This week, Hobart and William Smith students are investing three days of their winter break exploring the financial hub of Boston, Mass., through the eyes of recent alums, parents, career professionals and friends of the Colleges at industry giants such as Fidelity Investments, Brown Brothers Harriman, and other institutions.
They are accompanied by Associate Professor of Economics Judith McKinney and Professor of Economics Scott McKinney, who are helping the students contextualize their classroom studies in quantitative and analytic analysis.
The Boston Finance Experience, facilitated by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, helps students create important professional connections and set the foundation for future employment opportunities.
“Students attending this year’s Boston Finance Experience will discover a variety of professions in the financial services industry; from traditional banks and investment firms, to data and risk management,” says Senior Associate Director of Career Services Jackie Doyle P’14, P’19, adding that this year’s program has expanded to include visits to financial technology firm MassChallenge, as well as Suffolk Construction.
Students and local alums also attended a networking reception with Interim President Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12. The event was 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 Christopher S. Welles ’84, P’12, P’15. Welles’ generosity funded full-program costs as well.
In preparation for the career exploration event, students attended a network training session and panel discussion led by HWS seniors who previously attended career trek events.
Participating firms with HWS alums and parents include:
Brown Brothers Harriman
Joshua Fine ’93, Marney McCabe ’94, William Rosensweig ’87
Chapin Bates ’81, P’09, P’12, Charles Seergy III ’14
Travis Ferland ’11, Kyle Henel ’09, Courtney Leous ’13
Visit arranged by Warren Zola ’88, P’18
M & T Bank
Julie Barron P’21
Emily Earll ’08; visit arranged by John F. Fish
Riaz Ahmed ’87, Peter Blain ’03, Nicole Pastor ’16, Hannah Scott ’15, Duncan Stafford ’12