During winter break, 17 Hobart and William Smith students connected with more than 30 alums, parents and friends of the Colleges in the inaugural Boston Finance Experience facilitated by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education.
“Boston is a major financial hub and has traditionally been a market where a significant amount of our alums live and work,” says Director of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education Brandi Ferrara. “We’re expanding our program to meet students’ needs.”
In previous years, students interested in careers in the financial sector have participated in the NYC Finance Experience and will do so again on Wall Street in January. This year’s Boston trip was designed to expand connections between students and the strong HWS alum network.
On Dec. 18-19, students made connections across all facets of the Boston financial industry, as they attended site visits at Boston Private, Brown Brothers Harriman, Citizens Bank, EZE Software, Fidelity Investments, Loomis Sayles, State Street Financial Center and Wellington Management. Students and local alums also attended a networking reception hosted by the American Rhino Foundation, a clothing and accessory company focused on empowering consumers to take an active role in biodiversity conservation founded by HWS Trustee Chris Welles ’84, P’12, P’15.
“The Boston Finance Experience is a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in the financial services industry since it will expose them to a variety of different banks and financial firms,” says Senior Associate Director of Career Services Jackie Doyle P’14, P’19. “They have an opportunity to meet directly with alumni and alumnae, parents, and human resources professionals to learn about internships and job opportunities within each organization.”
In addition, the networking events allowed students to establish important professional connections, get access to various perspectives and potentially land internships and set the foundation for possible future employment. In preparation for their trip, students attended a network training session and a panel discussion led by seniors who have previously attended career day events.
Participating firms with HWS alums and parents include:
Brown Brothers Harriman
Joshua Fine ’93, John Hibbard ’17, Marney Cumming McCabe ’94, William Rosensweig ’87
Meredith Levenson ’10, Jeremy Parker ’97, George Schwartz P ’08
Chapin Bates ‘81
George Fries ’15, Gavin Llewellyn ’16, Michael Moreau P’18
Travis Ferland ’11, Abigail Johnson ’84, Courtney Leous ’13
Loomis, Sayles and Company
Peter Linnard ’98, Christopher Perkin ’95, E.J. Tateosian ’95
Joseph Currie ’15, James Gramolini ’13, James Ryder ’07
Peter Blain ’03, Nicole Pastor ’16, Hannah Scott ’15, Q. A. Riaz Ahmed ’87
In addition to Boston and New York, HWS students will travel over break to Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. to learn about potential careers in media and entertainment, government, and public policy.