Finance

Are you curious to learn about the various roles and functions in the finance industry? Have you ever wondered what happens to the money you deposit into your bank, or how supply and demand drive our economy? Careers in finance are filled with rewarding opportunities to innovate and solve problems that impact every facet of our lives; from our health, food and agriculture, to borrowing, and investing. Whether you are curious about the steps involved in entering the finance industry, the different paths that your career can take, or how the theories we learn in our University of Chicago classrooms will translate to our career, this event is a great way to answer your questions and meet inspiring people. These alumni have prestigious backgrounds ranging from Investment Banking to Financial Planning, Sales and Trading to Private Equity, and more. This is a can't-miss opportunity to learn from these accomplished alumni about what it takes to succeed in a rewarding financial services career. If they can do it, so can we!

Panel Participants

Paul Carlisle, AB'83, MBA'84

Executive Vice President, Wintrust Financial
Table: 47

Mr. Carlisle graduated from the College in 1983 with a degree in Business and then from the Booth School of Business in 1984 with an MBA, concentrating in Finance. Immediately after graduation, he joined the Middle Market Banking Group at American National Bank, a predecessor bank to JPMorgan Chase. He spent much of his career in positions of increasing responsibility in Chase Middle Market Banking. He is currently an executive vice president at Wintrust Financial Corporation and manages Wintrust's middle market banking business.

Caroline Colasacco, AB'07, MBA'17

Vice President, Security & Safety Manager, Goldman Sachs
Table: 48

Ms. Colasacco graduated from the College in 2007 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Germanic Studies. She also completed an MBA at Chicago Booth in 2017. While in the College, she was involved with University Ballet, UC Dancers, and the Program on International Security Policy. After graduating from the College, Ms. Colasacco joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in the Office of Global Security, where she now manages the 24/7-security operations center for the firm's regional offices in the Americas. She continues to be an active member of the University community by serving as a Chicago Booth Executive MBA Ambassador.

Jackson Jenkins, AB'14

Private Equity Associate, Thurston Group, LLC
Table: 49

Mr. Jenkins graduated from the College in 2014 with a degree in Economics. While in the College, he was involved with the College's Men's Track and Field team as well as the Order of the C. After graduating from the College in 2014, Mr. Jenkins joined Raymond James as an investment banking analyst for three years. His work focuses on mergers and acquisitions as well as capital raises for middle market companies in the industrial space. He is now a private equity associate at Thurston Group.

Sunitha Thomas, AB'94, MBA Wharton

Senior Vice President, Northern Trust
Table: 46

Ms. Thomas graduated from the College in 1994 with a degree in economics and Latin American studies. She is a Regional Portfolio Advisor at Northern Trust and advises clients on asset allocation, portfolio construction and investments. She has also been actively involved with the Music Institute of Chicago, the National Kidney Foundation and the Chicago CFA society. Both of her children attend the University of Chicago Lab School and she is actively involved in alumni activities.