The Princeton University Investment Company (PRINCO) manages Princeton University’s $26 billion endowment. PRINCO has long had an interest in promoting diversity within the investing ecosystem. We believe that firms with diverse and inclusive teams make better decisions. This in turn leads to those firms being better positioned to deliver the best possible returns to Princeton, furthering the University’s mission to be a world-class research and higher education institution.

Mentor Moments is an experimental program. Andy Golden, President of PRINCO, will meet with 50 individuals from diverse backgrounds to provide mentorship and insights from his career as an asset allocator. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply—ideally, the selected cohort will reflect the demographics of the U.S. population at large. We hope that this experimental program will give us the opportunity to be part of improving diversity within the investment management industry. In connecting with mentees, we hope to learn more about our industry’s impediments to recruitment and retention of investors of underrepresented backgrounds, while offering individuals selected to participate in this program the opportunity to gain both career guidance and perspectives on the institutional investment industry.

Interested individuals should apply using this link. Applicants can be at any stage in their career, ranging from current high school and college students to mid-career professionals. Sessions for selected participants are one-time, may be structured as either one-on-one or few-on-one meetings, and will be scheduled on a rolling basis throughout fiscal year 2020 (applications considered through July 31, 2020). To maximize convenience, mentorship sessions may be in-person, over the phone, or by videoconference.

Please note that these mentoring sessions are for talent development, and are not intended for individuals seeking Princeton’s investment into their funds. If interested in having your fund considered for investment, please send materials to overthetransom@princeton.edu so that they may be reviewed as part of our standard investment review process.

Please email mentormoments@princeton.edu with any application-related questions or concerns, or if reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in this application process.

For those interested in reading the Bloomberg profile of PRINCO's recent efforts, please click here