General Development Initiative, Inc. is a microfinance organization created, owned and operated by Washington and Lee students. The club provides small loans, called microloans, to people in developing countries who would like to establish businesses but don’t have access to credit.
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The Washington and Lee University Mock Convention is a quadrennial tradition in which student delegates attempt to predict the presidential nominee of the political party currently out of the White House. The 26th Mock Convention correctly predicted Mr. Donald J. Trump as its anticipated candidate to win the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.
The Real Estate Society is a co-curricular group in which students manage a real estate fund. Students work in teams to research commercial and residential real estate projects, preparing and publishing market reports and coming back to the group with recommendations about which projects to fund.
Washington and Lee Student Consulting (WLSC) is a student organization created to provide pro bono consulting services to businesses and not-for-profit community organizations. The co-curricular program is housed in the Williams School but is open to all students, regardless of major. Recruitment takes place in September.
The Venture Club was established in 2010 to help students from across campus learn about start-ups in a hands-on environment. During the term, students meet on a weekly basis to listen to guest speakers, plan and promote events such as the Entrepreneurship Summit, and work on consulting projects for start-ups.
The Williams Investment Society is a student organization that manages a portion of Washington and Lee University's endowment in equity securities. The Society's purpose is to provide students with a forum to develop their interest in investments and financial analysis by giving them the opportunity to actively manage real capital. The Society also seeks to broaden awareness of investments within the W&L community through sponsoring speakers and making the Society's presentations and operations open to the public.