Dzialga Women in Finance Initiative

In 2018, the Duke Financial Economics Center (DFE) launched the Women in Finance Initiative, made possible by the Kirsten Alexander Dzialga ’93 Fund. The goal of this initiative is to empower women interested in finance with mentoring, skills training, faculty advising, and networking opportunities. From sophomore to senior year, Dzialga Fellows are engaged in activities that help them explore careers in finance and prepare for summer internships, including

  • Guest speaker sessions covering a variety of finance topics
  • Advising from DFE faculty
  • Guidance through the internship recruiting process
  • Mentoring by seniors who have been through the recruiting process
  • A trip to New York over fall break to visit major banks, advisory firms, and private equity firms
  • Skill development sessions on giving presentations, networking, and getting the most from the internship experience

Sophomore Dzialga Fellows also take the fall semester course ECON 256 Practical Financial Markets, in which they learn the foundational concepts and technical skills required for careers in the financial markets.

Dzialga Fellows, including those who choose to pursue alternative careers, are engaged in the initiative throughout their time at Duke. Overall, the initiative offers Duke women the opportunity to develop their individual strengths within a supportive cohort.

DFE accepts applications for the Dzialga Women in Finance Initiative each spring semester from late January to early March. All first-year women are eligible to apply. 

Congratulations to our Class of 2022 graduates!
Ten Dzialga Fellows standing side by side in a boardroom with Director Linsey Hughes and Kirsten Dzialga
Dzialga Fellows on a site visit to the investment firm Silver Lake in NYC, left to right: Gracy Whitaker, Devon Wolfe, Kirsten Dzialga, Anna Jiang, Rebecca Williamson, Sarah Zhao, Samaya Pattim, Rachel Ma, Amanda Kang, Karen Chen, Program Director Linsey Hughes, and JJ Jiang

Karen Chen '22
Anna Jiang '22
Amanda Kang '22
Rachel Ma '22
Samaya Pattim '22
Gracy Whitaker '22
Rebecca Williamson '22
Devon Wolfe '22
Sarah Zhao '22

Current Dzialga Fellows

Caroline Carey '23
Helen Chen '23
Kendall Dees '23
Emma Frankstein '23
Carly Grossfield '23
Ligia Landow '23
Kaitlyn Luo '23
Alice Wu '23
Ivy Zhang '23
Clare Abboud '24
Theiija Balasubramanian '24
Ella Bergner '24
Adrianna DeLorenzo '24
Catherine Liu '24
Jessica Luan '24
Sophie Munro '24
Sophia Sacchetti '24
Christina Sigler '24
Abigail Ullendorf '24
Tanya Agarwal '25
Anya Button '25
Lindsey Latts '25
Elizabeth Mastrangelo '25
Peggy Moore '25
Adya Rajpal '25
Claire Rubenstein '25
Lauren Steele '25
Lauren Tse '25
Amulya Vatsavai '25

The Dzialga Initiative's Impact

“The Dzialga program has had a profound impact on both my professional development and personal growth. I know I will enter the workforce a more composed and confident woman, which is in no small part due to this program. I am immensely grateful to the faculty and alumni who make this program what it is — I could not imagine a better professional launchpad than the Dzialga Initiative." — Rebecca Williamson '22

"The Dzialga Initiative has been an incredible part of my Duke experience. Even as someone who isn’t pursuing a finance role right after college, it’s been a really great way to find a community of women interested in business, build mentor and mentee relationships, and learn about different career pathways through guest speakers." — Anna Jiang '22