Name: Emilie Frangione
Hometown: Huntington, New York
School/Year: Gabelli School of Business 2019
Major/Minor: Applied Accounting and Finance, concentration in Global Business
Campus involvement: Smart Woman Securities, Beta Alpha Psi, The Boyle Society
1. How did you get started in taekwondo and how long have you been doing it?
I started taekwondo at the age of 6. I have 3 sisters and my dad wanted us all to know how to defend ourselves. My involvement in the sport escalated quickly and I trained for about 12 years.
2. Can you tell us a little bit about your taekwondo experience and accomplishments?
I am currently a second degree black belt. A few of my biggest accomplishments include 7X New York State Champion, 2008 Junior Olympic Champion, 2012 US National Team B Member, and 2014 Canada Open Champion. I also trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO for a week with the national team! The best parts of my whole journey were the people I met and the lessons I learned!
3. How has taekwondo impacted your life?
Taekwondo was mentally and physically challenging for me growing up. I maintained a strict diet and had limited time to spend with my family and friends because I trained and traveled countless hours every week. However, taekwondo taught me that sacrifice along with commitment and self-awareness will assist me in facing challenges and meeting my goals. It was the most rewarding experience of my life and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!
4. What made you want to join Smart Woman Securities, and what has been your favorite part of being involved?
Smart Woman Securities (SWS) is a national organization that aims to educate women in finance and investing. I joined SWS during the first semester of my freshman year. I am a very analytical and numbers focused person. I have always been eager to gain insight and experience in the corporate world and to understand the factors involved in making important decisions that may affect a business.
My favorite experience with SWS so far has been serving as the Junior Chief Investment Officer because it has enabled me to not only develop my career goals, but also to assist others in pursuing their goals! I assist in training ten research analysts to value equities and analyze market catalysts. I also assist in managing a nationally competitive virtual portfolio of $500,000, which is currently ranked in first place and up 10.65%. SWS was a catalyst in my decision to pursue a career within finance.
5. How did you land your internship at Morgan Stanley as a sophomore, and is it something you're interested in pursuing after graduation?
I obtained my internship at Morgan Stanley during my freshman year through my SWS network! I began interning this past fall in their private wealth management division. I work with a supportive and unique team of people and I have truly loved every minute of it. This summer, I will be interning at Deutsche Bank as an investment banking analyst. I am planning to continue a career in investment banking after graduation.
6. What advice do you have for other students wanting to pursue opportunities in finance and accounting?
If you’re passionate about finance and/or accounting, I think it's very important to find a mentor and leverage your network! Surround yourself with people that support you and motivate you. Most importantly, work hard, be patient, and act with integrity!
7. What is your favorite thing about Fordham?
I love how Fordham has a beautiful campus with a lot of green space, but is also only a 20-minute train ride from the city!
8. Last song stuck in your head?
Shape of You by Ed Sheeran… I love Ed!
9. Guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is Soul Cycle. I am an addict and when I'm home in Long Island, I go several times a week.
10. If you could pick three celebrities to be a part of your squad, who would they be?
I would choose Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Lawrence, and Warren Buffet. I'm actually having dinner with Mr. Buffett this week in Omaha!