“Going to Simmons made me a stronger person. I was challenged to be my most authentic self and work my hardest.”
Gabrielle Rossetti ’11 works for a startup nonprofit, Invest in Girls, which provides high school girls with a strong financial knowledge base, successful women mentors, and exposure to financial services careers. As program director, she creates and teaches financial workshops and manages 92 mentoring relationships.
She says the most rewarding part of her job is teaching. “Being in a classroom with inquisitive, excited students is rejuvenating and empowering,” she says. “For me, it is rewarding to have the ability to share my knowledge and know that I am having a positive impact on at least one person’s life (and hopefully more). There is never a boring day at my job. Ever.”
Invest In Girls serves 350 girls in grades 10 through 12 at independent and public charter schools in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Girls voluntarily participate in IIG as an extracurricular activity starting in their sophomore year and continue participation throughout their high school career. The program seeks to give girls access to financial education and exposure to careers in finance and the financial services industry.
Rossetti says social justice is a strong part of the mission. “Every single person deserves equal rights — economic, political, social, and educational,” she says. “If a person has the willpower, work ethic, and heart to do something, she should be able to do it without fearing that barriers will get in her way.”
“Simmons forced me to wake up and realize that I have so much to learn about people,society, and myself. Going to Simmons made me a stronger person — always challenging me to be my most authentic self, work my hardest, and, perhaps most importantly, love.”