Recap of the 29th Annual Graham & Dodd Breakfast
The Heilbrunn Center hosted the 29th Annual Graham & Dodd Breakfast last Friday, October 11 in New York City. To read more about the event, visit the Spotlight page.
Bridging Theory and Practice
Columbia Business School's Heilbrunn Center promotes the dynamic study and development of Value Investing; improves the practice of investing with world-class education, research, and practitioner-academic dialogue; and furthers Columbia Business School's role as the leading resource for investment management. In fulfilling this mission, the Center creates opportunities for students, faculty, and practitioners to come together in and out of the classroom. In the classroom the Center supports more than 40 fund managers who serve as adjunct faculty members. Outside of the classroom the Center regularly partners with the Columbia Student Investment Management Association (CSIMA) to create experiential learning opportunities and provide students with access to investors. While the students are able to hear from many great investors on campus-- just this week the Heilbrunn Center hosted a lunch for 10 students in the Value Investing Program and Ross Glotzbach, CEO and Head of Research at Southeastern Asset Management-- they also gain access to those outside of New York City through the Club’s annual Career Trek Program. Through this student-led program, CSIMA members are able to visit firms in key cities around the world with a group of their peers. This year the students will host four separate treks visiting Boston on November 15 (led by Tanya Kostrinsky '20), Southern California on November 14-15 (led by Navin Ram '20), Asia the week of November 25 (led by Vivan Wang '20) and London the week of November 25 (led by Rodolfo Zeidler). If you are interested in hosting the students at your office while they are in town please contact Meredith Trivedi at email@example.com. In addition to the Career Treks, the CSIMA students will also travel to Omaha the weekend of May 1-3 for the annual Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting. It’s always a pleasure to hear from the oracles of Omaha!
Value Investing Program Young Alumni Recruiting Panel
On Tuesday, the Heilbrunn Center invited recent alumni to campus to speak to current Value Investing Program students about their experiences navigating the recruiting landscape. Panelists included Mike Allison ’19, Hawkshaw LLC, Abheek Bhattacharya ’18, Shelton Capital Management, Fernando Concha ’18, 17 Asset Management, and Alexandra Cowie ’17, GAMCO Investors, with Meredith Trivedi, Heilbrunn Center, serving as the panel’s moderator. When asked why the panelists pursued a career in investment management, Abheek, who was a journalist for The Wall Street Journal prior to business school, said that he sees investment management as a fuller way of being a business journalist and understanding the ‘story.’ Alexandra, who worked in investment banking before business school, was drawn to how people-heavy she found the research process which added another dimension to analyzing companies.
When asked how to find the right post-graduation fit at a firm, the group stressed how important it is to find and understand one’s individual core competencies and consider which way of thinking resonates the most when researching potential employers. Mike, who was a career-switcher and worked in crisis management for a fraternity before business school, suggested students consider taking a transitional step after graduation to hone their skills before moving to the buy-side. He also mentioned that when preparing for and selecting what to pitch in an interview, students need to take the time to really understand what each fund is about. He laughed as he told the group that he once pitched a quality compounder name to a deep value shop and added that it’s important to learn from your mistakes. Fernando added that a mistake he made and one that he hopes the group will learn from is not to leave networking and recruiting for later in the academic year despite taking a full course load in the fall semester. He stressed to students that it’s never too early to start developing a network and strengthening relationships. Abheek echoed this message and said that in investment management the way to get a job is keep talking to and meeting people. When asked about beneficial resources that the panelists found helpful, Alexandra said that her strongest advocates were her Value Investing Program professors, who she saw as her mentors and promoters in the field. Mike took this a step further and accepted a full-time position working for one of his former adjunct professors who was a mentor to him both as a student and now professionally. The group also mentioned that students should take advantage of the access to guest speakers both through their classes and the Heilbrunn Center generally. The group, made up of 3 international students, also discussed the challenges with navigating the work authorization landscape. Thank you to these alumni for sharing their experiences and wisdom with our students!
Heilbrunn Center Women's Initiative
Encouraging women to consider a career in investment management is a top a priority for the Heilbrunn Center, which launched a formal Women’s Initiative in 2018 led by alumnae Lauren Krueger '02, Alexandra Cowie '17, Mallory Downing ’15, Joanna Vu '17, and Jenny Wallace '94. This initiative uses a 3-step approach to pursuing its mission: (1) build the pipeline at the undergraduate level; (2) support the current female MBA population; (3) help graduating students and those who have recently entered the investment management industry to succeed. The Heilbrunn Center’s Women’s Initiative fits within the larger Women’s Initiative at Columbia Business School.
