8th Annual Financial Literacy Conference

Presentation of the 2023 Bloomberg Global Trading Challenge certificates. From left: ECC President Dr. Augustine A. Boakye, student Angelica Laguador, student Daksh Mahajan, student Monica Sanchez Plasencia, and Ms. Elizabeth Casserino from Bloomberg, LP.


Mr. Glen Baptist


The College’s Business Division hosted its 8th annual Financial Literacy Conference on Thursday, April 4, providing both students and staff valuable information thorough the theme Strengthen Your Finances, Empower Your Future.

Six guest speakers from throughout the financial world brought their expertise to the College.

“Financial success is all about you. The more you learn about it, the more you have control over it,” said Glen Baptist, UNICEF Board Member and former CEO for PGIM Global Partners. To emphasis his points, Mr. Baptist conducted a brief financial literacy quiz, in which the audience eagerly participated.

A highlight of the conference was the presentation of awards to the top students who participated in the 2023 Bloomberg Global Trading Challenge. The challenge, sponsored by Bloomberg LP, was to provide students firsthand what real-world investing looks and feels like.

Elizabeth Casserino, head of University Relations – Bloomberg for Education, presented certificates to the student representatives from the top three ECC teams. The teams were Team Scooby Traders, Team ECC Wolverine Traders, and Team ECC Traders.

Other guest speakers were:

  • Carlos Perez – Motivational speaker, educator, mentor and financial analyst
  • Robert Veech – Vice President for NJ Lenders Corp
  • Dr. Patrick Wang – Founding Partner of Rarecrest Capital Management
  • Juan Maldonado – Hedge fund trader at SC&P

“This annual event has benefitted so many of our students over the years,” said Business Division Chair Germaine Albuquerque. He noted that ECC graduates have gone on to work for some of the biggest Wall Street firms.