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Clare Murray


Clare Murray

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond imagination. It is our light more than our darkness which scares us.

At Duke, I tried to gain exposure to new ideas and people by finding classes and activities that I was passionate about. I work in Corporate Strategy at LeapFrog Investments, which is a private equity impact investing firm. I believe in the power of for-profit business models to address societal challenges. I am passionate about creating financial products that achieve market rate returns and have a positive societal impact. If we can find ways to deploy such capital at substantial scale in order to make a positive difference, we can unlock the capital markets and use finance to help improve the world.I previously worked at BlackRock and Goldman Sachs in New York. I also volunteered at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. 

At Duke, I led tours of the Nasher, Duke's art museum, was a part of the Dukes and Duchesses program, was a member of Pi Beta Phi, as well as Order of Omega. I was an art history major with a history minor. My sophomore year, I wrote a research paper on the medias depiction of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and presented my findings at an international conference in Dubai. In the fall semester of my junior year I studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. I applied for to the Baldwin program for many reasons, but mainly because I wanted to interact with women with backgrounds different than mine, while in a supportive environment. I believe that this group of smart and interesting young women, teachers, and advisors will greatly enrich my Duke experiences. The Baldwin Scholar Program is a unique opportunity that greatly defined my Duke experience, and I hope dynamic women continue to apply.