The Women of Capital Markets

by Renee Schultz, Senior Vice President for Capital Markets

Renee SchultzThis past March, Women's History month provided me with the opportunity to reflect on my own journey to my role today as one of the leaders in Capital Markets at Fannie Mae. As a young woman growing up in South Bend, Indiana, I never envisioned living in our nation's capital – let alone serving in this exciting and challenging role.

I've been fortunate to have had champions and an incredible support system along the way. The commitment from my amazing mentors and sponsors has helped empower me and driven me to where I am today. They've given me advice, guidance, and challenged me to be my best. I've learned invaluable lessons from them.

That's why it's a personal goal of mine to pay it forward and give other women and men the same guidance and encouragement that has meant so much to me in my career. One of the ways I am doing this is by teaming up with my alma mater, Saint Mary's College, an all-women's college, to sponsor an externship for a student during fall and spring break. The goal is to reach out to students who may not otherwise consider financial services as a career, let them experience what it's like to work in financial services, share my experience as a woman executive, and increase inclusion to this historically male-dominated field. Recently, we hosted a bright and enthusiastic junior, for this experience. 

Here's what Ashlyn had to say about her experience at Fannie Mae:

"This was an incredible opportunity for me to learn from women leaders and executives in the mortgage industry. It's been helpful to hear about the paths they've taken, and it's reinforced that I should follow my passion and find something that I love to do."

Experiencing Ashlyn's energy confirmed for me my commitment to introducing more women to careers in financial services, to Fannie Mae, and to working on a trading floor. And, while I'm grateful to have the opportunity to tell my story, I want to do much more. So I'm very pleased and proud today to introduce this video that I hope captures the value of inclusive mentoring, and the great work happening at Fannie Mae, particularly by the women in Capital Markets.

I'm excited to showcase these women and am incredibly proud that Fannie Mae is a diverse and inclusive organization that gives us the platform to celebrate women, while naturally debunking common industry myths around careers in financial services.

I will continue to focus on giving students externship/internship opportunities, participating in our Women's Employee Resource Group, and taking advantage of forums like the Mortgage Bankers Association’s mPower and Digital Risk's Women's Executive Summit. These platforms are all about supporting and empowering women, and I am fully committed to this cause!

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