Women's Initiative


Recognizing that the percentage of females in finance and investment management is low, NDIGI partners with various organizations to reach, inspire and support women as they enter the field. These partnerships include on-campus clubs, other university departments and external organizations such as Girls Who Invest (GWI), a NYC-based non-profit. Together these organizations work to promote the advancement of women in the investment industry.

Women's Investing Summit

In conjunction with several student clubs and NDIGI, on March 22, 2019, Notre Dame hosted its inaugural Women’s Investing Summit - a day to inspire tomorrow’s ethical investment leaders.

The conference was held in the Dahnke Ballroom of the Duncan Student Center and was attended by over 175 students across all schools within the University. Sponsored by Barclays, Permira Advisers, Bertino Investment Consulting Group of UBS Private Wealth Management, and Goldman Sachs, the Women's Investing Summit invites the most prominent women in the industry to discuss business and investments, and is open to all Notre Dame students, alumni, faculty and staff.  We are proud that Notre Dame has delivered a full day investment conference where 100% of the speakers are prominent female industry executives. 

Keynote speakers included Katie Koch, Global Head of Client Portfolio Management & Business Strategy at Goldman Sachs and Cathy Saunders, Global Head of Client Engagement at Putnam Investments. Panel topics included:

  • Maximizing Returns – a panel focused on investment opportunities and where to create alpha in today’s market
  • Asset Allocation – a discussion among allocators on portfolio weightings, sectors, and asset classes that offer the best investment opportunities
  • Investing in Yourself – a discussion on preparing for a successful career beyond the analyst role
  • Investment Industry Trends in a Global World – a panel dedicated to broadening the investment discussion outside of US opportunities
  • Buy Side Insights: Navigating the Nuances of PE & Real Estate – A panel dedicated to real assets and their role in a portfolio
Mark your calendar for this year’s Women’s Investing Summit:

February 28, 2020, in the Dahnke Ballroom of the Duncan Student Center.

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Girls Who Invest

NDIGI and the Mendoza College of Business partner with the NYC-based organization Girls Who Invest (“GWI”) to offer a Summer Intensive Program on Notre Dame's campus. The program focuses on education, industry outreach, accessibility and career placement. 

During June 2019, 60 Girls Who Invest scholars representing 34 different schools came to study at Notre Dame. The rigorous Summer Intensive Program included four weeks of classroom instruction by respected business school professors, covering core finance and investment curriculum. The scholars who successfully completed the educational in-residence were provided paid internships with industry leading asset management firms. 12 Notre Dame students were accepted as GWI scholars this year (with six studying at ND and six at the other campus site, the University of Pennsylvania) which was the largest representation of any school.

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