iFEEL being a core PGDM institute, strives to provide its students with the best corporate exposure possible. One such platform provided to the students at iFEEL, is the ‘i4 Speaker Series.’ The i4 session is conducted every Saturday wherein speakers from corporate who have achieved commendable heights are invited to share their expertise and knowledge with the students in areas of Operations, Finance, HR and Marketing.
The first i4 series for the batch 2016-18 was conducted on 13th August 2016 at the iFEEL campus, Lonavala. The first speaker of the session was Mr. Virendra Verma, Group Head at ADfactors PR, with more than 20 years of experience in public relations and financial management. The areas which Mr. Verma covered for the first speaker series session were stock markets and industrial relations followed by a Question Answer session with the students. Vital part of the speech included – How to identify stocks without using financial numbers. He expressed that challenge with stock markets is not about reading financial statements of the companies, it is rather about which companies’ statements to read first. He explained that there are successful authors like Peter Lynch who have shared their personal experiences on the stock market. He recommended certain ‘must reads’ such as ‘One up on Wall Street’, ‘Reminiscences of a Stock Operator’, just to name a few.
Some important takeaways of the session were- Basic understanding of finance, identifying profit-fetching companies, creating a balance between institutional holders and retail holders. He gave an insight about careers available in the fields of Investment Banking and Industrial Relations and shared the important aspects as an entrepreneur to run the business. The key to success in this arena of industry, as defined by Mr. Verma is, ‘Understanding of the regulatory environment’. The final words by which he ended the session were- Stock markets are nothing but a game of common sense.