Lakshmi Bhojraj is the Breazzano Family Executive Director of the Parker Center for Investment Research at Cornell University. In this role, Lakshmi develops and maintains corporate relationships for the Parker Center, advises students with an interest in asset management careers, and runs several signature events for the Center and Johnson, including the MBA Stock Pitch Challenge, the Women in Investing (WIN) Conference at the MBA and undergraduate levels, which she founded in 2010 and 2016, respectively, and the Undergraduate Stock Pitch Challenge, which she initiated in 2011. She also designs executive education programs for professionals working in the investment management industry. A key objective of the activities she leads within the center and at Cornell is to provide students with experiential and immersion learning by delivering hands-on, real-world projects and experiences as well as networking and job opportunities. Under Lakshmi’s leadership, the Parker Center continues to grow student engagement, alumni outreach, campus and corporate partnerships, and knowledge sharing in support of the center’s mission to education and train students to become leading investment professionals. Lakshmi has been featured in the Financial Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek for her work in promoting women in the asset management industry, and in numerous other media outlets discussing the Center’s work, including Pensions and Investments magazine, Financial History magazine, and in television appearances on CNBC and CNN fn.
Prior to assuming her current role, she was an equity analyst at Salomon Smith Barney, now Citi, where she covered the Life Sciences industry. Before obtaining her MBA, Lakshmi was an associate equity analyst at Deutsche Bank where she covered the medical devices industry. Lakshmi is a graduate of Johnson and also obtained her undergraduate degree from Cornell University.