In supporting the current female MBA population, the Heilbrunn Center sends a group of first year female students to the Women in Investing (WIN) Conference annually and pairs these women with professionals at Capital Group for mentorship and coaching prior to the event. Additionally, the Center co-sponsors women’s events with CSIMA and the Private Equity Program, and will host a women’s career panel with the Columbia Women in Business Club on November 12, 2019 from 12:30pm-2:00pm. The panel will feature Mallory Downing ’15, Adakin Capital; Barbara Kotei, KKR and Lauren Young, Advent International. Following last year’s success, the Center will again host a Women’s Only Investment Ideas Club (IIC) on October 10 from 6:00pm-9:00pm along with alumnae office hours for those participating with WIN and the Women’s Only IIC. If you would like to host office hours or serve as a mentor for these students, please contact Caroline Reichert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Heilbrunn Center is also providing a full tuition scholarship for a student interested in pursuing a career in the field of investment management with a preference for increasing diversity and is also thrilled to announce the new First Eagle Investment Management Foundation scholarship which was awarded to Tanya Kostrinsky ’20 for the 2019-2020 academic year. Thank you to the First Eagle Investment Management Foundation!
Last week the Heilbrunn Center traveled to Southern California to meet with alumni and friends of the Center. While there Tano Santos spoke on the future of value investing at a reception hosted by Sheldon Stone ’78. In his remarks Tano discussed how technology is changing and enhaning the industry, new investment opportunities with companies that exhibit operational inefficiencies, the power of specialization and how these industry shifts are changing the way that we educate our students. It was great to see and discuss these issues with value investors in the region and we look forward to being on the road more. Meredith Trivedi, managing director of the Heilbrunn Center, will travel to Boston in October to meet with alumni there.
Welcoming the Value Investing Program Class of 2020!
Last week, the Heilbrunn Center welcomed students in the Value Investing Program back to campus for a Value Investing block week course taught by our faculty director, Professor Tano Santos. This block week course is a new addition to the Value Investing Program curriculum and is one of the results of the Center’s strategic plan to re-format the structure of the Program. We also hosted a Welcome Orientation and Reception for students after class to kick off the school year and to provide them with an opportunity to network with their professors, mentors, and Value Investing Program alumni.
Current Value Investing Program student, Zachary Lopez ’20, shares his thoughts on what being in the Value Investing Program means to him and what he thought of the new block week course:
Being a member of the Value Investing Program is not just being a part of an exclusive organization at Columbia but rather being part of an amazing, phenomenal family. Each student within the program brings intellectual curiosity, collaboration, and a passion for investing. The program allows students to build a strong framework and understanding of value. Students have access to top investors and have the ability to candidly ask them questions about their investment philosophy.
The Value Investing block week course was an incredible experience! Professor Santos has a true passion for value investing. He brings real world examples to the classroom that allows students to better comprehend the valuation methods and strategies taught. The class acts as a foundation for all students no matter their previous experience and background. This is essential for someone like myself who is a career switcher.
2019 - 2020 Annual Letter
The 2018-2019 academic year was an important year for the Heilbrunn Center as the organization transitioned from a co-faculty director structure to a single faculty director with Tano Santos serving in the role. In this year of transition, Tano Santos and Meredith Trivedi met with key stakeholders including Board members, adjunct faculty members, current students, and alumni to understand their experience at Columbia Business School, in the Value Investing Program, and with the Center in general. From these meetings, the Center developed a strategic plan to re-format the structure of the Value Investing Program, create several new elective courses, and develop a regional alumni and recruiting presence in key cities across the country and world. The Center also launched a new podcast, Value Investing with Legends, which is hosted by Tano Santos and has had nearly 42,000 downloads to date. You can learn more about the initiative at www.valueinvestingwithlegends.com.
Beyond this activity of assessment and strategic development, the day-to-day operations of the Center continued as always. Offering 37 class sections, industry events and experiential learning opportunities, the Heilbrunn Center continued to fulfill its mission of promoting the study and practice of Graham & Dodd’s original investing principles. New classes offered in the 2018-2019 academic year included Seminar in Wealth Management taught by Andrew Gundlach ’01, Director, First Eagle Investment Management and Kristin Gilbertson, Chief Investment Officer, Access Industries; Practice of Wealth Management for High Net Worth Clients taught by Maria Brisbane, Managing Director, Merrill and Alex Zachary, Vice President, Merrill; and Managing for Value taught by Paul Johnson, Founding Partner, Nicusa Investment Advisors. The Center also re-launched the Mental Models course which was taught by Grant Bowman ’10 and Brian Waterhouse ’15, Founding Partners, Hunter Capital. Overall, the Center supported 41 faculty members in 2018-2019 academic year.
Click here to read the full Annual Letter and access past letters.
Are You Hiring?
With summer coming to an end, many companies are winding down their summer internship programs as students make their way back to campus for the upcoming school year. But did you know that many MBA students interested in investment management look for part-time internship opportunities during the school year to supplement their business school experience? If your firm is considering hiring a part-time intern during the academic year, please contact us for more information.
Interested in hiring for a full-time role? The Heilbrunn Center maintains a resume book for students in the Value Investing Program. Please contact us to review the resume book or learn more about posting your firm’s full-time opportunity.
