Meet with Alumni Thought Leaders in a NEW Fireside Chat Series

In collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations, we are pleased to invite you to attend Schulich Engage, a new virtual weekly event series which combines a webinar-style fireside chat & virtual networking.

Throughout the Winter term, you have a unique opportunity to engage with Schulich Alumni from a diverse range of industries and roles.


Each week spotlights a new Alumni thought leader who share their stories & insights.  You will have an opportunity to engage and ask questions via a moderated Q&A.


Following the fireside chat, you’ll have an opportunity to mingle, chat & network with your peers & learn from alumni, and staff via small group Zoom breakout discussions. 

Networking is a critical component of your academic & professional success.  We encourage you to attend to broaden your knowledge & make meaningful connections which will serve you well beyond your student tenure.

Please find further details on the next upcoming session below:

Schulich Engage: Upcoming Sessions

offered in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations

Friday, March 12, 2021 | 9:00am EST

We are pleased to welcome

Denise Pickett (MBA ’90)
President, Global Services Group, American Express Company

The discussion will be moderated by Detlev Zwick, Interim Dean, Schulich School of Business

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to connect with the Schulich community.

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Upcoming Featured Guest Bios

Guest Alumni:

Denise Pickett (MBA ’90)

President, Global Services Group, American Express Company

Denise Pickett was named President of the Global Services Group at American Express Company in September 2019. She is an officer of the company and a member of the Executive Committee.

Since joining American Express in 1992, Denise has held a series of progressively senior roles throughout the company. Previously, she served as Chief Risk Officer and President, Global Risk, Banking and Compliance for American Express, a role she assumed in February 2018.

Prior to that, she was Country Manager for American Express Canada and President and CEO of Amex Bank of Canada. Denise subsequently relocated to the United States where she served as President of American Express OPEN, the small business division, followed by President of U.S. Consumer Services.

Currently, Denise sits on the board of directors of TELUS, one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies. She also serves as Vice Chair on the board of directors of the United Way of New York City.

Denise holds an MBA in marketing from the Schulich School of Business at York University and earned an Honours B.S.C. from the University of Toronto. She was named to Payment Source’s Most Influential Women in Payments in 2018.


Detlev Zwick

Interim Dean, Schulich School of Business

Detlev Zwick is Interim Dean of the Schulich School of Business at York University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2002. Dr. Zwick holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of Rhode Island, as well as Master’s degrees from the University of Memphis and the University of Cologne.

Prior to assuming the position of Interim Dean, Professor Zwick served as the School’s Associate Dean of Academics since 2018 and was Director of Schulich’s BBA/iBBA Program from 2013-2018. He is a member of the York University Senate and currently represents Schulich on the Senate Executive Committee, as well as serving on the Joint Committee on Affirmative Action.

His research explores modern marketing practices and new forms of consumer surveillance, capture and manipulation. It has been published widely in marketing, communication, media culture and sociology journals, as well as in several edited collections. He is co-editor of Inside Marketing: Practices, Ideologies, Devices (Oxford University Press), and frequently provides expert commentary to the media.

He has served as an Editorial board member of the Journal of Macromarketing and Marketing Theory since 2011. He is also an Editorial member of the journal Consumption, Markets and Culture and a Board Member of the International Society for Markets and Development.