Girls Who Invest to Expand 2018 Summer Intensive Program Through New Partnership with University of Notre Dame

In Summer 2018, the Program Will Provide 100 Young Women with the Skills They Need to Pursue Careers in Asset Management


New York, NY (August 4, 2017) – Girls Who Invest, a non-profit organization dedicated to building a pipeline of women asset managers to bring more diversity to the industry, today announced the expansion of its flagship Summer Intensive Program through a new partnership with the University of Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing (NDIGI) and the Mendoza College of Business.

The 10-week summer program has scaled from 30 young women in the pilot program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 to 60 in 2017—and will grow to 100 in 2018. Girls Who Invest’s Summer Intensive Program will be returning to Penn in 2018, and expanding to The University of Notre Dame.

Rising college juniors from diverse colleges and backgrounds will participate in the program, which provides promising students the opportunity to learn core investment concepts from respected business professors, meet industry luminaries, and intern at leading asset management firms. NDIGI, a research and teaching institute located within Mendoza College, will partner with Girls Who Invest to provide the academic content of the program at the University of Notre Dame.

“We’ve heard time and again that firms genuinely want to address the gender gap but the fact remains that women and minorities manage just 1.1% of the asset management industry’s $71.4 trillion in assets. Firms lament that they are simply not seeing the resumes,” said Kathleen Powers Dunlap, CEO of Girls Who Invest. “Girls Who Invest is committed to changing this imbalance by creating a pipeline of talented and motivated college-aged women who are prepared to succeed in the industry through an intensive educational program, a meaningful paid internship, and a robust ongoing community. Our partnership with Notre Dame will allow us to reach even more bright and driven young women across the country and show them that a career in asset management is stimulating, meaningful work.”

 “A career in investment management can be very rewarding and intellectually stimulating; however, currently there are too few women in this field,” said Kevin Burke, Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing managing director. “As part of NDIGI’s Women in Finance Initiative, we are pleased to partner with Girls Who Invest for the launch of a 2018 residential program on Notre Dame's campus. We share the same goal to recruit more women to study careers in finance and investing, to help women discern and navigate their entry into investment management, and to provide educational, programming and professional networking opportunities to ensure both short and long-term career success.”

The Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing was established in 2015 at the Mendoza College of Business to add depth and breadth to Mendoza’s finance curriculum; expand internship and career placement opportunities for undergraduate and MBA students; provide experiential learning opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad; leverage key partnerships among the college, the Notre Dame Investment Office and the University’s extensive alumni network; and further faculty research and thought leadership in areas related to global investment management.

“Diversity is a key tenet of the Mendoza College mission, as well as developing visionary leaders who can meet the challenges of the rapidly changing global marketplace,” added Roger D. Huang, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business. “Our partnership with Girls Who Invest will help us meet a significant need in the finance industry by educating young women to take on roles they may not have considered previously.”

For more information or to apply for the 2018 Girls Who Invest Summer Intensive Program, visit:

About Girls Who Invest
Girls Who Invest is a non-profit organization founded in April 2015 dedicated to inspiring and empowering young women to pursue careers in asset management—a field challenged by a lack of diversity. We are committed to changing this imbalance. Our goal is to see 30% of the world’s investable capital managed by women by 2030. Our approach is simple and practical: create a pipeline of talented, motivated young women through an intensive educational program, a meaningful paid internship experience and a robust ongoing community. For more information, visit

Media Contacts

Girls Who Invest:

Julia B. Mellon, Bliss Integrated Communication



Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing:

Kevin Burke, Managing Director