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The primary goal of SWS at the University of Virginia (U.Va.) is to educate women about investing and finance fundamentals. The organization seeks to provide women within the University of Virginia community with the opportunities and resources that will allow them to become involved in finance and investing in a manner that suits their interests and career aspirations. Through an 10-week seminar series, rigorous investment project, comprehensive mentorship program. Smart Woman Securities (SWS) is a non-profit organization aiming to educate and train female college students in the fields of personal finance and investing. By providing educational seminars designed to build foundational financial skills as well as the opportunity to work as part of a research team managing an investment portfolio, SWS offers an excellent set of resources for women who seek to develop greater knowledge in finance and investing. SWS also provides a variety of mentoring initiatives and unique enrichment opportunities such as the annual Warren Buffett Trip to visit the legendary investor in Omaha, Nebraska, and the chance to participate in the organization’s National Stock Pitch Competition. SWS strives not only to educate its members, but also to create a movement that encourages women to join the financial industry, and, more broadly, leads to the increased financial empowerment of women.

As of fall 2018, SWS has 25 United States university chapters: Boston College, Bowdoin College,  Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, Gettysburg College, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Virginia, Wellesley College, College of William and Mary and Yale University.

SWS at U.Va. gives women an atmosphere where they can gain financial confidence and explore new career paths. With completion of the seminar series, full members have the opportunity to manage the SWS at U.Va. investment fund and participate in a national portfolio competition. SWS at U.Va. continues to work towards creating an influential community of women who will pave the way for the future in the financial industry.