Student Groups and Programming
The Cutler Center is dedicated to advancing the understanding and practice of investments and finance in our global economy. The center provides programs and resources that enrich student experience, support faculty research, and serve our alumni community. It is committed to furthering Babson’s innovative and practical approach to finance education and enabling industry practitioners, faculty, and students to collaborate and learn from one another. The Cutler Center managing director is Patrick Gregory, CFA.
The Babson College Fund (BCF) is an academic program in which specially selected students manage a portion of the Babson College endowment. The program builds students’ investment research and portfolio management skills, and offers practical experience. BCF managers are overseen by Faculty Director Patrick Gregory, CFA and executives in residence. Top finance students are encouraged to apply to the BCF, details here.
Babson sends a team of four undergraduate and graduate students to compete in the Rotman International Trading Competition, hosted by the University of Toronto, annually in February. Teams from more than 50 top international universities compete in the three-day competition. Babson has been very successful in this competition, winning in 2008 and placing second in 2007 and 2010. Cash prizes are awarded to top teams. For more information regarding the competition and its application process, please contact Associate Professor Ryan Davies.
Babson Investment Banking Association
The Babson Investment Banking Association’s (BIBA) mission is to enhance the position of Babson as a top business school for investment banking by increasing the interest of students in this field, supporting students in their preparation for the recruiting process, and improving relations with firms through the Babson Alumni Network. The association hosts educational events, workshops, a peer mentoring program, and social networking events. BIBA hosts an impressive annual Babson Investment Banking Conference at the start of each academic year; former speakers have included Brian Moynihan, chairman and CEO of Bank of America and Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs.
Babson Investment Management Association
The Babson Investment Management Association (BIMA) provides educational and networking opportunities for Babson students interested in pursuing careers in the investment industry. BIMA offers periodic educational seminars conducted by professors, alumni and professionals working in the investment community.
Babson Real Estate Association
BREA works to create a strong network of individuals who are passionate about real estate investment, and to support students interested in pursuing real estate as a career. The association hosts forums, case competitions, mock interviews, company and industry information sessions, lectures, and alumni networking events.
Babson Venture Capital Private Equity Club
The Babson VCPE Club is dedicated to educating and building a knowledge base within the Babson community of the Venture Capital and Private Equity space. The student organization’s interests include all types of financing from angels to venture capital to private equity funds, spanning early-stage, growth, and buyout phases. The club hosts speakers and competes against other top schools in the Venture Capital Investment Competition.
Tools for Professional Development
Market professionals around the world depend on Bloomberg as their source for real-time market data and news for all market sectors. Bloomberg seamlessly integrates data, news, analytics, multimedia reports, email and trading capabilities into a single platform. For further information please contact Jack Cahill, manager, Cutler Center Research and Instruction.
The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation is one of the fastest growing professional credentials in the world and is a globally recognized standard for measuring the competence and integrity of investment professionals. Babson is a member of the CFA Institute’s University Recognition Program; the College is provided with partial CFA scholarships that are awarded to top students taking the Level 1 CFA exam. The Cutler Center also purchased new CFA study materials for Horn Library for students taking the exam. For additional information of applying for an exam scholarship, please contact Patrick Gregory, CFA, managing director of the Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance.
Finance Industry Treks and Company Visits
Boston Investments Trek
Each spring, the Cutler Center and Graduate Center for Career Development bring top MBA students on a trek to Boston area investments firms. Alumni hosts speak about their firms and how they are unique, the skill sets needed in various positions, what attracted them to the business, and how students can start their careers. For additional information, please contact the Graduate Center for Career Development.
Corporate Finance Trek
Each year, the Cutler Center and Undergraduate and Graduate Centers for Career Development host a trek to a top area firm to meet with Babson alumni working in the corporate finance area. Students have the ability to ask alumni about their career path, roles, and the reasons they chose careers in corporate finance. For additional information, please contact the Center for Career Development.
Wall Street Investment Banking Trek
Held each fall, the Investment Banking trip is a great opportunity for juniors to learn more about the rigors of this fast-paced industry and the career opportunities available for new graduates. Babson alumni from several New York banks host students and talk about their firms, their individual careers, and how they broke into the business. For additional information, please contact the Hoffman Family Undergraduate Center for Career Development.