Economics major and William Smith soccer forward Megan Richard ’19 graduated this spring ready to start her next chapter, having accepted a position as a technology associate at Wellington Management in Boston, Mass.
Through the firm’s information technology department, Richard is developing a deeper understanding of how technology drives portfolio management, portfolio analysis, trading and client engagement. She is excited to work at the intersection of business, investment and technology, as she “works with business partners to create better and more efficient technology to help traders and investment professionals,” she says.
As a student, Richard landed a summer internship at Wellington Management and was a member of the William Smith soccer team as they secured four consecutive Liberty League Championships. She received guidance from former soccer Herons including Alison Posner ’09, head of campus and analyst recruitment at Och-Ziff Capital Management; Theresa Lohr ’18, financial analyist at Credit Suisse; Jessica Tarantino ’12, vice president of investment portfolio at HSBC; and Sarah Tarantino ’12, vice president for credit risk management at J.P. Morgan Chase. She says the alums helped her identify the importance of leadership experience, communication skills, teamwork and time management in a finance career – skills she honed with the Herons.
Richard says she solidified her goal to work in finance after participating in the NYC and Boston Finance Experience trips sponsored by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. She says the experiences taught her about different career paths and company cultures, and helped her find the right fit at Wellington Management.
On campus, Richard was also a member of the HWS Finance Club, the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society, and served as an America Counts tutor.