More than 50 financial institution professionals offered advice to students during a four-day networking event.
During winter break, more than two dozen Hobart and William Smith students met with HWS alums, including Managing Director and Global Head of the Law Firm Group at Citi Private Bank Mehrnaz “Naz” Vahid-Ahdieh ’85, P’17 and Global Chairman of Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan Eric Stein ’89, as well as parents and other supporters from some of New York City’s top financial institutions as a part of the annual NYC Finance Experience program. This year’s career experience was held remotely from Jan. 4 – 8.
“The NYC Finance Experience is a great way to connect with alums and learn about different career paths in the field,” says Izzy Foisy ’22, an economics major with a double minor in mathematics and entrepreneurial studies. “I have participated in this experience twice and have maintained relationships with many of the alums we met with.”
Foisy hopes to find a position within finance where she can combine her analytical and interpersonal skills and continuously learn and grow. “Being able to experience each company’s culture firsthand and meet with employees is a really unique opportunity,” she says.
Hosted by the Salisbury Center for Career Professional and Experimental Education, the NYC Finance Experience is an extended networking opportunity that draws more than 50 volunteers from the HWS community — and recruiters from their companies — who meet with HWS students, share experience and advice, and assist with career preparation and planning.
Since its inception, the Salisbury Center’s immersive networking experience has offered a crucial steppingstone for students to begin their careers in the industry, with students and graduates landing internships and then full-time positions.
“One thing I will take away from the experience is how important it is to be prepared and to do research on companies before you interview,” says Aidan Morgan ’21, a writing and rhetoric major with a minor in media and society. He says the experience connected him with alums who have since helped him prepare for a recent interview with S&P Global.
“The NYC Finance Trip is a significant opportunity for our students to hear directly from our alums. The relationships they develop evolve into internships and receiving job offers, often by their senior year,” says Brandi Ferrara, Director of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. “I am gratefully for the continued engagement of our alums and their willingness to participate in this meaningful experience virtually this year.”
Participating firms with HWS alums, parents and friends included:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch: Julie Baghajian ’15, Bennett Moore ’18, Caitlyn Doyle ’19 and Maya Weber ’20.
BlackRock: Cat Gorman ’15, Amanda Guess ’16, Paige Anderson ’16 and Sally Boynton ’19
Bloomberg: Joe Gibbons ’14
Citigroup: Mehrnaz Vahid ’85, P’17, Caroline Galdabini ’89, David Smith ’99, Gavin Gross ’19, Mark Davidson, Thomas McGuire and Melissa Benjamin,
Credit Suisse: Scott Calnan ’17, Tess Lohr ’18, Thayer Kennedy ’20, Annaliese Schreder ’20, Zach Sternbach ’20, and Kevin Goltz ’19
Goldman Sachs: Scott Ghiraldi ’10
HSBC Bank: Patrick Mueller ’99, Tom Reed ’05, Jason Merritt ’09, Greg Ciciola ’12, Jessica Tarantino ’12, Justin Ferreira ’18 and Dylan Quay ’18
JP Morgan: Eric Stein ’89, Brendan Neary ’93, Marc Borden ’07, Michael Garland ’12, Ali Ware ’16, Nathan Gliedman ’17, Lizzy Weingast ’19, Olivia Bloch ’20, Matt Fallon ’16, Emma Gordon ’17,
PGIM Prudential: Maria Rivelli, Zara Rudman, Cameron Lochhead ’82, George Gammond ’84, Erik Schiller ’98, and Stanton Gilbertson ’19.
S&P Global: Mark Levin ’00, Peter Flanagan ’15, Georgia Jones ’04, Caroline Demeter ’15, Carl D’Amour-Belzario ’17, D. Griffin Marsh ’17, Quinn Cullum ’18, Andrew Manuel ’18, Nicholas Krzemienski, and Jazmin Reyes