University of Vermont

Wall Street Panel Brings Top Business Alumni Back to Campus

Students in the School of Business Administration will get the opportunity to interact with top executives from Wall Street who will be returning to their alma mater for a series of informational and networking events at the Dudley H. Davis Center Sept. 12-13.   

The Wall Street Program starts Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with an opening reception for business school students, faculty, panelists and alumni in the Kalkin Hall Lobby. The featured Wall Street Panel, scheduled for Friday at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Chittenden Room, is open to all UVM students interested in listening to alumni talk about their careers after UVM and to answer any questions.

Featured panelists include James Flicker '87, managing director and partner, Greenhill & Co, LLC; James Rourke '92, director and head of Middle Market M&A, Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Kim Wieland ‘85, managing director and CFO, Allen & Company LLC; Peter Salvatori '05, director, Alternative Asset Advisory, Duff & Phelps; and Laura Polidor '09, assistant vice president, Iinvestment Banking, Credit Suisse.

 “All of the panelists are successful alumni with diverse career paths on Wall Street,” says Sanjay Sharma, dean of the business school. “They will not only talk about their careers after UVM, but will also conduct mock interviews to prepare students for the high bar that the industry sets for recruiting college grads. These are all very busy people who are giving generously of their time because they want to see our students succeed.”

“Wall Street 101,” an introduction to Wall Street for juniors and seniors interested in a career in finance and investment, is designed to bring the capital markets cycle to life, from start-up to IPO, including venture capital, investment banking, private equity, asset management, sales and trading and hedge funds. Rourke, who worked for eight years at Bear Stearns as an M&A specialist and at Fox Entertainment Group/News Corporation and Arthur Andersen prior to joining Bank of America, will serve as presenter for the session, scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m. in 110 Kalkin Hall.

Flicker, a Wall Street veteran of more than 25 years at Lehman Brothers and UBS, will serve as presenter for “Wall Street 102,” a more advanced look at the finance industry for seniors pursuing positions in finance. The program, which runs concurrently with Wall Street 101 in 225 Kalkin, incorporates a series of real-life mergers and acquisitions case studies, including a company under hostile attack from an activist shareholder; a company that has grown aggressively through acquisition; and a company bought out by a private equity investor.

The program finishes on Friday at 1 p.m. in the Davis Center’s Silver Maple Ballroom with a networking event for students interested in exchanging contact information, creating professional relationships and asking more in-depth questions of panelists.

Information: (802) 656-4015.