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Smart Woman Securities (SWS) is a nonprofit organization aiming to educate and train female college students in the areas of personal finance and investing. Through educational seminars that build foundational financial skillsets, paired with the opportunity to participate on a research team that runs an investment portfolio, SWS provides resources with which women can build greater knowledge of finance and investing. SWS also offers a variety of mentoring initiatives and National Opportunities, such as the Warren Buffett trip to Omaha and the National Stock Pitch Competition. SWS is not only dedicated to educating its members, but also determined to create a movement to encourage and empower women to join the financial industry.

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
— Warren Buffett


Investment education is the foundation of SWS, as the organization ultimately aims to provide students with the skills necessary to research companies and make investment decisions. Each semester we offer a 10-week education seminar series led by McIntire professors...


We currently cover seven industries: Consumers, Financials, Healthcare, TMT, Energy/Industrial, Real Estate, and Travel & Leisure. Research analysts closely follow the industry trends and events, perform fundamental company research and generate investment ideas to the investment board...


We pursue a value-investing strategy, in line with Warren Buffett’s investment philosophy. We hold investment positions for a relatively long time horizon—an average of 3.years. When evaluating stocks, we value the industry trends and only invest in stocks that we understand...

Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization, which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.

A student organization is ineligible for CIO status when the organization restricts its membership, programs, or activities on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family and genetic information. Notwithstanding these requirements, a CIO may petition to restrict its membership based on gender (e.g. all-male or all-female a cappella groups) or an ability to perform the activities related to the organization’s purpose by filing a written request with the Office of the Dean of Students. In evaluating any such requests, the University will look not merely to the constitution of an organization but to its actual practices and operations.