Conference Seals Winthrop Financial Planning Student's Dream

Staff Report From York County CEO

Friday, November 9th, 2018

A unique conference experience has inspired a Winthrop University student to keep pursuing her dream of being a financial planner.

Sophomore Angel Winchester recently attended the Forte Foundation’s first Women of Color Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference was geared toward encouraging minority groups, specifically women, to consider a career in business.

At the conference, Winchester, a Brooklyn, New York, native, learned about work etiquette and how to respond to failure from Cynthia Bowman, Bank of America’s chief diversity and inclusion officer. Another session was a panel featuring experts from Credit Suisse, DaVita, PIMCO and Bloomberg. The panel focused on how to be “more than a quota in a corporation,” Winchester said.

Winchester, who’s majoring in business administration with a concentration in finance, said the overall experience was amazing.

“It was great to meet women who look like me and are able to manage having a career and having a family,” she said, “to meet women who are confident in being in their natural skin and owning their natural beauty. I also appreciated the insight on the importance of accepting feedback, asking questions, learning more than your career and properly carrying yourself within a work setting.”

At Winthrop, Winchester serves on the Student Culinary Council and is a member of the honor society Gamma Beta Phi and the university’s NAACP chapter. She hopes to be a financial planner.

The Forte Foundation is a non-profit powered by an alliance of women, universities and corporations. The foundation seeks to increase the number of minorities in the workplace and provides networking, career exploration, leadership training, business education and more.