Exchange is an annual publication for alumni and friends of the Department of Finance at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business.

Cover of the 2021 issue of Exchange magazine

Why the financial industry is finally taking gender equality seriously

Several Tippie finance alumna report that women’s representation and a more inclusive culture has gotten noticeably better—especially in the last five to ten years.

After many decades of seemingly unmovable patriarchal order, why the sea change now?

Baseball field at sunset

More than a game

Nicole Schmidt (BBA06) had a vision of the career she wanted. It was buried at the end of a classic book on baseball statistics, “Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball” by Vince Gennaro. How she made it a reality.

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Outrunning a tidal wave

Cory Mead (BBA11) earned his master’s in health administration after earning a finance degree. It set him up perfectly for his position as COO of a hospital in the Kansas City area. Then COVID-19 hit.


Wait. Is that Chuck Norris?

Startup Cameo had its breakthrough moment in 2020 and alum Garret Dunn (BBA13) was part of its rise. How the company is bringing celebrities and fans together to create delight.

Notes on a legal pad

Proof: Associate Professor Richard Peter has it

Richard Peter writes his theoretical models by hand. While they may leave you scratching your head, for the award-winning researcher they answer questions, like why can’t you keep your New Year’s resolution?

A boxer

Gloves up: Jose Duran is a fighter by trade

Jose Duran (BBA20) was a scrawny 16-year-old staring up at what seemed like a monster in the ring at the Des Moines Police Boxing Club. It was Duran’s first career fight, and his opponent was 10 years older, several inches taller, and a whole lot faster. How he beat him.

Eden Simmer

3P3Q: Eden Simmer, Lisa Stange, & Lu Li

Each year, we ask three people connected to the Department of Finance: What are you reading, who is inspiring you, and what is the best part of your day?

The Schroeder family


Kyle Schroeder (BBA14) and Amy Schroeder (BS14) welcomed their first child, Cayden Daniel Schroeder on October 23, 2020. Kyle is a director at Forum Financial Management in the Chicago area. See more alumni updates on pages 18-20.

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