Tag: Specialized Masters



If anybody has any qualms about making a trek to visit firms, be assured that it’s worth it! I left New York after day two with a better understanding of the financial industry, investment best practices, what employers are looking for, and most importantly, what we could offer with the skills we’re learning in the Master of Science in Quantitative Finance (MSFQ) program.

This year’s annual MSFQ Trek to Boston and New York involved visits to Man Numeric, Wellington, Fidelity, DE Shaw, Point72, and PIMCO. These firms represent some of the top names in the mutual fund and hedge fund industry, and are the result of the Weston Career Center’s work in cultivating industry relationships—to the benefit of those in the MSFQ program.

It was a busy two-day trip. Each morning we started at 9 a.m., going full throttle until 4 p.m. When we were not learning about the different asset management firms and their investment strategies, we enjoyed connecting with our classmates. As we shuffled from meeting to meeting, we talked to directors, recruiters, portfolio managers, analysts, and WashU alumni. Each of the firms was gracious with their time and answered questions generously. DE Shaw even surprised us with hoodies!

Since our programs ended on Friday, we got part of the weekend to tour New York as well!

Special thanks again go to the Weston Career Center, especially to Molly Sonderman for handling logistics, and to Greg Hutchings for accompanying the 17 students who went!

Guest Blogger: Stefan Yu, MSFQ candidate and President of the Specialized Masters Program Council


Find the latest information on Weston Career Center events and career treks by visiting the Olin Careers website.




Adena T. Friedman, president and chief executive officer of Nasdaq, will be on the Washington University in St. Louis campus at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in Knight Hall’s Emerson Auditorium as part of the David R. Calhoun Lectureship. Co-sponsored by Olin Business School and Arts & Sciences, the lecture series aims to bring to campus well-known national leaders discussing how their value system and global experience creates an impact in the business environment.

Friedman assumed the role of Nasdaq president and CEO in January 2017 and proceeded to steer the company through the implementation of new architecture — called Nasdaq Financial Framework — that earned her Institutional Investor’s No. 1 spot in its 2017 Tech 40 list of financial technology leaders.

While serving as Nasdaq’s president and COO through 2016, Friedman oversaw the company’s business while focusing on driving efficiency, product-development growth and expansion.

Wrote Friedman in an Oct. 6 LinkedIn blog post:

“To Nasdaq, tomorrow isn’t an expression of time but a story to rewrite about a connected ecosystem that constitutes a market of possibilities. We possess what is needed to unleash those possibilities: the leading-edge technology, the forward thinking, and the power of data and analytics. We have the ingenuity to power economies, the insights to empower people, and the integrity that is the cornerstone of all markets.

“With those resources, we are going to rewrite ways to expand wealth, create jobs and enrich people’s lives. We aim to set the pace for all that — for re-thinking capital markets and economies anywhere and everywhere.”

Friedman earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Williams College and a master of business administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

The Calhoun Lecture is free and open to the public but registration is encouraged as seating is limited in Emerson Auditorium. A reception will follow.

Guest Blogger: Chuck Finder, The Source. Photo credit: Matt Greenslade/photo-nyc.com




Allyson Golden and Ryan Fassler were both first-year MBA students when they started dating in 2011. This fall, they returned to campus to celebrate their engagement with their families.

Jobs took Allyson and Ryan to different cities and companies after graduation, but they’re both in Chicago now. Allyson is an Assurance Senior Associate at PwC and Ryan is a Senior Financial Analyst at Capital One. Congratulations on a match made at Olin!


Is it true you and your fiancé met at Olin during MBA orientation?

Yes! Despite both of us growing up in St. Louis, our paths had never crossed. During GO! Week, one of the other girls in the MBA program suggested I invite people over to hang out by my pool—I told her to invite people too. Ryan was one of the people she invited over—after that day he asked me out.

 

Were you pursuing similar career paths?

We were both pursuing fields that would be considered more quantitative. He was pursuing finance, and I was pursuing accounting. Since these had similar class requirements, we ended up in the same classes. When we were first dating, I remember spending many afternoons together studying for tests or working on projects at Olin.

Where did you go after graduation?

After graduation I moved to Chicago to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ryan moved to Washington D.C., and then Dallas, to work for Capital One before moving to Chicago two years ago.

When is the wedding and where?

The wedding will be in St. Louis next fall (September 2018). It will actually be at the same place my parents got married!

Any fun Olin memories you would like to share?

Labor Day weekend of our first semester, a group of MBAs decided to go rafting on an unseasonably cold day. While that was probably not a smart idea, we definitely have some good memories from that weekend. From studying at Olin for tests and grabbing lunch at the DUC between classes, to all of the ‘disorientation’ parties our last year—there are too many good memories to count, and it is hard to pick just one. But Olin/WashU played a big part in our relationship.


Allyson’s father, Bob, is an Olin MBA alumnus, class of 1984, and her mom, Jeanne, is a UC ’93 grad. They are generous supporters of Olin with the Jeanne & Robert Golden Scholarship. We hear Allyson’s little brother, John, recently took a campus tour and could be applying for an undergrad spot. Be on the lookout for future Golden generations!

Photos compliments of the Golden family.




Students in Olin’s CELect course helped create the marketing plan for SafeTrek, a personal mobile safety app that was introduced to the WashU community this fall. Student-led teams in the entrepreneurship consulting course are paired with startups at the downtown accelerator T-Rex and assigned a wide variety of projects.

“The project for SafeTrek is one of many examples where helping a local entrepreneur also helped the community,” said Academic Director for Entrepreneurship Clifford Holekamp.

We asked SafeTrek cofounder Nick Droege about working with CELect teams on the marketing rollout of the app for WashU:

Have the CELect teams provided valuable contributions to your company?

The CELect teams have been extremely valuable in helping us over the past year. From market research to rollout strategies, they’ve made our jobs easier.

The spring 2017 team was diverse mix of law and business students. Did they bring valuable perspectives?

The spring 2017 team was an impressive group. They were able to provide us with valuable insights on campus climate as we geared up to launch at WUSTL’s campus.

[Related: Check out the Spring 2017 CELect team’s take on collaborating with SafeTrek]

What would you tell other startups considering a collaboration with a CELect student team?

Yes. Constantly getting outside perspectives is extremely important as you’re building a company. As founders, it’s easy to hone in on our strategies based on our lenses of how we should execute. Having a group of young, motivated, entrepreneurial spirited students look at what we’re doing and offer their opinions has made us take a step back and evaluate our approaches.


Safetrek recently announced a $3.2 million funding round with St. Louis-based VC firm Cultivation Capital.

The University is continuing to provide SafeTrek FREE OF CHARGE to all students, faculty, staff and Basic Services Contractor employees. To activate your subscription click on the link below and follow the steps: www.safetrekapp.com/affiliate/WUSTL




A message from the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship:

Calling All Creators at WashU – Submit Your Work
Think of anything you’ve created that you’re proud of—show it off to the WashU community as an exhibitor at our first ever Creator’s Gallery on the weekend of November 10th.

Examples for submission include, but are not limited to: fine art, robotics, engineering prototypes, visual design, business models, performance art, poetry, photography, etc.

Who Can Submit? All WashU students, alumni, faculty & staff. If it’s yours and it’s creative, submit by the deadline: Oct. 20, 2017.

Submit your work by Oct. 20 here.

If you have any questions regarding the Creator’s Gallery, feel free to contact Rob Hall at krhall@wustl.edu.


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