DAYTON, Ohio — For 10 years, students at the University of Dayton’s RISE Global Investment Forum, the world’s largest student investment forum, have heard forecasts and predictions from top economic and financial experts.

This year, it’s the students’ turn.

Students are always part of the conversation at RISE, but this year, they’ll join the experts in economic forecasting. To celebrate RISE’s 10th anniversary March 18-20, students will be asked to give their opinions in an on-site poll, with results shared almost immediately.

“Today’s students have front-row seats on some of the most tumultuous times in the history of the world economy, and they represent the next generation of financial leaders,” said Matthew Shank, dean of the University of Dayton School of Business Administration. “We think their perspectives on the future of the markets, sustainability and ethics will be interesting and noteworthy.”

RISE X (Redefining Investment Strategy Education) will bring together graduate and undergraduate students and faculty with top economists, market experts and financial industry leaders in a non-scripted, panel discussion format. The line-up of keynote speakers this year includes investment strategists, ethics and governance experts and adds a new emphasis on the emerging importance of the energy and sustainability sectors.

During the last nine years RISE has drawn more than 11,000 students from around the world and all 50 states. Last year, more than 2,700 participants from more than 302 colleges and universities, representing 73 countries attended. The forum has grown so large, part of it is held in a basketball arena.

In the past, students have rubbed shoulders with Nobel laureates, Federal Reserve Bank presidents, noted finance and investment professionals and other high-profile industry leaders from around the world.

In addition to the keynote presentations, RISE X includes a range of sessions during three days on topics that include ethics, alternative investments, hedge funds, international markets, portfolio management and career strategies. An optional competition will also select the best student-managed investment portfolios.

The University of Dayton in association with the United Nations Global Compact sponsors RISE X. Global strategic partners include internationally prominent financial institutions, banks, investment firms and professional organizations.

Early registration for the three-day event is $225 for students and $300 for faculty until Feb. 22. After Feb. 22, registration is $250 for students and $350 for faculty.

Online registration closes March 6. After March 6, registrations will be accepted by calling 937-229-1444 or emailing For more information and to register, visit or call 937-229-1444 or contact RISE at


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Media contact:
Cilla Shindell, director of media relations, University of Dayton
937-229-3257 (o)
937-367-2889 (c)

Program contact:
Dr. David Sauer