Guest Speakers and Conferences

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Left to right: Cameron Whiting ’15, Maggie Miller ’16, Matthieu Hafemeister ’17, Aviv Caspi ’16, Professor Randall Kroszner, Ed Leathers ’15, Kaitlyn Kelleher ’17, Sean Sakaguchi ’16, Phil Crawford ’15.


New York Networking Trip

Sunday, January 7th – Friday, January 12th

Location: New York City, New York

Student Investment Fund Conference

Friday, February 16

Location: Claremont, CA

BMGI Conference 

Thursday, February 20

Location: Claremont, CA

Gregory Mankiw Athenaeum Talk

Tuesday, February 22

Location: Claremont, CA

Past Events


New York Networking Trip Information Session

Tuesday, October 3rd, 12:15 – 1 PM or 5:30 – 6:15PM

Location: Room 34, Bauer Center

Deadline: New York Networking Trip Application

Due: Tuesday, October 15, Midnight


Financial Economics Institute (FEI) Information Session

Tuesday, September 8th, 5-6 PM

Location: Founders Room, Bauer Center

Financial Economics Sequence (FES) Senior Thesis Information Session

Tuesday, September 8th, 6-6:30 PM

Location: Founders Room, Bauer Center

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) Information Session

Friday, September 18th, 2-4 PM

Location: Roberts North 12

CMC Student Investment Fund (CMC SIF) Investing and Personal Finance Seminar

Saturday, September 19th

Location: Davidson Lecture Hall

Ath Talk: Gordon M. Phillips

Friday, September 25th, Noon-1 PM

Location: Security Pacific Dining Room, the Athenaeum

Southern California Finance Conference

Friday and Saturday, September 25th and 26th

CMC Student Investment Fund (CMC SIF) Accounting Seminar

Saturday, October 24th

Location: Roberts North 12

CMC, HMC, Pomona, and Scripps College Student Investment Funds Event

Interactive Pitch Sessions and Networking Reception with Michael Larson, CMC ’80 and Erik Anderson, CMC ’80

Monday, November 9th

Location: Freeberg Forum, Lower Court, Kravis Center

2016 New York City Networking Trip

January 2016


2015 New York City Networking Trip
January 2015

Claremont Finance Conference
February 13, 2015

Randall S. Kroszner
“Lessons from the Financial Crisis of 2008: Are We Safer Today?”
February 12, 2015

Southern California Finance Conference 2014 
October 24 and 25, 2014

Ivo Welch
“Corporate Capital Budgeting”
October 24, 2014


New York City Networking Trip 2014
January 13-16, 2014

Southern California Finance Conference 2013
November 8 and 9, 2013

David Hirshleifer
“Social Economics and Finance”
November 8, 2013


New York City Networking Trip 2013
January 14-17, 2013


New York City Networking Trip 2012
January 9-12, 2012


New York City Networking Trip 2011
January 10-13, 2011


New York City Networking Trip 2010
January 11-14, 2010


New York City Networking Trip 2009
January 12-16, 2009


Political Economy of International Finance Conference 2008
May 2, 2008

Conference on Law and Finance: The Future of Securities Fraud Litigation 2008
February 8, 2008

New York City Networking Trip 2008
January 14-17, 2008

Los Angeles Cocktail Reception at The California Club
On Friday, October 19th, the FEI and CMC’s Alumni Relations Office hosted a cocktail reception in downtown Los Angeles at The California Club. Over 70 guests attended the event including alumni, faculty, staff, and 11 of the FEI Student Research Analysts. The event provided a tremendous networking opportunity for the students and featured comments from the FEI Director, Janet Smith. Maria Lohner ’10 commented, “The cocktail reception was an excellent opportunity to reach out to the Los Angeles area alumni working in the field of finance. It was also great to see the recent alums that are now working in LA, learning about the responsibilities in their new positions, and receiving advice from them.”


End-of-Year Luncheon
The FEI hosted a luncheon at The Seaver House on Thursday, May 10th to recognize students participating in the Financial Economics Sequence. FEI Director Janet Smith recognized each of the graduating seniors and student presentations were given by FEI research analysts Will St. Clair ’07 and Chris Urban ’07. The 40 guests at the luncheon included six FEI Board members, President Gann, Dean Hess, 11 faculty and staff members, and 21 students.

