Over 160 people registered for and attended the CFN's kick-off event in New York City (Feb-26, 2009), which turned out to be a grand opportunity for Consortium alumni, friends and sponsors to meet, greet, connect, and trade stories and strategies about financial markets and careers.
Consortium students, alumni and friends from as far as Chicago, Texas, and Indiana attended.
Peter Aranda, Consortium CEO, shared updates on Consortium activities, programs and the Orientation Program (in June in Charlotte) and encouraged all to re-engage and get involved.
Panelists helped spur lively discussion on many topics -- from a possible recovery in the economy and markets this year to a general prognosis on careers in finance; from how financial markets might be restructured to how risk management might be a desirable career path.
The panelists (Theo Lubke from FRB-NY, JD Moore from CS, and Fatimah Gilliam from Citi) addressed audience questions on corporate finance, compensation, deal flow, diversity and finance-related hirings in 2009.
Jose' Marcos Calunga, Consortium student at Indiana, outlined goals and next steps for a mentorship program to be unveiled this spring. The program will help first-year Consortium students in finance.
Ken Alozie, Consortium alumnus from Michigan, had a chance to discuss and spread the word about his website venture www.bankingorbust.com.
Rachel Delcau, Consortium student and alumni relations mgr., was instrumental in ironing out logistics and details for the event.
We outlined the primary objectives of CFN and urged guests to sign up for follow-up initiatives.
We are thankful to the Federal Reserve Bank of NY (Michael Embry and team) for sponsoring and hosting the event its in lower Manhattan headquarters. We hope to share video and photo summaries of the event soon.