Economics

RDS student Ankit Sud presents during the inaugural RDS Pitch Day.

As Robert Day School students get ready for employment in the business and finance sector, they’ve been given a first-ever opportunity to pitch businesses to senior executives.

The idea for the inaugural RDS Pitch Day event on February 21 was hatched by RDS Board of Advisors member Chris Dodds P’13 P’15, who serves as a Senior Advisor at The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager. He proposed the creation of the RDS Pitch Day during an RDS Board meeting last fall.

Dalai Lama

Students in Claremont McKenna's Washington Program were invited to a town hall discussion with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on February 19 at the American Enterprise Institute.

The exclusive seminar focused on moral free enterprise and ethics. Below are some casual snapshots of CMC students at the event.

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Michelle Bauman

Personal and executive coach Michelle Bauman '89 was the keynote speaker at the 5th Annual Women and Leadership Workshop, held on February 5.

The event, sponsored by The Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children, Kravis Leadership Institute (KLI), and the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance (RDS), included a networking reception and roundtable discussion with 23 Claremont, Scripps, and CGU graduates working in fields ranging from education to pediatrics and public policy management.

Linnea Roberts

Women’s Diversity Ambassador and Advisory Director in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, Linnea Roberts, spoke to a packed room of mostly women students participating in the student investment funds across the 5Cs, over lunch at the Athenaeum, February 11.

In her talk sponsored by the Robert Day School, Roberts discussed her career in financial services and investment banking, sharing advice for students about to embark on their career, and reflecting on the advantages and challenges women face in the financial services industry and elsewhere.

Sophomore Rich Zajac ’16 is just 20 years old, but the start-up he cofounded with CMC classmate Louis-Victor Jadavji ’15––producing natural gas conversion kits for car––is gaining public traction.

Networking group

This January, the Financial Economics Institute and the Robert Day Scholars Program sponsored the 11th annual New York City Networking Trip. In the final week of winter break, ten juniors and six sophomores traveled to NYC to learn about the wide array of opportunities in the financial services industry, and to connect with various alumni of all ages.

Lina Pan

Tax season is upon us and Lina Pan ’16 has laid the groundwork for an on-campus, free tax preparation program that can help CMCers and low-income families avoid the sting of big filing fees.

Pan, an ccon-accounting major, uses the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program under the auspices of the IRS, to provide free tax preparation services to lower-income individuals and families (i.e., individual gross income below $52,000). The IRS partners with organizations such as credit unions, schools, and businesses to offer this service around the nation.

Illumina's HiSeq X is a game-changer for lowering the cost of genome-sequencing.

It’s not hard to imagine this as a sci-fi movie, maybe Tom Cruise is the hero, trying to out-maneuver a team of scientists who are trying to steal his genome. It's embedded in a microchip he’s locked into his briefcase, and maybe the science folk want to replicate a rare genetic variant of his for––uh––not-so-noble biomedical reasons. That you could carry your genome––your entire genetic makeup–– in the palm of your hand may sound more light years away than palpably present. Or that variables in a person’s DNA are just a touch-screen-swipe away… (Really?) Really.

President Hiram Chodosh is quoted in today’s Los Angeles Times, in a piece recapping yesterday’s White House summit on college opportunity. Chodosh attended the summit alongside leaders from over 100 other colleges and universities––all of them committing to better college accessibility and affordability for disadvantaged students.

Vietnam

Landesa, the 2006 recipient of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership and nominated as one of the top NGOs in the world, has been advocating the UN on the issue of land rights and also received accolades at the recent Clinton Global Initiative Meeting. The organization created an infographic and accompanying op-ed on the issue of land rights and how land rights support a host of other important development efforts.

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