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Meet Emily Mancuso: New Rotman Master of Finance Assistant Director

Emily Mancuso, Assistant Director, Recruitment and Admissions, Master of Finance

Emily Mancuso, Assistant Director, Recruitment and Admissions, Master of Finance

We are delighted to introduce Emily Mancuso, our new Rotman Master of Finance Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions!

Thinking about how to accelerate your finance career? Emily will be able to answer your questions and help you find the right fit at Rotman. Please feel free to contact her directly with any questions about the Rotman Master of Finance program.

Here are a few fun facts about Emily:

  • She has a degree in Fine Arts and she enjoys printmaking in her free time
  • She has travelled to 60+ countries
  • She ran three half-marathons and is training to run a fourth race in spring 2017
  • She loves quiz nights and usually ranks as MVP in the music, arts and culture categories

Congratulations! Rotman Master of Finance Women’s Excellence Entrance Scholarship Recipient

Kitty Rong, MFin '18, Rotman Master of Finance Women's Excellence Entrance Scholarship winner

Kitty Rong, CFA, FRM, MFin ’18 is one of our Rotman Master of Finance Women’s Excellence Entrance Award winners

Congratulations to Kitty Rong, CFA, FRM, one of our Master of Finance Women’s Excellence Entrance Scholarship winners entering the program this September.

Would you be able to tell us about your professional background?

I’ve been at Scotiabank for nine years, and have been in the securitization area as a Manager for about five years. I’m happy to be working in a field that I’m truly interested in.

How did you find out about the Master of Finance?

I’ve always known that I wanted a Master’s degree. I first heard about the Master of Finance program through researching the Master of Financial Risk Management program which is also offered at Rotman. Due to my extensive work experience in the finance field, I was referred to the working professional MFin program instead.

What convinced you that the Rotman Master of Finance program is right for you?

I wanted a degree that offers very in-depth — and at the same time — broad finance-specific knowledge, which is why I ultimately chose the MFin instead of an MBA.

Two current MFin students chatted with me and gave me great insights into the MFin program. I also did a class visit and sampled a class in investments that is taught by Professor Peter Christoffersen. The teaching style and the remarkable material helped to cement my decision to apply.

How do you think the Rotman Master of Finance will help you in the next steps in your career?

With the knowledge that I’ll gain from the MFin program, I know that I will also gain confidence in my abilities to enhance my career. Today, everyone working in finance has a CFA, so a Master’s degree, particularly a specialized one, is a step that I need to take to move ahead faster.

Do you have any advice for other women in finance who may be in your shoes?

Women can be very accomplished in the workplace. We need to gain confidence in ourselves and education is a tool that we can use to build this confidence.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time at Rotman?

I look forward to the connections and friendships that I’ll make with my peers, alumni and faculty. I also look forward to building strong presentation skills and critical thinking skills from case study learning.

Congratulations again, Kitty – we look forward to having you here at Rotman this September!


If you’re interested to learn more about the Rotman Master of Finance program and our other entrance awards, visit our website at www.rotman.utoronto.ca/MFin. MFin entrance awards range from $5,000 to $20,000 each. Our next MFin application deadline is February 1. Tip: the earlier you apply, the greater your chance of an entrance award.

Contact us for more information or to start your MFin September 2016. You may also contact Breanna Brooks, Assistant Director of Admissions directly. We would be pleased to meet with you!

Part-Time Master of Finance Studies, Full Work-Life Balance

Stephanie Chow, MFin '16, CPA, CA

Stephanie Chow, MFin ’16, CPA, CA

Stephanie Chow is a working professional in this year’s new Rotman Master of Finance class. Entering the MFin program, she received an entrance award* based on her exceptional merit. She is also an Investor Relations Financial Analyst with Tricon Capital Group Inc. With the admissions process still fresh on her mind, we asked her about her decision to choose our part-time program.

How did you get started in finance?

I’ve always loved corporate finance (I was a TA for the Introduction to Corporate Finance course in my undergrad) and I actually started my professional working life as an auditor at Ernst and Young. I was part of the Asset Management group where I specialized in Funds and Broker Dealers. I learned a lot about the private equity space during my three years at the firm. Eventually, I found my way to Tricon Capital Group and was part of their back office for about a year. The company has been very supportive of my career growth and management saw the potential in me to be part of the face of Tricon. I’m currently the Investor Relations contact for the company and I work closely with the CFO on all corporate finance transactions.

