Meet the COLLEGE FOunders

 

Christine Y. Kim

Founder of Redefine Her Street & Redefine Her Street at Swarthmore College

Chair Woman of the Board

 

Christine Y. Kim was inspired to found Redefine Her Street for undergraduate students at liberal arts institutions because during Fall 2015, she experienced the difficult and arbitrary non-target recruiting process for her opportunity to land an investment banking internsip. Although she was invited to nine superdays from bulge bracket firms on Wall Street, her success did not come easy to her. As an immigrant, a woman, and a first-generation college* student in the United States, she had no established roots in the corporate world, let alone on Wall Street. Yet, with support from Korean Finance Society and Swarthmore College alums, she was able to navigate her opportunities with resilience and determination. She accepted an offer with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Global Corporate and Investment Banking division as a 2016 Summer Analyst. She was recently awarded the Scholarship of Distinction from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in February 2016. She will be returning as a full-time employee in 2017 as part of the Leveraged Finance team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. When Ms. Kim realized that the reason liberal arts students were not securing internships in the financial services industry was because there was no systematized pipeline for the recruitment process and severe information asymmetry, she decided to create a platform for leading ladies from the liberal arts to succeed on Wall Street and in business. 

Ms. Kim is expected to graduate May 2017 from Swarthmore College with a B.A in Political Science and minor in Music. 

 

Irene Xiang

Co-Founder of Redefine Her Street at Swarthmore College

 

As a child watching her mother manage her own portfolio, Irene saw the impact that smart investments can make on a person’s life. This past summer, she attended the pilot Girls Who Invest Summer Intensive Program held at the Wharton School of Business where she took corporate finance classes for four weeks with thirty other scholars. Following completion of the program, she was a summer analyst at Taconic Capital Advisors, an event driven hedge fund in New York. She hopes that Redefine Her Street will help liberal arts students realize the importance of using capital for the purposes of social change. 

Ms. Xiang is expected to graduate May 2018 from Swarthmore College with a BA in Chemistry and Mathematics.

 

Karen Nguyen

Co-Founder of Redefine Her Street at Swarthmore College  

 

At Swarthmore, Karen serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Redefine Her Street - Swarthmore. She hopes that Redefine Her Street can serve as a platform to allow young women at elite liberal arts institutions to explore possible career options in business and obtain the necessary tools to break into the financial services industry. Karen’s interest in finance stemmed from attending various undergraduate conferences catered to women interested in business including the Harvard University Women in Business Intercollegiate Business Conference. Having grown up in Warsaw, Poland as a Vietnamese citizen, Karen is very familiar with emerging markets and has had significant experience in working in them. She spent the summer after her freshman year interning in Vietnam, working on the IPO of Vietnam's first low-cost carrier airline, VietjetAir. The experience allowed her to learn more about corporate strategy and the different methods that firms can employ to raise capital. This past summer, she interned at the Ho Chi Minh City branch of PwC, as a part of the Valuation team. After graduation, Karen wishes to work in the financial services industry, focusing specifically on investment banking.

Ms. Nguyen is expected to graduate May 2018 from Swarthmore College with a BA in Honors Economics and an Honors Minor in Art History. 

 

Keana Bloomfield

Founder of Redefine Her Street at Bryn Mawr College