MetLife Inc. subsidiary MetLife Investment Management announced April 2 it is partnering with Girls Who Invest, a New York-based company that provides development opportunities for young women seeking a career in the asset management industry.
Through the partnership, several GWI Scholars will join MIM’s intern program over the summer, focusing on portfolio management, research analysis, and trading through placement with the public fixed income, private capital, and real estate investment teams.
GWI’s mission is to create a diverse pipeline of talented and motivated young women prepared to succeed in leadership and portfolio management roles in the asset management industry. The six-week internship program will allow MIM, based in Whippany, to tap into that pool.
“At MetLife Investment Management, we are committed to fostering an inclusive culture through diversity of talent and thought, underscoring our commitment to creating a more sustainable company,” said Steven Goulart, president of MIM and chief investment officer of MetLife Inc., in a prepared statement. “Partnering with Girls Who Invest will deepen this commitment by supporting the growth and development of women at all stages of their careers in the asset management industry.”
More than 800 women have participated in the GWI summer and online intensive programs since the company’s inception in 2015, providing them with development, education and professional community-building opportunities.
The flagship summer intensive program is taught by academics and professionals, including faculty from the Wharton School and UCLA Anderson School of Management. After the intensive, the women complete six-week paid internships at one of GWI’s more than 100 partner firms.
The partnership was made possible through the support of MIM’s Women’s Investment Network and MetLife Foundation, along with MIM’s institutional client group, public fixed income, private capital, and real estate groups.
“Many different groups at MIM came together to get this program off the ground, and we could not be more excited to see it formally launch this year,” Goulart said. “Through this partnership we have an opportunity to guide and mentor a diverse group of women who bring passion and talent to the industry today and in the future.”