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My name is Emily Bethhauser and I am a fourth year undergraduate Honors Business student at The Ohio State University. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting through the Max M. Fisher College of Business with a minor in Business Analytics. My first involvement at Ohio State was with the Undergraduate Business Women’s Association where I took on a leadership role right away serving on the BuckeyeThon Committee. Shortly after joining UBWA, I joined Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, Buckeye Undergraduate Consulting Club, Buckeye Leadership Fellows, and the Honors Cohort Program. Additionally, I participated in Industry Immersion, started my own company with two fellow students to divert coffee ground waste and repurpose it into face and body exfoliants, and volunteered in Africa through Growth International Volunteer Experience (GIVE) and Costa Rica through Fisher Global Consulting Projects.
I have chosen to raise money for the Bennett Women In Leadership Fund (316004) which provides student financial and programmatic support, leadership and professional development, and other priorities identified by the College for women in business. I have chosen this fund because female leadership and professional development for undergraduates, specifically female undergraduates, is something that I am very passionate about. Over the past few years, I have had the privilege to receive various opportunities in these areas and mentorship from several women which I firmly believe has accelerated my growth as a person and as a professional. I am so grateful for these opportunities and acknowledge the impact they have had on my life, and therefore I hope to give other young women the same opportunities.
My experiences in this realm started when I was connected with a strong female leader during my freshman year of college. She saw the potential in me and gave me the opportunity to intern at Northwestern Mutual in their Investment Risk and Operations department the following summer. I had never considered investments prior, and was actually set on consulting, but she opened my eyes to the world of finance and the possibilities within it. She advocated for me yet again, and the following summer I interned at Northwestern Mutual Capital as an Investment Analyst Intern in their Private Debt and Private Equity space after sophomore year, even though they primarily only hired juniors. Additionally, throughout my sophomore year I had the ability to attend several women’s leadership conferences at the largest banks and listen to female leaders speak while connecting with many like-minded young women. Throughout these conferences and the mentorship I received during my sophomore year internship, I started to learn how to navigate a male dominated field and advocate for myself as a young professional. These experiences then lead me to intern at Goldman Sachs as an Investment Banking Intern in their Real Estate Financing Group summer after my junior year, which is where I will be starting full-time. In addition, I part-time interned at Nationwide during my sophomore and junior year as a Controllership Intern in their Nationwide Financial Bank, Nationwide Financial, Property and Casualty, and Investment Controllership groups and participated in Girls Who Invest Online Learners Program.
Throughout these experiences, I have been able to connect with and learn from many highly successful female leaders in Finance and Business, and have learned a lot about myself along the way. I have been fortunate enough to receive a tremendous amount of guidance and support from these women, attributing much of my own success to their help. Without my first connection or the many thereafter, I strongly believe I would not have received an internship after freshman year, the internships thereafter, or have landed in finance/investments all together.
Without young women seeing other females in these spaces, or having mentors guide them on their paths, it may be hard to see themselves in a position like that. Seeing strong females in these roles over the years has inspired me to want to become a successful woman in finance and I am confident in my ability to do so because of the advice and support I have received over the years. Without that inspiration and support, a lot of females may not even think of a career path they would otherwise thrive in, may not have the confidence to go after their dream career or may have the confidence but simply do not know where to start. Having a strong female support network allows young women to be educated in the possibilities that are out there, the support to go after their dreams, the guidance to be successful in their endeavors and the advice to navigate these experiences well.