Heinz College Students Meet Former U.S. Presidents and High-Profile Alumni at UBS Event

Nov 06, 2012


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Students from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College took part in a pair of events held by UBS Wealth Management Services on October 18th.  The first event was America’s Growth. Your Future, which allowed students to take part in a special discussion with Anita Sands, head of Wealth Management Americas Change Leadership at UBS and a Master of Science of Public Policy Management (MSPPM) alumna.  The second event was Revitalizing America, which included speeches from three state governors as well as former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

During America’s Growth. Your Future, students had a unique opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with Sands, who has held numerous distinctions since graduating and becoming COO of UBS. Sands, recently honored as one of the “Wall Street 50” by Irish America magazine, shared highlights of her experiences and identified ways current students can position their careers to fully participate in the economic opportunities that lie ahead.

Kyle Johnson, a Heinz College Master of Information Systems Management (MISM) student, was impressed with Sands’ candidness.

“They didn’t need to do that for us,” said Johnson.  “They really stressed the importance of giving back and they reinforced that point by following their own advice.”

At Revitalizing America, students had the unique opportunity to hear from former presidents Clinton and Bush as they had an open discussion on the nation’s economic recovery. Their sincere and relatively nonpartisan discussion proved to be an eye-opening event for students, including Jason Martin, a Master of Science in Information Security Policy Management student (MSISPM).

“Regardless of one’s political views, it was a chance to hear their takes on the issues that America faces,” said Martin. “Few people in or out of government today have the knowledge and background of these two statesmen.

“With few exceptions, they jettisoned the Republican/Democrat rhetoric, and they were remarkably in agreement about the steps that will have to be taken to address the nation’s challenges,” he said.

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