The connection between philanthropy and systems analysis, financial engineering and information technology may not be obvious to many. But to Brian Leamy (BS/MS ’95), who earned his BS in Information Management and his MS in Strategic Planning from Stevens, using technology to drive electronically-enabled charitable giving has been the basis of a highly successful career.
“The education I received at Stevens has been essential at every phase of my career and I continue to draw upon the technical training I received every day,” Leamy said.
Leveraging three internships he held as part of Stevens’ Cooperative Education program, Leamy landed his dream job right out of graduate school as a systems analyst at Deloitte Consulting, where he delivered professional management consulting services in strategy and technology to a variety clients. As a consultant, he was mainly focused on custom IT development for multiple corporations and nonprofit organizations, before being accepted to the MBA program at the Wharton School of Business. He returned to Deloitte to focus on strategy and technology. As a consultant to various nonprofit organizations, he participated in numerous charitable drives, where he not only developed an interest in philanthropy, but also saw an opportunity for drives to be conducted better. That led to a position as Vice President of Enterprise Strategy at United Way of America, where Leamy led the transition of fundraising activities from paper to online.
“At the time, many of the campaigns used paper pledge cards and forms that needed to be filled out in triplicate. We developed online systems that integrated into corporate payroll and HR systems, replacing the need for so much paper and data-entry,” he said.
Under Leamy’s managerial leadership, United Way of America established a central technology function and created technical solutions that enabled its supporters to give and volunteer online. These solutions helped save the association millions of dollars and included initiatives to consolidate back-office functions and operate according to formal standards of excellence. Leamy's role evolved to Chief Customer Officer for United eWay, a United Way subsidiary that later became known as TRUiST. Leamy led teams of sales, marketing and account managers for online philanthropic solutions and generated consistent annual revenue growth of 20 percent.
Taking charitable innovations to the next level, Leamy drove solutions that leverage mobile technologies to support charities. He became Executive Vice President of mGive, a subsidiary of Mobile Accord, the leader in mobile giving, whose technology enables fundraising and engagement through text messaging for hundreds of domestic nonprofits.
Today, Leamy has brought his commitment to give those in need a better life and a helping hand from the local stage to the global stage. He is currently Vice President for Global Membership at GBCHealth, which unites the international business community to tackle the challenges of the world's most pressing health issues, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and diabetes.
Leamy credits Stevens not only with the technical education necessary to be such a critical part of the early movement to shift philanthropy onto the web, online and mobile, but also with the experiences and connections he needed to kick-start his career.
“I thought the co-op program was priceless,” said Leamy, who – through Stevens’ co-op – interned at Atlantic City Electric Company, Schering Plough and Hertz Rent-a-Car while taking a full load of coursework at the undergraduate and graduate level. “I appreciated the flexibility that I was granted which enabled me to participate in the career program while overloading on concurrent undergraduate and graduate evening coursework. The results, in terms of education and experience at such a young age, set me up to be a valuable talent asset immediately upon graduation.”
Looking back, Leamy said his steep personal career trajectory mimics the growth and expansion of Stevens.
“The campus and programs look nothing like they did when I was there 16 years ago, and I continue to be blown away by the evolution,” he said. “Stevens is a place that will not sit still and will continue to strive to deliver top quality education that every single student will benefit from down the road.”