Wesley Milillo is a global capital market analyst for Societe Generale, a global investment and corporate bank. Graduating from Syracuse University, summa cum laude, he earned a bachelor's degree in international relations. Milillo later earned a master's degree in international relations from the University of Chicago in 2014. Originally from Long Island, Milillo now lives and works in New York City.
In his position, Milillo works alongside Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Bank's Prime Services product development and market access team. Together, they are responsible for architecturally structuring the capabilities that the bank can offer its clients. This involves Milillo setting up the internal solutions for which clients can navigate the complexities of investment banks and finance transactions such as margining, shorting, and leveraging.
On a daily basis, Milillo studies the effects global regulations have on banking activities and the way in which the bank can adjust to them. All the while remaining competitive and allowing clients to freely move capital. Milillo creates numerous marketing documents and meets with various internal departments to develop business offerings. He is currently working on building the banks equity offerings, which will allow them to offer hedge funds a better opportunity to finance.
Previously, Milillo served as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia, where he taught English and helped to foster a mutual understanding between the United States of America and Malaysia. Additionally, he worked with the local embassy and set up exchange programs for local teachers and students. In 2014, Milillo was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship by the State Department to travel to Indonesia, where he was able to study the language and culture.
When asked about his time at Maxwell, Milillo describes it as one of the most formative experiences of his life. During his time at Maxwell he studied abroad in Strasbourg, France, participated in the "Maxwell in DC" program, and interned at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. Milillo went on to say, “These transformative experiences opened my eyes to the possible career routes and global opportunities I wouldn't have had otherwise. I made so many connections who have shared in my life and career.”
Milillo details the impact Maxwell professors had on his future career. He recalls Professor Reeher being instrumental in his academics, as his professional development, guidance and encouragement in Milillo's studies and extracurricular activities were pivotal. As his thesis advisor, Professor Reeher taught Milillo the importance of linguistic clarity. “Till this day, Professor Reeher remains a fantastic mentor,” Milillo says.
Milillo gives the following advice to current Maxwell students, “Reach out. Get involved. Be proactive. People are willing to teach you and mentor you, but you have to put yourself out there and work with them. Don't be afraid of failure, or of the word no.” He believes there is a lot Maxwell can offer students, but they will first need to put themselves in the position to reach out and accomplish that which they hope to achieve. He encourages them to take advantage of the innumerable opportunities presented by the school's global network, as it is an ideal platform for anyone looking to engage with the world in a plethora of different professional and academic contexts. Lastly, he asks that they not be afraid of taking the road less travelled and of exploring opportunities that don't fit an envisioned career's sequential logic. Milillo can be contacted at email@example.com.