Student Fellows Visit Industry Leaders in Chicago

This past month a group of 14 Student Fellows traveled to Chicago, Illinois and spent two days visiting corporate offices and meeting with risk management industry professionals.


The first stop was at the CME Group global headquarters in downtown Chicago, on Thursday, October 20th.  Student Fellows were engaged in hearing how the CME Group, as the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, manages such a large marketplace filled with risk. Fellows met with a variety of experts at CME Group who are involved in all the facets of risk that CME Group faces. The opportunity for Fellows to ask questions to these risk professionals and hear their thoughts on risk related topics was the most exciting part of the visit. An additional highlight was touring the CME Group Global Command Center.

Later that evening the Fellows attending a reception to network with K-State Chicago area alumni working in risk related fields. Fellows appreciated the time with these alumni and acknowledged that one of the biggest benefits of the CRMER fellowship program and off-campus industry visits like this trip is being able to network with and ask questions to professionals. Fellows would also like to thank again, R.J. O’Brien for sponsoring this reception.


Friday, October 21st the Fellows started the day with a visit to the Aon Center, the company’s former global headquarters. Students were educated on the history of Aon’s business and the variety of career tracks available at the company. Students were most interested in hearing about examples of Aon’s clients and how Aon is able to develop risk management solutions for a large variety of clients. Following lunch, the Fellows were treated to a trip up to the top floor of the Aon Center to look out at the Chicago skyline.


Before returning back to Manhattan, Student Fellows ended the trip with some sightseeing, including a stop at the infamous Bean to take a picture! CRMER would like to again thank both CME Group and Aon for their hospitality and continued commitment to education through their support of our program.


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