The Graduate Finance Association

We prepare our members for a career in investment banking through a series of educational and networking activities, to include: our weekly GFA Lunch & Learns, Corporate Presentations, and the annual GFA Conference. We also provide workshops, speaker panels, and mentorship programs in order to secure and experience a successful summer internship.

Career Development Program

We provide first-year MBAs with informational, educational, and mentoring sessions throughout the Fall Semester in order to better prepare them for recruiting and a career in Investment Banking. Students will be matched up with an MBA2 mentor to help guide them through the recruiting process. Students will also participate in sessions specifically targeting the skills they need to capture secure an investment banking internship.

Lunch & Learns

Perhaps the most popular and heavily attended weekly event for Stern students, the Lunch & Learns provide corporations with a forum to interact with and educate our members through the use of case studies or industry and product reviews. Each presentation is followed by an interactive Q & A session. Lunch & Learns are an excellent way to raise awareness about your company and to generate interest in available opportunities.

GFA Conference

Each year, the club assembles leading practitioners from a particular industry to discuss major market trends. These practitioners include CEOs, senior research analysts, and top Stern professors. Immediately following the conference, there will be a networking event with alumni representation from over 15 investment banks.

Training the Street

The GFA has officially partnered with Training the Street Inc. to deliver educational seminars focused on Financial Statement Analysis, Corporate Valuation, Interview Preparation, Applied Excel, Financial Modeling, and M&A/LBO. Throughout the Fall and Spring semesters, members are encouraged to participate in these training sessions in order to help prepare them for recruiting, interviews, and their internship.

Mentorship Program

All first-year MBA students that are recruiting for investment banking will be paired with a 1-on-1 mentor to help answer any questions they may have and help guide them through the recruiting process. Candidates will be paired with mentors based on prior professional experience, interests, and other preferences that will help encourage a meaningful relationship.

Corporate Presentations

The Office of Career Development coordinates Corporate Presentations for Stern’s employer partners, including investment banks. These presentations vary in size and format and are an opportunity for each bank to highlight and showcase their firm. At the conclusion of the formal presentation, candidates have the opportunity to network with individuals from each bank to learn more about their experiences and firm. The GFA works closely with the Office of Career Development to market and underscore the importance of presentations to GFA members.

Past Events (2019-2020)

Oct 6 | 9:00am - 10:00am

Goldman Sachs Informational Q&A Session

Goldman Sachs Informational Q&A Session

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Oct 6 | 10:00am - 11:00am

Informational Interview Preparation Session

Investment banking candidates will be prepared to conduct informational interviews.

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Oct 8 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

GFA Lunch & Learn: Moelis

Moelis will present a discussion topic for GFA members interested in pursuing a career in investment banking.

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Oct 13 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Training The Street (TTS): Financial Statement Analysis

TTS’s Understanding Financial Statements seminar is designed to prepare participants for the challenges of Corporate Valuation and Financial Modeling training by focusing on the building blocks employed in these methodologies. Oriented around interpreting financial results, the seminar weaves classroom lecture, in-class exercises and examples from financial statements of public companies into a comprehensive understanding of financial statements. Additional details can be found on the attached PDF Required programming for all students who wish to participate in GFA-related investment banking recruiting events. Note: Refunds will not be granted after purchase under any circumstances.

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Oct 22 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

GFA Lunch & Learn: RBC Capital Markets

RBC will present a discussion topic for GFA members interested in pursuing a career in investment banking.

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Oct 23 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

GFA Lunch & Learn: Houlihan Lokey

Houlihan Lokey will present a discussion topic for GFA members interested in pursuing a career in investment banking.

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Oct 24 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

GFA Lunch & Learn: Rothschild

Rothschild will present a discussion topic for GFA members interested in pursuing a career in investment banking.

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Oct 27 | 9:00am - 5:00pm

Training The Street (TTS): Corporate Valuation

The main goal of the seminar is to assist candidates seeking employment on Wall Street and in the field of finance. Through practical examples and exercises, the seminar illustrates the fundamentals of popular valuation techniques used by Wall Street practitioners. The seminar also discusses applications of key valuation concepts such as EBITDA, Enterprise Value, WACC, accretion / dilution and LBOs.

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Oct 28 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

GFA Lunch & Learn: Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley will present a discussion topic for GFA members interested in pursuing a career in investment banking.

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Oct 29 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

GFA Lunch & Learn: Piper Jaffray

Piper Jaffray will present a discussion topic for GFA members interested in pursuing a career in investment banking.

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