WHARTON executive education launches financial certificate program for women with girls who invest

Program empowers female scholars with skills in financial modeling and investment strategy


NEW YORK (June 27, 2018) – Girls Who Invest, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership positions in the asset management industry, and the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (“Wharton”) have teamed up to launch a new, private online financial education program. The Wharton Online Business Modeling Specialization and Influence Course launched in June 2018 and joins other online courses offered by Girls Who Invest.

Girls Who Invest is a non-profit organization which aims to see 30 percent of the world's investable capital managed by women by 2030. To help meet this goal, the organization provides internship and career training programs for high potential female scholars. In its first two years of operation, Girls Who Invest has empowered 357 young women, sending a total of 90 undergraduates through their flagship 10-week Summer Intensive Programs. Girls Who Invest has impacted another 267 students by providing two additional online learning initiatives since last summer and will now include this new Wharton certificate program to broaden its reach.

Wharton Executive Education offers programs that are designed to build leadership capabilities and develop financial acumen.

Girls Who Invest has an existing relationship with Wharton Executive Education for its Summer Intensive Program, which began this year in May. This certificate program will deepen the relationship between both organizations and increase the number of scholars served.

The Wharton Executive Education program will focus on business modeling specialization and influence through an online platform. Areas of focus throughout the course will include: Fundamentals of Quantitative Modeling, Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models, Modeling Risks and Realities, and Decision-Making and Scenario Planning. Upon successful completion of the program, each scholar will receive a certificate from the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and earn the designation as a GWI Wharton Online Learner.

“Each year, we receive hundreds of applications from bright young women across the country who are interested in pursuing a career in the asset management industry,” said Janet Cowell, Chief Executive Officer of Girls Who Invest. “We are deeply appreciative of this opportunity to leverage Wharton’s expansive network so that we can increase the number of scholars we reach. Ultimately, this will lead to a larger, more qualified, and most importantly, diverse pipeline of future leaders in the world of investing.”

Don Huesman, managing director of Wharton Online, said Wharton Executive Education is “proud to deepen our long-standing partnership with Girls Who Invest and support the young women they serve.”

About the Wharton School

Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 participants in executive education programs annually and a powerful alumni network of 96,000 graduates.

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 investment management careers—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 educational programs—both on-campus and online—meaningful paid internships and a robust ongoing community. For more information, visit www.girlswhoinvest.org