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CFE Hosts Women in Finance and PricewaterhouseCoopers Boot Camp
October 18, 2011
The Center for Financial Excellence (CFE) has been active in its pursuit of extending the classroom through innovative and thoughtful experiential programs, including boot camps, industry-focused events, and regular engagement with finance industry practitioners.
On September 20, CFE held a "Women in Finance" panel and networking event to facilitate engagement between Fuqua students and established female finance industry professionals. The event kicked off with a keynote address by Lisa McGeough, a Managing Director at Wells Fargo Securities. Ms. McGeough explored the historical landscape of women in financial services, the myriad career opportunities for women in finance, and the importance of women becoming finance industry leaders of consequence.
From left: Paula Arrojo, Caroline Brecker, Lisa McGeough
Following the keynote, Caroline Brecker (T'87, B'89), Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, and Paula Arrojo (T'93), Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, joined Ms. McGeough for a panel discussion about their experiences in the finance industry and the women's career initiatives at their respective firms. More than 50 students attended the event, demonstrating the level of interest in finance amongst women at Fuqua and the importance of showcasing industry role models.
On October 12, CFE facilitated an intensive seven-hour boot camp that focused on financial due diligence analyses and best practices. Professionals from PricewaterhouseCoopers' Transaction Services group administered the event for the second year in a row with 36 first-year Daytime MBA students participating.
Pictured: Matt McClish '99, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
The educational objective of this boot camp was to enhance the students' comprehension of the skills, knowledge and best practices required to prepare best-in-class financial due diligence, including quality of earnings, debt-like items and working capital analyses. The PWC team provided students with detailed descriptions of these concepts and interspersed their lecture with anecdotes and examples from their professional experiences. During the boot camp the students also worked in teams on case studies where they were required to calculate and determine adjustments to a company's reported EBITDA based on financial statements and other related materials provided to them.
CFE is planning several events this fall; including two boot camps, a private equity case study, a corporate finance panel and networking event, and a corporate finance case study. When combined with Fuqua's rigorous curriculum, these extended classroom activities help students advance their professional development and expand their comprehension of the practical skill sets and industry knowledge necessary for them to become finance practitioners and leaders of consequence.