Education Initiatives

Among its various activities and programs, the Center coordinates various education programs aimed to provide applicable thought leadership to industry professionals and students. Current and past programs include:

Experiential Course

The Center for Financial Policy (CFP) sponsors experiential courses for MBA students through The Smith Experience. These courses provide students the opportunity to gain knowledge in public policy dimensions of finance. The Center is currently offering a Fall 2013 Business Problem Solving Practicum Project with the Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation at the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Finance Fellows Speaker SeriesCaruanaTalk

The Center partners with the Smith School’s Office of Undergraduate Studies to host speakers to discuss current financial policy topics with the students in the Finance Fellows program. Speakers have included:

  • Eric Billings, Chairman and CEO of Arlington Asset Investment Corporation
  • Bruce Richards, Co-Managing Partner and CEO, Marathon Asset Management
  • Matt Fink, Director, Oppenheimer Mutual Funds and former President, Investment Company Institute
  • Jaime Caruana, General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

Student Visits to Financial Companies and Policy Institutions

CFP has coordinated visits for MS Finance and MBA students to various companies and institutions to help them better understand the strategies of these organizations and possible career tracks in the industry. Last year, a group of MS Finance students visited the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Smith School’s Global Equity Fund visited the Arlington Asset Investment Corporation.

Guest SpeakersSean Quinn Talk

The Center also coordinates guest speakers for students interested in particular areas of finance and policy. In Fall 2013, CFP hosted Sean Quinn, Vice President & Head of the Governance Institute at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), who spoke with a group of MS Finance and MBA students. Topics discussed included boards of directors, executive compensation, M&A and proxy contests, issuer/investor engagement, and career paths.