Looking for other ways to get involved with our students? The Heilbrunn Center would appreciate your help in preparing students for upcoming interviews. If you are interested in serving as an interviewer for our mock interview program or participating in our upcoming investment management interview prep panel, please reach out to us.
First Eagle Investment Management Foundation Funds Value Investing Scholarship
Thank you to the First Eagle Investment Management Foundation for funding a five-year, merit-based financial aid award for a student in the value investing program. Increasing diversity in the investment management industry is a priority for the Heilbrunn Center and we appreciate First Eagle Investment Management Foundation’s support.
First Eagle Investment Management continues to be an excellent partner to the Heilbrunn Center and Columbia Business School. The firm, which has hired many Columbia Business School graduates over the years, established the Jean-Marie Eveillard Professorship of Value Investing in 2016. First Eagle Investment Management Director Andrew Gundlach ‘01, a member of the firm’s founding family, is a member of the Business School’s Board of Overseers, the Heilbrunn Center Advisory Board, and the Family Business Advisory Board.
Among its efforts to increase diversity, the Heilbrunn Center has launched a Women’s Initiative, led by alumnae Lauren Krueger '02, Alexandra Cowie '17, Mallory Downing ’15, Joanna Vu '17, and Jenny Wallace '94, which uses a 3-step approach to pursuing its mission: (1) build the pipeline at the undergraduate level; (2) support the current female MBA population; (3) help graduating students and those who have recently entered the investment industry to succeed. This initiative fits within the larger Women’s Initiative at Columbia Business School. Learn more about the Columbia Business School’s Women’s Circle here.
Thank you again to First Eagle for furthering this important initiative.
Do you follow Graham and Doddsville on Medium? Find a searchable version of the publication's archives starting from 2008 at medium/graham-and-doddsville. Graham and Doddsville is the Business School's student run investment newsletter that is co-sponsored with the Heilbrunn Center and published three times throughout the year.
Introducing the 2019-2020 5x5x5 Student Investment Fund Vintage
The end of the academic year marks the start of a new vintage for our 5x5x5 Student Investment Fund, which was created and funded in 2014 by Tom Russo, partner at Gardner Russo & Gardner. The idea behind the fund is simple and reflects Graham and Dodd’s long-term value investing principles: five investments with no more than five articulated reasons for each investment are held for five years. The students’ whose ideas are selected for the portfolio become voting members of the Board for the following two years and select which positions will go into the portfolio during that time. The 2017-2018 5x5x5 Investment Board selected the following ideas which were added to the portfolio this summer:
1. Align Technologies (ALGN)- submitted by Michael Wooten ’19
2.Becle, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: Cuervo)- submitted by Michael Allison ’19
3. Booking Holdings Inc. (BKNG)- submitted by Jeffrey Johnson ’19
4. Mohawk Industries (MHK) – submitted by Neethling McGrath ’19
5. Rollins, Inc. (ROL)- submitted by Winter Li ’19
At the end of five years, the original amount, accounting for inflation, will be invested back into the 5x5x5 Fund and the remainder of any gains will be used to support current-use scholarships for students interested in investment management.
Listen to the season finale of our Value Investing with Legends Podcast to hear from Tom Russo and three of the newest 5x5x5 Investment Board members.
For more information and to take a look at the write ups for each idea in our portfolio, please visit our 5x5x5 Student Investment Fund page. Also, check back in with us next summer to see how the first vintage, invested in summer 2015, performed!
Tickets are now on sale for the 29th Anuual Graham & Dodd Breakfast!
The Heilbrunn Center is delighted to host Cliff Asness, Managing and Founding Principle of AQR Capital Management, for the 29th Annual Graham & Dodd Breakfast on October 11, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. Inaugurated in 1990, the Graham & Dodd Breakfast exemplifies eight decades of Graham and Dodd tradition at Columbia Business School. This event brings together alumni, students, scholars, and practitioners for a forum on current insights and approaches to investing and provides a great opportunity to connect with classmates and colleagues. To purchase a ticket to this event please register here.
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For those alumni and friends in Southern California, Heilbrunn Center faculty director, Tano Santos, and Heilbrunn Center managing director, Meredith Trivedi, will be in Los Angeles September 4-6! Stay tuned for more information on ways you can connect with them during their visit.
The Heilbrunn Center is excited to welcome the Value Investing Program Class of 2020 back to campus in September! As part of the Value Investing Program experience, each student is paired with at least one industry professional to provide guidance and advice on career development, feedback on pitches, and other assistance with networking and recruiting. This mentorship provides our students with the invaluable opportunity to engage one-on-one with an active member of the investing community and has led to many lifelong professional friendships. For those unable to commit the time to a formal mentee, we also offer mock interview preparation for the VI Program students and are building a directory of practitioners to conduct mock interviews and review pitches on a one-off basis.
If you are interested in participating with the mentorship or mock interview program please contact Caroline Reichert at email@example.com.