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First-Ever Claremont Colleges Wall Street Weekend Brings Top Finance Experts to Campus

The first-ever Claremont Colleges Wall Street Weekend, set for Oct. 12-13, is expected to attract hundreds of students, faculty and alumni from a cross-section of the business sector. The event was organized by students to help the Claremont finance community build bonds instead of simply selling them. More than 200 students and alumni have already registered.

The student-organized event was conceived more than a year ago by a small group of Claremont Colleges students interested in finance who wanted to draw from the extensive network of business professionals with links to the colleges. Organizers have worked to create an opportunity for everyone interested in finance to come together and explore new possibilities. “We’re getting a lot of support,” said Pomona College senior Geoffrey Lewis, one of the organizers.

For returning alumni, the event will begin with a welcome dinner and reception on the evening of Friday, Oct. 12. Students and faculty will join in the morning of Saturday, Oct. 13 with a breakfast, panel sessions and networking period.

The Hedge Fund Panel will be comprised of Scott Barker (Pomona ’87), a portfolio manager with Analytic Investors, Inc.; Dana Hobson (Harvey Mudd ’85), senior
vice president of Bailard; and Peter G. Sasaki (Pomona ’91), the founder and managing member of Logo Capital Management, LLC. This panel will be held on Oct. 13, at 9 a.m. in the Pomona College Smith Campus Center Edmunds Ballroom (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).

The Private Equity Panel will include Paul S. Efron (Pomona ’77), advisory director at Goldman Sachs; Kristin Horne (Pomona ’93), managing director at Morgan Stanley; and James A. Quella, senior managing director and senior operating partner of Blackstone’s Private Equity Group. This panel will be held on Oct. 13, at 10:10 a.m. in the Pomona College Smith Campus Center Edmunds Ballroom (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).

Harry McMahon, vice chairman of Merrill Lynch and Claremont McKenna alumnus, will deliver the keynote speech to participants at the Claremont Athenaeum during lunch.

Organizers hope the events will provide students with good insight into career possibilities in the finance industry. “It’ll give students a sense of what 5-C alums go off and do,” Lewis said.

For further information, visit the website http://www.wsweekend.com/index.php or call (781) 718-7804.

NOTE: Saturday’s two panel sessions are open to the public. The keynote speaker and lunch are restricted to alumni or students.