Vanessa Roman plays for Kind Campaign

PWP: How did you hear about Kind Campaign and what made you want to support this organization?

Vanessa: Kind Campaign was first brought to my attention in college by way of their powerful documentary, Finding Kind. I have always found it disheartening that girls so often bring each other down, so I was thrilled to discover there was a group of women who were not only addressing this widespread issue but taking steps to make a real change. Despite KIND being a fairly young organization, I believe their work has been extremely impactful. Their mission really speaks to me and I am very excited to show them support through this competition.

PWP: How did you end up in the investments industry?

Vanessa: I took an interest in finance when I began an internship with UBS Financial Services during my senior year of college. I enjoyed my time there immensely and eventually sought out a career with UBS after graduation. I have been fortunate enough to work for the company ever since.

PWP: What is your investment philosophy in this year’s competition?

Vanessa: Truthfully, I chose stocks based upon my personal preferences. I've always been a huge fan of watching shows on Netflix and I frequently fly JetBlue. I chose Linn Energy hoping there would be a rebound in the energy sector - thankfully there has been. I also took a few suggestions from a very knowledgeable colleague (thank you, Jay!).

PwP: How did you hear about Portfolios With Purpose?

Vanessa: I first heard about Portfolios with Purpose through my boss, Rob Sechan, who is on PwP’s Board of Directors. When he explained the concept to me, I immediately wanted to get involved. I can't explain how exciting it has been to see my name on the Leaderboard these past few weeks. PwP is such an easy, fun way to compete with fellow investors and give back to deserving charities through this great platform!

About Kind Campaign

Kind Campaign is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl bullying through their global movement, documentary film, in-school assemblies and educational curriculums. In February 2009, while attending Pepperdine University, Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson joined forces. Having both been affected by female bullying throughout their youth, the young women decided to create change by giving females a platform to speak out about this universal experience.What began as an idea for a documentary about girl-against-girl bullying, ultimately became Kind Campaign, a multi-platform movement that has transformed hundreds of thousands of lives, friendships, classrooms and communities across the globe.

Finding Kind

Immediately upon graduating with degrees in Film and Television production, Lauren and Molly drove across the country for two months to shoot their documentary and began to implement their assembly program into schools across the nation. Since its creation, their documentary, Finding Kind, has been released in theaters in New York and Los Angeles, was accepted and awarded in over 20 film festivals and has screened in thousands of venues around the world. Finding Kind now screens in schools almost every day of the school year and serves as a life-changing educational tool for students and faculty.

Kind Campaign's Impact

Since September 2009, the Kind Campaign co-founders have personally spoken in 302 schools across North America with their assembly program. There have been 1,008 Finding Kind screening events that have taken place in school since September 2010. There are 156 active Kind Clubs being lead in schools and communities across North America. Kind Campaign assemblies and screenings have impacted over 300,000 individuals.

Saundra Marcel