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Women in Information Systems (WIS) host Career Development Panels with JPMorgan Chase

Wednesday, April 11 2018 12:00am

Members and students learn about career opportunities at JPMorgan Chase and corporate culture

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Ohio University's College of Business Women in Information Systems (WIS) organization recently welcomed JPMorgan Chase for panel discussions where members learned more about internships, struggles faced in the workplace, and the growth potential within the company. The event was organized by AIS Professor, John Roberts, who joined Ohio University after working for the firm for 25 years and Linsey Hugo, director of employer relations and strategic outreach. JPMorgan Chase also led discussions in all Integrated Business Cluster (IBC) classes prior to the evening event.  

The panels welcomed a range of employees offering a broad spectrum of perspectives from new hires to thosein director roles.  During the discussion, JPMorgan Chase employees answered difficult questions regarding topics such as workplace challenges for women and key attributes that helped them to progress in the company. Following the panel discussion, students had the opportunity to network with the employees to learn more about the company’s culture and values.

“Hearing both perspectives, one from the younger employees and the other from more senior employees, was extremely valuable. Students were able to better understand what life would be like after they graduate as well as the potential career they could have at JPMorgan Chase. Both provided great advice on handling change and constantly learning,” said Mary Walsh, WIS president.

For WIS, this event was a great opportunity to test out a new meeting format, as the organization has begun the process to restructure meetings for next year to be more centered on networking with women in the industry.

 “It was very exciting and rewarding to observe the interaction between the young employees at JPMorgan Chase and our students at the event. This panel of JPMorgan employees contributed to the discussion by addressing not only professional, but also personal challenges, lessons learned, and growth experiences that I am sure motivated and enlightened our students. Moreover, the female panel provided an extremely interesting panorama of the company in that regard, which also enriched the discussion,” said Dr. Janna Chimeli, WIS co-coordinator.

During their visit, JPMorgan Chase dedicated a significant portion of their day to visiting all 10 cohorts of the IBC classes. IBC students learned about financial services and the breadth of opportunities at JPMorgan Chase. Additionally, they talked about the importance of understanding technology regardless of one’s career path. Students appreciated seeing how the cluster experience was applicable in a career at JPMorgan Chase.

 Within the firm, technology and data drive JPMorgan Chase’s expansive business products and operations, so much so that they describe themselves as a “fintech” company rather than a bank.

Lastly, JPMorgan Chase discussed the power of networking. Networking promoted through the company’s Business Resource Groups which are employee-lead diversity and inclusion forums.

Several students noted the vast array of internship opportunities while others noted their great culture which is very diverse.

“I had the opportunity to have lunch with some employers of JPMorgan Chase earlier in the day and the conversation we had was great. We discussed the importance of having a background in analytics, as that is such a great asset to have currently in the workplace, as well as critical thinking abilities. The people in JPMorgan Chase are so passionate about their jobs and the environment they create is incredibly welcoming and friendly, which is directly reflected in their company culture,” said Kelly Rambow, WIS Vice President.

Feedback from their visit was overwhelmingly positive. With such a strong student turnout, the WIS board will be in touch with JPMorgan Chase and other organizations in the future to host more successful events like this.

 “The College of Business appreciates JPMorgan Chase’s commitment to the college and continued involvement with our students,” said Nadège Levallet, assistant professor and WIS advisor.

About JPMorgan Chase

 JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of customers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

About WIS

Women in Information Systems is an organization dedicated to enhancing women's professional preparation to lead successful careers in the field of information systems through networking, career exploration seminars, and professional development workshops. Learn more about WIS, visit or contact the WIS president at mw390213@ohio.edu.