The Richman Center hosts several events each year to bring students and alumni together for career advice and planning. Career Panels feature two to three alumni from different graduation years who discuss their paths. Breakfasts feature one alumnus in an informal setting who fields questions from students. Case studies require preparation and participation in a discussion led by an alumnus. If you are interested in hosting an event, please email us.
November 26, 2016: Breakfast with Joseph Hill
Joseph Hill, Managing Director, BlackRock, spoke to students on November 26 about how his JD/MBA helped him achieve success throughout his career.
April 20, 2016: Career Panel
The Richman Center hosted a JD/MBA Alumni Career Panel at Columbia Law School's Case Lounge on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Alumni panelists included Cynthia Mullock, JD/MBA '04, General Counsel and CCO, Artiest, Lex Sokolin, JD/MBA '13, COO and Partner, Vanare, and Lee Cooper JD/MBA '15, Associate Director, Business Development, Moderna Therapeutics. The event was moderated by Jesse Greene JD/MBA '75, Columbia Business School Executive in Residence and Richman Center Senior Fellow.
Current and prospective JD/MBA students discussed life after Columbia with four graduates of the program at the Richman Center’s Spring JD/MBA Career Panel. Jesse Greene moderated the discussion and contributed a unique persepctive to the conversation. Panelists shared their backgrounds and current employment. All four alumni answered a variety of questions posed by the group. The panelists agreed that pursuing opportunities deliberately has been important to their successes. Lee Cooper explained how he identified law firms for his second summer internship. He knew he wanted to go into the bio-pharma field on the business side so he applied to law firms with pharmaceutical client rosters. Once at a firm, he let his colleagues and managers know his intentions. His summer internship led to his current business role at Moderna Therapeutics. Lex urged students to "give themselves permission" to pursue opportunities that may be oputside the traditional paths, even if it means opting out of recruiting. Cynthia Mullock also emphasized the importance of being active in pursuing opportunities no matter where you are. She said that senior people prefer motivated people who select their teamsrather than having someone assigned to a project randomly. The panelists also discussed the challenges of balancing career with outside interests, which sometimes requires putting an interest aside for several years and coming back to it eventually.
Students enjoyed networking with the panelists at a reception that followed the presentation.
November 16, 2015: Career Panel
The Richman Center hosted a JD/MBA Alumni Career Panel at Columbia Law School’s Case Lounge on Monday, November 16, 2015. Our alumni panelists included Scott Sherman JD/MBA ’01, Managing Director at Blackstone Group, Anish Monga, JD/MBA ’08 Portfolio Manager at Scoggin Capital Management and Alessandro Presti JD/MBA ’13, Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group. The event was moderated by Jesse Greene.
Current and prospective JD/MBA students discussed life after Columbia with four graduates of the program at the Richman Center’s Fall JD/MBA Career Panel. Jesse Greene, Jr. JD/MBA ’75 moderated the discussion and provided a unique perspective over a long and successful career. Panelists Scott Sherman JD/MBA ’01, Anish Monga, JD/MBA ’08 and Alessandro Presti JD/MBA ’13, shared their backgrounds and current employment. All four alumni answered a variety of questions posed by the group. The panelists agreed that “pursuing what interests you” is the best way to approach “career planning." Anish Monga encouraged students to get involved in everything the school offers such as clubs, “consulting opportunities” and internships in order to gain exposure to different areas. He thought that going to a law firm right away is a safe bet if you aren’t sure what to do. Scott Sherman suggested working at different groups within a law firm as a way to explore different careers. He also encouraged students to put the time into relationship-building while in school which could lead to opportunities down the road. A supervisor during a summer law internship helped get his foot in the door at Blackrock. Alessandro Presti also stressed the importance of understanding what is gratifying to you on a day-to-day basis. He described how easy it is to get caught up in job titles rather than job functions. Once he identified his interest in "interpersonal work,” the choice to pursue consulting was much easier. All the panelists agreed that it is the exception rather than the rule to have a linear career path. They all encouraged students to pursue their interests, volunteer on the job to learn new skill sets and follow opportunities as they arise. Jesse Greene described the value of a Columbia JD/MBA is “learning how to learn.” He said that most of his learning was done on the job but that his education had prepared him for the new challenges that presented themselves. Students networked with panelists at a reception that followed the presentation.
February 27, 2015: Case Study with Stephen Hickey
Stephen Hickey JD'87 MBA '87, hosted JD/MBA students and Private Equity Fellows from the business school, for a private case study discussion.The case study illustrated how active management in investments can lead to stronger returns. The group explored how a thorough understanding of business and financial structure allows investors to plot a clear strategy over time (in this case, years), which leads to better returns.
November 7, 2014: Breakfast with Jennifer Hill
Jennifer M. Hill MBA ‘94, engaged students in a lively discussion about career paths in the areas of business and law.
Her advice to students: “leverage the Columbia stamp on your resume.” She advised students to be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that a Columbia degree(s) bring(s). She said, “keep your eyes open for opportunities and it will come.” When interviewing or networking, Ms. Hill encouraged students to be passionate and let their interests into the conversation. She is currently passionate about building schools in Nepal (she returned from there last week).
Ms. Hill also encouraged students to look beyond the obvious investment banking jobs (“There are only so many M&A jobs out there and you should think widely”) and to explore other positions, even in the same company. She said JDs are incredibly important to the outcome of a deal. “Their attention to detail can make or break a transaction.” She emphasized the importance of financial literacy among JDs and how this is an area that current students can acquire to be more competitive.
Ms. Hill was candid about her various work experiences. She told students that international experience has been a “refreshing opportunity” to see how people of different cultures can have vastly different perspectives. She recounted a time when she approached a deal in England with an American sensibility and quickly learned to adjust her style.
Thanks to Ms. Hill, students were treated to an informative and inspiring breakfast!