The Colby College Career Center, Passionate Alumni and Parents, and Alumni Relations/Development will be hosting the third annual PAVING THE ROAD TO A FUTURE IN FINANCE (a day-long event) in Boston at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel (425 Summer Street) on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 (last day of fall break).

What We Provide:

  • An exclusive opportunity to spend the day with over 100 alums/parents with over 2000 years of combined experience in financial service professions.
  • An unparalleled chance to network with passionate professionals who are looking to hire liberal arts graduates to fill full-time and internship positions.
  • A broad perspective on how to approach the process of finding your first job and how to think about career choice.
  • A session to practice interviewing with professionals in the field who will provide immediate feedback.

What You Provide:

A polished, pre-professional student ready to demonstrate that Colby is educating another generation of smart, engaging, inquisitive young adults ready to take on the challenges and responsibilities of the next generation of business leaders.

Advance registration is required, along with a $20.00 deposit (refundable upon participation) for all attendees (bus or self-driving).

In order to register, you must submit application materials.  Applications, including a detailed proposal and Career Center-approved resume, are due: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 AT 12:00 P.M. (NOON).

>> 2015 Applications are available on the Colby CareerLink system; upon login, type “Paving” in the search field near the top of your Home screen.

Instructions for Resume Review and Application Submission:

  • Submit current resume to be reviewed via Put “Paving the Road” in the subject line of your e-mail.
  • Please use the Resume Guide in Colby CareerLink (in the Document Library under the “Resources” tab) as a reference.
  • Complete the application form
  • Submit your completed application form, along with your Career Center reviewed resume, in Colby CareerLink by going to the “Paving the Road to a Future in Finance” posting (see above) and clicking the “Apply” button.
  • The Career Center will review and approve all applications and resumes submitted; we may ask that some revisions be made.

Professional dress (interview attire) is required.

Please contact Jordan Bell ( in the Career Center with any questions.

Here is the 2015 Schedule of Events (subject to change):

6:00am – Bus Leaves Colby

9:30am – Arrive at Westin Boston Waterfront

10:00am – Welcome and overview of the day (Jay Allen ’86, P’15)

10:15am – Credit Suisse Panel (Moderated by Jay Allen ’86, P’15; Jim Garrity ’83; Melissa Haire ’98; Sam Own ’04)

10:45am – Sell Side Panel (Amanda Boggs ’00 – Citi; Zach Rubin ’94 – Deutsche Bank; Evan Dangel ’86 – Morgan Stanley Private Bank)

11:15am – Harris Williams Panel (Jeff Bistrong ’85, P’17 – Moderator; Tyler Dewing ’99; Wayne Harrington ’05; Caitlin Vorlicek ’14)

11:45am – Break

12:00pm – Working Lunch: How to Land Your First Job in Financial Services (Students will be organized by class year)

1:30pm – Alternative Investments Panel (Marc Wolpow P’16 – Moderator, Audax Group; Joel Cutler, General Catalyst; Hugh O’Donnell, Colby Endowment; Derek Taff ’04, The Boston Company)

2:15pm – Asset Management Panel (Tom Christolini P’18, Fidelity; Josh Cummings ’92, Putnam; Scott Hartz ’83, Manulife; Kelly Cavagnaro ’01, State Street Global Advisors)

3:00pm – How to Structure an Effective Job Search with Ben Thorndike ’78

3:30pm – One-on-one Speed Interviews

5:15pm – Transition to reception space

5:30pm – Networking Receptions @ Sauciety

7:30pm – Bus departs for Colby / boxed dinner provided by Tossed- Fast Food Fresh – Brian Hanseth ’00



Paving the road was a great opportunity for me to build my network and gain a better understanding of career paths within Finance. I made valuable connections that lead to a handful of interviews for internships last year. – Nate Morgan ’15

The Paving the Road to Finance experience in Boston was really useful to me in deciding what part of finance I am interested in. The most important part for me was the interview sessions where we quickly did 3-4 interviews with different alumni and got feedback immediately. This along with the networking hour helped me get my summer internship and taught me how to behave professionally at work events. – Deeksha Iyer ‘15

Paving the Road is a great way to learn about a learn about a diverse industry from experienced alumni that want to see you to succeed. It will allow you to determine if finance is the right industry for you and if so, what realm of finance interests you most. – Charlie Coffman ‘15

Paving the Road is a perfect opportunity to find out what it means to work in finance. All of the alumni at the event are there to help you. – Gary Koplik ‘16

The ‘Paving the Road’ trip was a great experience; I learned how to better network and present myself in professional interviews. As well, I got some great advice on how to better word and line up my resume. – Zach Eslami ‘15