When I first thought about creating The Corporate Diary, I wanted to discuss not only my journey as a business graduate, goal setting and success but more importantly, create a platform to shed light on the women who are excelling in male dominated fields. Meagan Prins, a McGill University student and incoming Goldman Sachs investment-banking analyst, came to mind.
Investment banking is a world most know predominantly through the lens of men. Michael Lewis’ The Big Short, The Wolf of Wall Street, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and countless novels and films make it so. Fast forward to 2017 where corporations are looking to improve their accountability, CSR and look to celebrate women, visible minorities and LGBT equality and inclusion – it was interesting to question such a kind and humble woman, such as Meagan Prins regarding her life as a past ibanking intern. We talked about her studies, ambitions, advice and we joked about finance stereotypes. There was a lot of laughter!
I knew of her as I attended the Desautels Management Achievement Awards 2015 – an event “established in 1979 to honour Canadian business leaders who have made a significant and valuable contribution to the Canadian economy and way of life, through their success in business and their involvement in the community”. Prins acted as the Executive Director. Her poise and grace draw me to know more about her.
Prior and alongside to finance, the Toronto native has worked for McGill University as a Communications Intern at the Institute for Health and Social Policy; as an Equity Analyst managing $3.5M AUM of Canada’s first university-owned student-run investment firm and is the Co-Founder/Executive Director of Penny Drops. The not-for-profit organization addresses the growing concern of financial illiteracy in Canadian youth. Admirably, her academic achievements are surreal. Having won the J W McConnell Scholarhsip and the Desautels Leadership Scholarship demonstrate her close to perfect scores and high academic standing along with outstanding leadership qualities.
It was a pleasure getting to know Meagan Prins and can only say it is her humility, kind-hearted and hard-working spirit which will continue to bring her far. I cannot wait to see what else she accomplishes – I have a feeling it’s going to be big.
For the full interview with Meagan Prins, watch her on The Corporate Diary, below.