Kristen Stortz is a member of the Class of 2009 Baldwin Scholars. Originally from Edina, Minnesota, she graduated from Duke in May of 2009 with a Political Science major, Sociology minor, and Markets and Management certificate. Those who know Kristen would describe her as confident, optimistic, and always one with a sense of humor.
Kristen was an active member of Baldwin Scholars and Pi Beta Phi sorority and was the Campus Campaign Manager for Teach for America. She studied international business abroad in Barcelona, Spain during her junior year. During her last semester, she researched the topic of women and mentoring as an independent study and made recommendations for the creation of a new program for undergraduate women at Duke.
Her mom has been one of her biggest role models throughout her life challenges and accomplishments. Kristen asserts, “From a young age, she instilled in me a sense of confidence, passion, and tenacity; she taught me that settling for less than my best is a choice, and one I never have to make.”
Kristen currently works on the equity derivatives trading floor at J.P. Morgan, where she completed her Baldwin Scholars internship. Kristen reflects, “I’ve chosen to follow my passion for markets and finance and take a job in sales and trading. It’s a challenging profession that is still largely dominated by men, but it is through these challenges that I continue to define myself both as a woman and as a person.”
She advises first-year Duke women, "Be fiercely loyal to yourself and what you stand for. You owe it to yourself and everyone in your life that has helped you get where you are today.”