Blair Academy’s first-ever Finance Industry Summit was a successful, highly informative and enjoyable networking event exclusively for the School’s alumni and parents. Held on Thursday, January 24, at Goldman Sachs’ New York City headquarters, the Summit was hosted by Goldman Sachs Vice President and Blair Trustee Emmanuel Bello ’04 and Goldman Sachs Managing Director Akhil Garg ’02.
Head of School Chris Fortunato and Blair Board Chairman Doug Kimmelman P’12 ’13 ’15 ’22 extended the invitation to all Blair alumni and parents to attend the Summit, especially to those who work in or who are interested in the financial sector. A keynote address by Stephen Scherr, Chief Financial Officer, Goldman Sachs Group, headlined the evening, followed by a panel discussion and Q & A with Blair finance industry experts. A cocktail reception and opportunities to network with fellow attendees rounded out the event.
"The Finance Industry Summit offered Blair alumni and parents a uniquely valuable opportunity to make connections, share ideas and learn from one another,” said Mr. Kimmelman, Senior Partner and Founder of Energy Capital Partners and a former Goldman Sachs Partner. “Building relationships and expanding horizons are at the heart of everything Blair does, and this event is no exception. I enjoyed the in-depth discussion with our outstanding panel of Blair finance experts and the opportunity to meet parents and alumni at all stages of their careers.”
The evening’s panel comprised six industry professionals who, together, represented a wealth of experience and knowledge gained over their years in finance. Panelists included Blair Trustee Victoria Bailey ’97, Executive Director and Private Wealth Advisor at Morgan Stanley; former Trustee Kevin Clayton P’03 ’09, Partner at Energy Capital Partners; Akhil Garg ’02, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs; Trustee Allen Gibson P’20 ’20 ’22, CIO of Centaurus Capital; Elizabeth Robinson P’22, former Global Treasurer of Goldman Sachs; and Peter Santoro P’22, Global Head of Equities at Millennium Management.
Director of Alumni Relations Shaunna Murphy encouraged attendees to bring questions for the panelists and anticipated great conversation with like-minded individuals throughout the event. “Everyone in the room shared the Blair connection, and I was excited to bring alumni and parents together in a spectacular venue for professional networking and true camaraderie,” she said.