Wall Street Crash Course 2011

Wall Street Crash Course 2011

President Anthony Monaco and Jeff Moslow, A86 at the Wall Street Crash Course dinner.


The second annual Wall Street Crash Course on campus Sept. 16-17 gave aspiring bulls and bears an up-close look at the ins and outs of the finance industry. The event drew 180 undergraduates for learning, discussions and networking with 30 Tufts alumni from the world of finance.

“The Wall Street Crash Course was truly remarkable, with more than double the students from the previous year,” said Jay Joshi, A12, president of the student-run Tufts Financial Group, which co-hosted the event with the Tufts Financial Network and the Office of Career Services.

“The addition of an advanced session allowed even experienced students to learn something new,” Joshi said, “while the number of impressive alumni who took the time to connect with students speaks volumes about Tufts and the people associated with the university.”

William Huang, A12, majoring in international relations, said he took away a great deal from the event. “It opened my eyes to many different areas of finance from hedge funds to boutique investment banks,” he said. “I liked the small table luncheons because I got a chance to learn more about the recruitment process in major investment banks.”

Eileen Aptman, J90, chief investment officer at Belfer Management LLC, participated as a member of the Tufts Financial Network. “My day at the Crash Course showed me just how well prepared Tufts students are for a future in finance,” she said. “They are extremely capable and bright, and welcomed a bit of guidance as to how best to position themselves for obtaining finance jobs or internships. I’m glad I could share my insights.”

The idea for the Wall Street Crash Course came from Jeff Moslow, A86, a partner at Goldman Sachs and a member of the advisory committee of the Tufts Financial Network. This daylong workshop is designed to educate students on various finance career options and help them better prepare for the job interview process.

This year’s event opened with a welcome dinner on Sept. 16 in the Coolidge Room of Ballou Hall that was addressed by President Anthony Monaco, A&S Dean Joanne Berger-Sweeney, and Trustee Chairman James Stern, E72, A07P. A full day of programming followed on Sept. 17 at the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center.

With break-out groups and networking sessions, the Wall Street Crash Course offered students real-world, practical advice as well as personal connections with successful Tufts alumni in financial service careers.

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Tufts Alumni and Students Discuss Careers on Wall Street

Tufts Alumni and Students Discuss Careers on Wall Street
Saturday, October 16th

Tufts Alumni and Students Discuss Careers on Wall Street

2010 Wall Street Crash Course Faculty (from left to right) Rob Walker, A04; Max Bernstein, A03; Rob Stricker, E69; Pierre Maman, A86; Michael Karsch, A90, F91; Joseph Rosano, A10; Jeff Moslow, A86; Bill Ortner, A89; Jonathan Trott, A10; Karen Kulvin, J92; Jerome Shapiro, A03; Peter Vogelsang, A84; Craig Goldberg, E76; Daniel Landers Silva, A10. Missing from Photo: Doug Atkin, A84; Greg Randolph, A81; Anthony Scaramucci, A86, A14P; Scott Schaevitz, A85; Federico De Giorgis, A84

This year’s Wall Street Crash Course appears to have been a resounding success.

On Saturday, October 16th, a handful of Tufts alumni – working in a variety of financial fields – descended on the Hill to share their experiences on Wall Street with current students. The day-long event included panel discussions, interview prep, and break-out sessions that focused in on various financial career paths ranging from asset management and hedge funds to private equity and leverage and investment banking. Jeff Moslow, A86, a partner at Goldman Sachs and key coordinator of the event, said “The response was stunning.” Moslow added, “While the primary goal of this was to equip and educate students, I think as important of a benefit that manifested itself was the engagement of 20 alumni in time and effort, and creating more of an affinity towards the university post-Tufts.”

Because Tufts is a small liberal arts college without an affiliated business school, students do not often get the opportunity to explore the world of finance. According to Lilly Bogis, A11, President of the Tufts Financial Group, “Finance isn’t in the Tufts culture as much as other schools. It’s hard to find an outlet for that kind of enthusiasm.” Events like the Wall Street Crash Course, she hopes, will give students the knowledge and networking they need to succeed on the Street.


Thursday March 4th Speaker Series With David Chang

Tufts Financial Group Speaker Series presents:
David Chang (A’01)
Commodities Portfolio Manager, Wellington Management
Thursday, March 4th

Tufts Financial Group Speaker Series presents: David Chang (A’01) Commodities Portfolio Manager, Wellington Management

On Thursday March 4th, The Tufts Financial Group welcomed alumni speaker David Chang (A’01). Mr. Chang, a commodities portfolio manager at Wellington Management, volunteered his time to give a presentation to interested students on the topic of commodities and commodities investing. Approximately sixty undergraduates from the Tufts Financial Group were in attendance. The talk was informative and well received. Mr. Chang is the first guest in the Tufts Financial Group Speaker Series to lecture on commodities and the Group was thrilled to have him illuminate the field. Mr. Chang first became involved with the Tufts Financial Group through his work with an alumna of the Group, Ms. Shikha Gupta (A’07) of RBS Sempra Commodities. Previously, Mr. Chang spoke at the annual Financial Careers Night in October. Mr. Chang’s family also attended the event: Nicole Chang (A’01) and daughter, Celinna.