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.
NDIGI’s commitment to engaging women can be seen through the increasing number of female participants in its programs. Recognizing the strength of a peer approach, NDIGI consistently works to involve interested females and regularly challenges these women to “find and recruit” other female participants. NDIGI hosts a wide variety of innovative events such as speaker series and workshops, lunch and learns, and student round table discussions covering topics such as technical skills and career options and paths. In addition, NDIGI supports various investment competitions and clubs through mentoring, coaching and advising. The student peer leaders have been instrumental to building up the female community and reinforcing an inclusive environment.
Girls Who Invest
NDIGI and the Mendoza College of Business partnered with the NYC-based organization Girls Who Invest (“GWI”) to further promote women in the investment industry. GWI, a summer program, focuses on education, industry outreach, accessibility and career placement. GWI’s goal is to create programs to inspire and support young woman to become tomorrow’s investment leaders. Gender diversity is simply good for business.
Held during the month of June, the summer 2018 program took place at both the University of Notre Dame and the University of Pennsylvania. The 50 Girls Who Invest scholars studying on Notre Dame’s campus represented 33 different colleges and universities and over 20 different fields of study. The rigorous Summer Intensive Program included four weeks of classroom instruction by respected business school professors, covering core finance and investment instruction. The scholars who successfully completed the educational in-residence were provided a paid internship with industry leading asset management firms.
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