Letter from our Founder
GWI Founder, Seema Hingorani
We marked our third Girls Who Invest Summer Intensive Program this past August and once again, we were thrilled with the talent and diversity of our cohort of young college women. This year, 100 women completed our rigorous ten-week program, representing 45 different colleges across the country and 40 distinct undergraduate majors. We also had over 150 college women enroll in our online programs in our second year of offering these courses free to accepted candidates. Since our program’s inception in 2016, we have served nearly 500 college women!
This year, we ran our Summer Intensive Program on University of Pennsylvania’s campus in Philadelphia and also at the University of Notre Dame, our newest academic partner, in South Bend, Indiana. Each summer for four weeks, our scholars learn core investment and finance concepts from highly regarded business school professors and industry leading practitioners in the asset management business. The curriculum is rigorous and engaging, with topics ranging from financial statement analysis and business valuation to portfolio asset allocation and impact investing. Beyond the technical fundamentals, scholars learn presentation skills and important guidelines for preparing for a successful interview. During the final days of the educational program, scholars present their Capstone Project in teams: this year it was a recommendation to buy or sell the stocks of Comcast Corporation or McDonald’s Corporation. We were so impressed by their professionalism and how much information they had absorbed!
Following our four-week educational program, our scholars then apply what they learned through a hands-on six-week paid summer internship that we secure for them at leading asset management firms around the world. This year these 100 summer internships represented 66 unique asset management organizations! Throughout their internships, our students are in close contact with Girls Who Invest staff and are paired with Girls Who Invest Ambassadors – asset management professionals who serve as on-the-ground resources that the scholars could turn to for advice and friendship.
The wonderful relationships that our scholars form during their ten weeks with Girls Who Invest will be invaluable to them for the rest of their lives. And our partners say that these bright young women have what it takes to become the next generation of leading investors, which is very exciting.
Next year, Girls Who Invest expects to grow its Summer Intensive Program to 150 college women and we will also continue to offer our Online Learners Program through our partnerships with CFA Institute and Wharton. We can't wait to expand our amazing Girls Who Invest community in 2019!
Founder and Chair, Girls Who Invest
Seema R. Hingorani - Founder and Chair
Seema R. Hingorani is the Founder and Chair of Girls Who Invest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and leadership in the asset management industry. She is also the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of SevenStep Capital, an opportunistic alternatives seeding platform focused on investing in women portfolio managers. Hingorani is also a Senior Advisor at Crestview Partners and an Advisory Group member at Walter Scott & Partners Limited. Hingorani served until June 30, 2014 as Chief Investment Officer for the New York City Retirement Systems which had assets of $160 billion. Previous to this appointment, Hingorani was Interim Chief Investment Officer and before that Head of Public Equities & Hedge Funds for the pension funds. Under her leadership, the pension fund was named Hedge Fund Manager of the Year - Large Public Pension Plans by Institutional Investor. Prior to Hingorani's four years of public sector experience, she served as Global Director of Fundamental Research at Pyramis Global Advisors; a General Partner, Portfolio Manager and Senior Equity Analyst with hedge fund Andor Capital Management; a General Partner and Senior Equity Analyst at hedge fund Pequot Capital Management; Co-founder of hedge fund Mirador Capital Management; and an Equity Analyst with T. Rowe Price.
Hingorani has worked with several organizations focused on issues concerning women and girls and is a prolific speaker on the topic of a more robust inclusion of women in the corporate sector. She was honored as the 2016 Woman with Impact by the Connecticut Women's Business Development Council, Wall Street Women Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 by Traders magazine and received the 2015 Women in Finance Achievement award from MarketsMedia for her work with Girls Who Invest. Hingorani served as a member of the National Finance Committee of Secretary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign. She is an active member of the Center for American Progress U.S. India Task Force, The Economic Club of New York and 100 Women in Finance.
Hingorani earned her BA in Psychology/Philosophy from Yale College and her MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.