DSB’s 2nd Sophomore Symposium A Hit

Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on February 21, 2011

The 2nd Sophomore Symposium of the year, an event aimed at helping sophomore business students focus their career paths, was held on Wednesday February 16 in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room. This event was geared towards providing an overview of professional skills, development, and career preparation for the students in attendance.

The newly-instated event, organized by the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, is designed to offer ideas and guidance to sophomore business students, addressing topics such as course and program offerings, individualized plans of study, internships, international education opportunities, and University involvement.

There was an Academic Programs Panel of alumni and professionals in business who talked about their experiences and shared advice on how to achieve career goals in the course of college and beyond, as well as a Q&A period that followed. Many students attended this second part to the business school’s attempt at integrating sophomores into their field. There were several exciting additions to the career preparation panel of Dolan School of Business Advisory Council Members and alumni, including:

  • Elaine Hughes – Moderator / DSB Advisory Council President, EA Hughes & Co.
  • Alison Miller ‘06, Business Analyst, UBS
  • Joseph LaCroix ‘08, Integrated Media Strategist, PHD Media
  • Stephanie Stadig ‘10, Goldman Sachs Financial Analyst- Controllers, Private Equity Group
  • Emmanuel Ephie ‘10, Goldman Sachs, Investment Management Division, IMD Finance and Strategy Team
  • Andy Pezzino MBA ‘09, Manager Business Analysis, Eastern Region, Cartus

With an approximate 70% class turnout rate, the event left students feeling focused and enthused about their prospective careers, and ready to use their passions to be successful in their professional paths. Although I am not a business student, I found that if this type of panel were to be offered for my major, I would have definitely benefited.

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