Students at the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics have almost 30 unique student groups that they can choose to join. In each installment of this series, an executive member of one of these student groups will share their first-hand experience choosing, participating in and eventually leading their group.
Allie Trimble, Class of 2020 financial planning and wealth management major, is the president of Women in Finance at the Lerner College. Trimble shared why she joined Women in Finance, what makes this group unique and more!
When and why did you choose to join this student group?
Trimble: I helped create the organization two years ago so that female finance and financial planning majors had the opportunity to be a part of a supportive environment where they had the ability to grow professionally.
What is the mission of your student group?
Trimble: The goal of our group is to foster a supportive and welcoming environment for female finance and financial planning majors at UD. Women are the minority in the finance industry and we plan to bring awareness to this issue and to try to recruit more women to these majors. We also promote individual member development through our recruiting, networking and professional development events.
What is your best memory from this student group?
Trimble: My best memory is securing my internship through an event Women in Finance held with Vanguard. Once I became the president, I wanted to give other members the same opportunities that the club gave me in previous years.
What is unique about your student group?
Trimble: Our group focuses on the needs of our members. We make sure to tailor our events to what the members find most helpful so that we make the most of all our time.
What has been your proudest moment leading your student group?
Trimble: The proudest moment thus far has been receiving feedback from the younger members about the effectiveness of our internal professional development event last semester. Our executive board led break out groups that focused on resume review, mock interview skills, career fair tips, networking pointers and more.
The members were able to get a more individualized experience and felt more comfortable asking questions they may have been intimidated to ask in their classes or at career services. I had multiple members reach out to me after saying how helpful they thought it was and asking if we would be doing the same thing every semester.
What are your goals for the future of your student group?
Trimble: I want Women in Finance to become more renowned on campus and to continue expanding in size and in capabilities. Ideally, I would love for employers to reach out to our group in the future because of our outstanding reputation.
How has your student group helped you grow?
Trimble: Being the president of Women in Finance has challenged me in a different way than any other organization I have been a part of. I learned more about my leadership style and how to effectively work with others to make sure everyone feels respected and heard. Overall, this past year has been one of the most significant learning experiences during my time at UD.
Women in Finance has approximately 60 members and meets one or two times per month.