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Bruce Friedman

Executive Director of Fiscal Operations, Business Services Division, University of Pennsylvania


University of Pennsylvania, Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics ’17—expected
Drexel University, MBA, Finance ’99, Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Finance ‘90

“As a finance professional with executive positions, I wanted to become a coach and help other professionals who may be dealing with adversity. I found that opportunity here at Penn,” shares Bruce Friedman the Executive Director of Fiscal Operations for Penn’s Business Services. He also served as a board member for Dyskeratosis Congenita Outreach (DC Outreach), Inc., a rare disease advocacy organization and Bournelyf Special Camp, a camp for children with special needs.

After spending nearly two decades working for big business (Bell Atlantic/Verizon, PECO/Exelon), Bruce transitioned into the non-profit and education world to spend more time with his family and help his son who had a rare disease. “A big part of what drew me to work for Penn was the Organizational Dynamics program. I wanted to blend my personal and professional goals more.”

“Last summer I did my coaching and consulting fieldwork with DC Outreach. A classmate from my cohort and I created a strategic plan for the organization,” he continues, “We built a very robust process, and I am now implementing that very same plan with the organization’s new president for my capstone.”

With Bruce’s strong technical expertise, the Organizational Dynamics program opened him up to the people-facing side of his career. “I’ve always been analytical. Even before the program, I realized that I needed to better understand the operations and the people to move up in my role. It’s always been there for me—and Organizational Dynamics takes it to another level.”

As a Penn employee and student, Bruce finds his experiences at the school to be very symbiotic, “The courses help me to stay current in my career, and I bring my background and experiences to the classroom.”

Along with being a dedicated student, manager, father and husband, Bruce is an avid cyclist who bikes for a cause. Over the last two years, Bruce and his team raised more than $50,000 to go towards DC research for the Million Dollar Bike Ride—an event hosted by the Penn Medicine’s Orphan Disease Center.

According to Bruce, “Being a part of the Penn community is about as good as it gets.”


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