AUSTIN, Texas (HedgeWorld.com)--The Texas MBA Hedge Fund Organization is hosting its first annual hedge fund symposium for MBA students at University of Texas on March 28.
"I hope the conference will provide the attendees with a more complete understanding of the hedge fund industry, fund management strategies, potential career paths and how hedge funds fit into the financial markets," said Holly Goodrich, one of the group's co-founders.
About 150 people including university alumni, hedge fund personnel in addition to students, service providers and faculty are expected to attend the event. The keynote speaker is Richard Lindsey, president of Bear Stearns Securities Corp. He will give a presentation on how hedge funds fit into the financial markets.
Two alumni panels will focus on hedge fund careers and establishing a career path. Those speakers include: Charles Davidson of AXA Alternative Investments; John Huth, Quantlab Capital Management; and Elliot Rafkind, Akin Gump. The goal is to represent various fields in the hedge fund industry.
Given the advanced trading styles and strategies of hedge funds, any open positions usually are filled by people with prior experience, Ms. Goodrich said. While newly minted MBAs might not be in the running for some hedge fund jobs, there is still the possibility of entering the industry as an analyst or research associate, she added.
Bear Stearns Securities Corp., ABN AMRO, Bank of America, Bloomberg and Quantlab Capital Management are sponsoring the single-day event at McCombs School of Business in Austin, Texas.
Ms. Goodrich founded the group last year after receiving a number of responses from students interested in the idea she posted in a Yahoo! chat room. At the organization's first official meeting in September, MBA students got a basic primer from a hedge fund manager on what a hedge fund is, the strategies employed and the kinds of jobs available in the industry.