Public Investing Club

The business world is going mainstream. According to data from Similarweb, traffic to finance and business media properties has grown 42 percent year-over-year. That’s the most dramatic change in traffic across all categories, including politics, entertainment, and sports. Recent volatility in the markets has led to a widely-reported surge in interest among new investors, including college students.

The Public Investing Club series will explore how college students are navigating their investing journeys and what they are looking for in terms of business news, content, and products. In this virtual roundtable. you’ll hear from journalists, content creators, and real investors.

This talk is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. When it comes to conversations about the stock market, past performance does not guarantee future results. The opinions of guest panelists are their own. For more information, see

Public Investing Club

  • How students are changing the culture of investing
  • Where Gen-Z goes for financial news and resources to stay up-to-date
  • Challenges young investors face and opportunities they see in the business world now


Alejandro Gomez

Alejandro Gomez is a rising senior studying industrial engineering at the University of California Berkeley. He is a senior analyst at the largest student-led equity fund on campus where he previously served as the VP of equity. He has worked across different sectors of the financial industry including late-stage venture capital investing and portfolio management for a family office. Alejandro is currently finishing his banking internship with BofA Securities.

Howie Shen

Howie Shen is a graduate of NYU Stern, with concentrations in finance and accounting. At Stern, Howie was a Portfolio Manager in the Quantitative Finance Society, a student-led investing club.

Ilana Seidl

I’m Ilana! I graduated a few months ago from Tulane, where I studied Computer Science, Psychology, and the art of email writing. I founded roooted, a financial wellness newsletter + community, because coming up with creative ways to breakdown intimidating topics *really* lights my fire.

Zehra Naqvi

Zehra Naqvi’s a senior at Columbia studying Financial Economics and Art History; she is also President of Columbia Women’s Business Society and has worked in PE, VC, and Deloitte’s Investment Team. In her free-time, she manages GLO, a platform using fashion as a form of activism, which she launched in 2014.

Willa Tellekson-Flash

Willa is’s Community Operations Lead, where she immerses herself in a diverse community of investors and conversations about the companies they all believe in. Public makes investing inclusive, educational, and fun by adding a social layer to the stock market. You can find her on Public at