Mason MBA Students Witness NYSE History

While George Mason University MBA students enjoy stimulating and rigorous time in the classroom, the rubber meets the road as students see theory in practice during the program’s annual residencies. Each year, the MBA Student Association (MBASA) organizes a two-day trip to New York City for current Mason MBA students to meet and network with business leaders and alumni in a variety of industries. This year, the students met with notable business leaders in organizations including Bloomberg L.P., Estee Lauder Companies, and PricewaterhouseCoopers–all of whom happen to be Mason alumni–and witnessed a momentous day for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Mason MBA students visit the New York offices of pwc.

Mason MBA students visit the New York offices of pwc.

This year’s NYC residency kicked off with a meeting with Emily Yuracheck ’00, instructional design lead on the Learning, Leadership, and Organizational Development team at Bloomberg. Yuracheck spoke with the MBA students about leadership, organizational development, and the importance of telling your own story when searching for your career. The cohort also had the opportunity to tour the Bloomberg headquarters, where they learned the history of the long-standing organization.

Following the tour, the group met with chief technology officer of Estee Lauder Companies (ELC) Rhonda Vetere ’93. Known for her ability to move enterprise IT through global change and implement more effective processes, Vetere emphasized the dramatic growth in the use of technology to meet a range of business needs. She described its crucial role at ELC in everything from back-end infrastructure to product distribution.

The group ended their first day with an MBA alumni happy hour at The Wheeltapper Pub in Manhattan where students met and networked with local alumni, including one of the area’s alumni relations advocates Stan Bernard, MS Technology Management ’01.

Students got an early start to day two of the residency for a meeting with Christ Economos ’84, a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He serves as the PwC U.S. Deputy Tax Leader – Sectors and Services and is responsible for the firm’s industry sectors, HR services, and business development. He also serves as the Global Tax Leader – Technology, Media, and Telecommunications and leads global teams that serve the firm’s largest clients in these industry sectors. Thanks to his numerous roles and broad expertise, Economos provided the group with a unique and fascinating perspective on financial accounting and U.S. tax services.

Mason MBA students on the NYSE floor.

Mason MBA students on the NYSE floor.

“The NYC Residency trip, which is planned, implemented, and led by the MBA Student Association, provides an opportunity for MBA students to network with business leaders and Mason MBA alumni in New York City,” said Rebecca Diemer, associate director, MBA programs. “This residency is a unique event that allows for students to engage with industry leaders, explore career opportunities and enhance their network of business professionals.”

And the MBA students did all of that and more with a memorable final day. The residency came to a close with a tour of the NYSE on one of the most exciting days in recent history: Alibaba was released with a record-breaking initial public offering (IPO). Alibaba is said to be larger than all American e-commerce giants combined and potentially the biggest technology IPO of all time, which has Wall Street very excited. On this significant day in NYSE history, students shadowed and asked questions of a dedicated market maker on the NYSE floor.

“The annual NYC residency is a wonderful opportunity for all Mason MBA students, but especially those who are looking to make a career change and may not know yet what they’d like to do with their MBA,” says MBASA President Amalia Kruszel. The networking opportunities and real-world experience are proving to be invaluable to students’ current and future place in the business world.

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Rebecca Diemer

I serve as the associate director for MBA Programs at George Mason University's School of Business.

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