Since graduating, Elizabeth Fender ’84 has been a steadfast and generous supporter of Simmons, the place she says “launched” her into a world of international finance and business.
“At Simmons, almost all of the faculty and staff served as mentors for me – directly and indirectly. They were passionate about their professions and generous with advice,” says Fender. “I never would have secured that first job that launched my career without Simmons.”
She gives back by supporting The Simmons Fund at the President’s Circle level with annual gifts of $25,000 and is a member of the 1899 Leadership Society.
Fender currently serves as a corporate governance adviser at Governance for Owners, in Charlotte, NC. She has also worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers, providing auditing services for clients in various industries, and as director of corporate governance for TIAA-CREF. She has been a spokesperson for the Financial Accounting Coalition for Truthful Statements (FACTS) and is a frequent speaker on governance and accounting issues.
“We need more educated, independent women to be involved in business, government, and philanthropy,” says Fender. “Simmons need to be able to offer scholarships to all those future leaders out there.”