Recently, students from the Anderson University Falls School of Business met with prominent business professionals at the world’s largest student investment conference. Dr. Jill Merle, associate professor of finance, led a group of business students to the annual RISE Forum, hosted April 4-6 by the University of Dayton. Students and business professionals from all over the country joined to explore the latest advances in business.
This year’s RISE Forum featured presidents and CEOs from some of the most prominent firms in the industry, such as Ariel Investments and BlackRock. Chief investment strategists and economists from firms such as Barclays, Charles Schwab, Federated Investors, and Mesirow Financial spoke at many of the offered panels.
As the largest and longest running student investment conference, each year RISE invites the best and brightest business professionals to create a two-and-a-half day forum. Some of the professionals this year included representatives from Fox News, CNBC, Barron's, and Bloomberg. These representatives shared financial media advice from their own experience.
While attending RISE, students had the opportunity to gain practical advice concerning business, finance, and entrepreneurship. Students were given time to receive personal recommendations from experts in their field. “During the workshops on Friday and Saturday there is the chance to ask detailed questions in a more one-on-one environment,” said Dr. Kent Saunders, professor of finance and economics.
Merle has attended RISE consecutively for the past three years. Each year she travels with a select group of students. “The top students from Dr. Saunders’ Advanced Business Finance Management courses are selected to represent AU at the conference,” said Merle.
Over the years, the Falls School of Business has encouraged and sponsored its students to attend the conference. Saunders is one of several faculty members who determine which students will best represent Anderson University at RISE.
The Falls School of Business provides the conference at no cost to the selected students. “Our program has covered the registration costs and hotel expenses for the students and faculty each year since 2007,” said Saunders.
Students and faculty who attended RISE found it to be a rewarding experience. “It’s a great opportunity to hear leading experts in the field discuss economic outlook and investment strategies,” said Merle. "The conference is a great opportunity for students to meet, grow, and establish themselves as professionals.”
— Amanda Sills is a junior from Seattle, Wash., majoring in communication arts. Sills is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications. Associate Kristen Schaap also contributed to the development of this story.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.