The Iona College Campus Quad

Nicole Pawlak '05, '08MBA

The Brother Robert A. Durning Rising Star Award

Nicole majored in Psychology with a minor in Marketing. After completing her undergraduate degree, she returned to Iona to earn an MBA in marketing with a certificate in international business in 2008.  

Since graduating from Iona College, Nicole has led an eventful professional life becoming a global sports marketing and brand executive working with some of the world's most recognized leagues, properties, athletes and brands. These include Toyota, the NFL, NHL and NBA, Nike, DraftKings, The TOPPS Trading Company, Anheuser-Busch, Pernod Ricard, and Samsung to name a few. 

Nicole is an industry veteran with extensive experience in strategy, experiential event execution and logistics as well as business development within the world of sports and entertainment. Nicole was a part of the Iona College Alumni Association Board of Directors and served as Secretary from 2014-2019. She is a member of the Women in Sports and Entertainment (WISE) group and has completed Ritz-Carlton Leadership Training as well as the Thayer Leader Development Group Training. She is a member of the New York Athletic Club's (NYAC) Water Polo team and is a competitive runner. 

Competing on the women's water polo team at Iona, Nicole was named to the MAAC Academic Honor Roll and was an Academic All American. She was also a member of the Marketing Club and served as a tutor and mentor for the SCOPE program.