Letter from our Founder
GWI Founder, Seema Hingorani
Our second Girls Who Invest Summer Intensive Program ended on August 16, 2017 and we were once again thrilled with the talent and diversity of our 2017 cohort. This year we doubled the size of our cohort to 60 young women who represented 33 different colleges from across the country. We also launched the Girls Who Invest Online Learners Program enabling an additional 292 college women access to free online courses and certificate programs through our partnerships with Coursera and CFA Institute.
Our Summer Intensive Program began on University of Pennsylvania’s campus in Philadelphia where for four weeks our scholars learned core investment and finance concepts from highly regarded business school professors and industry leading practitioners in the asset management business. The curriculum was 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 learned presentation skills and important guidelines for preparing for a successful interview. During the final days of the educational program, scholars presented their Capstone Project in teams: a recommendation to buy or sell the stocks of Comcast Corporation or Urban Outfitters. We were so impressed by their professionalism and how much information they had absorbed!
Following our four-week educational program, our scholars applied what they learned through hands-on six-week paid summer internships at leading asset management firms around the world. Our students were in close contact with Girls Who Invest staff throughout their internships and were paired with Girls Who Invest Ambassadors – asset management professionals who served as on-the-ground resources that the scholars could turn to for advice and friendship.
The wonderful relationships that our scholars formed 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 will grow its Summer Intensive Program to 100 college women and add a second program location at the University of Notre Dame. We will also continue to offer our Online Learners Program with Coursera and CFA Institute. We can't wait to expand our amazing Girls Who Invest community in 2018!
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 that has a focus on investing in women and minority 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.