New York City Networking Trip 2007
January 8-12, 2007


San Francisco Cocktail Reception at Weston Presidio
On Friday, June 30th a cocktail reception was hosted by Jim McElwee, FEI Chair, in San Francisco. Over 45 alumni, faculty, staff, and students attended the event which was held at the Weston Presidio offices overlooking the San Francisco Bay. FEI Board members in attendance included McElwee, Advisor Stephen McLin, and new FEI Associate Carol Hartman ’86. CMC Trustees Bart Evans ’70, David Hetz ’80, and Fred Prager also joined us for the festivities.

End-of-Year Luncheon
The FEI hosted a luncheon in the Bauer Center Founders Room on Friday, May 12th to recognize students who completed the Financial Economics Sequence. The event included an acknowledgement of graduating seniors by Janet Smith and a presentation by Harvey Mudd student, George Malikov ’06. The 32 guests at the luncheon included five FEI Board members, six faculty and staff members, and 21 students.

Hedge Fund Day in LA 2006
March 3, 2006

Boundaries of SEC Regulation Conference 2006
February 3, 2006

New York City Networking Trip 2006
January 9-13, 2006


End-of-Year Luncheon
The FEI hosted a luncheon at The Seaver House on Friday, May 13th to recognize students participating in the Financial Economics Sequence. FEI research analyst Eva Nazarewicz ’05 coordinated the event that included an acknowledgement of graduating seniors by Janet Smith and student presentations by Justin Hance ’06, Peter Hellwig ’05, Kartheek Raju ’08, Daniel Simon ’07, and Paul VanDeventer ’07. The 38 guests at the luncheon included four FEI Board members, President Gann, Dean Garris, nine faculty and staff members, and 23 students.

Classroom Guests
During the 2004-2005 academic year, FEI affiliated faculty members hosted several speakers who visited their classrooms to interact with students. FEI Advisor Robert Thomas (Cascade Investments) spoke with Bill Brown’s corporate finance class in the fall and spring semesters. FEI Associate Scott Andron (Winter Street Capital) also spoke with Bill Brown’s Investments class in the spring. FEI Advisor Brent Harris (PIMCO) visited campus to interact with students in Lisa Meulbroek’s corporate finance class and Bill Brown’s Investments course. Janet Smith also hosted Michael Lazarus (Weston Presidio) and FEI Advisor Perry Lerner (Fresh Direct) in her Economics of Strategy class in the fall.

Trust Company of the West and The Capital Group Companies Visit 2005
March 4, 2005

New York City Networking Trip 2005
January 10-14, 2005


Speaker Series

Gordon Phillips
September 25, 2015
“The Need for Industrial Organizational Foundations in Corporate Finance and Asset Pricing”

Randall S. Kroszner
February 12, 2015
“Lessons from the Financial Crisis of 2008: Are We Safer Today?”

Ivo Welch
October 24, 2014
“Corporate Capitol Building”

David Hirshleifer
November 8, 2013
“Social Economics and Finance”

Colin Camerer
December 5, 2012
“Neuroeconomics: How Brains Decide What Stocks to Trade and What Foods to Eat”

Jonathan B. Berk
“Are Mutual Fund Managers Skilled?”
Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ross Levine
“The Guardians of Finance: Making Them Work For Us”
Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wayne E. Ferson
“The Problem of Alpha and Performance Measurement”
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Peter Bossaerts
“What Decision Neuroscience Teaches Us About Financial Decision Making”
Friday, March 5, 2010

Chester S. Spatt
“Economic Principles, Government Policy and the Market Crisis”
Monday, November 16, 2009

Darrell Duffie
“Policy Issues Facing the Credit Derivatives Market”
Monday, April 13, 2009

Jeronimo Zettelmeyer
“Crisis Lending, Moral Hazard, and IMF Conditionality”
Thursday, May 1, 2008

Josh Lerner
“The Great Debate: Private Equity and Its Impact on the Global Economy”
Monday, March 31, 2008

Laura Starks
“Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility: What Do Investors Care About?”
Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Richard L. Peterson
“Inside the Investor’s Brain”
Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Andrew W. Lo
“Lizard Brains and the Stock Market:
An Evolutionary Synthesis of Rational and Behavioral Finance”
Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Zvi Bodie
“Life-Cycle Investing in Theory and Practice”
Monday, September 25, 2006

Gary Smith
“The Real Estate Bubble”
Wednesday, March 22, 2006

John Allen Paulos
“A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market”
Monday, September, 19, 2005

Kenneth French
“What Your Parents Didn’t Know about Investing and You Should!”
February 9, 2005

Richard Thaler
“Investor Behavior and Public Policy: The Approach of a Libertarian Paternalist”
October 7, 2004