Women's Leadership Initiative

The Berkeley Haas MFE program is dedicated to amplifying the voices of aspiring and current women leaders in the fields of finance, data science, and technology.

We're committed to helping women launch and advance their careers, connecting them to a strong support network of alumni and industry partners, providing professional development workshops, and more. The MFE Program continually seeks ways to further the success and advancement of women in these quantitative fields and elevate women in leadership.

33% women


Featured Stories

Paving the Way for Women in Quant Finance

Berkeley MFE Blog

MFE alumnae Daniela Tobyer Bravo and Coco Tsai share their experiences in the program and how it's paving the way for women in quant finance.

Read Paving the Way article

Prarthana Shetty's Mission to Demystify Finance through Coffee Time Finance

Berkeley MFE Blog

MFE Alumna Prarthana Shetty drives change in the quant finance space with her mission to democratize finance by building a platform and empowering others through Coffee Time Finance.

Read article about Prarthana

Q&A: Yue Chen, BS 20, MFE 23, pioneering Division 1 women’s basketball player aims to be a Triple Bear

Berkeley Haas News

Yue Chen, BS 20, MFE 23, is the first-ever Chinese national to play on a NCAA Division 1 Women’s basketball team. Chen played center for the women’s team at Cal for five years before returning to China to play professionally for 18 months. Now, the pioneering athlete is back at Berkeley with sights on becoming a Triple Bear.

Read the Q&A with Yue

Powering up her career and empowering other women in finance careers

Berkeley MFE Blog

Aditi Narware, MFE 23 share her experience and her commitment to empowering women in the field of finance.

Read article about Aditi

An MFE candidate finds rewards, challenges, and community

Berkeley MFE Blog

Akshita Gulati, MFE 24 shares her journey and the positive impact it has had on her professional development.

Read article about Akshita

Upcoming Events for Prospective Students

The MFE Admissions team looks forward to meeting you at these upcoming events.

Grace Hopper Conference

September 26-29, 2023
Orlando, Fl

GHC is a three-day conference designed to bring together women in computing for professional development. The MFE Program admissions representatives look forward to connecting with you at the conference.

Learn more about the Grace Hopper Conference

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Conference

October 26-28, 2023

SWE Conference is the world's largest conference for Women in Engineering and Technology. Join us at this conference to connect with MFE Program admissions representatives. The conference will be held in Los Angeles in 2023.

Learn more about the SWE Conference

Past Events

      • MFE Women’s Panel x Society of Women Engineers Dec 2021
      • Berkeley x MFE Women’s Panel Feb 2022
      • Grace Hopper Conference Sep 2022
      • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Conference Oct 2022
      • Succeeding in Quant Finance and Data Science: An MFE Women Alumni Perspective Jan 2023

Events for Current Students

We also have a number of annual events for women who are currently enrolled in the MFE program. As a student, you'll have the opportunity to participate in various events for professional development, networking and more such as the following:
  • MFE Women’s Program - Alumni Mentor/Student Mentee Program
  • MFE Women's Program - Accountability Partners Program
  • MFE International Women's Day Luncheon
  • Financial Women San Francisco (FWSF) Leadership Master Class 
  • FWSF Scholarship Luncheon
  • FWSF Financial Women of the Year Award Luncheon

Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities

Financial Women San Francisco (FWSF) Scholarship

We strongly encourage MFE women to apply for the Financial Women San Francisco Scholarship each year. The FWSF Scholarship Fund provides graduate scholarships to San Francisco Bay Area women pursuing careers in the fields of accounting, finance, and/or the financial services industry. Graduate students who are selected are awarded $15,000. Admitted MFE women are eligible to apply for the scholarship and are encouraged to apply for the scholarship early.

Correlation One Data Science for All/Women Fellowship

Correlation One Data Science for All/Women Fellowship is a unique fellowship program that is designed for PhD/Master’s women. Fellows will participate in a seven-week world-class technical training, professional development workshops, and mentorship from senior industry leaders. Fellows will also be connected to job opportunities from Employer Partners, with some of the top employers worldwide. Enrolled MFE women are eligible to apply for the fellowship. The application typically opens in April and closes end of May.

Berkeley Haas MFE Recipients

Aditi NarwareAditi Narware, MFE 23

Vika ZhouVika Zhou, MFE 23

Sampada Desai

FESA Women's Chair

Sampada Desai, MFE 24

The Financial Engineering Student Association (FESA) is a Berkeley Haas Master of Financial Engineering student-led club. The mission of FESA is to build an inclusive and empowering community and to improve the MFE program experience for current and future classes. The FESA Women’s Chair work collaboratively with the MFE Program Office to develop programming and design initiatives to empower women in the cohort.

Connect with the FESA Women’s Chair via email at mfe@haas.berkeley.edu.