Educational background: University of California, Berkeley, Economics
Current or most recent position: Lehman Brothers, Associate, Fixed-Income Department
Being a student at MIT Sloan was an incredible experience; being a woman at MIT Sloan was no less incredible! The women at MIT Sloan form a close-knit community. There were so many amazing women there, and I definitely felt like we were all looking out for each other! In my second year, I worked with the officers of SWIM to do an advance screening of a documentary profiling several powerful women on Wall Street.
I found that MIT Sloan students are very well regarded by employers, particularly in the field of finance. People assume that you have the analytical and/or quantitative skills, which is a great asset, particularly since these are the traditional stereotyped female weaknesses. So all that's left is to show off your personality!
On campus, I was involved with the MIT Sloan Senate and Socially Responsible Business Club. I've also helped launch the MIT Sloan Policy Forum, and was one of the founding members of a student investment club called Kendall Partners. In my second year I was one of the student planners for New York Banking Day, the annual trek to visit Wall Street firms, and the unofficial start to first-year finance recruiting.
I also went to India on a MIT Sloan trip. We visited the homes of some MIT alumni, saw factories, boardrooms, and even met the President of India. And then I continued my interest in international business by taking Richard Locke's Global Markets class, which was awesome, followed by my G-Lab project in January. (With a trip to Chile or South Africa, it's one way to escape the Boston winter!)