Fordham IPED Careers: a journey to Wall Street

On March 15, Fordham IPED’s 2025 cohort had the wonderful opportunity to visit the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street in Manhattan as part of their career day. During their visit, they were lucky to catch the ringing of the Opening Bell by Madison Square Garden Entertainment to commemorate the collegiate basketball Big East Conference.

Students met with floor traders and learned about the history of the NYSE, as well as how trading has changed with the introduction of new technologies.

Next, the cohort met with Joseph Quinlan, IPED alumnus (IPED 1984) who now works as chief market strategist and managing director at Bank of America. He discussed risk analysis and portfolio management, impact investment, and emerging markets. Mr. Quinlan answered students’ questions about his career and perspective on the ever-changing economic landscape.

The cohort’s career day closed with a meeting with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society New York, where they met with James Coppola, the Director of Sponsorships and Partnerships at CFA Society New York and a former Director of CFA Institute where he led Institutional Investor Sales and Relationship Management in the Americas. He discussed the CFA Institute’s investment program, and answered the student’s questions about his experience in capital markets and banking.

Overall, the IPED 2025 Cohort received practical advice and insight into a potential career in finance, and had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the NYSE trading floor and opening bell ring.

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