been awarded the 2018-2019 Gabelli School of Business Dean’s List Award. 

Both of Giana’s parents are entrepreneurs working both together and separately on different businesses. So from a young age, she knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur to one day follow in their footsteps. Apart from taking classes, Giana runs and owns her own tutoring business for kids in her local community. She currently works with 15 students ranging from ages 7-16 and has developed a curriculum to help students cope with ADHD in the classroom and during homework. She is passionate about education and finding innovative ways to help students (and herself) learn. Also, she has always been exceptionally creative and enjoys art and design. 

Giana is committed to create a sustainable and lasting impact on those around her through entrepreneurship and creativity. She looks forward to achieving this goal by working as a University Innovation Fellow.

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