Monday, November 23, 2015

Road to Wall Street Program Exposes Students to Wall Street Careers

Formerly the chief investment officer of an in house hedge fund at The Blackstone Group, Steven Saslow continues his involvement with the organization in retirement as a consultant. Beyond this, Steven Saslow mentors undergraduate students looking for internships and jobs in Wall Street firms through Rutgers University’s Road to Wall Street program.

Focused on giving students from Rutgers New Brunswick and Newark the chance to see firsthand the types of careers available on Wall Street, the Rutgers Road to Wall Street program pairs accepted students with alumni mentors who represent Wall Street’s different professional divisions. As a part of the program, students maintain communication with their mentors to ask about current and future internships and employment opportunities along with advice about finding success in a Wall Street position. Beyond that, participants spend time at certain organizations to see what working on Wall Street is really like.

The Rutgers Road to Wall Street program is open to students in their freshman, sophomore, or junior years from all majors. Applicants must have at least a 3.2 GPA to be eligible along with a resume and cover letter that clearly shows an interest in starting a career on Wall Street. When applying, students can indicate the employment divisions in which they are most interested. However, it is not always a guarantee that applicants are placed in their first choice, so students must rank several different options.

Monday, July 20, 2015

About the Metropolitan Museum’s The Artist Project

Steven Saslow is a consultant and former senior executive at the Blackstone Group, where he was instrumental in developing the firm’s first hedge fund. Since retiring from Blackstone in 2007, Steven Saslow has lent his support to various galleries in the New York area and is a sustaining member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has served as a beacon in the global arts community for over 145 years. As part of its foundational mission to bring fine arts to the general public, the Metropolitan Museum recently launched The Artist Project, an all-new digital series.

Designed to lift the veil behind artistic inspiration, The Artist Project will bring together more than 100 local, national, and international artists to share their reflections on select Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibitions, ranging from timeless classics and modern installations.

The Artist Project, which kicked off in March 2015, will run for five seasons over the course of a year, providing museum visitors a more personal view of art, what makes it, and why it continues to hold special importance in daily life.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hiking Lake Placid’s Adirondacks

A consultant for the Blackstone Group in New York, Steven Saslow advises on macro, fixed-income, commodity and emerging market investment strategies. Away from the Blackstone Group, Steven Saslow enjoys the outdoors and hiking through Lake Placid’s Adirondacks.

Home to the 46 High Peaks Wilderness area, the Adirondacks feature summits higher than 4,000 feet. Specifically, the Lake Placid region offers picturesque waterfalls, historic sites, and panoramic views atop its many peaks.

Hikers interested in a memorable water experience may head to High Falls Gorge, where the Ausable River creates 600 feet of cascading waterfalls. Open year-round, the trail, which features a variety of crossing bridges and platforms to reach the destination, allows hikers to set their own pace.

To enjoy a view of the High Peaks, visitors often trek through the south side of Mount Van Hoevenberg. The 4.4-mile path consists of level terrain, until hikers reach the wooded hillside, which requires a simple climb upwards to open ledges. From there, individuals can take in views of the High Peaks to the south.                            

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Popular and Successful Live Albums

Steven Saslow spent more than a decade as chief investment officer for the Blackstone Relative Value Fund, managing director for BAAM, and a consultant for Blackstone. Now semi-retired from Blackstone, Steven Saslow enjoys attending theater performances and listening to live music.

Live music, by definition, is something that every fan must experience to truly understand. However, a number of popular bands have recorded special performances and entire tours in order to release live albums. In some cases, these albums have gone on to become more popular than the artist’s studio works. Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive!, for example, sold millions of records throughout the mid-to late 1970s, spending nearly 100 weeks on the Billboard record charts.

Other popular live records come from live performance series, such as the MTV Unplugged catalog. Dozens of internationally recognized musicians have stripped down their music for an acoustic MTV Unplugged performance, though few shows have been praised as much as Nirvana’s 1993 concert. Known for a loud, abrasive style of rock, the Unplugged concert saw Nirvana adopt a softer sound, covering the likes of David Bowie and Lead Belly. Nirvana Unplugged has sold more than 25 million copies to date, making it the band’s second most successful release.

Finally, live albums can serve to commemorate special performances. In 2009, Coheed and Cambria released a four-disc live album following their special Neverender tour. Recorded over multiple nights at the Terminal 5 Club in New York City, the album contains performances of the band’s first four albums from start to finish.