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Spring 2020 Partner Spotlights


Host Sponsor

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York works within the Federal Reserve System and with other public and private sector institutions to foster the safety, soundness and vitality of our economic and financial systems.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks which, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System. The Fed, as the system is commonly called, is an independent governmental entity created by Congress in 1913 to serve as the central bank of the United States. It is responsible for:


Corporate Sponsors

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).

Examples of our diversity work receiving external recognition in 2012 include:


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.”


Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank is Germany’s leading bank, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific. With operations in over 70 counties, we encourage our people to think for themselves and reward integrity. Whether your interests lie in investment banking, trading, technology, human resources, risk management or another business area, a career at Deutsche Bank gives you everything you need to succeed in an international environment. That includes structured, ongoing training to support your continuous development and the chance to learn from colleagues at all levels of the Bank. If you’re talented, collaborative and curious about building an exciting career in finance, you’re exactly the type of person who might succeed in our organization.

Women at Deutsche Bank

At Deutsche Bank, our culture is friendly and supportive. When you join us, you’ll feel like a key part of a diverse, inclusive team where you can use your individuality and integrity to drive forward market-leading solutions. We’ve won awards for both our family-friendly policies and for improving gender diversity in executive ranks. By 2018, our aim is for women to occupy at least 25 percent of the senior management positions. This includes leadership development workshops for women across the U.S. and our Women on Wall Street (WOWS) network that sponsors over 20 events each year. We ensure women can make their mark on our business that never stands still.


Evercore

Evercore is a premier independent investment banking advisory firm with 1,400 employees and a global presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Evercore was ranked by Vault.com as #1 of the 50 Best Internships and #1 for Formal Training and Diversity with Regards to Women.

Established in 1995, Evercore is a leading global independent investment banking advisory firm. Evercore advises a diverse set of investment banking clients on a wide range of transactions and issues and provides institutional investors with high quality equity research, sales and trading execution that is free of the conflicts created by proprietary activities. The firm also offers investment management services to high net worth and institutional investors. With 28 offices in North America, Europe, South America and Asia, Evercore has the scale and strength to serve clients globally through a focused and tailored approach designed to meet their unique needs. More information about Evercore can be found on the Company's website at www.evercore.com.

We seek to differentiate ourselves through unstinting adherence to our core values. The firm's investment bankers provide objective counsel to senior executives and Boards of Directors on a range of complex business and financial issues, including M&A, takeover defense, shareholder value creation, corporate governance, and asset divestitures. The restructuring advisory team provides financial restructuring services, strategic advice and related investment banking services to companies in financial transition as well as to their interest holders.


Goldman Sachs

The Goldman Sachs Group is a bank holding company and a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Goldman Sachs provides a wide range of services worldwide to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other major financial centers around the world.


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.


J.P. Morgan

Guggenheim Partners is a global investment and advisory firm. Across our three primary businesses of investment management, investment banking, and insurance services, we have a track record of delivering results through innovative solutions. Our commitment is to advance the strategic interests of our clients and to deliver long-term results with excellence and integrity.

Guggenheim Securities is the investment banking and capital markets business of Guggenheim Partners. Guggenheim Securities offers services that fall into four broad categories: Advisory, Financing, Sales and Trading, and Research. Guggenheim Securities is headquartered in New York, with additional offices in Chicago, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Guggenheim Securities is a fast-growing platform with an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to hiring the best talent. Guggenheim Securities is looking for top performers who are willing to work hard in an environment where initiative, creativity, maturity and enthusiasm for learning are highly valued.

A diverse and inclusive workforce is critical to innovative solutions for increasingly complex challenges. When multiple perspectives are valued and considered, the Firm is poised for greater creativity, enhanced business strategies, product and service development as well as greater employee engagement and collaboration.


Hines

Hines is a privately owned, international real estate firm that has provided the highest level of quality, service and value to its clients and investors for nearly 60 years.

With a presence in 201 cities around the globe and investor relationships with many of the world's largest financial institutions, Hines has the breadth of experience, the network of expertise and the financial strength to assume complex and challenging investment, development and management projects.

