Helzberg Students Attend Presentation by Federal Reserve Bank Regional PresidentFebruary 24, 2015

Left to right: Emily Weiss, Cecelia Lopez, Tyler Scroggs, Caroline Brandt, Eric Morhiser, Joe Anello, Perrin Pierson, Turner White, Angela Neumeister, Drake Saffel and Matt Beerman.



On February 19, 2015, 31 undergraduate students within Rockhurst University’s Helzberg School of Management, along with students from a number of colleges and universities throughout the region, attended a presentation given by Esther George, president and CEO of the 10th district Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, at the bank’s Kansas City headquarters.

George spoke about the economic issues affecting today’s students, as well as why leading and serving at the nation’s central bank is a great way to start a career.

“I now understand more of the history and objectives of the Federal Reserve,” said Perrin Pierson, ’17, who is majoring in finance and economics. “Ms. George explained that the Fed started as a way to create a more stable financial system after the economic collapse in the 1930s. Her communication style was fantastic and I hope to mirror that in my future presentations.”

George also fielded questions about working at the Federal Reserve, current policy trends, how policy is set, interest rate adjustments and economic recovery.

“The Federal Reserve is always a great partner with the Helzberg School,” said Turner White, executive assistant professor of management. “The bank hopes to attract top students for internships and full-time employment, and this event was a great way for them to showcase their various job opportunities and benefits.”

Students who were unable to attend the event could watch George’s presentation from the comfort of the Rockhurst campus via a telecast.

A native of Missouri, George is also a member of the Federal Open Market Committee — a group whose monetary policy decisions impact the financial lives of individuals and economies across the world. She earned a B.S.B.A. in business administration from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., and an M.B.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Stanford University Executive Program.

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