Seventh Annual Wall Street Week a Winner for Students and Alumni

February 2013

While most FSB students were enjoying the last week of break, 22 finance students travelled to New York to participate in a unique Farmer School immersion program. Wall Street Week, now in its seventh year, provides students with an invaluable look behind the scenes in the largest financial market in the country and an opportunity to network with alumni working in several sectors of the financial world.

"The program was a phenomenal experience," said sophomore John Bouhall. "It's a way to connect with professionals at all experience levels, across every sub-sector of finance."

The Royal Bank of Scotland, one of the main Wall Street Week sponsors, hosted the group at both its Stamford headquarters and Manhattan office. In addition, students visited other company headquarters, experienced the New York Stock Exchange floor, and watched CNBC's live show.

Students met with 15 companies over the course of their stay, learning about a variety of different specialties in the financial arena including investment banking, corporate finance, sales and trading, commercial real estate, private equity, hedge funds, and stock exchange markets.

FSB Director of Professional Development, Sharon Attaway, who attended with Associate Professor of Finance, David Shull, was impressed by the networking opportunities: "You can gain a lot of insight from folks who have lived your life a few years ago of what life is like working and living in NY. That's the biggest take away from the experience because you get to talk to young and more seasoned alums."

The student group had an impact on the Miami alumni they met too. Michelle Girard ('87), Managing Director & Senior Economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland, was enthusiastic about the Miami cohort: "I had the opportunity to speak with several of the students in a small group setting and was taken by their intelligence, enthusiasm, and professionalism. They were obviously excited to be visiting and very engaged."

"I was impressed with the caliber of the students who attended," said Steve Bringardner ('06), who works in Blackrock's Global Consultant Relations. "They were proactive in approaching us and genuinely seemed interested in learning about our firm and potential job opportunities. I think they will be well suited to compete in the competitive 'wall street' job market."

"It was an incredibly valuable trip for me," said Jon Quintero, a junior. "I doubled my contacts, spent mornings on two different trading floors, and gained valuable insight into industry trends for sales and trading. I've done a lot to prepare myself for internships and jobs over the past two and a half years, but this may have been the most important piece for me."