Saturday, October 8, 2011

Graduate Finance Club Hosts Investment Banking Weekend

On Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, the Graduate Finance Club held its “Investment Banking Weekend” (“IB Weekend”). The IB Weekend—a resurrected event by the Finance Club from years’ past—was purposed to help educate MBA, MSA, and MA students about the various career paths in the investment banking industry.

Selected topics included: delineating the differences between boutique and “bulge-bracket” firms; describing new hires’ roles and responsibilities, and; discussing behavioral and technical interviewing best-practices. Dr. Rob Nash, Professor and Orr Fellow in Finance, and Dr. Jon Duchac, Merrill Lynch Professor of Accounting, offered insight into specific coursework and concepts relevant to students being successful on the job.

The Weekend featured an Alumni Panel on Saturday, September 17th.. Featured speakers on the panel included:

  • Drew Cannon (MBA, 2005)
  • Sean Kelley (BA, 2005)
  • Clint Bundy (MBA, 2006)

All of the alumni the students were fortunate to learn from have extensive experience in the investment banking industry, having worked for venerable institutions such as Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Wells Fargo (formerly Wachovia). In addition, the alumni have worked in various locations and geographies including Charlotte, Richmond, VA, New York and Hong Kong.

The IB Weekend concluded with the Finance Club jointly hosting a tailgate with the Graduate Marketing Club for Wake Forest’s football game against Gardner-Webb. The Demon Deacons did their part on the field in making the Weekend a success all-around, as they defeated the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs, 48-5.

(Guest Submission By: Graduate Finance Club Leadership Team)

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