Business school partnership with non-profit assists underrepresented students in finance world

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Access Distributed, a non-profit organization, formed a partnership with the University of Wisconsin and the School of Business to help students from underrepresented backgrounds get jobs in high-ranking positions in the finance industry.
The initial collaboration started in New York, where the founders of Access Distributed worked on the same team in investment finance with now Director at the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance at the Wisconsin School of Business Brad Chandler, Chandler said.
Mannie Ajayi and Jessica Holton, two of the founders of Access Distributed, reached out to Chandler last year and told him about an idea for a free fellowship program they wanted to start offering to students from underrepresented backgrounds who were interested in investment banking, but not attending elite private schools such as Harvard or Columbia.
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“When you are born into a family where these things exist and you know these things happen, it is much easier for you to find yourself in one of those jobs,” Chandler said. “And that spoke to me as …

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