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New York Speaker Series: Conversation with Jonathan Pruzan, A90, and Jonathan Tisch, A76

Jonathan Pruzan, A90

On February, 20, TFN held its annual Speaker Series in New York City at Morgan Stanley.

Jonathan Tisch, A76, Chairman and CEO, Loews Hotel and Co-Chairman of the Board, Loews Corporation, facilitated an in-depth conversation with Jonathan Pruzan, A90, CFO, Morgan Stanley.

Joined by an audience of alumni and parents, the industry leaders covered a range of topics, from challenges facing the finance industry to managing changes in government regulation.  In addition, they discussed leadership styles and the value of a liberal arts education, like that at Tufts.

Afterward, the speakers fielded questions from the audience.  A post-event reception also offered opportunities for additional engagement and networking among attendees.

To view more photos from the gathering, click here.


Alumni of Color Breakfast, New York City

Riyadh Mohammed, A06; Elizabeth Amador Salem, J91, A22P; Janice Savin-Williams, J79; and Lawrence Kwon, A99.

On April 24, TFN hosted its first event designed specifically for alumni of color in New York City at Aretsky’s Patroon.  Developed by Riyadh Mohammed, A06, Vice President, The Carlyle Group, the program aimed to strengthen connections among alumni of color working in financial services and to provide a forum to discuss issues faced in the workplace.

Twenty alumni of all ages and diverse backgrounds in finance attended the breakfast and panel discussion. The speakers included:  Lawrence Kwon, A99, Managing Director, Moelis & Company; Elizabeth Amador Salem, J91, A22P, Vice President, Strategic Program Management, Law & Franchise Integrity, MasterCard; and Janice Savin-Williams, J79, Co-founder and Sr. Principal, Williams Capital Group.

The group covered topics from advancement and self-promotion in the workplace to developing a culture of belonging.  After the event, Mohammed, who also moderated the discussion, shared his enthusiasm for the gathering, saying that “TFN programs always offer alumni the opportunity to learn, think strategically, and engage with our peers in the financial services. I was delighted that we could expand upon this model and offer alumni of color an additional forum to discuss some of the unique circumstances we experience as professionals.”

He added, “Several alumni mentioned to me this was the first time issues like this were discussed so openly. It is truly remarkable we have such a vibrant and diverse Tufts community here in New York. I hope next year we can bring together an even larger group.”


Alumni-Intern Gatherings, New York City and Boston

Students and alumni at the annual summer intern gathering

This summer, TFN continued to host a series of events that connected alumni and current students with summer internships in financial services in New York City and Boston.

The first two gatherings, held in New York City, included a lunch on July 17 at Cellini and a breakfast the following day at Pershing Café.  In Boston, another group met downtown at Serafina for lunch on July 30.  Among the three events, nearly 20 alumni and more than 30 students attended, taking short breaks from their positions at organizations like Morgan Stanley, Fidelity Investments, Mayflower Advisors, Wayfair and FTV Capital, to name a few.

TFN has hosted these small events for the past several years, and Kevin Magid, A85, Managing Director of Audax Group and member of the TFN Advisory Committee, has been an active participant.  Magid offered welcoming remarks at the New York lunch and encouraged the students to take the opportunity to expand their professional networks and ask questions of the professionals in the room. “Attending is also a great way for alumni to connect with Tufts today,” said Magid. “What we hope students appreciate is that these events are just as enjoyable for us, the alums, as they are valuable for them.”

He added, “Year after year, these budding young professionals continue to impress with their enthusiasm to gather advice and to think strategically about their careers. It also makes you proud of the role TFN has played in strengthening the opportunities available to them.”

To learn more about how you can hire a Tufts intern next summer, visit the Alumni & Friends web site and scroll to the section titled “Connect to the Jumbo Career Network.”