By Kula Koenig, MBA Candidate ’12
On Wednesday, October 7th, 32 MBA students traveled to New York City for the 9th annual MBA Career Trek. The Trek is an MBA tradition that allows students to network with alumni in their field of interest. This year students were organized into three “Trek Tracks:” finance, marketing, and real estate.
The Trek started off in style—with students putting on their best attire to attend President Steven Knapp’s all GW alumni reception at the Waldorf Astoria. The next two days were filled with breakfast, lunch, in-office, and dinner meetings. Participants learned about the companies they visited, how alumni became successful, and received guidance on their own career aspirations, all while experiencing life in the big city.
Students surveyed after the Trek provided rave reviews about the quality of the visits with alumni. Marketing student Lauren Burgweger, MBA Candidate ‘12, said that her favorite visit was with Ogilvy & Mather, which was facilitated by alumna Andi Cross, BBA ‘09: “They really pulled out all the stops for us and brought leaders from all over the company to give us an insight into Ogilvy’s operations. I left the meeting with a better understanding of how I wanted to structure my career in marketing.”
Marketing students were also grateful for leads given on internships and jobs. One student stated “I emailed Suneel Grover, MBA ’08, and Brett Kaplan, MBA ’08, about internships this summer and they have both offered to help and/or interview me.”
While the marketing students were at meetings with companies such as Ogilvy, Citibank and SAS Media Entertainment, the real estate students true to form embarked on tours of beautiful developments in New York City from “New York by Gehry” to the “Visionaire.”
The finance students were excited to take advantage of meetings in the financial capital of the United States. From the onset, this section of the Trek had the most interest from students. Meetings were held with big name companies such as Constellation Capital, hosted by Shahriar Shahida, MBA ‘81, Highbridge Capital, hosted by Tim Beresford, BA ’00, and Alvarez & Marsal, hosted by William Fox, member of the Dean’s Board of Advisors.
Students enjoyed these office meetings but also loved the casual atmosphere of the dinner meetings such as the one with alumnus Tom Di Galoma, MBA ’85 and member of the Dean’s Board of Advisors. One student said, “Tom Di Galoma was very open to helping us with future contacts.” This is a great example of how GWSB Alumni can help students navigate their careers.
Aside from the three Tracks, students also met with start-up-firms Just Salad, hosted by Matt Silverman, BBA, MS ’09, and Vringo, hosted by Andrew Perlman, BBA ’00. These visits helped students learn the tools of approaching business with an entrepreneurial mindset. The Trek was a rewarding experience for all who attended. Sincere thanks to the alumni who took time out of their busy schedules to help guide the future of GW MBA students.
Information on the Spring MBA Career Trek and a request for alumni participation will be published in future communications.
Posted by gwsb on October 27, 2011 | Filed under: Alumni News.