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Nordson Executives Speak to Finance Association

by Hunter Jones and Axel Grossmann

On Wednesday, October 26, the Finance Association welcomed Nordson Corporation for its fifth and final guest speaker series event of Fall 2022. Katie Colacarro, director of internal audit and manager for the Finance Leadership Development Program; Global Talent Specialist Marsalis Hammons; and Brandi Kessler, Nordson’s global college relations talent acquisition specialist talked to the students about the different scholarships, internships, and job opportunities Nordson offers to finance and business students. Students were also given the opportunity to hear from two recent graduates who are going through the Finance Leadership Development Program at Nordson, Nish Kadakia and Tia Graham, who is a recent graduate of Georgia Southern University.

The presentation began with a detailed background of Nordson’s history and a breakdown of how and where the company operates, emphasizing the global footprint of the company. The speakers continued by highlighting the opportunities that Nordson provides for students, like the Nordson Leadership Scholars Program and the Nordson BUILD Scholarship. They discussed the application criteria as well as the benefits. For example, the Nordson Leadership Scholars program is a relationship-building, scholarship, and recruitment program with the goal of attracting diverse talent and building strong company brand awareness. This program is eligible to women and those who are racially or ethnically diverse and provides students with an award of $10,000. The BUILD scholarship is available to anyone except seniors who are graduating and has a scholarship value ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.

Additionally, the Nordson representatives spoke about the Finance Leadership Development Program. The two-year rotational program allows students to work at several Nordson U.S. locations as well as an international location. During the program, which students undergo in small cohorts, participants learn about accounting and finance roles at different departments and meet with the companies’ executives. After completion of the program, students are placed in several finance and accounting related full-time positions.

Toward the end of the meeting, the speakers answered several questions about the opportunities Nordson provides as well as advice for those who would be entering the finance and accounting fields soon.

Students interested in the scholarship programs should contact Brandi Kessler ( Those interested in the Financial Leadership Program should contact Katie Colacarro (

Nordson Corporation has a team of more than 7,500 employees with operations and support offices in more than 35 countries. It engineers, manufactures, and markets differentiated products used for dispensing adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials, and other materials for fluid management, test and inspection, UV curing, and plasma surface treatment.


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