Business Fellows gain career insights during New York company visits

Senior Business Fellows visited CIBC, Credit Suisse, Richard Bernstein Advisors, Wells Fargo, Nasdaq, IPG Health, Bloomberg, Matrix Applications, FactSet and Salesforce to discuss industries and career paths while experiencing the power of the Elon alumni network.

A group of senior Business Fellows visited several organizations in New York over the course of two days in September to gain insights into various industries and career paths.

The fellows, accompanied by Raj Gupta, professor of finance; David Moura, lecturer in management; Brooke Buffington, director of the Student Professional Development Center; and Beth Mannella, associate director of corporate and employer relations; spent time at CIBC, Credit Suisse, Richard Bernstein Advisors, Wells Fargo, Nasdaq, IPG Health, Bloomberg, Matrix Applications, FactSet and Salesforce.

Following office tours, the fellows attended presentations and engaged in question-and-answer sessions with company representatives. Topics discussed included career paths, how office culture and office space design has changed since the pandemic, work-life balance, how best to prepare for the job market, how different teams work together and the transition from college to corporate.

Fellows had the opportunity to meet with the following Elon alumni during company visits:

  • Shane Powers ’99, Credit Suisse
  • Ryan Healey ’19, Bloomberg
  • Andrew Palmieri ’13, Salesforce
  • April Frazer ’03 and JamiLynn Rufo ’07, Wells Fargo
  • Colleen Judge ‘20 and Andrew Robbins ’20, Matrix Applications
  • Vince Scozzari ’16 and Michael Quinn ’14, Richard Bernstein Advisors
  • Justin Wanner ’13, Alex Francis ’16 and Tanisha Gupta ’19, CIBC
  • Samantha Glicker ’19 and Brandon DeRaffele ’19, FactSet
  • Katherine Sheridan ’17, Quinn Gordinier ’22 and Emily Rogers ’22, Nasdaq

“This trip gave me a lot of knowledge and insight into future careers after Elon,” accounting major Colby Ehrhart ’23 G’23 shared. “I enjoyed hearing from Elon alumni about their experiences post-graduation along with their various professional development opportunities. The conversations we were able to have helped spark my interest and excitement to enter the workforce.”

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have experienced the city in a professional light with my Business Fellows cohort and to connect with Elon’s amazing alumni network,” said Jane Ragland ’23, an economic consulting and accounting double major. “Seeing the incredible things that Elon alumni are doing at companies like Credit Suisse, Wells Fargo and CIBC makes me so proud to be a Phoenix. While visiting Nasdaq, not only did we get to watch the opening bell and see ‘Elon University’ shine on Nasdaq’s billboard in Times Square, but we were also able to hear the stories of three Elon alumnae, who credited the determination, professionalism and humility that Elon taught them as the driver of their success.”

While in New York, the group also attended the Elon LEADS in New York event, which included remarks from Business Fellow Ava Rosen ’23, who spoke about her transformative Elon experiences.

“The Elon Leads event shined a light onto our strong alumni network,” Ragland said. “Connecting with old friends and meeting new mentors at this event was the perfect addition to the trip to show how the Elon community is there to support you beyond graduation. As I begin my first job and move forward in my professional career, I will continue to value the connections I built on this trip and the exposure I got to different companies and career paths. I look forward to soon  joining the community of Elon alumni in NYC.”

“Having the past three-and-a-half years at Elon to learn, grow and see all the possibilities to apply the knowledge we learn here in the real world is exciting,” said Hailey Crawford ’23, an economic consulting major. “On top of that, observing recent alumni thriving in roles some of us can see ourselves pursuing in a few years is very encouraging for the future!”