Kendra is currently working as a first-year investment banking analyst at Bank of America Merryl Lynch in New York City where she enjoys hanging out with friends and exploring the city while not at work. She is so thankful for all the skills that Eller taught her about learning how to be successful in all aspects of the business by learning how to read a room. One of Kendra’s favorite memories from her time at the U of A was hosting the Women in Finance Brunch where she introduced more than 75 freshmen and sophomores to prestigious alumni.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I am being trusted with work that is getting sent to CEOs and CFOs of Fortune 500 companies daily. Earning that trust and proving you are capable of this high-intensity work is not easy, but it’s incredibly rewarding to look at the finished products week after week and realize the widespread impact my work has.
In what ways did Eller prepare you for your job? Eller taught me how to be able to be successful in any type of team. It’s amazing how many different kinds of people you will work within your career endeavors and the skillset Eller taught me allows me to read a room better, anticipate what my colleagues may need, and to be a team player in the easiest and in the hardest situations.
Any advice for a student looking to enter your industry/company? Really do your homework and decide why you want to pursue a job in Investment Banking/on Wall Street. Once you’ve done that, reach out to as many people as possible and just learn as much as you can. Prioritize and appreciate your network and don’t give up until you get the offer you’re working for.
What is your favorite UA/Eller memory? My favorite Eller memory is graduation – looking around that day, I was so proud of the people I had spent hours and hours with for the past 4 years, who I had learned so much from and who I know will remain, friends, peers, and inspirations for many years to come.
My other favorite memory is hosting the Ilene Fiszel-Bieler for the Women in Finance Brunch. It was incredible to have the opportunity to fly out such a relatable, prestigious alum and introduce her to 75 freshmen and sophomore women who were also inspired by her.