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Fall 2019 Sponsor Spotlights


Host Sponsor

Citi

200 million customer accounts. 160 countries. One vision. Citi works tirelessly to provide consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services. We strive to create the best outcomes for our clients and customers with financial solutions that are simple, creative and responsible.

At Citi, we recognize diversity as one of our competitive advantages which is enhanced by attracting, retaining and developing the top female talent in our industry.

Citi Women, formerly Women4Citi, launched in 2005 and is our company-wide effort to foster the ongoing development of women leaders from recruitment to senior management as well as to facilitate the engagement of clients in the women’s dialogue.

Today, this program supports women across Citi with tools and resources to help advance their careers. Throughout the Citi organization, nearly 50 Women's Councils operate at the local level to catalyze female talent, further causes that support the career paths of women, and facilitate community outreach to fulfill the passions of participants. These groups do tremendous work every day and create strong connections to our businesses, our communities, and each other.

Citi supports the recruitment, retention, and career development of women in many ways.

Citi supports professional development opportunities for women by providing an array of development and training programs, formal and informal networking and mentoring opportunities. Through its Women Leading Citi program and Women's Leadership Development Program it provides high performing talented women the opportunity to further develop executive readiness and leadership skills to broaden their scope of responsibility and advance their career.

Citi provides best in class work/life balance programs such as flexible work arrangements, full-time back-up child care programs and a variety of dependent care options.

Citi targets and actively recruits women when hiring undergraduate, graduate, and professional level talent. Our strategy is multi layered and includes partnering with external organizations focusing on women's professional development (e.g. Financial Women's Association), sponsoring annual conferences that foster and support educational and professional endeavors and participating in career fairs committed to the advancement of women in the workplace (e.g. Columbia Women in Business Conference).


Corporate Sponsors

Bloomberg

Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company's strength delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately is at the core of the Bloomberg Professional service, which provides real time financial information to approximately 325,000 subscribers globally. Diversity & Inclusion at Bloomberg is our commitment to fostering an inclusive culture where employees feel respected for their diversity and empowered to impact the business globally.

Women at Bloomberg

 

Bloomberg Women's Community connects and supports women at Bloomberg through awareness, relationship-building and career development. The Bloomberg Women in Technology group encourages women to be leaders in technology and focuses on supporting leadership development, recruitment and retention efforts within the company, as well as mentoring young women pursuing STEM educational and career paths.

Bloomberg's Financial Services Gender-Equality Index

Last year, Bloomberg launched the inaugural Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index, recognizing 26 firms for their commitment to gender equality. The index provides investors with valuable reference data across internal company statistics, employee policies, gender-conscious product offerings and external community engagement.


Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse AG is one of the world's leading financial services providers. As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse offers clients its combined expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management. Credit Suisse operates in over 50 countries worldwide and employs approximately 47,600 people.

Credit Suisse aims to be the employer of choice by attracting and retaining the best and most diverse talent. Our diversity strategy is based on the idea of “engaging difference”: leveraging the diverse perspectives of all of our employees to achieve our business goals.

We’re building a talent-driven culture, where the best people—regardless of their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion or nationality—are free to realize their full potential.

Credit Suisse offers a variety of programs and professional networks to foster the career development of women. The Credit Suisse Americas Women’s Network (AWN) is focused on recruiting top female talent, fostering the promotion and advancement of women, and building women’s leadership. The AWN offers professional development, mentoring, advocacy, education, awareness programs. Examples of programs offered by the AWN in 2009 included:

The AWN is also a proud partner with a variety of external affiliates, including 100 Women in Hedge Funds, 85 Broads, Catalyst, the Financial Women's Association and The Women's Bond Club.

In addition to the AWN, Credit Suisse offers benefit programs to help women balance their professional and personal lives. We provide a full complement of flexible work arrangements, adoption assistance and adoption leave, domestic partner benefits, and back-up child and eldercare. We also offer health, nutrition, and wellness programs, and nursing areas for working mothers.

Our commitment to fostering the careers of women is demonstrated by the fact that we have been recognized for multiple consecutive years by Working Mother Magazine as among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.”


Greystar

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80% of the Fortune 500. Our people work across more than 20 industry sectors with one purpose: to deliver measurable, lasting results. Clients count on Deloitte to help them transform uncertainty into possibility and rapid change into lasting progress. Our people know how to anticipate, collaborate, and innovate, and create opportunity from even the unforeseen obstacle. It’s clear why our commitment to an inclusive culture has remained strong: Our people are our most valuable asset.

