Cal State Fullerton Investment Conference Connects Students with Finance Professionals

The October Titan Capital Management (TCM) Conference enabled students to build their career network while gaining valuable investment experience. “I didn’t look at the conference as a competition among my peers, but rather as an opportunity to improve myself,” said Edith Vargas ’18, who took first place in the Seeking Alpha competition. “I really put a lot of work into my presentation and I’m grateful for the experience I gained, so winning first-place was just icing on the cake.”

The October Titan Capital Management (TCM) Conference enabled students to build their career network while gaining valuable investment experience. “I didn’t look at the conference as a competition among my peers, but rather as an opportunity to improve myself,” said Edith Vargas ’18, who took first place in the Seeking Alpha competition. “I really put a lot of work into my presentation and I’m grateful for the experience I gained, so winning first-place was just icing on the cake.”

Mihaylo College’s Applied Securities Analysis Program (ASAP) hosted its second Student Investment Conference in October, which provided interactive workshops, networking and competitions judged by financial industry professionals.

Mihaylo College’s innovative ASAP program  hosted the TCM Student Investment Conference, which aims to connect finance students with opportunities for professional development and future careers in asset management. ASAP students manage more than $1.3 million for the CSUF Philanthropic Foundation, with investment proceeds partially funding student-based college services, such as the Mihaylo Tutoring Center.

The two-day event featured 53 student attendees and 20 industry professionals engaging in interactive workshops and investment competitions.

“The mission of the conference was to connect students aspiring to careers in finance with local firms seeking high-potential new graduates for entry-level positions,” says Marcia Clark, director of Bond ASAP. “The workshop formats provided a comfortable atmosphere for business managers and students to discuss the day-to-day experience of their investment practice. This understanding is essential for students to better align their skills and aspirations with the needs of various types of investment firms.” Continue reading

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John Chiang: How to Make California State Government Innovative and Efficient

California Treasurer John Chiang is committed to ensuring efficient and prioritized state government if elected to the governorship. “The No. 1 expenditure is education, second is healthcare, three is corrections. I want to go through audits where we think some of these programs aren’t working. We’ll performance test it, and [if] it’s not delivering on its promise, we’ll get rid of it.” Photo from SBDC

California Treasurer John Chiang is committed to ensuring efficient and prioritized state government if elected to the governorship. “The No. 1 expenditure is education, second is healthcare, three is corrections. I want to go through audits where we think some of these programs aren’t working. We’ll performance test it, and [if] it’s not delivering on its promise, we’ll get rid of it.” Photo from SBDC

John Chiang, California’s State Treasurer and a Democratic contender for the Golden State’s top office, was the third and final speaker in the gubernatorial candidates’ speaker series, sponsored by Mihaylo College’s office of the Small Business Development Center. Chiang discussed his vision for a more inclusive, efficient and innovative California economy.

For more than a decade, John Chiang has been making history as the first Asian-American to lead California’s top finance departments – first as state controller and now as state treasurer.

Chiang visited Cal State Fullerton’s Irvine campus on Oct. 26 to discuss his vision for the nation’s largest economy, the last in a series of three lectures by California gubernatorial candidates hosted by Mihaylo College’s office of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and sponsored by the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Recognizing that preparing the state’s 19 million-member workforce for the jobs of the future is a top priority, Chiang proposes forging partnerships with the private sector and supporting entrepreneurship. Continue reading

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Earn Scholarships and Build Your Potential With the OC Hispanic Youth Chamber of Commerce

The leadership board of the Orange County Hispanic Youth Chamber of Commerce includes Mihaylo students Leo Escutia ’19 (third from left) and Berenice Guillen ’17 (second from right).

The leadership board of the Orange County Hispanic Youth Chamber of Commerce includes Mihaylo students Leo Escutia ’19 (third from left) and Berenice Guillen ’17 (second from right).

Mihaylo College students are leading at the Orange County Hispanic Youth Chamber of Commerce, which seeks to foster the professional development of local young people through career preparation events, scholarships and community involvement.

Comprising more than a third of the Orange County population, Hispanics are at the forefront of the region’s economic transformation in the 21st century and own more than 30,000 businesses within the county.

The mission of the Orange County Hispanic Youth Chamber of Commerce (OCHYCC), which is open to local high school seniors and college students of all majors, is to link culturally diverse individuals, aiding them in their personal professional development, assisting them in their path to a higher education and encouraging them to become involved in their communities. The youth chamber hosts invited professional speakers on topics such as entrepreneurship, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and interview tips.

Leo Escutia and Berenice Guillen: Mihaylo Students Are OCHYCC Leaders

Each school year, at least two members of the chamber’s board are students from Mihaylo College, most of whom are also involved in the CSUF chapter of the Latino Business Student Association (LBSA). This year’s Mihaylo representatives are Leo Escutia ’19 (pre-business), who is serving as president and CEO, and Berenice Guillen ’17 (finance), community relations officer for OCHYCC and immediate past president of the CSUF LBSA. Continue reading

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Kathy Ly ’15: Tips on How to Get Started in Your Disney Career

Kathy Ly ’15 believes that the Magic Kingdom can be the open door to a magical career. “Disney is the largest employer in Orange County, and we are always looking for talent,” she says. “The key is getting started. After that, anything is possible.”

Kathy Ly ’15 believes that the Magic Kingdom can be the open door to a magical career. “Disney is the largest employer in Orange County, and we are always looking for talent,” she says. “The key is getting started. After that, anything is possible.”

From marketing roles to accounting internships, The Walt Disney Company offers numerous opportunities for students and alumni seeking a career in Southern California.

Mihaylo finance grad Kathy Ly ’15 talks Disney company culture, her tips for students seeking to get involved in the business of the entertainment industry, and her personal career aspirations.

What are the responsibilities of your financial analyst role at The Walt Disney Company?

I support the marketing strategy team through financial planning, forecasting and budgeting for each new Disney marketing campaign. This involves shifting money and managing the entire marketing budget among the various disciplines, such as public relations, media and digital, ensuring that there are enough resources to spend on exciting new events each month. Some examples include Mickey’s Halloween Party and the new Disney California Adventure Oogie Boogie theme land that is going on this October. Continue reading

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