"Econ Leaders" undergraduate group takes fieldtrip to alumni firms

On October 18, 2013, the "Econ Leaders" group, a select member of undergraduate students from the Economics Department, went on a field trip to the firms of William Blair and Dresner Partners in Chicago where they heard career and internship advice from several staff, including alumni from our department. This fieldtrip was escorted by Melissa Newell, lead Undergraduate Advisor for the department and Marsha Hatchel, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Outreach for the department.

  • Brian Marshall, an alum from Economics at the UI, is the Vice President-advisor for wealth protection and growth at William Blair & Company. Brian is a council member for the Economic Development Council that works in an advisory capacity to the Department of Economics. William Blair & Company is a global investment banking and asset management firm. They are committed to building enduring relationships with their clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their evolving needs. An independent and employee-owned firm, William Blair is based in Chicago, and has office locations in 12 cities, including London, New York, Shanghai, and Zurich.

  • Michelle Moreno, an alum from Economics at the UI, is the managing director at Dresner Partners. She is also president of the Economic Development Council, a council that is involved with the Department of Economics. Dresner Partners is a middle market investment bank specializing in merger & acquisition advisory, institutional private placements of debt and equity, valuation and strategic consulting. Our clients are middle market companies operating both in the U.S. and internationally. We are deeply committed to exceeding client expectations and maintaining the highest levels of integrity. Our experienced professionals have the foresight necessary to navigate through highly complicated transactions to maximize value for our clients.


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