For nearly 25 years we’ve been leading the way with our inclusive culture, and we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished:

As the workforce needs and expectations have evolved, so too has our approach and priorities. Globalization, technology, and evolving workforce priorities are redefining what we mean by an inclusive culture.

Today, Inclusion at Deloitte focuses on authenticity, well-being, openness, and opportunities for all of our people. This broader definition of inclusion allows us to bring a wide range of thinking, perspectives, and experiences that build intellectual and creative advantage, even as needs and priorities evolve over time. Inclusion goes beyond traditional demographics and representation, it’s how we invite, encourage, and draw on the unique perspectives of our people. By exploring individual viewpoints with genuine interest and openness, we can better engage our people and match them to the most meaningful opportunities.

This new way of thinking also shapes our approach to well-being. At Deloitte, we know well-being needs are likely different for everyone. We provide our people the support and flexibility to make daily choices that can enable them to be energized, confident, and aware. Through our comprehensive benefits, resources, and learning programs, we create opportunities for our people to personalize their experiences in the ways that matter most to them in body, mind, and purpose. More importantly, we are fostering a culture of well-being that respects how our people prioritize their personal and professional needs and responsibilities.

While we’ve made great progress and have been recognized for our innovative approach to inclusion, we aren’t done yet! Just as we have always done, we continue to look for opportunities to lead the way and evolve our thinking.


Greystar

Greystar is a leading, fully integrated real estate company offering expertise in investment management, development and management of rental housing properties globally. Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, Greystar manages and operates an estimated $115 billion of real estate in nearly 180 markets globally, including offices throughout the United States, UK, Continental Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region. Greystar is the largest operator of apartments in the United States, managing approximately 500,000 units/beds, and has a robust institutional investment management platform with over $33 billion of assets under management, including more than $12.1 billion of assets under development. Greystar was founded by Bob Faith in 1993 with the intent to become a provider of world-class service in the rental residential real estate business.

To learn more, visit www.greystar.com


J.P. Morgan

At J.P. Morgan, our mission is simple: first-class business…in a first-class way. In everything we do, excellence and integrity are the guiding principles. Excellence means more than 160 years of experience and knowledge that comes from solving the complexities of significant wealth, day in and day out. We augment this knowledge with some of the boldest, most innovative thinking today. Integrity means keeping your interests front and center always and carrying out our work with utter discretion.

In each key area of wealth management—investments, liquidity and credit management, and, along with your independent advisors, tax and estate planning—our extensive experience is exemplary. Equally important, we have the experience, the organizational structure and the commitment to knit these separate strands into a unified and comprehensive plan designed around your particular situation.

We understand that our collective diversity is our strength and are committed to creating an inclusive organization where everyone can succeed based on merit. We hire and develop people with unique experiences and diverse backgrounds because we believe that is a fundamental part of strengthening our global business capabilities. We understand that different perspectives bring strength and creativity to our work and lead to the best solutions for our clients. J.P. Morgan offers internship opportunities and scholarships to students of diverse backgrounds and participates in a wide variety of career events to attract diverse candidates.


School Sponsors

Columbia Business School

Today's lightning-fast business environment is more complex and unpredictable than ever before. To overcome increasingly multifaceted challenges, business leaders require skills and knowledge from a wide range of traditionally segregated fields. Columbia Business School's cutting-edge initiatives unite academic divisions and encourage the cross-pollination of ideas in order to better train students to recognize and capture opportunity in a world where disciplines intersect and industries change rapidly.

Through an outreach strategy that is continually expanded and refined, Columbia Business School has created a culture where women's voices are heard in numbers in the classroom and women hold leadership positions in student organizations and programs throughout the School.

Since the early 1990's, Columbia Business School has routinely enrolled one of the highest percentages of female students amongst top business schools. Faculty, administrators, alumnae and current students work together to build a critical mass of female student leaders as well as a base of alumnae who will remain active and mentor new generations of women students.

Columbia Women in Business (CWIB) participates in admissions events for women, one-on-one mentoring for women applicants and, with an active membership of over 350, extended career and networking programming for current students.

