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Undergraduates Trek to the Big Apple


New York Trek Student Leaders from left to right: Kyle Dattola-Harris, Jameise Rozier, Erica Wertheim, Virginia Laird and Benson Mensah-Bonsu

GWSB students meant business when they took a bite out of the Big Apple for the 2010 Undergraduate New York Career Trek. Forty-seven students traveled to New York City for the Nov. 17-19 event. The students split into three groups, Finance/Accounting, Marketing and Sports Management, for an experience tailored to their respective fields of interest. The trek included an array of activities such as company site visits, breakfast with alumni, a “There’s No Business Like Sports Business” panel discussion and an alumni networking reception.

Each group visited a variety of big name companies. Students in the Finance/Accounting group visited Barclays, Citi, Ernst & Young, Ironshore, Jefferies, Jones Lang Lassale, M&T Bank, Moody’s, Morgan Stanley, Oppenheimer & Co. and PWC. The Marketing group visited BBDO, Chandler Chicco, Mindshare, Mother New York and Ogilvy.

Sports Management students visited The New York Mets, NBA, NFL, NHL and Momentum, a marketing agency.

Students met with more than 20 distinguished alumni from the GW School of Business, interacting with them throughout New York at in-office sessions and small group breakfast meetings. Alumni who shared their experiences, insight, and professional advice included Eric Herd, BBA, ’06, SportsFan Live; Caroline Turitto, BBA, ’04, of Ironshore; Laura Braude Greenfield, BBA, ’04, of M&T Bank; Tiffany Putnam, BBA, ’01, and Aaron Spool, BBA,  ’00 of Moody’s; and Jonathan Hochberg, BBA, ’85 of Hillview Capital Advisors, LLC.

A highlight of the trip was the student/alumni panel and networking reception hosted at The New York Palace. The program entitled “There’s No Business Like Sports Business” featured GW Alumni panelists, Joel Segal, BA, ’86, president of BEST Football and Keith Wachtel, GWSB BBA, ’92, senior vice president of marketing for the National Hockey League. The discussion, which focused on careers in sports management, was moderated by Lisa Delpy Neirotti, associate professor of tourism and sport management. The event provided an oportunity for New York area alumni to meet each other and current students. Students also heard “real life” career stories and practiced their networking skills with the GW alumni community.

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors interested in these fields are encouraged to join the 2011 New York Career Trek. Click here for more information.

Posted by gwsb on November 30, 2010 | Filed under: GWSB News.

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