Every idea and expression of interest has the opportunity to materialize into a student club or initiative at the Goizueta Business School. The Alternative Investments Group (AIG) is a perfect example of this reality. AIG is a new BBA student club devoted to hedge funds, private equity and venture capital. These areas of finance are on the rise, yet not well understood by undergraduate students. The club aims to educate BBAs about the alternative investment industry and help them network with professionals to pursue careers in this burgeoning field.
AIG endeavors to set Goizueta apart from other undergraduate business programs around the country. We started AIG with the understanding that hedge funds and private equity are not going away and will likely continue to expand over the long-term. There is a lot going on at Goizueta to support this notion. We have a lot of work to do to build this club into the vision we have for it and we are very excited about our prospects.
A month after AIG formed; the Goizueta Business School received a major gift of $10 million from a private donor to establish The Emory Center for Private Equity and Hedge Funds. While the center is still coming together, it plans to jump right into the thick of things this spring by supporting a major student event with AIG. Dean Larry Benveniste stated that the Center offers a great opportunity for students to take part in an industry that will truly set Goizueta apart from other business schools around the country and he is thrilled that the students are so eager to get involved.
The Alternative Investments Group has a series of events planned for the spring semester. Jai Mani, a vice president of the club, is spearheading a networking event with alumni and other professionals in New York during the BBA Career Trek in January. Rashid Lattouf, another AIG vice president, is organizing a hallmark event, which will surprise the academic and professional communities in how avidly undergraduate business students are involved with the alternative investments industry.
Alex Chadwick, Alternative Investments Group, Co-President, BBA09
For more information on the Alternative Investments Group, contact Alex Chadwick at Alexander_Chadwick@bus.emory.edu