Invest in Girls Summer Fellowship at Brown Advisory

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
                                                                                              - Benjamin Franklin

This summer, six of our young women were invited to participate in the Invest in Girls Fellowship at the offices of Brown Advisory in Boston and Baltimore.

Over the course of three intensive weeks, our girls had the opportunity to observe the inner workings of the firm while completing an independent research project on the importance of women as professionals in finance as well as the unique needs of the female investor.

The experience culminated in a capstone presentation of their research findings to Associates within the firm at their respective sites.

Boston fellows Zoe Flessas-Finocche of Milton Academy in Milton (l) and Ariel Mullings-Bent of Codman Academy in Dorchester (r) present their research findings to associates at Brown Advisory.

Boston fellows Zoe Flessas-Finocche of Milton Academy in Milton (l) and Ariel Mullings-Bent of Codman Academy in Dorchester (r) present their research findings to associates at Brown Advisory.

Through this partnership, Invest in Girls and Brown Advisory are taking steps to start bridging the gap within one of the industry’s most alarming statistics. Although women hold 54.3% of jobs available in the financial services sector, only 29% occupy senior-level management positions and only 2% go on to become CEO’s (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017.) By exposing young women to female role models in financial services while still in high school, the hope is that participants will be able to envision a path to leadership for themselves post-college.

"Walking into Brown Advisory, I saw so many successful women in a male-dominated industry. The stigma around finance definitely deters some women from pursuing a career in the industry...meeting these women gave me tangible role models to look up to."
- Anastasia Swetz, IIG / Brown Advisory Fellow, Baltimore, 2017
Meeting the women at Brown Advisory made me believe that I can do this too. Seeing Angela, Trish, Carey, Eva, and Mary work so hard every day allowed me to see that I can be successful.
- India Wilson, IIG / Brown Advisory Fellow, Baltimore, 2017

One of the key components of the experience was conducting independent research on women as investors. According to the Wall Street Journal (2016), female investors have returns that are on average 12% higher than men’s.

Baltimore fellows Solana Craig (l) of The Bryn Mawr School and Anastasia Swetz (r) of Saint Paul’s School for Girls present their research findings on women in finance.  

Baltimore fellows Solana Craig (l) of The Bryn Mawr School and Anastasia Swetz (r) of Saint Paul’s School for Girls present their research findings on women in finance.  

“I would like to be a portfolio manager one day, specializing in helping nonprofits and families.”
- Zoe Flessas-Finocche, IIG / Brown Advisory Fellow, Boston, 2017
“I can see myself working in investment banking within private equity or as a portfolio manager.”
- Solana Craig, IIG / Brown Advisory Fellow, Baltimore, 2017
“I can definitely see myself working in accounting or one day being a portfolio manager - I love math and I also love working with people.”
- India Wilson,  IIG / Brown Advisory Fellow, Baltimore, 2017
"The role within the firm I found most interesting was strategic analyst...but I would definitely love to be a portfolio manager someday."
- Ariel Mullings-Bent, IIG / Brown Advisory Fellow, Boston, 2017
Baltimore Fellows from left to right: India Wilson, (ConneXions: A Community Based Arts School - Liberty Heights, West Baltimore, attending Bowie State University - Fall 2017), Solana Craig (The Bryn Mawr School, Roland Park, North Baltimore), Rory Johnson (The Bryn Mawr School, Roland Park, North Baltimore), & Anastasia Swetz (Saint Paul’s School for Girls, Brooklandville, Baltimore County).  

Baltimore Fellows from left to right: India Wilson, (ConneXions: A Community Based Arts School - Liberty Heights, West Baltimore, attending Bowie State University - Fall 2017), Solana Craig (The Bryn Mawr School, Roland Park, North Baltimore), Rory Johnson (The Bryn Mawr School, Roland Park, North Baltimore), & Anastasia Swetz (Saint Paul’s School for Girls, Brooklandville, Baltimore County).  

Invest in Girls wishes to thank the following individuals at Brown Advisory for participating in meet & greets, sharing their expertise, and supporting the next generation of leaders in financial services.

BALTIMORE
Joey Adams
Michael Bailey
JJ Baylin
Erik Briggs
Megan Brune
Joey Cahalan
Stephan Capriles
Madison Carr
Trish Carroll
Erin Cawley
Adam Chen
Becky Cheney
Billy Chew
Julie Coleman
Brittany Dobbe
Emily Dwyer
Tiffany Ernest
Mary Gregory
Angela Groom
Olachi Hamilton
Darlene Harris
Tim Hathaway
Amy Hauter
Desi Hiotis
Eva Ivanova
Askia Jackson
Leah Johnson
Elise Liberto
Emmy Mathews
Jennifer McClintock
Sarah Mease
Nina Millman
Patrick Myers
Nicole Nesbit
Brigid Peterson
Shannon Pierce
Joe Quingert
Corrine Ratliff
Julie Robertson
Amy Seto
Blake Sheehan
Bri Sheppard
Morgan Stith
Andy Tanton
Carey Taylor
Terry Donlan Welker
Lyn White
Doug Williams

BOSTON
Diana Basile
Ethan Berkwits
Sarah Bock
Claire Woolston Commons
Megan Curran
James Davie
Emily Dwyer
Carlos Flores
Kristen Flynn
Karina Funk
Michael Gaughan
Chris Holcombe
Jeff Keady
Nell Kelleher
Jen Larson
Tyler Lewis
Rod Machado
Aida Mahinic
Chris Moran
Camille Nichols
Erika Pagel
Shadie Parivar
Christina Shanahan
Kristen Siciliano
Mariah Silva
David Thompson
Dune Thorne
Anne Tiffin

DELAWARE
Missy Scharadin

NEW YORK
Fran Moum