Smart Woman Securities

Smart Woman Securities is a not-for-profit organization focused on educating students in finance and investing. The club provides a supportive and welcoming environment for education at an introductory level. Successful chapters exist at Harvard, Yale and UVA among other top universities.

The club was approved to become an official chapter and began programming in Fall 2015. Such programs include a 10-week Seminar Series, organized research teams and an investment fund that gives the students of William & Mary practical and hands-on experience with investing.

The faculty advisor for Smart Woman Securities is Professor Osman Nal.

Please contact the Aanchal Goenka for more information.

Smart Woman Securities is open to any student interested in financial services regardless of race,​ national origin, color, ​sex, gender, sexual orientation, ​disability or age. To find out more click here.

2022 Club Officers

Aanchal Goenka

Aanchal is a junior from Stafford, Virginia majoring in Finance and minoring in Data Science. Currently, she is the W&M Smart Woman Securities President. She joined Smart Woman Securities her freshman year and afterward served on the Executive Board as Assistant Investment Officer. She joined Smart Woman Securities to enhance her understanding of Finance. She wants to help grow the SWS community on campus and encourage members to expand their financial literacy. She aims to create an open environment where members feel comfortable to discuss financial topics and prepare for a career in Finance. This past summer, she was a Business Analytics and Insights Intern at Fidelity Investments. In the summer of 2022, she will intern as a Summer Scholar at Deloitte Consulting. On campus, Aanchal is involved with Model UN, Students for University Advancement, and the South Asian Student Association.

Ishita Gomes
Executive Assistant

Ishita is a sophomore from Edison, New Jersey majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics. She joined Smart Woman Securities during the fall semester to further her understanding of Investing and Finance and is currently the W&M Smart Woman Securities Executive Assistant. This past summer she was an intern at a local insurance agency. Aside from Smart Woman Securities, Ishita is also involved with several other campus organizations. She is the W&M Women in Business Vice President of Community Engagement, a regular volunteer at the House of Mercy in Williamsburg, a tutor in the W&M Community Partners for Adult Learners, and a member of the South Asian Student Association.

Grishma Baruah
Development Assistant
Grishma is a freshman from Chantilly, Virginia double majoring in Finance and Computer Science, and is currently the W&M Smart Woman Securities Development Assistant. Grishma joined SWS because she wanted to build her knowledge in investing, as well as become part of a supportive community of women interested in finance. Grishma is a 2022 Girls Who Invest Online Intensive Program Scholar, and this upcoming summer, she will be a Data Analytics Intern at Dominion Energy. Outside of SWS, Grishma is involved with the W&M Society of Women in Computing, where she is the Community Service Chair, W&M Women in Business, where she is the Vice President of Mentorship, and is part of the W&M Debate Society.
Emma Mormile
Chief Investment Officer

Emma is a sophomore from Summit, New Jersey majoring in Finance. She is currently the Chief Investment Officer for W&M Smart Woman Securities. Emma joined the club this past fall semester eager to learn about investing and finance. She is excited to help new members with their stock pitches in the upcoming year. Emma is also one of four portfolio managers for the Mason Investment Club at W&M, following her role as a Real Estate and Finance Junior Analyst. She is also involved in Finance Academy.

Molly Gaffney
Chief Development Officer

Molly is a junior from Alexandria, Virginia studying Finance with a minor in History. After joining Smart Woman Securities as a Freshman, she became Assistant Chief Development Officer for the 2021 school year and currently serves as the Chief Development Officer. Molly loves how SWS encourages community and financial literacy among women in the business school and across campus. This summer she will be interning in J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank in New York City. On campus, Molly is a member of a social sorority, works with the Mason Student Experience Council, and participated in Cornell WIN’s Undergraduate Conference.

Sylva Murtinova
Investment Assistant

Sylva is a  freshman interested in pursuing a degree in Business Analytics with a Supply Chain concentration. Sylva is exploring the many aspects of business through different clubs and organizations and also serves as the Vice President of Student Engagement in Women in Business.

Barbare Salakaia
Research Assistant

Barbare is a freshman from Georgia, Tbilisi. In the future she wants to apply for Raymond A. Mason school of Business. During her high school years she owned a startup of handmade jewelry. Her main goal is to contribute to her family’s business in Georgia.


Aalia Husain
Co-Chief Marketing Officer

Aalia is a freshman from Potomac, Maryland intending to major in Finance with a concentration in Marketing. She joined Smart Women Securities her freshman year and is currently the Co-Chief Marketing Officer. Aside from Smart Woman Securities, Aalia is also involved with several other campus organizations. Aalia is working at the Entrepreneurship Center as the Communications Program Coordinator, is the Assistant Vice President of Marketing for W&M Women in Business, and serves as an analyst for W&M Mason Investment Club.

Sandy Kelso
Co-Chief Marketing Officer

Kaitlyn is a sophomore from Vero Beach, Florida studying Art History with a concentration in Built Environments. She is also pursuing a minor in the business school. She will be serving as the Assistant Marketing Officer. She joined SWS in the fall of 2020 to learn more about investing and hopes to share the knowledge she’s learned with new members. After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate studies in either architecture or arts administration. Outside of SWS, she is on the editorial staff for The Review Magazine, a member of Delta Gamma, and a content analyst for Agency 1693.

Merritt Steadman
Chief Research Officer

Merritt is a junior from Alexandria, Virginia majoring in Finance and minoring in Environmental Science and Policy. Currently, she is the Chief Research Officer of Smart Woman Securities. Merritt joined SWS to strengthen her finance knowledge and is excited to help others explore the realm of finance and investing. She hopes to be of use for other members by coordinating and helping research teams this semester. Outside of the business school, Merritt is involved in sustainability initiatives on campus.