De La Salle Medal Dinner

De La Salle medalThe De La Salle Medal Dinner raises essential, unrestricted income, which is the most critical form of funding for the College. Funds are applied to a wide variety of needs, particularly student scholarships and financial aid, making a Manhattan College education accessible for more students.

The De La Salle Medal was established by Manhattan College in 1951 in honor of John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and one of the world's great educators. Since 1977, the De La Salle Medal has been conferred annually by the College’s board of trustees to honor executives who exemplify the principles of excellence and corporate leadership.

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  • 2017 Dinner

    The 41st annual De La Salle Dinner was held February 9, 2017 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

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    2017 Honoree

    Stephen J. Squeri '81, Vice Chairman, American Express Company

    Squeri headshotAs Vice Chairman of American Express, Steve leads several of American Express' key businesses, as well as its shared services organization. Working closely with the CEO on a range of company-wide initiatives, he is a member of the Officers' Group, which oversees the company's strategic direction and makes key policy decisions affecting the company overall.

    Before joining American Express in 1985, Steve spent four years as a management consultant at Arthur Andersen and Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from Manhattan College.

    In addition to serving on the American Express Global Business Travel Board of Directors, Steve currently sits on the boards of J.Crew Group, Inc. and Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Valerie Fund and Manhattan College. He also serves as a member of the Board of Governors for Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School.

    Steve and his wife Tina live in New Jersey, and together they have four daughters.