CSB Announces Inaugural EmpowHER Cohort: 17 Women Dedicated to Sustainable Finance

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The NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business (CSB) is pleased to announce the members of our inaugural cohort of EmpowHER: Career Development Program for Women in Sustainable Finance, Supported by Visa Foundation. The program was designed to help a diverse group of values-driven professionals build their financial expertise and networks, creating the foundation for gainful career opportunities in sustainable investing.

A career in sustainable finance provides a unique opportunity to drive investment into companies that are solving pressing environmental and social challenges. ESG-related investments currently account for 1 in every $4 invested in the US, totaling more than $17 trillion invested in sustainable assets in 2020 alone. This represents a 42% increase from 2018 and consistent year over year growth for more than a decade. There is a corresponding explosion of demand for sustainability-related financial expertise to manage these assets. However, there is not enough qualified human capital to keep up with the financial capital being funneled into ESG investments. An analysis of LinkedIn job posts by the CFA Institute found 6% of investment professional job posts mentioned sustainability-related skills, yet less than 1% of profiles disclose such experience. 

This group of 17 women who started the NYU Stern MBA program in Fall 2022 is engaging with the sustainable finance community and alumni to refine their expertise, gaining hands-on learning experiences, participating in intensive training and networking sessions, and accessing mentorships with impressive women in the industry.

Congratulations to our inaugural cohort!
 
Niharika Agrawal Headshot Niharika Agrawal
Intended Specializations: Corporate Finance, FinTech, Sustainable Business and Innovation
Jiani Lu Headshot Jiani Lu
Intended Specializations: Finance, FinTech, Sustainable Business and Innovation
Laura Degasperi Headshot Laura de Ávila Degasperi
Intended Specializations: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Sustainable Business and Innovation
Sangitha Mohan Headshot Sangitha Mohan
Intended Specializations: Finance, Strategy, Sustainable Business and Innovation
Bianca Dy Headshot Bianca Isabel Dy
Intended Specializations: Corporate Finance, Finance, Sustainable Business and Innovation
Aindrilla Mukherjee Headshot Aindrilla Mukherjee
Intended Specializations: Finance, Global Business, Sustainable Business and Innovation
Emily Farley Chang Headshot Emily Farley Chang
Intended Specializations: Finance, Financial Instruments and Markets, Sustainable Business and Innovation
Claire Olson Headshot Claire Olson
Intended Specializations: Finance, Strategy, Sustainable Business and Innovation
Danit Fleischman Headshot Danit Fleischman
Intended Specializations: Global Business, Leadership and Change Management, Sustainable Business and Innovation
Tina Wang Headshot Tina Wang
Intended Specialization(s): Marketing, Strategy, Sustainable Business and Innovation
Deshani Gunathilake Headshot Deshani Gunathilake
Intended Specializations: Sustainable Business and Innovation
 
Jessica Weiss Headshot Jessica Weiss
Intended Specializations: Finance, Sustainable Business and Innovation
Mei Mei Han (Maya) Han
Intended Specializations: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Sustainable Business and Innovation
Junyun Junyun (Tina) Yang
Financial Instruments and Markets, Strategy, Sustainable Business and Innovation

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Yifei Hong
Intended Specializations: Finance, Real Estate, Sustainable Business and Innovation
Huaimeng Zhang Headshot Huaimeng Zhang
Intended Specializations: Finance, Sustainable Business and Innovation
Doris Lu Headshot

Doris Lu
Intended Specializations: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Marketing, Sustainable Business and Innovation