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 February 28, 2020, Notre Dame hosted its second annual 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 drew nearly 300 attendees. Sponsored by BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, Permira, Sixth Street Partners, and Wellington Management, 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, Co-Head of Fundamental Equity at Goldman Sachs Asset Management; and Kathleen Murphy, President of Personal Investing at Fidelity. Topics covered throughout the day included:

  • Key Trends – presentation on critical themes driving equity returns going forward
  • Value Creation Through Active Management – a discussion around the key role operations can play in driving returns
  • Asset Allocation – panel of CIOs discussing the nuances of asset allocation, tax considerations, and managing risk across a portfolio
  • Real Assets – a discussion on alternative investments with a focus on real estate and infrastructure, including the ways technology is impacting these opportunities
  • Sustainability – a presentation on the investment opportunity that exists in finding solutions to the world’s most pressing needs
  • Credit Investing Case Study – an investment pitch on Spotify covering the opportunity in its credit structure

The week after WIS ’20, Barron’s published its first ever list of the 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance. Three of the women highlighted by the publication were speakers at this year’s conference: Collette Chilton, CIO at Williams College; Kelly Granat, Portfolio Manager at Lone Pine Capital; and Kathleen Murphy, President of Personal Investing at Fidelity Investments.

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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.

During June 2020, due to Covid-19, all in-residence programs were moved online. Notre Dame was therefore unable to host any scholars on campus. Notre Dame was once again well-represented in the program, however, with 13 scholars being accepted to participate.

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