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Preparing Phenomenal Women

Smith Women in Finance (SWIF) is a committee formed by graduate students and alumni of the Smith Master of Finance Program to encourage and empower women in finance. We are a group of students who are committed to helping women better promote themselves and their financial acumen by providing opportunities, insight, resources, and a network for women in finance.

There’s a gap between education and expectation that hinders women from finding their voices. This gap can be bridged through:

  • Commitment to continuous growth: Learning from a leader and finding areas of self-improvement through a mentor.
  • Freedom of expression: Having confidence and empowerment to express bold ideas.


Developing efficient and well-rounded female professionals through opportunities that serve as bridges between real-world expectations and education.


Enhancing leadership and self-development motivations by serving as a platform for freedom of expression through discussions and writing, personality development through mentorship programs, and networking events inspired by female leaders.

Book Recommendations

Lean In

Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook CEO’s advice on how women can assert themselves at work and at home.

Thinking Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

How human’s struggle with heuristics and decision-making and how to reconcile these strains.

Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill

A classic self-help book that holds up to this day. Focuses on personal development and creating actionable plans.

Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office

Lois P Frankel

This book explores subconscious biases that may stand in the way of women’s success. It offers practical advice on how to be more assertive and effective.

Dead Aid

Dambisa Moyo

An analysis of the aid industry and the ramifications it has had in Africa.

Irrational Exuberance

Robert J. Shiller

An analysis of how human error contributes to volatility in the market.

Devil Take the Hindmost

Edward Chancellor

This book covers the history of financial speculation from the 17th century onwards.

Edge of Chaos

Dambisa Moyo

A politically charged book that brings up failures of liberal democracies and potential remedies.