On November 9, the Business Honors Seniors traveled to New York City for their final cohort trip.
Upon arriving in the heart of Lower Manhattan for a tour of charity: water, the cohort was greeted by Dominic, a finance employee of the non-profit organization. The students received a brief tour of the office space and watched a video narrated by the CEO and Founder, Scott Harrison, about the origins of the organization. This video was engaging and certainly triggered empathy amongst the group as the story of charity: water unfolded.
Following the visit to charity: water, the cohort attended an alumni event co-organized by the Eberly College of Business and the Alumni Office at IUP. In total, 36 alumni and 24 students attended this engaging event where conversations about finance, marketing, and life in the Big Apple could be heard across the room.
On the second day of the trip, there was some free time in the morning prior to a tour of Wall Street. Some of the students took that opportunity to reserve tickets for popular news and talk shows including Good Morning America and Live with Kelly and Ryan. Later in the morning the entire cohort met in Downtown Manhattan on Wall Street to take the Wall Street Insider Tour. The tour guide, John, was very passionate about his job, and as a former Wall Street trader, had plenty of stories and advice to give on the subject.
Following this, the cohort visited to the offices of Comedy Central.
At Comedy Central, the cohort met several members of the Brand Creative team, a team dedicated to marketing the company’s TV shows. Jonnee Tonsel, an IUP alumna and Senior Project Manager at Comedy Central, talked about the various aspects of marketing and promoting the shows, and one of the team members even showed the group a sample of his work as an On-Air Producer and Writer. What made this tour unique, compared to other company tours, was that it focused mainly on marketing, which is the major of several cohort members and a topic not too often discussed on tours of more finance- and accounting-oriented companies.
Overall, the students deemed the trip a success, and they enjoyed the many unique experiences offered to them throughout the weekend. Most importantly, they cited the opportunity to have one last bonding experience with their cohort as another valuable aspect of the trip.