New York City’s Wall Street was the backdrop for 16 students from MU’s Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business who spent three days interacting with top executives and several successful New York alumni as part of an annual trip to the nation’s financial center. The students spent two days visiting executives at companies and a third day shadowing alumni for a day at their jobs.
"The highlight for me was meeting and talking with Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase; David Herzog, CFO of AIG; and Ace Greenberg, the former CEO of Bear Stearns," junior finance student Jon Metzger said. The meeting with Dimon was arranged by alumnus Harvey Eisen; Herzog and Greenberg are both alumni of Mizzou’s business school.
For the executives who hosted the students for presentations and discussions about the state of the financial industry, it was a chance to share the lessons they have learned after years of experience in the world’s financial capital. "The opportunity to visit a corporate environment and talk with a professional, especially in New York City, would have been a huge help to me when I was in school and deciding what career path to take," said Cathy Bradley, executive director of Major League Baseball’s Tomorrow Fund. An MU alumna, she had a student shadow for a day and attended an alumni reception with the students.
Bradley says she was impressed with the caliber of students. "They seemed both prepared and eager," Bradley said. "From their experience in the Tigers on Wall Street program, I hope the students learn to be open to the variety of opportunities available in the world of business and begin to work toward their career goals while at Mizzou."
The sixteen students – 12 undergraduates and four MBA candidates – completed a financial "boot camp" prior to the trip. In so doing, they learned about the companies they would visit, the latest news about financial conditions and equity markets, and explored the careers of notable Wall Street executives with whom they would meet.
"I learned a tremendous amount in preparation for the trip," said MBA candidate Drew Frailey. "It definitely ended up benefiting me in my interactions during, as well as after, the trip."
Several students found the trip helpful with regards to determining where they would like to focus their careers. "The trip gave me an inside look into different areas of finance and by doing so helped me gain a better idea of the area I want to pursue," stated Brittany Weissman, a junior finance student. "Because of this experience, I am applying for an internship with Goldman Sachs. Hopefully I'll get the opportunity to intern in New York this summer."