On Wednesday, we visited NASDAQ, the largest electronic stock exchange in the United States. We had the opportunity to attend the Opening Bell Ceremony and watch news reporters at work, which was very impressive. Furthermore, Jay B. Heller (Managing Director Market Intelligence Desk, NASDAQ) introduced us to the activities of NASDAQ and we also had the chance to ask him questions.
In the afternoon, we met Erica Dorn of the New York chapter of Accion USA (www.accionusa.org
), a charity that provides microloans to entrepreneurs in the area. We were very impressed by the success of this charity and the entrepreneurial spirit of immigrants to the United States, who are the main receivers of these microloans.
We then headed towards the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx to watch a Baseball Game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox. Most of us didn't really understand the rules, but it didn't stop us from thoroughly enjoying the spectacle. It was a great experience in an unforgettable, electric atmosphere.
Thursday was our last full day in New York and the U.S. We ended our trip with a visit to Deutsche Bank, where Edward Comerford gave an insight into a day in the life of a trader. He stressed the importance of managing relationships when dealing with clients, especially in Europe. It was amazing to hear about his educational background and his experiences before he attained his current position.
Immediately after Deutsche Bank we visited the MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America, www.mocany.org
). We learned about the history of Chinese immigrants and were at times shocked about the harsh realities of being an immigrant. Nonetheless, it was enlightening to see how entrepreneurial these Chinese immigrants were (and had to be) in order to survive in such difficult circumstances.
This is our last post from the United States. Today we fly back to Switzerland with our heads full of lasting impressions, incredible experiences and fond memories. It has been truly an awesome trip and we thank the whole delegation for their contributions toward making this project a resounding success!