LEAF Network - Teacher & Student Programs 

The Wisdom of Finance

Mihir Desai - The Harvard Business School

Nov. 7, 2017 - Bedford High School

10:00am-11:30am

   Come join the LEAF Network in listening to guest speaker, Mihir Desai of the Harvard Business School as he discusses his new book, "The Wisdom of Finance".  Desai will share how many concepts in finance and economics appear in literature and films.  The book appeared on the PBS News Hour with Paul Solomon and is also available through Amazon by clicking HERE .  

    This event will take place at Bedford High School on Tuesday, Nov. 7th from 10:00 am - 11:30 am.  Schools interested in attending the event live should contact Richard Donnelly ASAP at economiceducator@gmail.com , as limited tickets are available.  The LEAF Network, however, will also be setting up a live video webcast of the event for schools that wish to view from home.  School wishing to utilize this option can contact Richard Donnelly as well at economiceducator@gmail.com

 

 

Mihir Desai

When I Grow Up I Want to Work in Finance

C. Bruce Johnstone - Fidelity Investments

March 23, 2016 - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

      While many students are interested in working in finance and investments, few know how to prepare for a career in this extraordinarily competitive field.  The LEAF Network held a full-day program for teachers and their students to learn more about what it takes to succeed in the fast-paced world of finance.  This third seminar in the “When I Grow Up” series attracted over 100 participants.
      The keynote speaker for this event was C. Bruce Johnstone, Senior Marketing Investment Strategist for Fidelity’s Retail and Institutional Companies.  From 1972-1990, he managed the Fidelity Equity-Income Fund.  During that period, the fund achieved a return of over 1100% nearly twice that of the S&P 500.  This return ranked Bruce as the #1 equity-income fund manager in the nation for the 19-year period and in 1987, he was named America’s Best Income Investor by Money Magazine.

       Aneesha Mehta, a member of the Healthcare Team, and Becky Painter, who covers consumer companies, discussed what is like to be equity research analysts at Fidelity and their own career paths to finance.

C. Bruce Johnstone
Economic Outlook:  Peter Diamond
2010 Nobel Laureate in Economics

                                                                   

  December 4, 2015 - Bedford High School

     In December, the LEAF Network provided students with a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to hear a Nobel Prize winning economist live!   MIT Professor and Nobel Laureate, Peter Diamond, spoke at Bedford High School to a group of around 300 eager economics students.  Large groups located at two other schools were able to view the presentation remotely via Skype.

  Diamond presented his findings on unemployment that led him to win the prestigious 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics Sciences.  Specifically, he focused on the difference between cyclical and structural unemployment, connecting this issue to the latest recession and the debate over how to respond with policy.  
    Prof. Diamond introduced students to a way of analyzing the problem of unemployment by looking at job search criterion using data regarding the number of job vacancies versus the number of employees hired and unemployed.  He challenged the audience with an in-depth statistical analysis of the issue using a "Beveridge Curve" model to back up his research.  Diamond then posed theories on what public policies would be most effective at battling unemployment.  His presentation showed students how deeply economists study the nation's issues on a macro-level.  Students and teachers attending the event live or viewing via Skype had the opportunity for a question and answer session at the conclusion of his lecture.

Prof. Peter Diamond

C. Bruce Johnstone

The Folklore of Finance

Center for Applied Research at State Street Bank

October 23, 2015 - State Street Bank Financial Center - Boston

   LEAF is the only organization in Massachusetts that is offering seminars modeled after STEM programs that provide the connection between the financial services industry and educators.  At the October 23 workshop, State Street’s Center for Applied Research presented their thought-provoking research to an audience of more than 120 students and teachers.  Two of their papers were featured:  The Folklore of Finance:  How beliefs and behaviors sabotage success in the investment industry; and Addressing Gender Folklore:  Diversity in investing, or investing in diversity?

    

e This was an interactive program that included a financial literacy quiz, critical thinking problems and presentations from two of the research reports’ authors, Mirtha D. Kastrapeli, Vice President and Sean Fullerton, Assistant Vice President.  Mirtha and Sean were joined in a panel discussion by Isabel Black, a Principal at State Street Global Advisors.  They talked about how they chose a career in finance and the work they do at State Street. This proved to be a unique opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in financial services.

 

Click below if you would like more information on the Center for Applied Research work on the "Folklore of Finance"

When I Grow Up I Want to Work in Finance

C. Bruce Johnstone - Fidelity Investments

March 12, 2015 - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

     According to experts, an excellent way to accumulate wealth is by investing in the stock market.  On March 12, LEAF offered a full-day professional development workshop for teachers and their students on this fascinating topic. The keynote speaker for this event was C. Bruce Johnstone, Senior Marketing Investment Strategist for Fidelity’s Retail and Institutional Companies.  Between degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Business School, Bruce served two years in the U.S. Navy as an officer on a Destroyer.  He joined Fidelity Investments in 1966.  From 1972-1990, he managed the Fidelity Equity-Income Fund.  During that period, the fund achieved a return of over 1100%.  This return ranked Bruce as the #1 equity-income fund manager in the nation for the 19-year period.

       Aneesha Mehta, a member of the Healthcare Team, and Ryan Sutherland, who covers Industrials and materials at Fidelity, discussed their circuitous paths to careers in equity research and the daily challenges and opportunities they face. 

When I Grow Up I Want to be an Economist
Christopher Foote - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Nariman Behravesh - IHS Global
March 12, 2014 - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

   While it is well-publicized that the Federal Reserve relies on its own economists to guide policy decisions, most major businesses also incorporate the projections of professional economists as an integral component of internal planning.  This program looked at the economics profession from the public sector and the private sector.

  Christopher Foote, a Senior Research Economist and Policy Advisor at the Boston Federal Reserve Bank and also teaches intermediate macroeconomics at Harvard, talked about his role as a public policy economist. 
  Dr. Nariman Behravesh, the Chief Economist at IHS Global, directs the entire economic forecasting process at IHS and is responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China and other emerging markets.  He oversees the work of over 400 professionals located in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa who cover economic, financial and political developments in over 200 countries.  Dr. Behravesh is the author of Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today's Global Economic Debates.

  He gave a presentation about his outlook for the global economy and spoke about his career in the private sector.  This workshop also included presentations by veteran teachers on AP Economics, general economics and how to use critical thinking problems in the classroom.

Christopher Foote

Nariman Behravesh