Meet Chris Di Fronzo and Karen Dankers, Career Advisors for Finance, Consulting, Entrepreneurship & Business

Greetings, students! Welcome to the Finance, Consulting, Entrepreneurship & Business career community.  We’re glad to be your advisors for this community, and we encourage you to explore the resources available on the page. Schedule an appointment with either one of us to check in on your goals and next steps.

A bit about Chris …

I’m a Double Jumbo with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Management, and I began my career in software at The MathWorks holding roles of successive responsibility including Customer Trainer, Sales Engineer, Consultant, and finally Manager of the Engineering Development Group. Later, I became the sales manager of that company and shortly thereafter made a transition into finance. As a financial advisor, I built a practice from the ground up, helping clients achieve their goals. During most of my time in finance, I also led teams of advisors, all while recruiting, hiring, and training people entering the financial industry. Before returning to Tufts in my current role, I was a Managing Director at a private wealth advisory group in Rhode Island.

Outside of my daily Jumbo thing, I like to bake, especially breads. I make a kick butt bagel from scratch, my cranberry walnut celebration bread is a Thanksgiving hit, and my panettone makes December feel like spring; and while waiting for my dough to rise, I am an avid reader of history.

My most interesting/unusual job: After achieving Double Jumbo status, I joined a hospitality company and spent a summer giving tours to folks vacationing in Boston while driving a trolley.

A bit about Karen …

I love helping students figure out which career path is the best fit for them. I work with students to create resumes, cover letters, find internship and job opportunities, and improve networking and interviewing skills, including preparation for technical finance and consulting case interviews.

I grew up in Rhode Island and majored in Finance at the College of William and Mary. After college, I worked in management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and in project management at CIGNA. I completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to joining the Tufts Career Center in 2007, I worked as the Associate Director of Career Services for Wharton Undergraduates. I am excited to continue building relationships with Tufts students and aim to meet students where they are, academically, professionally, and personally. Outside of work, I love to run, hike, play tennis, and spend time with my 3 kids.

My most interesting/unusual job: Writing interface and data conversion computer programs during my consulting days!

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By Chris Di Fronzo
Chris Di Fronzo Associate Director, Director of Tufts Finance Initiative