For Elizabeth Weingast ’18, the “continued guidance and support” of HWS alums has not only helped her find a niche in the financial world, but a platform to mentor current students. She now serves as an investment banker in the Debt Capital Markets group at J.P. Morgan’s New York City headquarters.
Weingast began getting hands-on experience during a 2016 internship with an investment team at Bridgewater Wealth & Financial Management (now merged with The Colony Group) in Washington, D.C., where Stephen Schuler ’82, P’12 serves as principal and chief investment officer. There, Weingast learned that she “was interested in investment banking but I also knew I loved the client side of the business.”
An economics major with minors in entrepreneurial studies and mathematics, Weingast was a finalist in the Centennial Center’s Stu Lieblien ’90 Pitch Contest as a sophomore, and served as a student board member of the IdeaLab, running weekly classes to encourage entrepreneurial leadership on campus.
A four–year member of William Smith’s ice hockey team, she served on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and was a student representative to the William Smith Heron Society, attending board meetings and fostering communication among the alum, parent and friend supporters.
Through the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, she connected to the alum network, whose guidance and mentorship led to her 2017 summer internship with J.P. Morgan Chase.
“[The former Vice President Product Manager] Brittany Gannon O’Shea ’06 was the first HWS alum to contact me and help me get my internship in the Treasury Service Division,” says Weingast, noting Investment Banking Associate Michael Garland ’12, Investment Banking Analysts Alison Ware ’16 and Grant Soucy ’17, Associate, Natural Resources Leveraged Finance Group Marc Borden ’07 and Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking North America Eric Stein ’89 all helped her transition into the industry.
In her full-time position at J.P. Morgan Chase, she is excelling in the “fast-paced environment” where she is “constantly learning.” She says she is also now poised to help HWS students as they begin their career searches.
“I advise students to utilize all of the resources the Colleges have to offer, such as the Centennial Center and the Salisbury Center. HWS gives you every opportunity to succeed in any career. It’s up to the students to take advantage of these resources.”