Dr. Dina Naples Layish: Professor of Finance at Binghamton University
In August of 2012, she was appointed the Director of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholars program in the School of Management. She teaches Financial Management, Financial Statement Analysis, Corporate Finance and Investments. Her research has been published in Financial Markets, Institutions and Instruments and the Journal of Portfolio Management. She also volunteers her time for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In 2003, she co-founded the first Walk to Cure Diabetes in the Binghamton area and has helped in fundraising over $900,000 for research to cure diabetes over the past 12 years. She has also served on the board of Life is Washable, Inc. and the Campus Preschool at Binghamton University. Prof. Layish was honored by the Services for Students with Disabilities with a Faculty Recognition Award in 2002, 2008 and 2014. Prof. Layish was voted Faculty of the Year twice (2008-2009 and 2011-2012) by the students in the School of Management. Ms. Layish holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Binghamton University and a Ph.D. in Business from Baruch College.
Matt Singer: PwC Audit Partner Financial Services, Alternative Asset Management & Binghamton Firm Relationship Partner
Matt is a member of the Alternative Asset Management Practice at PwC and is the market team leader for the practice. He has 18 years of experience at the firm, and gained international experiences spending two years working in our London practice. He has expert knowledge in U.S. GAAP, U.S. regulatory requirements for banking institutions, alternative institutions, purchase accounting and SEC and financial reporting experience. Matt also has deep experience with alternative investment management companies, hedge funds and broker dealers. He is proficient in all commercial banking products (deposits and money market, foreign exchange, corporate and retail lending, leverage lending, equity and debt securities, derivative financial instruments, commodities, prime brokerage, securities lending and repurchase agreements, asset-backed securities). Matt also has experience as one of the lead Partners on a non-audit global top five investment bank. Matt’s recent consulting experience for the non-audit client includes an operating model review for the Finance organization and a strategic review of internal audit on behalf of the Board of Directors. He has over eighteen years of professional experience.
Matt is PwC’s firm relationship partner at Binghamton University. Matt is responsible for maintaining and developing PwC’s relationship with the students, PwC Scholar’s Program, faculty and administration.
Matt is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPAs. He graduated from Binghamton University with a BS in accounting and resides in Manhattan with his wife.
Nikki Brune: member of the Campus Recruiting team at PwC and lead recruiter at Binghamton University
Nikki is a Manager on the Talent Acquisition team at PwC out of the New York office. She is the lead recruiter for Binghamton University and supports the New York Core Assurance practice. She focuses on hiring top talent into PwC, and works closely with students, faculty, alumni and administration.
A CPA and economics and accounting major from College of the Holy Cross, she started her career with the firm as a sophomore in college, when she attended PwC’s Elevate program in the Boston office. She interned and started full time in Boston in Core Assurance, focusing her efforts on the technology industry.
She is originally from South Africa, loves to travel and plays tennis.