Company Highlights

Diversity Commitment

Hines is driven by a commitment to excellence, integrity and innovation. Employees are essential to our success, and we are dedicated to attracting, developing and promoting a talented, diverse and multicultural workforce. We strive to provide an inclusive environment where differences are valued, embraced and celebrated, and where everyone can reach their full potential. Diverse perspectives advance new ideas and foster our entrepreneurial culture, creating successful outcomes for our firm as well as our partners, clients, investors and employees.


Vanguard

Vanguard is one of the world's largest investment companies, offering a large selection of low-cost mutual funds, ETFs, advice, and related services. Individual and institutional investors, financial professionals, and plan sponsors can benefit from the expertise, stability, and reliable investment approach Vanguard offers.

From our beginning in 1975, Vanguard set course as a very different kind of investment firm. Our purpose remains: "To take a stand for all investors, to treat them fairly, and to give them the best chance for investment success."


Wells Fargo Securities

Wells Fargo is driven by our values to achieve our vision, which is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs, and help them succeed financially. We consider our people as our competitive advantage, and strive to attract, develop, retain and motivate the most talented people we can find.

We are a nationwide, diversified financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance services through more than 8,700 locations, more than 12,500 ATMs, online (wellsfargo.com), and mobile devices.

At the end of fourth quarter 2014, Wells Fargo ranked fourth in assets among U.S. banks and was the world’s most valuable bank by market capitalization. In 2014, Wells Fargo was named “Most Respected Bank” by Barron’s magazine, “Most Admired” among the world’s largest banks by Fortune magazine, and “Best U.S. Bank” by The Banker magazine. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Wells Fargo’s corporate cash giving in the top two among all U.S. companies each of the past two years.

We want to be an employer of choice, a company that really cares about people, where teamwork is valued and rewarded, where how the work gets done is just as important as getting the work done…We want every team member to be able to say, "I chose the right company. I’m valued. I’m rewarded. I’m recognized. We work hard, but we have fun, too. I can improve my professional skills here. I can reach my career goals. I enjoy my work."


School Sponsors

IESE

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.


MIT

The MIT Sloan School of Management is where smart, independent leaders come together to invent the future. As MIT’s school of management, MIT Sloan combines rigorous study with practical application and a drive for impact in the world. MIT Sloan brings together a brilliant community of students and faculty from around the world to tackle today’s most complex global challenges.

Smashing the Glass Ceiling

MIT Sloan brings together dynamic women to invent the future:

  • Women have made up at least 40 percent of our MBA class every year since 2013.
  • In 2018, 10 MIT alumnae were named to Inc.’s Female Founders 100.
  • 3 MIT Sloan alumnae were recognized on Forbes’ 2018 30 Under 30.

From measuring a heartbeat to rethinking rocket science, these women are changing the world with innovative, successful businesses.

MIT Sloan Women in Management: Open to all MIT Sloan students, SWIM actively supports, empowers, and mobilizes women to thrive academically, socially, and professionally for success. The club fosters this environment across the school through events, education, and networking.

Our MBA programs

MBA program

Through intellectual rigor and experiential learning, this two-year program will help you leave your mark in the world.

MIT Sloan MBA Early Admission

Is an MBA in your five-year plan but you need some experience in the workforce, first? Explore the MIT Sloan MBA Early Admission option to secure your spot in a future MBA class.

Leaders for Global Operations program

In two years, develop management expertise and technical engineering skills, and graduate with your MBA and SM in engineering.

MIT Sloan Fellows MBA program

The MIT Sloan Fellows MBA is a full-time one-year transformative educational experience designed for mid-career, high-potential leaders and entrepreneurs.

Executive MBA program

In a 20 months, executive format schedule, you’ll transform your organization in real time, while challenging convention and yourself.

Culture of Contribution

Students at MIT Sloan immediately tap into the synergy they find on campus. We often hear students marvel at how everyone pitches in to help you attain your goals. Ask anyone what makes MIT Sloan such a special place, and you will inevitably hear about the people here that make up our community—smart, open, inventive and grounded people, who eagerly collaborate toward common goals.


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.


IESE

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 event, schedule a campus visit, contact a student Admissions Ambassador, or reach out to our admissions team at mba.admissions@yale.edu.