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New York City High School Students Gain Insights to Wall Street’s Financing of Critical Corporate & Public Infrastructure Projects

Career Discovery Day Students Visit # 1 Women & Minority Owned Financial Firm

Siebert Williams Shank (SWS), the nation’s largest women- and minority-owned financial firm, was among the participating companies opening its doors to New York City high school students for the 2024 Career Discovery Week taking place in early March.

Launched in 2020 as a joint initiative between the Partnership for New York City and New York City Public Schools, Career Discovery Week gives public high school students immersive exposure to professions through interactive day-long visits to some of the city’s most important employers.

Over 3,500 students visited more than 100 different workplaces to see how their classroom lessons apply to the real world. 

SWS is an independent non-bank financial services firm that offers investment banking, sales and trading, research, and advisory services. Counting 74 Fortune 100 companies among its clients, SWS serves corporations, governments, municipalities, and institutional investors. Its participation in Career Discovery Week is one of many service initiatives pursued by the firm, reflecting a steadfast commitment to making a positive impact on the communities it serves.  

“Siebert Williams Shank is thrilled to be involved with this inspiring and immersive event, and hosting some of New York City’s bright young minds. This was an opportunity to show our future generations how finance professionals play an integral role in financing jobs, economic development, and the critical infrastructure our society relies upon, including modern hospital facilities, university research centers, and airport and transit hubs,” said DiAnne Calabrisotto, Chief Operating and Chief Compliance Officer of SWS. “Students got to see all sides of the business, from corporate and municipal finance, to sales and trading, to legal and compliance, and asset management. The financial services industry offers so many promising career paths and we relish sharing our unique perspective with the visiting students.”

Studies show that students who participate in work-based learning opportunities achieve higher postsecondary success and better employment outcomes. Through its participation in Career Discovery Week, SWS and other employers help young people across New York City gain skills that improve their education experience and take steps toward building a career path.

Career Discovery Week is part of FutureReadyNYC, an NYC Public Schools Student Pathways initiative that provides work-based learning opportunities and career exposure to high school students. Schools are matched with public and private sector employers based on curricula.

The Partnership for New York City is a business and civic group that mobilizes private sector resources and expertise to advance New York City’s standing as a global center of economic opportunity, upward mobility, and innovation. It is a nonprofit organization whose 330 members are preeminent business leaders and companies that employ more than 1 million New Yorkers.


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