The 100 Women in Finance LaunchMe Mentorship Program is a comprehensive development and advocacy initiative that helps connect career-ready students to professionals and industry firms.





LaunchMe is a 12-month virtual mentorship program focusing on four key areas: Exploring Career Opportunities, Enhancing Professional Network, Building Essential Career Skills, and Developing Business Acumen. Students create a development plan to prepare for the beginning of their career journey. Professionals, in addition to helping others develop competencies, utilize and enhance leadership skills which may better position themselves for advancement.

Mentors and mentees participate in both 1:1 and group meetings focused on industry and self-development skills that are relevant to both students and professionals.

Program commitment is approximately 2 hours per month.

Mentee Benefits

  • Explore how personal values and aspirations align with career interests and opportunities
  • Identify the tools and skills needed to be successful within the LaunchMe framework encompassing the four key areas of focus
  • Utilize a development plan as an accelerator to customize early career steps

Mentor Benefits

  • Further develop and explore leadership skills and enhance emotional intelligence
  • Gain experience addressing diverse career needs by mentoring individuals outsideone’s organization
  • Share insight through the lens of real-life experiences and lessons learned
  • Opportunity to guide career-ready students and advocate for new talent entering the industry

Corporate Partner

  • Hands-on experience for managers addressing diverse needs of individuals, providing guidance on professional development and recognizing the importance of empathy when managing people and teams
  • Opportunities for professionals to further develop management style and leadership attributes to be leveraged in a corporate environment
  • Access to career-ready candidates to meet hiring needs and promote internship and full-time job opportunities

How to Get Involved

This program runs annually from April to March.

Applications are now open.

Summary of the LaunchMe 2023 Program

In the 2023 cohort, there are over 100 pairs of mentors/mentees across the Americas, APAC and EMEA. In addition we have a Professional Committee and a Student Committee with participants around the globe. See committee members listed below.

The participants reflect on current developments in the industry and the impact on career opportunities, such as:

  • ESG & Impact Investing
  • Changing Investments Landscape across asset and wealth management
  • Digital Assets
  • Personal Brand
  • Empowerment
  • Business Acumen
  • Networking
  • Modernized Recruitment and Interview Process
“The LaunchMe program gave me opportunities to have in-depth conversations with inspiring industry veterans such as directors, portfolio managers and founders. I believe we cannot become who we cannot see and the program empowered me by showing me the heights that I can achieve.”
Student Mentee 2023

Additional background on our mentors
  • Region: Mentors from 16 countries help create a welcoming space for young women.
  • Experience: Mentors range from 3 to over 25 years of experience representing a variety of sectors and functional roles within financial services. They leverage each other to make connections for their mentees across banking, trading, portfolio management, wealth management, research, fintech, sustainability, private equity, and venture capital.
    • 40% of our Mentors have Certifications, like CFA, CPA, and CAIA
    • Mentor’s business units across firms varied widely, offering our Mentees exposure in Sales, Trading, Investor Relations, and more.

“The opportunity to meet and connect with influential leaders and professionals in the finance industry has been instrumental in broadening my network. The interactions and discussions at these events have not only been intellectually stimulating but have also provided me with a broader perspective on the industry.”

Student Mentee 2023

“100WF has helped me immensely while kick-starting my professional career. Being paired with a mentor has given me the resources to navigate through job applications, interviews, and networking opportunities. I’ve learned so much during my time as a mentee and have been so grateful for all that 100WF continues to prepare me for.”

Student Mentee 2023

“I have obtained a great deal of information from virtual sessions where we interact Guest Speakers, Mentors, and other Mentees. One session was my eye-opener, I realized that there is a lot more I I could mould myself into in this career path. Today I stand open-minded about what I could be because I know the World has limitless opportunities.“
Student Mentee 2023

“I learned that I really enjoy being a mentor and that my mentee is very driven and passionate for her age. I am really looking forward to seeing what she can accomplish!”
Industry Professional, 2023 Mentor


Upcoming LaunchMe Events



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Browse past events

October 2023

Quarterly Meeting:
ESG vs. Impact Investing – The Current State

July 2023

Quarterly Meeting:
Personal Brand and Career Interests

April 2023

Launch Me 2023-24
Program Kick-Off

News & Updates

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Member Highlight: Sheri Yamasaki

Member Highlight: Sheri Yamasaki

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LaunchMe 2023 Committee Members

Professional Committee


Nicole Carter



Victoria Scott

Fletcher Sparrow


Sheri Yamasaki

Hotchkis & Wiley


Maykala Hariharan

Sing Life


Diya Lowe


Inez Pang


Louise Walker


Cayman Islands

Kelly Sage

Rampd Consulting


Sarah Gannon

Alvarium Consulting


Alli Spargo

Allison Spargo Executive Coaching

Student Committee

Americas/East Coast (Chair)

Abby Glezer

University of Pittsburgh

Americas/West Coast

Abby Copeland

University of California, Berkeley

APAC/Hong Kong

Erika (Tsz Yee) Lau

University of Hong Kong


Sapphire Proctor

Trinity College Dublin


Clair Zhang

London School of Economics and Political Science


For more information or to sponsor the 100WF LaunchMe program, please contact us.