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MBA students at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business recently spent a week-long break between classes traveling domestically and internationally to network and learn about specific industries through Career Treks.

The Entrepreneurship group, led by Michael Pavey, M ’14, was made up of 15 people that traveled from D.C. to New York City to create bridges between the academic and business worlds and building a network for post-MBA opportunities. The participating students met with representatives from Monumental Sports, Acceleprise, Personal.com, Sweetgreen, Venga, Revolution, and HelloWallet in D.C. In New York City, they met with representatives from CardFlight, Scout Ventures, Beanstock Media and Socratic Labs.

The Consulting group, led by Shah Kabir, M ’14, included 75 first-year students. The marketing students heard from keynote speakers from Deloitte and Accenture. During their travel day to New York City they met with representatives from Cognizant, PwC, American Express and Deloitte.

The Finance group, led by Peter Harris, M ’14, included 91 students. The finance students attended meetings with 25 firms across investment banking, real estate finance, private equity, asset management and corporate finance. Their goal was to give students an opportunity to learn about the different areas of finance, meet alumni, determine which firms they like and meet potential employers.

The students also attended a special event on shareholder activism, hosted by Georgetown McDonough’s Center for Financial Markets and Policy and the Financial Times and held at the Paley Center for Media. SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher delivered a keynote address, and then a panel comprising Bill Anderson, managing director of Goldman Sachs; Stephen Brown, director of corporate governance and associate general counsel for TIAA-CREF; Viet Dinh, Georgetown University professor of law; Mario Gabelli, chairman and CEO of GAMCO Investors; Gary Retelny, president, ISS, and managing director of MSCI; Barry Rosenstein, founder and managing partner of JANA Partners LLC; and Reena Aggarwal, Georgetown McDonough professor of finance and director of the Center for Financial Markets and Policy.

The Marketing group, led by Kerri Westfield, included 50 students on a three-day trip to New York City to learn about marketing careers and develop valuable relationships with recruiters, alumni, and other employees. The students met with representatives from Moxie Interactive, Michael Kors, Pepsico, American Express, Bayer and Citibank.