Academics: Majors and Programs

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Spelman College Graduates with President Beverly Daniel Tatum

Alumnae Success Stories

From Analyzing to Thought Leader

In the nonprofit world, Ursula Wright is the chief operating office for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Before joining the alliance, she had worked in operations and corporate finance at companies including PriceWaterhouseCoopers and The Chase Manhattan Bank. Wright has an economics degree from Spelman and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

“The major teaches you to understand, analyze and appreciate the scarcity of resources and from that knowledge you are better able to become a thoughtful, professional leader in problem solving,” said Wright.

Analysis is key in the mutual fund business. At PNC Funds, one of the most highly trained individuals is Lisa Kreiling. To become a Certified Financial Analyst charter holder one must past three extremely rigorous examinations. For Kreiling, who holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Cambridge, England, and bachelor’s degree in economics from Spelman, becoming one of her industry’s leaders was a natural progression.

The senior municipal bond analyst, who joined PNC in 2004, examines the credits in healthcare, nonprofit and tax-based issues. She was a senior economist at economy.com, which is owned by Moody’s Analytics, before joining PNC, and had also worked in Merrill Lynch’s Public Finance Group.