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Warren Buffett stresses self-investment with SWS students

Undergraduate | May 18, 2017 |

Where do you go if you want expert business and investing advice?

For two students in the Gabelli School’s Smart Woman Securities (SWS) group, the answer was clear: visit Warren Buffett.

This spring, Paige Dalcourt, BS ’18, and Emilie Frangione, BS ’19, traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, with 20 other SWS members from universities across the country to speak with and learn from the business magnate, investor, and philanthropist.

Before meeting with Buffett, the students visited businesses including the Gallup Organization, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Borsheims Fine Jewelry, TD Ameritrade, and Oriental Trading Company.

At TD Ameritrade, Carrie Braxdale, managing director, and Judith Ricketts, president of TD Ameritrade Clearing, highlighted the importance of continuous improvement. What matters, they said, is that you always strive to be better, not necessarily the best.

Buffett expressed a similar sentiment while sharing tips on investing in your career as well as in yourself.

You have one body and one mind that has so much potential, and that must last a lifetime,” he said, so people have the responsibility to continue learning and taking care of themselves.

Frangione said Buffett also “encouraged us to think about people we admire and to emulate their best qualities.”

On a trip comprised of women who hope to become future leaders in finance, there were plenty of people who fit the bill.

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