Iona University Students Gain Valuable Insights, Connections with Top Financial Firms

The Equity Collective, led by Morgan Stanley and 27 wealth management firms, is now in its second year at Iona University


New Rochelle, N.Y. – Last week, Iona students had the opportunity to engage with recruiters from Morgan Stanley and First Eagle Investments, gaining valuable insights into preparing for a job interview in the financial services industry. Students also were able to refine and practice their elevator pitches for future interviews.

The event was part of The Equity Collective Career Development Series led by Morgan Stanley and 27 wealth management firms aimed at both educating and recruiting the next generation of leaders in the finance industry.

Iona University’s Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging and the LaPenta School of Business are now in the second year of partnering with Morgan Stanley and The Equity Collective. Over the course of the year, the partnership connects students with an array of industry professionals through four career and professional development sessions.

“Participating in The Equity Collective has been extremely rewarding,” said finance major Max Monzo ’27. “At the first session I met an AVP from Morgan Stanley who I’ve stayed connected with ever since. He has become a mentor, helping me perfect my resume and guiding me through internship applications. Being able to learn from and network with industry leaders from the top wealth management firms has been a valuable part of my Iona experience.”

Located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, Iona encourages students to learn outside the lines of the classroom and take full advantage of all the job and internship opportunities available both in business and beyond.

Learn more about the undergraduate degrees, master’s programs and advanced certificates offered through the LaPenta School of Business today!

Founded in 1940, Iona University is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre New Rochelle campus and 28-acre Bronxville campus are just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of more than 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona students enjoy small class sizes, engaged professors and a wide array of academic programs across the School of Arts & Science; LaPenta School of Business; NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences; and Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Iona is widely recognized in prestigious rankings, including The Princeton Review’s 2024 national list of “The Best 389 Colleges” and The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse’s “2024 Best Colleges in America,” which ranked Iona at #66 in the nation overall and #8 in the nation among Catholic schools. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is also accredited by AACSB International, a recognition awarded to just six percent of business schools worldwide. In addition, The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2023.” Iona also offers a fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, which is now principally located on Iona’s Bronxville campus in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian. Connecting to its Irish heritage, the University also recently announced it is expanding abroad with a new campus in County Mayo, Ireland. A school on the rise, Iona officially changed its status from College to University on July 1, 2022, reflecting the growth of its academic programs and the prestige of an Iona education.