Beyond the Status Quo: A Post-ABC Career Panel

This article was written in collaboration with Tanya Choo, current Haas junior and the Vice President of External Relations of Alpha Kappa Psi.

Post-ABC event flyerOn Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Alpha Kappa Psi (AKΨ) and the Undergraduate Finance Association (UFA) co-hosted their first ever Post-ABC (Accounting, Banking, and Consulting) Career Speaker Panel. The event featured panelists from various fields, such as Venture Capital, Private Equity, Accounting, Consulting, Nonprofits, Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Entertainment. Panelists shared their insights and exchanged stories about their individual ABC and post-ABC career roles. AKΨ and UFA wanted to expose students to possible career opportunities after pursuing the traditional accounting, banking and consulting routes. Over 100 students attended the career panel held at the Wells Fargo Room in the Haas School of Business. The venue was completely filled and people were standing the back.

 

The esteemed panelists included Abhishek Sud, who has work experience with Morgan Stanley (Banking) and Centerview Capital (Private Equity); Stephanie Wei, from JP Morgan (Banking) and Room to Read (Nonprofit); Gregory Silva from Piper Jaffray (Banking) and Scale Ventures Partners (Venture Capital); Steve Lescroart from Ernst & Young (Accounting), Lazard (Banking), and Paine & Partners (Private Equity); Inga Chen from Jefferies (Banking) and Automatic Labs (Technology); Tracy Lam-Hine from Deloitte Consulting (Consulting) and RedF (Nonprofit); and Eric Tam, from KPMG (Consulting) and Lithium Technologies (Technology). Tracy, Stephanie, and Inga are Cal AKΨ Alumni. Additionally, Steve is currently the graduate student instructor for the UGBA131 Corporate Finance & Valuation course. The panelists did not only hold corporate positions from diverse industries, but also came from various universities, namely Berkeley-Haas, UCLA, Emory University, Cal Poly, and University of Delhi, among others.

(from left to right): Leanna Leung, Winnie Lau, Tanya Choo and Christopher Chen
(from left to right): Leanna Leung, Winnie Lau, Tanya Choo and Christopher Chen

According to Tanya Choo (B.S. Business Administration, 2015), who coordinated the event with some assistance from UFA’s Christopher Chen (B.S. Business Administration, 2015), the career panel was leaned more towards upperclassmen who had a strong understanding of the ABCs. The target audience were those who knew what they wanted to do and were considering more career opportunities moving forward. Tanya also shared that “panelists came up to me [her] and my [her] team afterwards to mention how much they enjoyed speaking on the panel and networking with such eager and enthusiastic Berkeley students. It was also especially nice to see such a great turnout!” Haas students were also cited as “so ahead of the game” and “asking such intellectually stimulating questions”.

 

Event emcees: Tanya Choo (left) and Christopher Chen (right)
Event emcees: Tanya Choo (left) and Christopher Chen (right)

One of the student attendees, Winnie Lau (B.S. Business Administration, 2016) and AKΨ member, had this to say about the event: “With most Haas events and speaker panels geared towards the ABCs, it was definitely very refreshing to see what life beyond the ABCs were and hear about the different experiences of each speaker. I’ve always thought it was a very defined path of either Venture Capital or Private Equity post-ABC, but hearing Tracy speak about Non-Profits and Inga talk about Technology really helped me broaden my scope of what options I have in the long run.”

Having planned and emceed the event from start to finish, when asked what was most gratifying for Tanya about the whole coordinating process, “it was finally seeing the successful culmination of the event. It was nice to see that the hard work and dedication that went into planning the event actually paid off.”

Denice Sy
Class of 2014

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