Women in Finance panel features four successful Bryant alumnae
In the world of finance, you’ll find few women. A 2012 Harvard Business School study noted that the percentage of female senior investment professions was “stuck in the single digits,” and that women make up only 17 to 23 percent of all employees in the finance sector.
Since then, the numbers have grown, but only incrementally. Bryant University and alumna of its finance program (recently ranked No. 11 in the nation by College Factual) are taking steps to bring more women into the field. On March 24, as part of Alumni Engagement Day, four alumnae will return to Bryant to take part in “Women in Finance” – a panel discussion that will be moderated by Savannah Miles ’19, co-founder of Smart Women in Finance, a new student organization on campus.
- Cristina Destefanis ’13, financial advisor, Destefanis Financial Services/Cantella & Co. Inc. Destefanis earned a B.S. in Business Administration at Bryant University, where she majored in Financial Services and minored in Legal Studies. She holds Series 6, 7, 63, and 65 licenses as well as a Massachusetts Life Insurance Producer license. A committed financial professional, Destefanis is currently enrolled in Bryant's Certified Financial Planner program.
- Lynn (Raposa) Magnus '99, CFO of the Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs. Magnus graduated Cum Laude from Bryant University with a B.S. in Business Administration with a Financial Services major. She served as the Recent Alumni Trustee on the Bryant University Board of Trustees. Magnus began working at Goldman Sachs as an analyst in 1999. In her current role, she oversees the divisional Management & Strategy team and serves as a member of the Firmwide Stress Test Committee. She drives financial and productivity analytics, business planning, financial modeling and stress testing for the Investment Banking Division. From 2002 to 2006, she was Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis for Hayes Lemmerz International.
- Jennifer (Schwall) Rousseau ’11, Executive Director, Cherrystone Angel Group. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Bryant University with a B.S. in Finance and a minor in Legal Studies, Rousseau was the recipient of the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key awarded to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative academic average. Rousseau also received the Jack H. Rubens Leadership in Finance Award. At Cherrystone Angel Group, she manages operations and serves on the steering, screening, and due diligence committees. She has experience in screening deals, determining valuation models, and conducting market research for several verticals including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, software, hardware, and internet/mobile applications. She advises portfolio companies on fundraising strategies and term sheet negotiations as well as working with CEOs to keep investors updated.
- Jane Sullivan-Klett '07, Financial Advisor and Partner, Sullivan Financial LLC. Sullivan-Klett received her B.S. from Bryant University with a concentration in Financial Services. She is currently enrolled as a student with The American College and as a candidate for the advanced CFP® CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. She began her career at a national investment firm before joining her father in practice. In 2014 and 2015, a major financial services institution recognized Sullivan-Klett for her outstanding work with clients. She is also a member of the advisory board of an investment management firm currently managing approximately $8 billion in assets. Sullivan-Klett strongly believes in giving back to the community and provides pro bono services to individuals and families in need. She also serves as a volunteer educator with the Junior Achievement program, educating middle and high school students about the basics of personal finance.
The presentation, sponsored by Smart Women in Finance and the Finance Association, begins at 2 p.m. in the Academic Innovation Center. There is no charge to attend. Register here.