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The HWS Update

Pillars of Wall Street

Thanks to Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees L. Thomas Melly ’52, L.H.D. ’02, students gain skills to succeed in finance careers.  

Over the next six months, 60 HWS students will participate in the Pillars of Wall Street program, working through self-paced online training modules to gain valuable skills that will prepare them to succeed in the competitive finance sector.

Facilitated by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, the training covers a variety of topics, ranging from accounting to corporate valuation. Using instructional videos and associated drills, students gain practical knowledge of skills like financial modeling and how to create a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Previously, the program was a two to three day intensive commitment but has been expanded to provide a more comprehensive curriculum and adapt to remote work.

“The skills and insights offered through the Pillars of Wall Street modules are invaluable complements to the Colleges’ academic programs. A robust liberal arts background, paired with this series’ specialized training, can truly set students apart when applying to jobs and internships,” says Brandi Ferrara, executive director of the Salisbury Center, who thanks Chair Emeritus of the HWS Board of Trustees L. Thomas Melly ’52, L.H.D. ’02 for his longtime support of the program.

A retired partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co., Melly is a passionate supporter of the Colleges. He has served as a member of the HWS Board of Trustees since 1981 including as Chair of the Board from 1988 to 1998. Over the years, Melly’s significant generosity to HWS has helped to establish the Melly Academic Center, the Salisbury Endowed Internship Fund, L. Thomas Melly ’52 Trustee Scholarship, and the Gearan Center for Performing Arts.

Economics major and Statesman Quarterback Kiernen Hamilton ’23 says he is benefiting from the program. “While completing the Pillars of Wall Street program, I have enjoyed the videos paired with the Excel modules – this is incredibly beneficial. I believe this program can skyrocket your knowledge within finance to help you achieve that dream job.” He has secured six offers for internships this summer.

Economics major and Heron squash member Gretchen Vietor ’22 agrees and credits the Pillars program with helping her to land an internship at Wells Fargo last year, which led to a job offer following graduation.

Pillars of Wall Street was co-founded by former investment bankers with a combined two decades of experience, Matthew Holaves and Aalok Mody. The company offers training that helps professionals gain the financial and technical knowledge base they need to advance their career in a competitive industry.