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~~~~~ Finance Evening

6 pm - 8:30 pm, Wed, 10/26, Olmstead Center, Upper Level

Join the Drake finance faulty and professionals from Des Moines as we discuss the field of finance
! This event is applicable to both those interested in learning more about finance and finance majors pursuing a career in the field. There will also be food and prizes ($25 & $50 gift cards)! Attire is casual (jeans are acceptable), but please make sure to look presentable.

Schedule of Events:

  • 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Jason Clevenger & Prof. Rick Long - Why Finance? Students with an interest in finance will have the chance to hear about career options and the wealth of opportunities this field provides.
  • 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Light Dinner, Networking, and CFA information
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Jason Clevenger (Personal Finance/Equities), Rick Krause (Real Estate) & Ann Eitrheim (Fixed Income) - Panel Discussion: In-depth Look into Finance
  • 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Students may ask additional questions to any professionals or professors in attendance.

Fall 2016 Speaker and Film Series

All events are free and open to the public

Wed, October 5: Heartland Global Health Consortium conference
Topic: The Social Determinants of Health
Location: Olmsted Center, upper level
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Link to on-line registration: Registration is free for faculty, staff and students from Heartland member schools. $25 for all others. Lunch is included.

Panel Sessions:

  • Heroin and Opioids: A Community Crisis
  • Examining the Social Determinants of Childhood Obesity
  • Addressing Childhood Asthma Disparities: A Case Study of the Healthy Homes Des Moines Project
  • The Period Problem: Empowering Girls in the Developing World to Stay in School Past Puberty
  • Poverty Simulation’s Impact on Pharmacy Student Attitudes Toward Poverty
  • Understanding Cultures Through Product, Practice, Perspective
  • Tackling the social, economic, and ecological complexity of Iowa's water quality issues
  • Lessons Learned from and Next Steps for Implementation Following a Needs Assessment to Understand Water Quality in Rural Uganda

Mon, October 10: Martín Fernández
Topic: The Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras: Justice for Berta and Beyond
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Martín Fernández is the National Coordinator of the Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ), which seeks to expose and combat state violence and corruption, while organizing communities around the principles of self-determination, ecological sustainability, and collective resistance. The grassroots organization has been routinely subjected to threats and intimidation due to their human rights work. Martín will discuss this work in the context of Honduras today, and how US policies and security aid contribute directly to the ongoing crisis.

Tue, October 11: Diego Zavala (Event Cancelled)
Topic: The Resurgence of Collaborative Documentary in the Internet Era: Communities, New Technologies and Social Narrative
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Diego Zavala is a member of the the Department of Communications and Digital Arts, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Guadalajara campus, where he teaches courses in film studies, screenwriting, and TV and film production. He has published articles and essays on documentary theory and Mexican cinema in academic journals, essay collections, and media publications. In addition, he has presented papers at national and international conferences in the United States, Mexico, France, Spain, and Portugal. Professor Zavala’s talk will be concerned with how traditional and interactive documentary has become critical to the efforts of social groups in their attempts to promote social change and foster connections among communities.

