Lori Koch ’97 Fin and her husband, Greg, have endowed the Koch Finance Career Exploration Fund. The endowment will be used to help Smeal students explore finance careers outside of Wall Street by offering financial support for cocurricular experiences such as lectures, job interview preparation, site visits, career fairs, and other career exploration expenses.         

Koch, who is the chief financial officer of Dupont and serves on the Smeal Board of Visitors, says she saw an opportunity to help Smeal students prepare for life beyond college when she visited the college last fall as a speaker for the Executive Insights series.

“While some of the students I met had a clearly defined career plan, I was surprised to learn that a number of them did not have a clear picture of choices available to them following graduation,” she says.

“By starting with a strong understanding of what interests them, they’ll be able to make better career decisions and position themselves as better job candidates.”

– Anne Louise Cropp