University of Virginia Smart Woman Securities (SWS), winner of UVA’s Best New CIO award and McIntire's 2014 Outstanding Student Organization Award, is the UVA chapter of a national organization that seeks to educate and enrich women on the fundamentals of investments and finance.

SWS is one of 25 national chapters with a mission to create a cohesive, supportive environment for women to achieve financial confidence and explore new career fields through:

  • A 10-week educational seminar series

  • Stock pitches and research analyst program

  • An alumni and mentorship program

  • Corporate and professional development sponsorships

After completing the seminar series, full members of SWS have the opportunity to manage SWS’s investment fund and meet with successful investors such as Warren Buffett. By providing direct investment experience, SWS hopes to succeed in creating a community of women with greater investment knowledge and financial influence. Chief Executive Officer: Mia Salin