Women in Investing conference 2011
Investment pros share expertise at Women in Investing
More than 75 women from twelve top MBA programs had an opportunity to mingle with peers, network with firm representatives, showcase their stock pitch skills, and learn from investment professionals at Johnson’s second annual Women in Investing (WIN) conference, held in Boston, November 17-18, 2011. Lakshmi Bhojraj, director, Parker Center for Investment Research and the founder of WIN, noted that educating women about the rewarding career opportunities available to them in the field of investment management was a key objective of the conference.
Women MBAs who have a clear interest in investing, and who play active roles in investing clubs on campus, are at the top the list in what recruiters say they look for in MBA applicants. They seek “doers, not just listeners” and expect those who aspire to be investment professionals to own stocks and have active portfolios – fantasy portfolios, at the very least, if not real holdings.
Interesting, intellectually stimulating work is one of the prime reasons women MBAs who seek careers in investment management are drawn to it, according to a survey of participants. However, many also expressed concern about what these careers are like in terms of work/life balance. Knowing this, several speakers noted that they have families, and although they often go to work very early (leaving home at 6:30 a.m.) they are home by 6 p.m. Work flexibility allows them to attend children’s activities, and work some days or mornings at home, or get work done in the evenings.
Read about what investment professionals who spoke had to say about what it takes to succeed, initiating coverage on a company and interviewing top management, and investing in emerging markets in the accompanying stories.
Participating MBA ProgramsCornell University, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Columbia University, Graduate School of Business
Dartmouth, Tuck School of Business
Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
MIT, Sloan School of Management
New York University, Stern School of Business
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business
University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton
University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Participating FirmsPlatinum sponsors
The Capital Group Companies
American Century Investments
BNY Mellon Asset Management
MFS Investment Management
State Street Global Advisors