Students of Distinction
Baruch College, CUNY
Natalia Graca is a Finance and Investments major at Baruch College. Originally from Brazil, she moved to New York 10 years ago without speaking any English. The FWA Mentoring Program, has helped her grow both professionally and personally with the help of her fantastic mentor, Kathryn Myers; the mentoring program team, Alyce Mayo, Betsy Werley, and Olga Barskaya; and FWA board member, Marietta Bottero. She is also an alumna of the Financial Leadership Program at Baruch, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and Sponsor for Educational Opportunity.
As an FWA-BMO Capital Markets Scholar and recipient of the FWA International Study Scholarship, she has been fortunate to have the opportunity to further her studies at Baruch and study architecture in Paris this past winter. Upon graduation, she will join Goldman Sachs in their Investment Banking Division. Natalia is passionate about supporting initiatives that increase participation of minorities in the financial services industry and helping underclassmen successfully navigate the recruiting process.
Murry Bergtraum High School
Victoria Kui is a senior currently attending Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers and graduating as the class valedictorian of 2016 where she studies marketing, advertising, and retail. Although she has already received acceptance letters from multiple colleges, the school she will take part in is still undecided. Victoria plans to major in psychology though she would also like to take her interests in business along her journey in college.
During her time out of school, Victoria enjoys working with children whether it is in a preschool, a tutoring center, or private sessions. She is currently working as a substitute teacher-aide at Transfiguration Early Childhood School and engaging with a four-year-old to prepare for the Gifted & Talented programs. Moreover, Victoria has been taking college credit courses from both Syracuse University and Baruch College to help her further her knowledge and prepare her for her college career.
She is much obliged for her three years in participating with FWA’s mentoring program where she was guided by successful business women and encouraged her to strive beyond the expected. With the many inspirational people she has met including her personal mentor, Victoria hopes to see herself one day in the same position so that she may have the opportunity to inspire future generations as well.