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On the RISE

3:18 PM  Apr 4th, 2013
by Meredith Hirt ’13

UD’s annual RISE Forum is about more than CEOs discussing the stock market and economic recovery on stage in UD Arena. It’s about the students who got them there.

The 60-plus students in the Davis Center for Portfolio Management started planning for RISE 13 half a year before the three-day event, April 4-6.  Sam Girouard ’14, a finance and marketing major, started making calls to schools, sponsors and panelists to pitch RISE back in November. He helped with the physical set up in the arena, hotels and on campus beginning two days before attendees arrived, and will reverse the process upon RISE’s conclusion.

“My favorite part of RISE is the team aspect of putting it all together and seeing it in motion,” said Girouard on the first day of RISE 13. “We were all so excited this morning.”

When Giorouard isn’t behind the scenes helping the event run smoothly, he’s enjoying the panels; he appreciates the opportunity to get out of the classroom and into applied finances, learning from people who work in the industry and see the market change every day. “Classes are great, you learn a lot, but getting their [panelists’] experience passed down to you is priceless.”

RISE 13 panelists included professionals from BlackRock, Barclays, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. and many more. “Hearing something a Federal Bank president has to say is not something you ever get to hear — and we had two,” said Girouard. “Hearing from top financial minds is a treat.”

RISE forumDave Kudla talks to Bloomberg Radio's Kathleen HaysUD's Tim O'Connell talks on Bloomberg Radio.Jerry Webman talks on Bloomberg Radio.(center) Steve Liesman talks with students at the CNBC TV Booth in UD ArenaOverall view of stage at RISE '13Dave Kudla appears on CNBC TV.Dave Kudla apears on CNBC TV.DSC_0110UD President Dan Curran and A.J. Ziegler on Bloomberg Radio.A.J. Ziegler on Bloomberg Radio.UD President Dan Curran and A.J. Ziegler on Bloombert Radio with Kathleen Hays.RISE '13 Business Women's Breakfast Panel.Women attending the Women's Breakfast for Business Women.Women attehding the Business Women's Breakfast.Dave Kudla speaks with UD China, and they with him at RISE '13.UD China on the big screen at RISE '13.UD President Dan Curran speaks at RISE '13.Dave Kudla speaks at RISE '13DSC_9642UD China participates in RISE '13.Overall of RISE '13 audience.DSC_9696UD student panelist asks a question.UD China asks a question.Media attending media scrum.(left) Charles Evans and Dennis Lockhart share a moment after the media scrum.Robert Kapito, president, Blackrock on stage.Jerry Webman of Oppenheimer Funds Inc. on stage.Diane Swonk of Mesirow Financial on stage.Steve Liesman of CNBC on stage.A student panelist from Radboud University asks a question on stage.A student in the audience listening to the speakers on stage.

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