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

Expected to attract hundreds of students, faculty and alumni from a cross-section of the business sector, the first-ever Claremont Colleges Wall Street Weekend, set for Oct. 12-13, is intended to help the Claremont finance community build bonds instead of simply selling them.

The student-run event was dreamed up 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 Geoffrey Lewis ’08, 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 in Pomona’s Edmunds Ballroom.

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. 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.

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. -- Travis Kaya '10