What is the lifestyle for you as a woman in finance?

Busy! I’m lucky in the sense that I’m not at the stage in life where I have other bigger responsibilities (such as children) so I have the luxury of flexibility. On the other hand, that flexibility made me feel as though I had no excuse to take a break. I used to work all the time and eventually I realized that jamming through the hours was not a healthy lifestyle. However, in a highly competitive industry such as finance, no one will ever stop you from working hard! I had to learn to make time for other things in life. So now, I’m still busy, but time is used more productively and I get to see my loved ones, spend some time on my hobbies, work towards a degree, and of course, sleep.

When you researched the program what events did you attend, what did you find useful in your search?

When I was researching about B-schools, I attended two conferences which were extremely helpful:

1) Forté Foundation MBA conference: I met Elizabeth Duffy-MacLean, Rotman MFin Managing Director, at this event. She was very helpful and I learned a lot about the MFin program and Rotman’s great support system for women in finance through her.

2) QS World MBA Tour: Remember to register for this event ahead of time if you plan on doing one on one interviews with representatives of different schools. I found the interviews to be very valuable as they gave me insight into the programs from around the world. I had several schools on my list and I reached out to each of their recruiting offices ahead of time. Some of them were able to arrange for an alumni to meet with me and I received great advice from these meetings.

In addition, I attended the Rotman Open House** for the MFin program. I met other professionals who were interested in the program and I was able to get a sense of the caliber of people who may become my future classmates. Needless to say, I was very impressed! Remember to get the contact info of the members in the recruiting team!

Finally, recent alumni of the program would be your best source of information. They can educate you on topics that you cannot find in a pamphlet, such as what the students are like, information on the curriculum and workload, overall culture of the school, etc.

What was it that attracted you to a part-time MFin program versus a full-time option?

The part-time option was more attractive to me because I believe experience and academics are both equally important. The part-time option allows me to build experience while I work towards a degree. Additionally, I want to be part of a strong network of professionals who live and breathe finance and learn from their experiences in the working world.

Best piece of advice for a woman working in finance?

Speak up!

We all want to be super woman; I pride myself in being able to multi task and juggle ten things at a time. However, we are not super heroes. Learn to speak up and ask for help! There is no shame in reaching out to your loved ones for a bit of support. When you are well- rested and less stressed, it makes them happier as well!

This is extremely important in any industry. As women, we’re naturally great listeners. What most of us need to work on is to speak up and share your opinion with others. Unfortunately, in the finance industry, we’re usually outnumbered by men. This definitely makes it harder for us because the environment is sometimes intimidating. That doesn’t mean you should question yourself and sit in silence! Your opinion is just as valuable as that man next to you. As for the men, help us out! Next time, ask the lady next to you what her opinion is and offer her the chance to speak up.

I highly recommend the book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook.

* New Master of Finance Women’s Excellence Awards recently announced! Details here.
** The annual Rotman Open House is happening this year on October 18, 2014 from 10 AM – 3 PM. Register now.

Announcing new entrance awards for working professionals!

Eva Hughes

Eva Hughes, Director, Recruitment & Admissions, Morning & Evening MBA and Master of Finance

We’re pleased to announce new entrance awards for our three working professional, part-time degree programs. These entrance awards will be awarded to candidates starting the 2015 academic year. They are granted based on merit to recognize outstanding candidates of our Morning & Evening MBA and Master of Finance programs.

Morning & Evening MBA

  • New! Two Morning MBA Excellence Awards of $25,000 each*
  • New! Five Women in Business Excellence Awards of $15,000 each

Master of Finance

  • New! Four Master of Finance Women’s Excellence Awards of $20,000 each

The Women in Business and Master of Finance Women’s Excellence Awards are specifically awarded to female candidates in support of their career aspirations. The Morning MBA Excellence Awards are considered for candidates who apply to rise with sun in the Morning MBA program.

These new entrance awards are in addition to existing entrance awards. As with all of our entrance awards for working professionals, no additional application is required as you will be considered automatically based on the quality of your experiences, and your Morning MBA, Evening MBA or Master of Finance application. Tip: the earlier you apply, the greater your changes of securing our new and existing entrance awards!

Visit the Morning & Evening MBA or Master of Finance websites to learn more about the programs or about entrance awards. You may also contact us directly. We would love to hear from you!

* Apply to the Morning MBA by February 2015 to be automatically considered.