Olian has witnessed Quinnipiac’s increased presence on the West Coast. “Discovering the breadth of the Quinnipiac network has been eye opening,” she said, sharing a few examples of the university’s brand reach.
Shortly before she was introduced as president, Olian met with top executives from Deloitte, one of the Big Four accounting firms and a leading employer of UCLA Anderson graduates. During the conversation, Olian asked those in attendance where they were from.
“I did my undergraduate and graduate studies at Quinnipiac,” a Deloitte senior executive told her, somewhat serendipitously, asking if she’d heard of Quinnipiac!
Olian heard a similar connection from Andy Campion, the CFO and EVP of Nike and a member of UCLA Anderson’s Board of Advisors. “My dad graduated from Quinnipiac,” Campion said. “He’s very proud of it.”
Olian embraces these connections and looks forward to building more, as she meets and connects with many of the university’s stakeholders over the coming months.
The new president likes to start her day with exercise — often a cycling class. When she’s not working, Olian and her husband, Peter Liberti, enjoy cooking and entertaining, active travel, attending theater, museums and sports events, especially tennis which is a special passion of her husband, Peter, who is an avid player.
Olian also enjoys reading. Two of the books Olian has read recently are “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi and “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Danny Kahneman, a Nobel Prize winner and incidentally also her statistics professor when she was a sophomore at the Hebrew University.