During winter recess, the opportunities to explore new horizons never cease at HWS. In January, 10 students interested in pursuing careers in economics will explore all that Washington, D.C. has to offer in the first annual Economics Day in D.C.
“This is our inaugural year, and we have so many economics alums doing amazing things in D.C.,” says Professor of Economics Tom Drennen, who is leading the trip. “This is a great opportunity for students to see how they can use their economics degrees. We have alums from a wide variety sectors, and we’re really looking forward to building this program into one of the annual opportunities for students to network.”
The day-long program will allow students to connect with HWS alums working in different sectors of the economics career field in the capital area. Following a brief welcome from Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty and Professor of Economics Pat McGuire, the day will open with keynote speaker Arthur Medici ’72, managing partner of 9th Degree Advisors.
Throughout the day, students will have a chance to connect with alums. Panels will provide the opportunity to share experiences, learn about the journey from HWS to D.C. and allow students to ask questions. Alums participating in panels include Patrick Byrne ’02, COO, Edgeworth Economics; Peter Ciotoli ’72, analyst, project manager, Westin, Inc.; Kathryn Martin ’98, program examiner, Office of Management and Budget; Matthew Milner ’99, founder, Edgeworth Economics; and Daniel Mullarkey ’88, economist, Department of Agriculture.
Students are eager to participate in the program. “I am looking forward to networking with alums who are currently working in the Washington D.C. area and gaining a better perspective for potential career paths,” explains Daniel Kolinski ’12. “There is no better way to fully appreciate a career than talking to those individuals who are working in them.”
For others, the trip will provide a critical lens and professional opinions with which to view current economic concerns. “There is no issue more important in this country than economics, given the recessionary stagnation that the country is enduring,” says Jonathan Goldman ’13. “I believe HWS alums have interesting views and ideas about these issues of great import.”
Another highlight of Economics Day is the luncheon for alums and students that will serve as a platform for students to initiate more informal interactions and conversations with alums. Joining the group for the luncheon will be Michael Athas ’07, owner of the Athas Group; Robert Dunsky ’90, economist, Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight; and Michael Cowie ’86, attorney/partner, Dechert LLP.
The program will also feature a young alum panel, bringing a fresh perspective to the world of economics. Contributing their advice and view of the current market are Adam Goldstein ’08, analyst, Department of Energy, Booz Allen Hamilton; Katie Klutts ’09, competitive intelligence analyst, GEICO Corporation; and Nick Sadoski ’04, public affairs specialist, U.S. Department of State.