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New WSB Partnership Helps Level the Playing Field for Underrepresented Students in Finance

By Wisconsin School of Business

October 26, 2020

A new fellowship program is helping students from underrepresented backgrounds pursue a career in corporate finance, starting while they are still in school.

Thanks to Brad Chandler, director of the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, the Wisconsin School of Business is partnering with the nonprofit organization Access Distributed to help students make inroads into the investment banking sector, an area they may not have had access to otherwise.

Brad Chandler
Brad Chandler

“We’re excited to partner with Access Distributed to help people from underrepresented backgrounds break into investment banking,” Chandler says. “All people, no matter what they look like or where they come from should have access to high-potential careers in finance.”

To enter, students apply for a one-year fellowship and participate concurrently while still completing the semester at their home school. Throughout the year, students learn about financial topics, connect with other fellows, and network with industry leaders and mentors from top financial firms like The Carlyle Group and TPG, who are also Access Distributed partners.

The program launched last year with six WSB students, an enrollment they forecast again for this year.

Read more about the partnership with Access Distributed in the Badger Herald.