2nd Annual Economic & Finance Forum

By Redefine Her Street - Swarthmore College Chapter's Executive Team

On Saturday, April 22, students and alumni alike came together for the 2nd Annual Economics and Finance Forum, hosted by Redefine Her Street and Clarus Capital. 

The theme of this year’s forum, “Entering the Trump Economy” was chosen to contribute to a timely discussion about how current social, economic, and political circumstances impact our world. We invited speakers including Sampriti Ganguli (CEO of impact investing firm, Arabella Advisors), Jayson Yost (Director in the Financial Institutions Group at Citi), Chris Murphy (Sales Trader at Susquehanna International Group), and Eleanor Joseph (Founder and CEO of finch company based in Uganda and Boston, Ubuntu Capital) to share their insights on a variety of relevant topics including the implications of Dodd-Frank, divesting away from the fossil fuel industry and into renewable energy, the rise in options trading to hedge against the risk of an increasingly volatile market, the use of fintech in emerging markets, and using financial and philanthropic capital for social good.

We’re living in some of the most interesting times and the forum was in part established to provide a space where students and alumni alike could interact together in a more discussion-based and business-oriented environment. The other goal of this event was to bring alums back on campus to contribute to these sessions and to continue learning from each other, as they once did during their time here at Swarthmore, and as a result, add onto to the community building aspect that makes Swarthmore unique. 

We were proud to see such a strong turnout from students and alumni, from all different years and backgrounds and look forward to what next year’s coordinators will bring to the table.

Michael May Meet & Greet: Insights into Consulting from a Successful Swarthmore Alumni

 

 

By Elle Chen

On March 25th 2017, Swarthmore alum, Michael May, spoke at a Meet & Greet event hosted by Redefine Her Street. Michael May, who graduated with a B.A. in Economics in 2011, currently works as a consultant at a “Big Three” consulting firm. His previous experience included working as a Bank Examiner within the Financial Institution Supervision Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The event was well-attended by many students from freshman to juniors interested in pursuing a career in consulting.

Discussing his background and growing up with a mother who was a feminist economist, May emphasized the importance of a female presence in consulting and his support for the mission of Redefine Her Street: to create a community and network that encourages women to explore career opportunities in business and share resources with one another and to equip undergraduate women with enough training to succeed during the recruiting process. During the event, May described the life-cycle of an engagement, discussing how a consulting engagement generally progresses and the activities performed by associates in each phase. May broke down the different roles within a team and a typical day-to-day schedule for each of these roles. May then went into detail regarding the work-life balance of consultant and the differences with that of career in finance. Throughout, the event, there was an open dialogue and discussion among the students and May. Questions asked included possible career paths for consultants, work-life balance, and culture, among other questions regarding the work of consultants.

After, May presented a high level overview of consulting firms and the interviewing process. May discussed the typical breakdown of the hiring process: resume submission, first round interviews, and then final round interviews. Further, May gave excellent insights towards the importance of reaching out to alumni from Swarthmore as well as casting a wide net during the job recruitment process. After the event, the members adjourned to the catering and a session where the members had the opportunity to engage and network with Michael May.

There was consensus among the members that the event was incredibly enriching and informative about a career in consulting. Redefine Her Street is incredibly grateful for Michael May’s attendance and encouraged by his willingness to support other Swatties!

1st Annual Economic & Finance Forum: Markets in an Uncertain World

By Christine Y. Kim

The Swarthmore College chapter of Redefine Her Street co-hosted a forum with another group, Clarus Capital, LLC for the first time, inviting Swarthmore College alums back to campus to speak about their perspectives about the market, field, and industry. This idea turned event was planned in a mere month and a half, but the committee for the forum pulled through.

Redefine Her Street - Swarthmore is excited to host this event every year, hoping to expand this event, not only to the institution itself, but also to neighboring universities and colleges.