Thu, October 13: Robert Wallace
Topic: Big Farms Make Big Flu (and Ebola and Zika and Yellow Fever and MERS and Q Fever)
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Robert G. Wallace, PhD, is an evolutionary biologist presently visiting the University of Minnesota's Institute for Global Studies. Among other topics, his research has addressed the evolution and spread of influenza as it relates to the economics of agriculture, Ebola in West Africa and the Philippines, the social geography of HIV/AIDS in New York City, the emergence of Kaposi’s sarcoma herpesvirus out of Ugandan prehistory, and the evolution of infection life history in response to antivirals. Wallace is co-author of Farming Human Pathogens: Ecological Resilience and Evolutionary Process (Springer) and Neoliberal Ebola: Modeling Disease Emergence from Finance to Forest and Farm (Springer), and author of Big Farms Make Big Flu: Dispatches on Infectious Disease, Agribusiness, and the Nature of Science (Monthly Review Press). He has consulted for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tue, October 25: Jeffrey Ashe
Topic: Getting Ahead with Almost Nothing: What Immigrant Communities Can Teach Us About Achieving the American Dream
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Jeffrey Ashe is a Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, Research Fellow, Global Development and the Environment, Tufts University. Through March 2013 Jeff led Saving for Change at Oxfam America which grew to703,000 Savings Group members in Mali, Senegal, Cambodia, El Salvador and Guatemala. By training groups of about 20 to save, lend to each by the thousands these groups provide a better way to save and lend at a small fraction of the cost and complexity of financial institutions. Jeff previously founded and led Working Capital for several years this country’s largest microfinance initiative honored by President Clinton at the White House. While at Acción International he directed the PISCES studies, the first worldwide study of microfinance and introduced group lending with this model replicated worldwide. He has consulted to microfinance projects in more than 30 countries. Through Carsey Jeff is bringing Savings Groups to the USA building on immigrant savings circles, introducing savings groups through Conditional Cash Transfer programs in the Dominican Republic as he launches research on the long term survival of these groups. His book In Their Own Hands: How Savings Groups are Revolutionizing Development published by Barrett Koehler has been well received. He teaches microfinance at Columbia and Brandeis Universities.

Tue, November 1: Panelists: Jim McCaughan (Principal Financial Group), Madelyn Antoncic (Principal Financial Group), and Tom Root (Drake CBPA professor of Finance)
Topic: Are International Financial Institutions Still Relevant?
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Jim McCaughan is chief executive officer of Principal Global Investors. He also serves as president of global asset management for the Principal Financial Group. He graduated with a degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

Madelyn Antoncic joined Principal Global Investors in 2015 as Executive Director – Institutional Investment Solutions. She has more than 25 years of economic and financial industry experience. Most recently, Madelyn was vice president and treasurer of the World Bank where she oversaw assets of official sector institutions, comprising central banks, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other international financial institutions, as well as of the World Bank Group’s pension. She also oversaw the World Bank’s derivatives portfolio; its funding program; its capital management; and several businesses including engaging with client countries on central bank reserves management, debt management strategies, banking and risk management solutions. Madelyn holds a Ph.D. in Economics with a minor in Finance from New York University.

Thomas Root holds four degrees including a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kansas. He also serves as an economic advisor on the River Glen Investment Policy Committee. He has been teaching finance at Drake University since 1999. He has received the Graduate Teaching Award and the College of Business Research Award. He published in many academic journals such as Quarterly Journal of Accounting and Finance; Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences; International Business: Research, Teaching and Practice; International Research Journal of Applied Finance; Journal of the Academy of Business Education; Energy Economics; Journal of Financial Education; and International Review of Financial Analysis.

Thu, November 10: Panel Discussion
Topic: Iowa and Africa: Expanding Engagement
Location: Sussman Theater
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Del Christensen is the Executive Director of Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS) (, a nonprofit organization based in Ames that promotes international peace and understanding. Since 1993, IRIS has coordinated internships, educational, and outreach programs for more than 1,900 participants from 52 different countries. Del has been involved with IRIS programs since 2002 and in 2007, became the Executive Director. He helped to establish the first State-department sponsored high school exchange program in Sub-Saharan Africa, coordinate the first American college football game on the continent of Africa, coordinate the first pan-African community health education training in Senegal, coordinate several health-related projects in Nigeria through Rotary International and has made more than 60 trips to countries around the world coordinating IRIS programs.

Phil Latessa (Empower Tanzania, has over 15 years experience in developing and managing international grants. He served as project director for two multi-year projects between Iowa and Russia. Currently, he is serving as U.S. coordinator for a collaborative project between the Pare Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania and the SE Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The current project is funded by PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) and focuses on training community volunteers in Tanzania to deliver end-of-life care to terminally ill HIV/AIDS patients. Phil previously served as executive director of Iowa Sister States, an NGO responsible for conducting exchange programs with Iowa’s eight official Sister States: Yucatan, Mexico; Stavropol, Russia; Cherkasy, Ukraine; Hebei, China; Taiwan; Yamanashi, Japan; Terengganu, Malaysia and Veneto, Italy. He blogs about humanitarian efforts and international aid for the Huffington Post.

