Author Archives: Ursula Olender

Beyond Wall Street: Connect with Midd Alumni at the Economics Field Guide – Oct. 25-26

Five awesome alumni who majored in Economics will be on campus to share their paths and professional lives and help you think broadly about how an Economics major may impact your career and life after Middlebury.  CCI Field Guides provide you with an opportunity to connect with alumni, faculty, and other students in a major your are considering or have already chosen.

What did they do at Middlebury and what are they doing now? Find out at these events!

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Alumni and Dinner Panel, 5:00 p.m. @ Atwater Dining Hall
Reserve your spot, RSVP in Handshake!

Friday, October 26, 2018
One-on-one Alumni Chats, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Adirondack House
Read alumni panelists’ bios here.
Click the names of participating alumni below to SELECT A SLOT for a 1:1 conversation.

Participating Alumni

Silicon Valley Student Innovation Trek – Fully Funded February Break Trip

The Center for Careers and Internships and the Middlebury Professional Networks are partnering to provide a fully donor-funded “Student Innovation Trek” to the San Francisco Bay Area over February break. The objective is to expose students interested in all areas of innovation to real-world professional experiences that will enable them to apply their liberal arts learning while informing their career exploration and other post-graduate planning.

The Student Innovation Trek experience is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors. It will include 10 students competitively selected through the application process described below, with strong preference given to students who receive financial aid as per the request of the donor. Students will travel to San Francisco as a group, departing from Burlington on Sunday, February 3rd, and returning on Friday, February 8th, accompanied by a CCI advisor. To help ensure that there is no barrier to participation, all travel, lodging, meal, and related expenses will be paid.

This immersive “living and learning” experience will be organized around job-shadowing opportunities with alumni at companies like Tesla, Genentech, IDEO and more. The experience will also include reflection dinners and career conversations with other select alumni. Students will travel and live together as a cohort and attend an Innovation Summit as part of the experience.

Students will document the Innovation experience with photos and reflections. In addition, attendance is required at 2-3 pre-departure meetings during Winter Term.

Application Process and Requirements:

  • Apply via Handshake; the deadline is 11:55 p.m. on Sunday, October 28th, no exceptions.
  • The Innovation Student Trek is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors of any major (graduation dates between May 2019-May 2021 only).
  • Strong preference will be given to students who receive financial aid.
  • Strong candidates will be able to demonstrate a desire for a future career in innovation through their coursework and/or activities.
  • Students must be in Vermont on Saturday, February 2nd, for a Sunday, February 3rd, departure to San Francisco. The group must travel together from and to Burlington, no exceptions.
  • Students must be on campus during Winter Term to attend two mandatory pre-departure meetings.

Please submit a resume, transcript (unofficial is okay), and a cover letter that includes:

  1. Your name, year, and major(s).
  2. The name and contact information for a faculty or staff reference who can speak to your interest in innovation and your ability to contribute to a group dynamic.
  3. A minimum of 750 words that describes:
    • What you believe you would learn from this experience and why this trip would prove invaluable,
    • How it relates to courses you have taken and activities in which you have been involved, and
    • How it might impact your post-Middlebury College plans.

We may request personal or group interviews for some students.

**Note: In applying to the Innovation Student Trek, you are making a full commitment to go if accepted**
We aim to have a decision to you by Friday, November 16th.

Vermont Employer Highlight: National Life Group

National Life Group is the kind of company people want to join. Come learn about the Rotational Development Leadership Program.

At National Life we don’t make widgets or cars or computers. We make promises. Our goal – since the chartering of National Life Insurance Company in 1848 – has been to work together to create a better future for each and every customer through innovative financial solutions and then to deliver on those commitments 10, 20 or 50 years down the road.

The company’s first death claim, that of Rowland Allen, who died in 1850 while seeking fortune in the California Gold Rush, pushed the young company to its limits but the directors used their personal credit to ensure the claim was paid and the promise delivered.

National Life has paid a dividend on its participating life insurance policies every year since 1855. Through the Civil War, the great flu epidemic of 1918, the Great Depression, two World Wars and most recently the Great Recession, National Life has delivered.

National Life is an independent company and independent in spirit. While they do business across the United States, at our core we retain the feel and the attitude of a small company in which each and every individual matters. National Life is grounded on America’s Main Street where a firm handshake still means something and trust is strong.

RSVP to attend the Info Session on Wed., Oct. 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Axinn 229

Upcoming Summit Addresses “Things Nobody Told me about Graduate School” and “How to Apply to Graduate School”

Middlebury College will be hosting the Creating Connections Consortium (C3) Summit on November 9-11, 2018. The conference theme is Reimagining the Academy: Constructing Inclusive and Participatory Communities in Challenging Times. Panels will include: “Things Nobody Told me about Graduate School”; “How to Apply to Graduate School”; and “Diversifying the Curriculum.” For more information, see the C3 Summit agenda. All are welcome to attend, but please register here in advance. Have questions? Contact C3 Director Rachel Hynson (

Investment Banking 101 – Wells Fargo Securities Info Session

If you are a first-year or sophomore interested in learning more about careers in finance, please join representatives from Wells Fargo Securities (all Middlebury alumni) on October 8th for an Investment Banking 101 presentation and networking session. We will provide information and career advice regarding all lines of business within Investment Banking, as well as information about our summer analyst opportunities. We look forward to meeting you and discussing our opportunities!

Monday, Oct. 8th

7:00 p.m. in Axinn 229

Invitation to Talks by Rob Redmond, Executive Vice Chairman of Macquarie Capital and Chief Executive of Macquarie Capital USA

On Monday Oct 8th and Wednesday October 10th Rob Redmond, Executive Vice Chairman of Macquarie Capital and Chief Executive of Macquarie Capital USA, will be giving two informal lectures in the Business and Enterprise Program. The Monday lecture is entitled “Does a career in finance make sense? Some lifelong lessons” and the Wednesday lecture is entitled “The Financial Crisis 10 Years After” While the lectures are formally part of the Business and Enterprise classes, any student interested in finance is welcome to attend. Rob will also be having lunch and dinner with students on Tuesday and Wednesday, and there may be a few spots left. If you are interested in attending a lunch or dinner, please e-mail Dave Colander to see if there are any spots left.

Background Information on Rob Redmond

Rob Redmond is currently Executive Vice Chairman of Macquarie Capital and Chief Executive of Macquarie Capital USA. Before moving to Macquarie Mr. Redmond was a Managing Director of Lehman Brothers, where he served as Chairman of Global Financial Sponsor Group. He is also currently an Independent Director of Terrapin 3 Acquisition Corporation. Mr. Redmond holds a BA in Economics from Lafayette College and received his MBA degree from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.


Monday, Oct 8th

8:00 PM; 103 Axinn

Rob Redmond: “Does a Career in Finance Make Sense? Some Lifelong Lessons”


Wednesday, Oct 10th

7:30 PM; Warner Hemicycle

Rob Redmond: “The Financial Crisis 10 Years After”

KeyBanc Capital Markets to Visit October 1st and 2nd

KeyBanc Capital Markets (KBCM) is a full-service corporate and investment bank serving the needs of mid- to large-sized businesses and focused principally on middle market clients in six industry sectors: consumer, energy, healthcare, industrial, public sector, technology, and real estate.

Please RSVP here to attend the info session on Monday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m. in Hillcrest 103.

Sign up for a one-on-one alumni chat session here before 11:55 p.m. on October 1st. Chats will take place on October 2nd.  Hurry, slots will fill quickly.

Cleveland-based KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial service companies, with assets of approximately $135 billion.* Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally.