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UNC Kenan-Flagler students engage with the investment management discipline through student-led career clubs, key recruiting opportunities, investment competitions, and career workshops in a collaborative, inclusive and supportive culture. Tar Heels work together, with a confidence that brings out our best – and the best in others.

Investment Management Center hub diagramThe center serves as the hub of student, faculty and alumni engagement, particularly for those interested in asset management on the “buy-side” and the research, sales and trading areas of the “sell side” of the finance world. The center is devoted to fostering an engaged community for all stakeholders including students, alumni, faculty and staff and offering a wide array of experiential opportunities and unparalleled career support.

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The center also is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and accessible journey to all students as they explore the investment management arena. Our center staff has completed campus-wide trainings offered by the University Office for DEI and is committed to partnering with centers across the university and providing resources for our community.


Select student award winners

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Drew Johnson

Drew Johnson

2022 Outstanding Investment Management Student Award for Impact

Drew Johnson

Full-time: Equity Research Analyst, Thornburg Investment Management
Internship: Summer Intern Equity Investment Team, Thornburg Investment Management

“Drew always went out of his way to try and incorporate as many students into events. It didn’t matter if it was a regular meeting, an internal pitch competition, advertising for AIM, or a guest speaker series — he would cast a far reaching net to try and include as many people of different backgrounds as possible. I always appreciated how he could make anyone feel welcome within the IM space, which goes a long way to deconstructing the perceived barriers that have long been within the industry.”

“Drew taught me how to improve my stock pitches and financial modeling. He was respectful and let me know when he made mistakes of his own when it came to guidance. Because of these things, he became a well-respected IMC leader and we trusted him to guide us. He spent many nights with us, and we appreciate his hard work.”

Alyssa Habig

Alyssa Habig

2022 Outstanding Investment Management Student Award for Inclusion

Alyssa Habig

Full-time: Equity Research Analyst, Eagle Asset Management
Internship: Analyst Intern, Athanor Capital

“Alyssa was the driving force behind balancing the gender diversity of the AIM management team this year and for including the diversity requirement for the Alpha Challenge. She also served on an Alpha Challenge team to help UNC Kenan-Flagler uphold this requirement when we were trying to field a third team and unable to find another female first willing to participate.”

“Alyssa showed inclusion when voicing her opinion regarding the lack of women in investment management. She was outspoken when speaking about the gap and encouraged me to continue down this career path, regardless of the lack of diversity. She encouraged women to speak just as loudly and encouraged us to reach out to her if we were having troubles with anything. She is one of the many reasons why I continued to pursue a career in investment management today.”