While working as a finance intern at Hong Kong’s HSBC bank, Quyen Le (pictured above, center) decided that she wanted to go to business school in San Francisco to get access to the open-minded culture and business opportunities only it can provide. It just so happened that her participation in the Financial Women of San Francisco (FWSF) organization gave her access to a valuable professional network that otherwise would have taken years to build. What’s more, Le won FWSF’s annual scholarship in 2017.
The award includes a tuition grant of $10,000 for graduate students, a one-year membership in FWSF, and the assignment of a high-level mentor from the organization. Le was paired with Leslie Tabor who is Managing Director of Business Consulting and Education at Charles Schwab Advisor Services. “FWSF inspires women to achieve what they want in their finance careers,” she says. “We have had the opportunity to hear women from Gilead and Salesforce talk about work/life balance and where their career opportunities came from.” Le is now focused on outreach to her peers so they can get a chance to win the scholarship next year.
Quyen works at GGU where she helps students from overseas apply for a business degree. “I act as tour guide among other things. Many international students come here alone and so GGU understands that they need help applying and adjusting in the U.S.” she says.
Golden Gate University also offers the Investment Research Club sponsored by club mentor and adjunct professor David Kaczorowski, CFA. Quyen has joined and will participate in this year’s CFA Institute Research Challenge. The competition requires teams to create a written report and deliver a group presentation to a panel of financial services professionals. Last year, the GGU team won the regional CFA Institute Research Challenge, prevailing over graduate schools across Northern California.
Upon graduation, Quyen (MBA, Finance ‘19) will be seeking an entry-level position as a financial analyst. Contact Quyen Le to learn more about the FWSF scholarship experience. You must apply by March 25th.
For over 60 years, FWSF has pursued a mission of empowering professional women in the finance industry in the Bay Area. It supports over 300 members including some of the most successful women in the local business community. FWSF puts on social, educational and charitable events throughout the year, most of which are open to the public. To learn more about the scholarship and the organization, visit financialwomensf.org. For information about the application process, contact Lisa Slater, GGU adjunct professor of accounting.