Students find continuous opportunities to network with alumni for their career advancement. Such networking events include alumni presentations, guest speakers, interview preparation and much more. Scroll through the slides below for specific highlights from the 2016 – 2017 school year.
The Carlyle Group
The Finance Academy invited Junior Analysts Mark Kendrick ’15 and Erik Berg ’16 to present on private equity and introduce the Carlyle Case Competition on February 17th.
BB&T Capital Markets
On January 26, BB&T Capital Markets hosted a presentation on the mergers & acquisitions process. The presentation was led by Managing Director Patrick Martin BBA ’87, MBA ’98 and analysts Dabney Carr ’14, Niall Garrahan ’14 and Greg Conway ’16.
Breakfasts and Luncheons
On multiple occasions throughout the fall semester, students were able to enjoy a meal with W&M guests to network and ask questions. Often times, these events were small in size to allow for more personal connections with the professionals. These occasions included:
- Breakfast with Alex Carles ’97, Managing Partner of WellSpring Capital, and Bill Mixon MBA ’90, President/CEO of National Seating and Mobility
- Lunch with Cabel Rosanelli ’09, Cerberus Capital
- Breakfast with Joan Carter, Co-Founder and President of UM Holdings, Ltd.
- Breakfast with John Aglioloro, Co-Founder and Chairman of UM Holdings, Ltd.
- Lunch with Stephen Byrd ’94, Morgan Stanley
Sarah Bane Williams BBA ’76, MBA ’78
Smart Woman Securities hosted Sarah Bane Williams, Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking at Village Bank where she specializes in loans and services for privately held businesses in Central Virginia. During her presentation on November 15th, Ms. Williams explained the risks associated with different asset classes.
Fireside Chat with John Simmons ’92
On October 13th, Alumnus John Simmons hosted a fireside-type talk with students to discuss his career in banking, the Middle Market group and J.P. Morgan as a whole. Mr. Simmons currently serves as Head of Middle Market Banking and Specialized Industries at J.P. Morgan, after previously leading the firm’s North America Financial Institutions Group.
Why Women in Leadership Matter with Elizabeth Nieto
Elizabeth Nieto, Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at MetLife, spoke to the Women in Business club on October 18th on Why Women in Leadership Matter. Her discussion centered on recent findings from research on women in the workplace and sought to dispel common myths about women in leadership. More than eighty club members were in attendance.
Perella Weinberg Partners M&A Case Study
Perella Weinberg Partners (PWP) Director Will Glass ‘07 and Analyst Peter Voth ’15 came to campus on September 22nd to provide an overview of PWP and a case study on a transaction they worked on together at PWP: Medtronic’s $42.9Bn acquisition of Covidien, the largest inversion and Medical Devices transaction ever completed.
PwC Networking Breakfast
On September 15th, PwC presented information on the type of work involved in the Transaction Services branch during an informational breakfast. Scott Gehsmann ’84, Partner at PwC, and other W&M alumni came for the presentation.
Credit Analysis Conversation with Larry Bland, MBA ’87
Finance Academy hosted Larry Bland, Managing Director and Head of Credit Research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. During the session, which took place September 15th, Mr. Bland presented a Leveraged Finance Case Study and a tutorial on Credit Analysis to inform students on this highly demanded field.