By Reid Oslin
Top students in the Carroll Graduate School of Management will have the opportunity to learn about investment banking and finance directly from four of the nationís most successful business executives, through the schoolís recently established Wall Street Executive Fellows Program.
CGSOM Dean Hassell McClellan said the program will allow MBA students to receive personal mentoring and "career coaching" from the executives for whom the individual fellowships are named. This mentoring will be in the form of private meetings to discuss managerial issues, investment topics and career interests.
Executive mentors committed to the program include Beacon Group Chairman and CEO Geoffrey T. Boisi í69, a University trustee; Donald C. Cacciapaglia, managing director and CEO of the Investment Banking Division of PaineWebber Inc.; Trustee Charles I. Clough í64, former chief investment strategist for Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.; and Trustee Peter S. Lynch í65, vice chairman of Fidelity Management and Research Co.
At least four students from Septemberís incoming MBA class will be selected to participate in the Executive Fellows program, which will include full-tuition scholarships in addition to the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized financial leaders. At least four students from each succeeding class will be selected for the program, McClellan said.
"Boston College has a competitive advantage in the number of outstanding leaders in the areas of finance and financial investments that we have among our alumni and friends," said McClellan. "I felt it was important to capitalize on this asset."
With more than 45 percent of CGSOM alumni electing to go into the financial services field, said McClellan, "it makes sense for us to develop initiatives that address the career interests of our students."
McClellan said that a mentoring opportunity of this type is unique. "This is something you wonít find at other top schools," he said. "We are already seeing some tremendous interest from the types of exceptional candidates that we want to attract to Boston Collegeís MBA program."
He noted that CGSOM students have opportunities to serve as mentors themselves, through such programs as "Invest íN Kids"
"Mentoring is a two-dimensional skill," he said. "At one time or another, all successful leaders and executives have either been mentors or had mentors. In our graduate management programs, developing mentoring skills is an important aspect of our educational process."
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