This year, The Finance Society continued to connect industry leaders with Gatton’s high performing Finance students through a successful semester of networking, professional development, and internship opportunities. Please see descriptions below to learn more about each event from the Fall 2022 semester!
Cornhole and Canes
On August 24th, we hosted Cornhole and Canes to celebrate the start of the 2022-2023 school year from Gatton’s main lawn. It was a great opportunity to network and develop relationships with the executive board and other members! Everyone on campus was invited to learn about The Finance Society, while enjoying some Canes and playing cornhole!
Back inside Gatton, The Finance Society kicked off the semester by holding an open house event on September 13th, where we hosted more than 50 students and the entire Finance Society executive board. This event included a resume workshop, exposure to the many different finance industries, learning about our corporate partners, and tips for navigating the process of applying to internships. It was a great opportunity for our newer members to meet the board, ask questions, learn about what we have to offer in the upcoming semester, and for The Finance Society to hear directly from our members about what they would like to see reflected in events.
On September 27th, @Awesome Inc. presented an overview of venture capital and elaborated on the processes that startup companies endure as they gain momentum and funding within their respective markets. After learning more about the various stages, members had the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition, presenting their unique startup ideas for consideration. It was a pleasure to introduce another local company to our members and to explore components of venture capital, such as early-stage support, angel investing, and web development.
It was a pleasure to have UBS at our second ever Finance Society x UBS event on October 26th. Our members had the opportunity to network with executives from one of the largest wealth managers in the world. We also had the opportunity to give twenty students a chance to interview for summer internships in the UBS Nashville office. A big thank you to Scott and Cher for making all this possible! This was a very successful event, and we look forward to hosting UBS again in the future.
On November 7th, The Finance Society welcomed MiddleGround Capital, a Lexington-based private equity firm. MiddleGround Capital spoke on their work in the private equity industry, mentioning how they have broken barriers by starting out in Lexington, expanding into New York City and Amsterdam, and maintaining their focus on hiring interns from UK. Afterwards, those who attended the event chatted with the company professionals, leading to great conversations about internship opportunities and the work that these individuals do daily.
Step by Step
Members of The Finance Society and the Gatton Pathways had the incredible opportunity to serve this holiday season on November 16th! Together we were able to create more than 50 holiday bags to gift to the mothers and children of Step by Step at their annual Christmas party. Students volunteered to participate in the event by donating supplies and packing bags full of self-care items, treats, and toys. This project allowed finance students to directly celebrate young single mothers within our community for their participation in financial literacy workshops this semester.
On November 29th, The Finance Society was thrilled to collaborate with the Real Estate Club and the Professional Development Club to host an event with Berkshire Hathaway! It was a pleasure to welcome back Berkshire Hathaway for the second year in a row. Members had the opportunity to network and learn about real estate firsthand from industry professionals. Our conversation was engaging, and we had some great questions asked by our members who even earned some prizes from Berkshire Hathaway!
The Finance Society hosted our last event of the year with J.P.Morgan on December 6th. This was an excellent opportunity for members to explore different internship programs, learn about asset and wealth management, network with Wall Street recruiters, and get tips from top-level executives! Many of the students also received a chance to get a head start and learn about J.P.Morgan’s “Expanding Black and Hispanic Pathways” initiative for the Summer of 2024. The event was an exciting start to a partnership we will be continuing in the semesters to come!