Introduction to Finance and Investment Management

III. August 8–12, 2022
Day & Time:
Monday–Friday, 9:10–11:00 a.m. and 1:10–3:00 p.m.
Matthew Cantwell, Tom Leach, Rajeev Nair, Angela Paulk, Jeannice Tse, Carl Wernicke

“I particularly liked taking the topics we were learning and learning about their real world applications.” — From a program course evaluation 

Course Description

Participants learn the principles of finance - how stocks and bonds are valued, why investments make money, and why investment strategies work. They also gain a solid understanding of portfolio management - how investments are structured and balanced for different objectives.

We explore the structure of the financial system - what firms such as investment banks, asset managers, and hedge funds do, both for clients and for the economy. The course connects foundations of economics, both micro and macro, to the foundations of finance and to selecting investments. What is the role of risk in investment? How does the environment of the market and broader world drive the returns on investments? Why have some investments done so well in memorable history? Why have others not done well? How are the winners and losers of past investments explained by the theories? What is the role of traditional investments, such as mutual funds, and of alternative investments, like hedge funds?

As the final objective of the course, students generate their own investment strategies and portfolios.


Matthew Cantwell

Matthew Cantwell is a business advisor and executive with a track record of growing and transforming global businesses. Currently, he is a Senior Director at EY Parthenon, the strategy consulting arm of EY, where he advises private equity clients and corporate management teams. From 2014 to 2021, he served as Chief Strategy Officer at McGraw Hill, where he oversaw strategy and business development into 130 countries. From 2012-2014, he was a manager on the M&A Advisory team at PwC, where he led commercial and operations due diligence for private equity clients. Matt has served as an associate at Battelle Ventures, a venture capital fund; he led strategy for 360ip, a Battelle portfolio company in Asia; and he started his career as a consulting analyst at Goldman Sachs. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School’s MBA-Global program, an MSc in international political economy from The London School of Economics, and a BSc degree in finance from Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College.

Tom Leach

Tom Leach is a managing member for Preakness Hills Capital, which provides due diligence and valuation services to Wall Street buy-side firms. At Bennett Lawrence Management he served as the technology analyst for the multi-billion AUM investment firm. Prior to Wall Street, Tom worked in the semiconductor industry for Xilinx and National Semiconductor, both in a sales capacity and as a principal engineer. His designs have generated over $100 million in product revenues. He has also authored multiple articles for trade magazines and holds a U.S. patent. Tom holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the Business School Honor Society. He received his BS in electrical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical Engineering Honor Society. In off hours, Tom likes to body surf and read books on solving very large problems.

Rajeev Nair

Rajeev Nair has lead the Predictive Modeling and AI/Decision Sciences team for CreditOne Bank, has been associated with the private equity Comcraft Group, and has served as an advisor to the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, a think tank created to apply AI/NLP/Machine Learning technologies to solve business problems in finance and healthcare. Rajeev earned his MBA from Columbia Business School. He has completed executive education from MIT on artificial intelligence (AI) for business strategy and holds a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.  

Angela Paulk

Angela Paulk is a financial services professional with a broad background honed in grassroots development, investment banking, and business advisory/consulting for leading global corporates (e.g. Citi, Deutsche Bank, Maersk) and high growth companies (now portfolio companies of S&P and BCG). She began her finance career as an investment analyst and is currently supporting high growth/transitioning companies with independent strategic advisory and executive bandwidth pre/post fundraising. Angela holds MBAs from Columbia Business School and London Business School and a BA in politics from The University of Georgia.

Jeannice Tse

Jeannice Tse holds an MBA with concentrations in finance, economics, and international business from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She is a former management consultant with McKinsey and Co in their Corporate Finance practice. During her time there, she performed valuations and drove benchmarking analyses for US and international clients. Jeannice has worked in financial institutions for much of her career, including as an investment banker and foreign exchange trader. She recently founded Ting Academy, where, through on-demand courses and one-on-one coaching, she helps undergraduates and young professionals with resume and interview preparation as well as practical corporate finance skills .

Carl Wernicke

Carl Wernicke holds a masters of arts in global policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He was a partner for nineteen years at OHA, a credit hedge fund with multiple billions under management, where he was responsible for leading the research effort in a number of sectors including energy, power, chemicals, industrials, transportation, and metals & mining. He also developed OHA analyst training and mentoring program. Prior to joining OHA, he worked at Goldman Sachs in high yield research. In total Carl has over thirty years of investing experience from venture capital to credit markets.

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