Eric Idehen (Founder and CEO, Cornerstone of Hope Orphanage

Eric’s personal and professional travels took him from his home country of Nigeria to Ukraine, Spain, and finally the United States of America. During his long odyssey from Nigeria, he nursed the dream of opening orphanages in Africa (Nigeria & Sierra Leone). The Cornerstone of Hope Orphanage is the realization of that dream that began many years ago. Eric graduated from Federal Polytechnic Auchi (Nigeria) with Higher National Diploma in Quantity Surveying and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix (USA). Presently, he works for Wells Fargo Bank as Vice President of Community Development. Most recent companies and role included Bank of The West (Branch Sales Manager), and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa (Director). Eric sits on the board of the Political and Economic Research Council (PERC), Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizen Academy Alumni Association Board (Omaha & Des Moines), Nigerian Association of Iowa, Grand View University Diversity Committee, and several Diversity Councils, where he continues his service to his community and shares his experience with others. Past board and Committee membership includes the American Red Cross Board of Central Iowa, the New Iowan Centers Community Advisory Committee, the Greater Des Moines Partnership Diversity Committee, Iowa International Center, etc. He is a member of the Des Moines Rotary Club.

Dave Merschman (President, Medicine for Mali is President of Homemakers Furniture. He has been involved with MFM since 2002, serving as treasurer from 2004 to 2008 and president since 2008. Dave achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Simpson College in 1979 and manages a local business. During his many trips to Mali, his main areas of involvement have been clean water and microfinance.

Annique Kiel is Interim Executive Director for Global Engagement and International Programs at Drake University.

Wed, Nov. 16: Vandana Shiva
Topic: TBD
Location: Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main
Time: TBD p.m.

  • Job Title: Financial Intern (Paid position)
  • Location: Des Moines, IA
  • Salary Level: $31,620 - $43,248
  • Job Description:The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is seeking a Financial Intern who has an interest in pursuing a career in the banking field. The OCC supervises the integrity of our national banks and thrifts, including the majority of the largest banks in the United States. Our culture strives to promote creative and innovative contributions by people in all positions and values and encourages diversity. Financial Interns gain paid, real life work experience by performing challenging, while interesting assignments, designed to prepare them for careers as National Bank Examiners. Financial interns will participate in on-site bank examinations through our Midsize/Community Bank line of business, supporting the supervision of national community banks. Assignments cover all areas of banking, including examining loans, interest rate risk, capital, liquidity, consumer protection programs, and compliance with banking laws and regulations. Financial Interns, who perform satisfactorily and complete at least 640 hours with the OCC prior to, or concurrent with completion of their academic requirements, may be converted to permanent employment with the OCC. Candidates applying for the Financial Internship should have a graduation date during the fall term of 2017 or spring or fall term of 2018 and must be willing to work fulltime during the spring (semester/quarter) of 2017 to complete 6-months of paid training. Candidates must forgo an academic term to complete training. Interested students may also gain academic credit for participation in the OCC Financial Internship Program, please contact your academic advisor for further information. Frequent overnight travel is required; interns will travel to banks across the region and will be responsible for providing their own transportation to these work locations. The OCC will provide reimbursement for mileage and associated travel costs. Interviews will be conducted in Des Moines, IA. Candidates will be responsible for transportation to and from the interview location, the OCC will not reimburse cost for interview travel. However, the OCC may provide a relocation stipend in certain qualifying situations, once selected.
  • Primary responsibilities:
    • Work on OCC Training Team for a minimum of six consecutive months (may be required to forgo an academic term to complete training).
    • Assist or conduct bank examinations under the supervision and guidance of experienced national bank examiners.
    • Work with a team to gather, organize, and analyze bank data.
    • Assess compliance with banking laws & regulations.
    • Prepare written conclusion/recommendation reports and memos, which are shared with bank executives and senior OCC examiners.
    • Participate in on-the-job training in bank supervision, fundamentals of bank accounting, banking systems and controls, computer applications, and banking law.
  • Requirements:
    • Applicants must be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, as a degree seeking student in an accredited four-year college or university, graduate or professional school pursuing a baccalaureate, master’s or professional degree in accounting, banking, business administration, commercial or banking law, economics, finance, international business or a closely related field of study; AND
    • Meet all educational requirements throughout the internship period; AND
    • Sign a Participant Agreement which outlines responsibilities of both OCC and intern, the schedule of the work assignment and class attendance, the performance evaluation procedure and the requirements for appointment to a permanent position.
    • Application of Veterans' Preference: Under Category Rating procedures, veterans with preference eligibility will receive selection consideration before non-preference eligible veterans within each quality category. Veterans' must submit preference documentation with “How to Apply” documents below to be considered: (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4, SF-15, VA letter, etc.).
  • Application Process: Interested candidates should e-mail résumé, college transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), and veteran preference eligibility documents to Mr. Roderick Mack, District Recruitment Specialist, at by October 11, 2016.
  • Posted: Sep. 26, 2016

