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Raymond McGill Jr.

Raymond McGill Jr.

Vanderbilt Accelerator 2007

Investment Banking Associate at JP Morgan

Accelerating into His First Job

McGill Built Business Acumen in 30 Days

Ray McGill rounded out his Ivy League education with some Vanderbilt acceleration. At Cornell, where he graduated in May 2007 with a degree in Information Sciences, Ray had served as Vice President of Web Development and Communication for the Coalition of PanAfrican Scholars, as a member of the Men of Color Council, and as webmaster of Cornell Outdoor Education. As an intern with Moody's Investors Service, he completed a research paper and presentation that won first place in the Black Data Processing Associates National Conference IT Showcase.

Still, he looked to build his business knowledge and hit the ground running on his first job. Vanderbilt's Accelerator program fit the bill. During his 30 days at Owen, Ray was part of a winning team on a project for American Airlines. And he was one of a handful of students selected to expand the winning idea and formally present it to the AA executive management team in Dallas a few weeks after the program concluded.

"Accelerator helped me increase my business acumen by gaining a critical understanding of the fundamentals of business," says Ray. "I was also able to develop relationships with other participants and faculty that augmented my learning experience."