Featured Quotes from 2016 Scholars
The variety of activities was especially useful to Daphka Alius '19, a math major who grew up in Haiti and is "testing all of the waters," she said, before she chooses a career path. "We got a lot of perspective from young women working in the industry and from older women who have senior positions," she said. "The most surprising thing is that the industry has acknowledged there is not as much diversity as possible, and is very supportive of girls who want to invest."
The coursework was challenging, Scorpiniti said; participants had to work in small groups to write a paper and create a PowerPoint presentation explaining why they would recommend that clients buy or sell stock from a particular company. Scorpiniti, who enjoys analyzing data, took the lead on that part of the project. "To figure out if stocks are overvalued, you need to see data in unique ways, and see things differently than everyone else does," she said.
Scorpiniti, who is working at Oaktree Capital in Los Angeles, said the program has done just that. "Girls Who Invest helped me improve my communication skills in a professional setting," she said. "In my internship, I have lunches with colleagues all the time, so I am using the skills that I learned and improving them on a daily basis."
Mathangi Ganesh '19, a computer science major, said she was attracted to Girls Who Invest because it provides four weeks of preparation prior to the six-week internship. "Usually, interns are just thrown into an unfamiliar environment. Girls Who Invest not only promised to prepare me, but also to support me throughout the internship with mentors," said Ganesh, who is interning at Man Numeric Investors in Boston.
The program has taught her the importance of building relationships, not just connections. “Seema, the founder of Girls Who Invest, told us, ‘Stop using the word networking. That is not what this is about.’ She taught us how important it is to truly connect with and understand other people in every area of life,” she said.
“I loved it. It was really intense,” said Clivaz, a business administration major. “Every lunch, Monday through Friday, we would have people – CEOs and senior vice presidents from different companies – come in and talk to us, and we got to ask them questions. That was amazing.”
“I definitely made some lifelong connections,” Clivaz said. “These are all brilliant women, and they were so much fun to hang out with, too.”
“Summer internships are a time for students to discover what they truly want to pursue as a career,” Chowdhury explains. “This internship will not only provide me with strong workplace skills and teach me what it is like to work at a large-scale company, it will also strengthen my interests and help me better understand where my passions lie and what I hope to do after graduation.”
“I am excited to use the many topics I’ve studied in my major and apply it to the internship in Toronto,” she says.
"These past three months have truly been unreal. I am so thankful to have been a part of something so amazing and to have met truly killer women in the leadership of this program, in this industry, and of course the extremely talented women in my cohort. GWI has put us on a path to achieving our goals and dreams, and Seema I think it's safe to say we'll surpass your goal by 2030! Rising sophomore and junior women look out for applications this fall to Girls Who Invest if you want to help change the industry and the world too." - Latifa Al-Mohdar