  • Job Title: Investment Banking Analyst (Entry-level) and/or Unpaid Intern, Finance
  • About the Company: Bridgepoint Merchant Banking is a lower and middle market investment banking and private equity firm that serves clients over their corporate lifecycles by providing merger and acquisition and corporate finance advisory services. Bridgepoint Merchant Banking is a division of Bridgepoint Holdings, LLC. In order to offer securities-related Investment Banking Services discussed herein, to include M&A and institutional capital raising, the Managing Principals of Bridgepoint are registered representatives of M&A Securities Group, Inc., an unaffiliated broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC. Bridgepoint's sole focus is adding and creating value for companies through their corporate lifecycle. Bridgepoint Principals have over 30 years of combined investment banking and private equity experience and completed transactions exceeding $104 billion in total transaction value across numerous industries, deal types and company sizes. Bridgepoint provides investment banking services with the same high quality analysis and presentation as Bridgepoint's large national investment banking competitors, coupled with our highly personalized service and Midwestern values.
  • Job Description: Bridgepoint Merchant Banking is seeking an Analyst and/or Intern with 0-3 years of experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, private equity and/or venture capital to join our team. Bridgepoint is seeking to hire an Analyst and/or Intern to work in Des Moines, IA and Lincoln, NE locations. If you are not currently living in either of these areas, please explain why you want to relocate and what your time frame for doing so. Bridgepoint is looking to fill the position(s) quickly.
  • Primary responsibilities: The Analyst / Intern will work alongside the Principals of the Firm to support and execute transactions, interact with clients, other advisors and vendors. Main duties include:
    • Research, financial analysis and modeling of financial statements, companies, industries and M&A/capital markets and related trends
    • Preparing descriptive memoranda and other transaction documents used in the transaction process
    • Preparing materials used in marketing, business development and management presentations
    • Supporting the administrative and portfolio management activities of the two venture capital/private equity funds
  • Desired Skills & Experience: Preferred candidates will possess the following qualifications and attributes:
    • Four year degree completed (or nearing completion) with an outstanding academic record
    • Prior experience in investment banking, M&A, corporate finance, capital raising, private equity and/or venture capital
    • Amazing work ethic and integrity, coupled with a high degree of initiative
    • Intellectual curiosity - a yearning to understand and find solutions
    • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
    • Passion to create success for clients and the Firm
    • Strong verbal and written communications skills as well as the ability to interact with clients and prospects
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Products
    • For Analyst: Series 7 or 79 and 63 licensing completed (will be required if not already completed)
  • Application Process: Only applications submitted through LinkedIn will be considered. Please submit a cover letter and résumé when you apply.
  • If you have any questions about the positions, contact Mr. Stuart Hemesath at
  • Posted: August 30, 2016

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