On December 4th, Mediant partnered with Rock The Street, Wall Street (RTSWS), a non-profit organization dedicated to preparing girls to be financially successful and inspiring them to pursue careers in finance, to host young women from Panther Creek High School in Cary, North Carolina for a half-day educational event about investing and the proxy voting process.
Mediant is connecting RTSWS with resources to support a year-long financial program in an effort to change the lives of high school girls in Cary. This is the second year of the collaboration.
Taking place at our operational headquarters in Cary, the first part of the event included three roundtables, which focused on our Issuer Solutions, Brokers Solutions, and Development Team. Each presentation explained how their group contributes to the proxy voting process and the different careers within each group. Students even got to vote by proxy via their cell phones or iPads, which were made available.
Our Mediant Business Development team helping students from Panther Creek High School in Cary, NC vote by proxy via their cell phones and iPads during our recent educational event with Rock The Street, Wall Street at our operational headquarters in Cary. The event focused on empowering young women in finance and educating them about investing and the proxy voting process.
Later in the day, an all-female panel discussion included Mediant officers: President and Chief Operating Officer Sherry Moreland, Chief Customer Officer Lisa Warren, Senior Vice President of Operations Gussie Tate, and Director of Global Services Laura Franconi. Panelists shared insight on why they chose their career paths and how their experiences prepared them to take on their current roles at Mediant. They also shared their own mentoring experiences, as well as career advice, and answered questions about the colleges they attended and how their majors were chosen.
In addition, the students had an opportunity to hear from a Merrill Lynch wealth advisor on Investing 101. This session resonated with many of the students on why it’s important to start saving and investing in their future now. One idea shared on a simple way to save money was eliminating daily visits to Starbucks.
At the end of the event, students said they felt more comfortable with the subjects of finance, stocks and investing. They also have a better understanding of how more women are needed to study finance in college and to pursue a career in finance, where jobs are growing.
Mediant’s partnership with RTSWS is the latest initiative in our continued focus on empowering women in financial services. The first part of this collaboration kicked off in September at Panther Creek High School with five educational sessions and ending with the Wall Street experience field trip to Mediant.
The second part will pair students with one-on-one mentorship through the spring of 2020. As financial instructors, Mediant employees will coach students based on RTSWS’s curriculum, which includes financial literacy, budgeting, career development and mentorship.
Since 2013, RTSWS’s program has served more than 1,750 high school students across 15 cities including Atlanta, Minneapolis, New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.
“Congratulations to all of our participants,” said Moreland. “We hope this experience encouraged and enhanced the students’ thoughts about their future careers, personal finances and the financial environment around them.”
To learn more about our partnership with RTSWS, please contact Jean Luther.