Financial Leadership Program
A training initiative focused on preparing students for careers in the financial services industry

Mission

The Financial Leadership Program (FLP) is dedicated to the professional development and advancement of high-potential rising sophomores and juniors interested in careers in finance. The FLP’s focused curriculum helps students master the mechanics of the financial services industry. The Program is sponsored by the Starr Career Development (SCDC) offering pre-professional training, leadership and development for high-achieving students at Baruch College with a strong desire to succeed.

The program's mission is to increase and support the recruiting of Baruch's diverse and talented students into top financial analyst programs across industries by providing intensive training on technical, leadership, and professional skills to a select group of top-performing sophomores and juniors.

The FLP has a 15 year history of cultivating successful finance professionals. Over 500 FLP alumni have gained entry into premier financial analyst programs at major Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, RBC, BMO, UBS, and Credit Suisse among others.

Curriculum

The Financial Leadership Program is comprised of a year-long (two semester) comprehensive curriculum with exposure to experiences that span technical, leadership and professional skills. The program is modeled to provide as closely as possible a real life experience at an investment bank. Students are treated as analysts would be in a corporate environment. They receive training in the necessary career skills to become strong candidates for finance internships during their summer internships and to receive full-time offers to join the firm upon graduation.

Workshops focus on career management skills including resume refinement, networking, and business communication. FLP students benefit from corporate valuation, financial modeling, Advanced Excel training provided by Training the Street, corporate field visits and educational workshops provided by Wall Street professionals. Soft skills training includes body language, professional protocols, grooming and dining etiquette

In addition to the workshops, students have project related assignments working in teams. Regular reading of The Wall Street Journal and other relevant market related publications are required. When possible, program participants are matched with a mentor ranging from working finance professionals to peer mentors who are senior FLP students at Baruch or alumni.

Partial List of Past Events & Activities

  • Corporate Valuation, Advanced Excel and Financial Modeling Workshops
  • Simulator Training in all areas of Investment Banking
  • Mastery of the Capital Markets lines of business and their inter-relationships
  • Mock Interview Day with Working Professionals and Alums
  • Power Point In Creating Effective Business Presentations/li>
  • Finance Career Related Workshops
  • Office Visits to Financial Services Firms

Corporate Involvment

Made possible by generous contributions from the David Shulman Family Trust and MUFG, the Financial Leadership Program continues to seek support from foundations and corporate partners. Many past seminars and training sessions have been sponsored by various institutions who donate both their time and money to educate and assist our students.

We welcome corporate sponsorship for the Program and can offer several corporate visibility opportunities. Involvement by corporate representatives can include mentorship, speakers for seminars and monetary contributions for training sessions, and finance-related publications and material.

Partial List of Past Corporate Sponsored Activites

  • Risk Management Case Study by JP Morgan
  • Office Visit and Life of a Deal Case Study by JP Morgan
  • Office Visit and Networking Seminar by: BMO, Blackrock and RBC
For more information on corporate sponsorship please contact us.

Mentors

Mentors play a major role in the Financial Leadership Program by guiding students with their internship search and development into successful finance professionals. Each student in the Program is matched with both an alumni mentor and a peer mentor (senior Baruch FLP student). Students also receive invaluable guidance from Dr. David Shulman, a former Wall Street finance executive and the Managing Director of the Financial Leadership Program, as well as Stuart Linde, Managing Director of Scotiabank, the Executives on Campus and the global network of the Baruch FLP Alumni.

The Financial Leadership Program is always looking for more mentors to help guide our students. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact us.
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