Our Team

JANET COWELL, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Janet Cowell has always been passionate about serving others. Prior to joining Girls Who Invest, she held publicly elected offices in North Carolina for fifteen years and was the first woman elected State Treasurer, managing over $100 billion in assets and health and retirement benefits for more than 900,000 members. During her eight years as Treasurer, Janet consistently achieved exceptional results and national recognition, maintaining North Carolina’s AAA bond rating from all three... Read More

 

JANET THERRIEN, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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With more than 20 years’ experience in international marketing, strategy and business transformation, Janet Therrien has held leadership, advisement and development roles both on the agency and client side while based in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, and Dubai. Most recently, Janet served as Consultant to a global investment advisor and led marketing strategy for several boutique Wall Street technology and investment research firms. Prior to that, she worked for the Singapore Economic Development Board spearheading the rebrand of the country’s manufacturing sector ... Read More

 

CINDY ESPARRAGOZA, ACADEMIC OUTREACH AND PROGRAM MANAGER

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Cindy heads Admissions and Recruiting and brings years of project management, change management and process analysis experience to the role. Motivated to help women gain access to asset management, she designed and implemented GWI’s outreach program to colleges, universities and student groups. Prior to this, Cindy acted as the Strategic Operations Program Manager at the North Carolina State Treasurer's Office under the Chief of Staff and State Treasurer serving all... Read More

 

SAFIYA SERGEANT, PARTNER RELATIONS & MARKETING ASSOCIATE

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Safiya works with our Girls Who Invest partner firms to help coordinate our internships, fundraising initiatives and partner events, and serves as a program manager on campus during our Summer Intensive Program.  She also coordinates GWI's Ambassador program and Board communications. Previously, Safiya has held roles in marketing for the Motorcycle Safety School and…
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KELSEY DOOL, PROGRAM & MARKETING ASSISTANT

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Kelsey Dool manages marketing, social media and program efforts for GWI including outreach to our scholars and GWI community, coordinating our Summer Intensive Program, and serving as program manager on campus.  Prior to joining Girls Who Invest, Kelsey was a Resident Teaching Assistant for our cohort at the University of Notre Dame where she helped to facilitate the scholar community, promote… Read More