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Ascend Metro NY - Student Officer Luncheon, Student Mentoring Program Kick-off, Professional Panel D

Tuesday, June 26, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Ascend Metro NY - Student Officer Luncheon, Student Mentoring Program Kick-off, Professional Panel Discussion and Networking Session

On June 9th, Ascend Metro NY hosted a full day of events that was sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC). Over a 100 professionals and students of the Ascend Metro NY Chapter met at the PwC building on 300 Madison Avenue, for the full day of events, which included a Student Officer Luncheon, the Student Mentoring Program Kick-off, a Professional Panel Discussion and Networking Session.

At the Student Officer Luncheon, executive board members of Ascend’s student chapters shared their accomplishments during the 2011-2012 academic year and were presented Certificates of Appreciation and gifts by the Ascend Metro NY Co-Vice Presidents of Student Affair, Andrew Mahabir and Luyong Yuan. Baruch College, Fordham University, Rutgers Newark, and Rutgers New Brunswick were some of the student chapters that attended the luncheon.

After the Student Officer Luncheon, student mentees and professional mentors participating in the Ascend Student Mentoring Program met with each other in the PwC auditorium for the Student Mentoring Program Kick-off. The program was founded in 2008 to strengthen students’ ability to market themselves and develop their soft skills to prepare for career development and professional advancement. Students were required to pass a Mock Interview Event on April 21, 2012 before being admitted into the program and were chosen based on their qualifications and accomplishments. This year, we received a record of 140 applicants for the program and only 57 students were selected for the 12-month program. At the kickoff, Serena Wong, who is in charge of the program, provided a brief presentation detailing what the program is about before opening it up for questions. Over 70 mentors and mentees from various accounting and finance institutions and 7 different universities attended the meeting that day and were able to connect with each other.

The Mentoring Program kick-off event was followed by the Professional Panel Discussion which featured the following professionals:

James Chao, Advisory Manager at Ernst & Young LLP

Andrew Chen, Financial Data Analyst at Moody’s

Stacy Chen, MBA Candidate for MIT Sloan School of Management

Hiren Patel, Senior Audit Assistant at Deloitte & Touche LLP

Luyong (Leo) Yuan, Financial Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Andrew Mahabir, Ascend Metro NY Co-Vice President of Student Affairs and Senior Consultant at Deloitte & Touche LLP, moderated the panel discussion. Panelists discussed topics such as the importance of developing soft skills and shared lessons that they have learned, along with sharing their personal experiences. The panel also included mentors and past mentees of the Ascend Student Mentoring Program, who shared their experiences being a part of the program. The panel was concluded with a question and answer session and attendees proceed to the PwC's Cafeteria for the Networking Session, where students and professionals enjoyed light refreshments and food while networking.

Special thanks to PwC for sponsoring and hosting the full day of events.

We also would like to thank everyone that assisted in organizing the events and all the volunteers.


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