SGA first lady
the first female president of the Universitys Student Government
Association (SGA) helped Jean McMenamin Edelman 81
develop the skills to become a leader in the high-stakes financial
For Edelman, serving in the SGAs highest post wasnt
about breaking the gender barrierit was about knowing she
could do a great job. It was a very natural progression,
said Edelman. It was the right time, the right year and I
had a lot of support from the students and the SGA.
Edelman values the financial responsibilities the SGA presidency
gave her. I had a lot of opportunities to make real-world
financial decisions on behalf of the students and the SGA,
said Edelman. Bob Collard 66, 68 (the Universitys
former associate vice president for administration) and I would
do the SGAs banking together. We would check the current interest
rates, pick a maturity and roll over the SGAs certificates
of deposit. None of my friends at other schools ever had this type
of opportunity. The whole experience has done a lot for me.
Those experiences have translated well to her business life. She
is the chief operating officer at Edelman Financial Services (EFS).
Edelman and her husband, Ric Edelman 80, started EFS
in 1987 and today it is one of the fastest growing financial planning
firms in the country. In 1994, Edelman and her husband each received
the Universitys Distinguished Alumnus Award.