Afsaneh recently spoke to Britt Harris’s Titans of Investing class at the Texas A&M University Mays Business School. Her talk focused on hedge funds, private equities, and her experiences as a transformative entrepreneur. Only high-performing students are admitted to the class. They must be likely to be highly successful in business, committed to helping others, and diverse in their backgrounds, viewpoints or approaches to issues. The students must also complete “Titan’s Briefs,” essays that reflect on classic works of finance, and maintain an active investment portfolio throughout the semester.
Harris, who teaches the class, is the chief investment officer of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), a current member of the President’s Working Group for Financial Markets, and an Advisory Board Member for the New York Stock Exchange. During his illustrious career, he has been the chief investment officer of Verizon Investment Management, the chief executive officer of Bridgewater Associates, and the chief investment officer of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
RockCreek’s internship program mirrors the Titans of Investing class in many ways, as applicants must clear a high bar for academic achievement, evince social awareness and commitment, and bring a dimension of diversity to our firm. About 20 students comprise our summer intern class, and each is evaluated on their potential to be successful during and after their time at RockCreek. A background in finance is not necessary to be a successful RockCreek intern; a dedication to excellence is.