Executive MBA Students Head to New York for Close-up Look at Financial Markets

Posted: January 18, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Freeman

The university may have been closed on Jan. 15 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., but 20 students enrolled in the Executive MBA program were hard at work.

The EMBA class of 2007 traveled to New York City for the week to complete their New York residency, a requirement for all who enroll in the EMBA program at Mason.

The residency, which is offered mid-program, focuses on financial markets and regulation. Titled “Maintaining Investor Value and Trust,” the New York residency gives students the opportunity to hear from top managers of financial institutions. Students will also visit a number of those institutions to develop a comprehensive understanding of financial markets worldwide.

Throughout this week , the students have visited the Federal Reserve of New York, NYSE, NASDAQ and NYMEX. They have also heard from many influential professionals on Wall Street, including:

  • Heath McClendon, managing director, Solomon Smith & Barney

  • Steve Malin, vice president of public information, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

  • Glen Eckert, senior vice president, Moody’s Investors Service and SOM alumnus

  • Jason Gettinger, counsel, Securities and Exchange Commission

  • Ivy Zelman, equity research analyst, Credit Suisse First Boston and SOM alumna

  • Bill White, vice president, Chicago Board Options Exchange

  • Margaux Schroeder, NASDAQ

During the two-year program, students also participate in a 10-day Asian Global Residency as well as a five-day European Global Residency. The Asian residency, which included stops in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City, was completed during spring 2006. The European residency to Oxford, United Kingdom, will take place in March.

The EMBA Class of 2007 includes executives from leading area companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems and Hewlett-Packard, as well as the FBI and U.S. Air Force.

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