On a quest to enhance his alumni experience and create better ways for other alumni to connect with the school, Daniel Philips 99BBA brought alumni from New York to Goizueta to share their professional experiences with BBA students for the second year in a row.

“We wanted to create an informal environment for younger Goizueta generations to learn from our experiences. As alumni, it has been incredibly rewarding to connect with the students and the school,” says Philips.

On Friday September 20, Philips and ten fellow alumni hosted a one-day finance career exploration event including a panel discussion, breakout one-on-one sessions, and a networking barbeque.  Candidly relaying their missteps, triumphs, and advice, the alumni offered students a better understanding of various careers in financial services, from real estate and insurance to investment banking and hedge funds.

Pam Brown, senior director of the BBA Career Management Center, enthusiastically helped organize the successful event.  She notes that these kinds of alumni interactions help not only to educate students about what to expect of their future, but also to provide them with contacts for potential job opportunities.  As she says, “This is only the second year we have done this panel and it has become one of the best attended and most anticipated events of the fall. This group of alumni has become very special to Goizueta very quickly. I have been trying to thank these guys and every time I ask what I can do to thank them they say, ‘It’s not necessary, we love to do it.'”

-Meredith Farahmand