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Students Network in New York at Deloitte, IBM, and More

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pitt Business students recently traveled to New York City to network with executives and employees from Deloitte, KeyBank, IBM, Morgan Stanley, BlackRock, Barclays, Ipsos, and Lutz and Carr. Alumni at the firms also met up with the students to network.

The students first met with Deloitte Chairman Mike Fucci at Deloitte's headquarters in 30 Rockefeller Plaza. “Fucci was a fascinating presence,” says Benjamin Fodness, a sophomore studying finance, economics, and computer science “He kept our discussion on diversity in thought and his experiences as chairman interesting and on topic.

Before meeting with Fucci, the students met with a senior human resources employee and communications representatives from Deloitte.

The Deloitte meeting was arranged through the partnership that Associate Dean Audrey and Fucci have forged in co-authoring Op-Eds in The Huffington Post. Last year, they wrote a three-part series on employee sponsorship as a tool for accelerating leadership development. Next, they will write about succession planning – or the lack thereof – in organizations.

The Pitt Business students also met with a number of other company leaders while in the Big Apple. Later, KeyBank's employees, including Pitt alumni Yaleh Asadi (BSBA ’15), Matt Crowe (BSBA ’16) and Wright McCraney (A&S ’15), held a brief information session on investment banking and opportunities at the firm. Several other student groups visited accounting firms, other banks, and marketing firms in the city.

The Pitt Business team then went to IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center, the company’s research headquarters north of the city. IBM employees across the firm's various service lines, who apply the firm's technology to solve generation-defining problems, met with the students.

“IBM currently employs approximately 3,000 scientist/technicians. Of those, 1,500 work at that Research Center. It was crazy to think that we were at the epicenter of technological evolution and development,” Fodness says.

The students received incredible networking experiences from this trip.

“This trip benefitted me because I was able to meet a lot of new people and make connections in New York that I normally wouldn’t have.  The exposure to executives allowed me to ask questions to people that had insightful and helpful answers” says Matthew Leavy, a senior finance major.

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