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Women in Finance

Alumnae from Ursinus will share perspectives on how to succeed in finance. Learn how to advocate for yourself, overcome challenges, make connections to support your long term career. RSVP requested.
  • Hedge funds and portfolios that were exclusively managed by women have generated profits two times that of their male counterparts in 2017.
  • Men with business and finance degrees outnumber women at a rate of 2.2 to 1

Alumnae Panelists (See Bios below):

Briana Anderson ’14,Ttraining Specialist at SEI

Eilish “Irish” Bennett ’14, Consultant, Mergers and Acquisitions at Deloitte

Marina Bitar ’06, Head of Data Strategy and Analytics, Investment Management Unit, SEI

Yvette Dennis ’91, Vice President - Infrastructure at AIG

Eleisha Smith ’99, Product Lead, Vice President, JPMorgan Chase

RSVP before the event.  Students who RSVP and attend the event will be entered into a raffle to win a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card.  You must be present to win.

Students from all majors and years are welcome.

Sponsored by the Business & Economics Dept., CPD, and Alumni Relations


Briana Anderson ’14, Training Specialist II, SEI

I am a Training Specialist who provides both technical and professional development training to employees in the Investment Manager Services (IMS) market unit at SEI. I strive to help our employees understand the theory behind their jobs and develop critical career skills like time management and emotional intelligence. After over two years in the Learning and Development space, my primary focus is now on helping our Senior Analysts grow in their careers and determine what is next for them, facilitating the Mutual Fund technical training for new hires, building our online training program and acting as the subject matter expert for our learning management system. 

Before joining the IMS Learning and Development team, I began my professional career as a Fund Accountant in IMS in 2014. As a Supervisor in the IMS Mutual Fund Accounting space, I worked closely with analysts to explain the WHY behind their jobs. It was my passion for learning and helping others understand the “why” that ultimately lead me to my current role on the IMS Learning and Development team. I hold a BA in Business and Economics from Ursinus College. While at Ursinus, I also studied Spanish which provided me the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Spain. In addition to my degree, I hold Introduction to Instructional Design and E-Learning Instructional Design certificates from the Association for Talent Development. I recently accepted a board position for the newly-created Ursinus Finance and Liberal Arts Initiative Advocacy Group.

Eilish (Irish) Bennett ’14, Consultant, Mergers & Acquisitions, Deloitte

Eilish is a Consultant in the Mergers & Acquisitions operating portfolio of Deloitte, based out of Philadelphia. In this capacity, she advises clients spanning an array of industries on transactional readiness, specializing in supporting commercial functions. To date, she has supported a $10bn asset divestment and several multi-billion dollar IPO’s across the lifecycle of each deal. Prior to joining Deloitte, Eilish was the Chief of Staff for the Chief Marketing Officer of AXA Equitable, managing the day to day activities of the department through the company’s IPO. In this role, she supported workstreams related to public relations, re-branding, upgrading marketing technology, and expense cutting. Eilish also spent her first year post-grad serving with AmeriCorps, working at a low income community school in Compton, California. She graduated from Ursinus College with a BA in Business and Economics and a minor in Psychology in 2014. While at UC, she was a Resident Advisor, Campus Safety Dispatch Training Manager, President of both Big Brothers Big Sisters and the women’s rugby team, and a founding member of the Peer Advocates.

Marina Bitar ’06, Global Head of Data Strategy and Analytics, Investment Management Division, SEI

Marina leads a team of managers and specialists responsible for data acquisition, governance, analysis and distribution to support SEI’s investment management initiatives. In this role, she oversees the investment data infrastructure and engages with business, data and technology partners to develop solutions and effect change throughout the organization. Prior to joining the Investment Management Solutions Team in 2009, Marina began her career as a mutual fund analyst before transitioning to SEI’s Fixed Income Portfolio Management Team in 2008 where she worked as a credit research analyst.

Marina graduated summa cum laude from Ursinus College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business/Economics and International Relations. She received her Master of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University. Marina is a CFA Charterholder, and also holds the Certified Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) designation.

Yvette Dennis ’91, VP, Infrastructure Group, AIG Investments

Yvette Dennis joined AIG Investments as Vice President in the Infrastructure Group in 2017. As a long-term investor in the private placement capital market, the Infrastructure Group manages an estimated $13 billion portfolio of more than 230 investments in 17 countries on behalf of AIG insurance companies. Investments are primarily in energy (solar, wind, hydro, energy from waste, natural gas and transmission), infrastructure (seaports, airports and toll roads) and natural resources projects as well as corporate utilities (electric, gas and water). Yvette performs due diligence on transactions from construction to commercial operation through the life of the debt.   

Previously, Yvette Dennis worked 10 years at Fitch Ratings, most recently as Senior Director in the agency’s Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group.  Her primary focus was in assessing credit risks and assigning credit ratings for energy, water and other infrastructure projects issuing debt in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Previously, Yvette served as Director in Fitch’s Public Finance Group assigning credit ratings for debt issued by municipal electric and water utilities.

Prior to joining Fitch, Yvette spent 10 years in the U.S. federal government. From 2005 to 2007 Yvette served as Deputy Director of microfinance at the U.S. Agency for International Development, providing access to credit and other financial services in developing countries. From 1997-2005 Yvette was a credit and budget analyst at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where she helped to develop and monitor the president’s budget for small businesses and single-family housing loan-guarantee programs. Yvette earned a BA in political science in 1991 from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania as well as a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and certificate of Latin American Studies in 1997 from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Eleisha Smith ’99, Vice President, Product Lead, JPMorgan Chase

Eleisha works as a Product Owner on the Firmwide Finance and Business Architecture (FFBA) team, a project team within Corporate Finance at JPMorgan Chase. Eleisha is specifically responsible for managing the Firm’s data and supporting the regulatory reports that rely on that data. She manages a team in India, and sets the work priorities for technology teams in Houston (TX), Jersey City (NJ), and Bangalore (India).  In her tenure with the firm, Eleisha has also held roles in both JPMorgan’s Private Bank and Investment Bank. Her experiences span operations, business analysis, data management, liquidity, and quality and control. Eleisha majored in Politics and minored in French at Ursinus where she was an OA, RA, and a member of S.U.N. She also has an Executive MBA from Temple University, in her hometown of Philadelphia. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and resides in Delaware with her 2 sons, ages 12 and 10.