FAQ

WHAT IS SWS AND WHAT DO WE DO?

Smart Woman Securities (SWS) is an all-female investment club with a focus on educating young women on personal finance and investing. SWS is comprised of general members, an Investment Team, and an Investment Board. The general members attend a semester-long seminar series culminating with a final investment project. General members who successfully complete the project can be considered for the Investment Team. Members of the Investment Team pitch companies across several sectors for the Investment Board. The Investment Board is made up of an elected leader from each sector and is headed by the Chief Investment Officer. They are in charge of managing SWS’s portfolio and deciding which stocks to invest in.

HOW DO I JOIN SWS?

Recruitment starts at the beginning of the fall semester. You can check out our booth at the Student Involvement Fair and/or attend our Info Session to learn more about our organization from our members. Once we review your application, you may be invited to interview for the chance to be part of that year’s Seminar Series. Keep in mind that you do not have to be a member to benefit from our club’s opportunities, as we hold many educational or professional development events open to the entire undergraduate campus.

ARE THE EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS AND STOCK PITCHES OPEN TO PUBLIC?

Our general meetings are open to the JHU community and stock pitches are open to the SWS community, SWS general members, and alumni. 

DO I NEED TO ALREADY KNOW ABOUT INVESTING AND FINANCIAL MODELING TO JOIN?

No, the beauty of SWS is its focus on education. We will teach you everything you need to know to start successfully using the Bloomberg Terminal, researching companies, developing financial models, and pitching investments. We also bring in speakers from the finance industry to give guest lectures on all aspects of personal finance and investing.

HOW MUCH OF A TIME COMMITMENT IS SWS?

Our general members typically meet once a week for 1-1.5 hours for the seminar series with additional guest speakers peppered throughout the semester. For the investment project, groups are expected to work outside of meetings to prepare for their pitch. Members of the Investment Team are expected to pitch twice a semester as well as attend weekly meetings to evaluate pitches and continue learning about more in-depth financial modeling. Members of the Investment Board are expected to attend meetings, meet with groups to dry-run their pitches, pitch twice a semester, and meet weekly to discuss pitches and decide on which companies to invest in.