Katherine Fischer is a true Pioneer, having double-majored in economics and international studies with a business administration minor as an undergrad at DU, and then continuing on for her fifth year to obtain her master’s degree in finance. She also has been a member and two-year captain of the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Program. With two older sisters who also graduated from DU, Elizabeth “Betsy” Fischer (MBA 2016) and Sarah Fischer (BA 2015), there is clearly a deep connection and affinity for the school.
Fischer credits her undergraduate studies for her strong conceptual and theory-based understanding of the world as well as how things work and interact. Studying finance at the graduate level has given her the hard skills she will now use as she launches her career with Credit Suisse in New York City upon graduation in Spring 2019.
Opportunities for leadership and growth can arise in unexpected situations, which Kate learned when she tore her ACL during her sophomore year. The injury unexpectedly gave her the opportunity to become an “off-field” leader for the women’s lacrosse team and, she was honored when her peers chose her to be team captain during both her senior and fifth years. Her injury also gave her an extra year of eligibility for lacrosse as well as the extra time to complete her master’s degree and figure out what she wanted to do for a career. She expresses gratitude for the tremendous support of her fellow lacrosse teammates, coaches, athletic trainers and the DU student body, and states that she is “Proud to be a Pioneer.”
Fischer also took advantage of opportunities to put her classroom learning to work by completing two internships – one with the Pardee International Futures center at the Korbel School of International Studies as an undergrad and a second last summer with First New York Capital Management as a trading intern.
She also welcomed the opportunity to take part in another DU tradition – study abroad – by spending December 2017 in Belize through a program sponsored by DU’s Pioneer Leadership Program. Reinforcing her passion for sustainability, the trip allowed her to see how a country can develop – both socially and economically – in an environmentally friendly way.
One of Fischers favorite memories from her time at Reiman was the Walk Down Wall Street Trip organized by Professor Mac Clouse and Teaching Associate Professor JP Tremblay. The trip opened her eyes to how many DU alumni are working in the Big Apple, as well as the professional success enjoyed by graduates of our school. We have no doubt that Katherine will be part of that pool of engaged and successful alumni in the years ahead!