Host Academic Institutions

GWI scholars learn the core tenets of finance and investing from leading academics and industry professionals through four weeks of rigorous study at one of our host universities, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Notre Dame. The academic program of lectures, hands-on training, industry panels, keynote speakers and field trips, culminates in a group capstone valuation project.

Co-developed with lead professors, our curriculum equips our scholars with the financial, technical and soft business skills to excel during their six-week paid investment internships. Lead instructors include professors of finance and private equity at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and professors of financial management and personal finance at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business.

BILGE YILMAZ, THE WHARTON SCHOOL, GWI CURRICULUM LEAD

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Bilge Yilmaz is the Wharton Private Equity Professor and a professor of finance at The Wharton School. Prior to his current appointment, he was a faculty member at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He received his first degrees in electrical engineering and physics from Bogaziçi University and his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

Professor Yilmaz’s research focuses on corporate finance, alternative investments, and political economy. Recently, he has written on corporate governance, credit rating agencies, hedge funds, private equity, security design, short-selling constraints, corporate bankruptcy, Read more…

BURCU ESMER, THE WHARTON SCHOOL

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Burcu Esmer is a research fellow at Wharton’s Alternative Investments Initiative and a lecturer at The Wharton School. Previously, she was a faculty member at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and at Bilkent University in Turkey. She received her Ph.D. in finance and master’s in economics from the University of Iowa.

Esmer’s research interests are in empirical corporate finance and alternative investments. Her most recent research focuses on agency conflicts in financial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity investments. Read more…

CARL ACKERMAN, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, GWI CURRICULUM LEAD

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Carl Ackermann teaches financial management and personal finance to University of Notre Dame undergraduates. He crusades against excessive fees in the investment industry, redirecting them to fight poverty and despair.

Ackermann has had the good fortune of receiving several awards for his teaching and service. He has received over a dozen major teaching awards, and in 2012 was named one of the ten favorite business professors nationwide. Read more…

SHANE CORWIN, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

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Shane Corwin is a professor in the Department of Finance and serves as the Faculty Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing. Professor Corwin received a B.S. and an MBA from Mankato State University and a Ph.D. in finance from The Ohio State University. He was an assistant professor at the University of Georgia prior to joining the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2000.

Professor Corwin teaches security analysis and investments at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and has received several teaching awards at Notre Dame Read more…