DC Residency Exposes Students to Top DC Area Companies and Leaders

After having tremendously positive experiences on our NY Residency and Global Residency programs. I had spoken to several of my colleagues in the MBA program and found there was much interest and great opportunity to try to create a DC Residency. This would provide a wonderful opportunity for a group of students to have a more intimate connection with executives at firms around the area, not only a great way to expand our professional network but also to learn from top leaders in various industries.

The morning started off with a late spring snow shower as we walked to the metro to get to the downtown Goldman Sachs office by Capitol Hill. Upon arrival, we were graciously greeted by John Hanley, Vice President at Goldman Sachs in the Financial Services division, who gave us an in-depth history of the company and some industry trends. The DC Residency group were excited to have such engaging conversation with John and his team.

After learning more about economic trends in the industry, we hopped on a shuttle to the Tysons Corner area to meet with EY recruiter Jule Miata who organized a networking lunch event with EY Principal Partner Kristen Vennum, and several EY consultants to give us fresh perspective on life in the consulting world. The presentations, and personal Q&A sessions we received reflected great honest feedback that gave us tremendous insight into life at EY, the support, career development and comradery between the teams at EY.

EY

With Jule Miata, campus recruiter, at the Ernst and Young office in Tysons Corner Va.

We then huddled into our cars and drove down the street to the Capital One campus. We met with Andy Sutton, Director of Finance in the Resolution Planning Office, who provided some insight about the tremendous growth the firm as experienced and some current trends experienced by financial institutions. Another valuable takeaway that the DC Residency group gained came from the advice that Andy provided regarding career growth and advancement. Andy is a former GMU alum who has worked his way up at Capital One and has provided tips on hard work, personal and professional development and being the best you can so that we can help others grow too.

Capital One

DC Residency Group Members with Capital One Director of Finance, Andy Sutton, at the Fairfax Virginia campus.

Our last stop took us to Reston to visit Vubiquity, a technology-based solutions firm that facilitates content monetization for the entertainment and media industries. We met with Michael Kalten, Treasurer and Senior Vice President of Finance, who shared interesting information about the video streaming industry and how his firm is the leading provider of content for large streaming entertainment platforms such as Verizon FIOS. The group was quite intrigued and enjoyed a very engaging discussion with Michael about the future of streaming entertainment and the potential for global expansion.

Vubiquity

Engaging with Senior Vice President and Treasure of Vubiquity, Mike Kalten, in the Reston, VA branch.

Overall the DC Residency was quite a learning experience and it was wonderful to gain insight on how these businesses have grown and how the leaders are driving strategy and creating new directions for their firms.

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