The annual CWIB “Women in Business” conference has become a signature event for Columbia Business School and the New York business community. The Conference enables alumnae, business leaders, students and prospective students to network and share ideas on achieving success in the marketplace. Each year, the conference attracts more than 700 women.


IESE Business School

IESE Business School has a proven track record of innovation. It was the first school in Europe to establish a two-year MBA and the first in the world to offer a bilingual MBA. Today, IESE Business School has secured its position as a top business school globally, with campuses in Barcelona and Madrid, and pioneering activities in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

IESE's mission is to transform business and society through management education and leadership development, creating a better world by growing better leaders: people with big aspirations and a spirit of service, equipped with the skills and capabilities to make a positive difference.

IESE Business School and its general management MBA provide a cross-cultural learning environment: one that transforms, inspires and impacts your future.


Wharton Business School

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is the world’s first collegiate school of business. Each year the Wharton MBA Program prepares hundreds of women worldwide to pursue their professional careers in the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors. In the Wharton MBA Program, you will develop your management toolkit through rigorous and analytical coursework and learn by leading to develop yourself as a confident decision maker.

Women come to Wharton for its customizable and flexible curriculum, diverse perspectives and global view, and academic excellence across every major discipline. With 225 faculty, 19 majors, 200 electives, and 13+ interdisciplinary programs, Wharton gives you the opportunity to grow through a multidimensional and interconnected experience, inside and outside the classroom.

With women making up 44% of our current classes, Wharton Women in Business (WWIB) remains one of our most active graduate clubs. Their mission is to empower all Wharton women to achieve their full potential in their personal and professional endeavors. WWIB focuses on issues relevant to women in business, providing social and networking opportunities with fellow students, alumnae, faculty, administrators, executives, and entrepreneurs. WWIB is both a social and professional organization, spearheading efforts within Wharton and the greater business community regarding admissions, alumni outreach, professional development, and recruiting. WWIB organizes and sponsors a number of events, including:

Upon graduation, Wharton women find ample opportunity to build social and professional ties to last a lifetime, as they join a network of over 96,000 MBA alumni.


University of Virginia (Darden Business School)

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the world's leading business schools, offering MBA, MS in Business Analytics, PhD and Executive Education programs. The unique Darden experience combines the best educational experience, featuring the case method of teaching; the highest-ranked faculty, whose research advances global managerial practice and business education; and a dynamic, global network of students, faculty, staff and alumni. These three key elements come together to develop entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders who step forward to improve the world.

Darden women make a significant impact every day — at Darden, in Charlottesville and around the world. They are student club presidents, community leaders, entrepreneurs and more. Darden is committed to recruiting women who want to positively impact the world, and empowering them for long-term success in whatever role they choose.

Furthermore, Darden's chapter of Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) connects, empowers, and celebrates the next generation of women leaders and helps build awareness of women in leadership positions. Throughout the year, they engage students, alumnae, faculty and prospective students in activities ranging from senior speaker series to golf lessons to mentoring programs. Moreover, GWIB's goal is to use education, coaching, networking, and mentoring to foster a lifelong community that enables and empowers Darden women to achieve their professional and personal aspirations, both during and after their time at Darden. In addition, Darden is one of the few MBA programs that provide dedicated lifelong career services resources for its alumni. The Alumni Career Services staff understands the career path of a woman may not always look like that of her male counterparts. Our professional staff provides Darden alumnae with resources and support as they move through different phases of their careers.


Yale School of Management

The founding mission of the Yale School of Management is to educate leaders for business and society. And Yale SOM is a place where the mission matters, where students, alumni, faculty, and staff embrace its meaning and implications. It provides both long-term strategic guidance about what the school is and should be and informs decisions and actions on a daily basis. An essential part of our mission is to recruit, support, and train women who want to make a positive difference in the world.

Yale SOM actively encourages more women to become business leaders. In our collaborative and tight-knit community, your voice will be heard and your perspective and experience will be valued.

Women at Yale SOM have many opportunities for personal and professional growth, through events hosted by the student-run Women in Management Club and by connecting with women faculty, alumnae, and visiting speakers. Discussions of gender diversity in the workplace are a part of the integrated core curriculum.

We invite you to learn more about the Yale School of Management and our community. Join us at an upcoming events, schedule a campus visit, contact a student Admissions Ambassador, or reach out to our admissions team at mba.admissions@yale.edu