MADISON, Wis., March 14, 2007Baird, an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm, continued its sponsorship of the University of Wisconsin’s Women in Business student organization by awarding three of the group’s members with $1,000 scholarships. 


Created to inspire women to pursue leadership careers in the financial services industry, the Baird scholarships include a one-time grant of $1,000 to be used for tuition or school related expenses as well as the opportunity to interact with a Baird mentor.  This year is the second year that Baird has awarded such individual scholarships to Women in Business members.  Baird also provides funding to Women in Business to support programming and guest speakers.


The scholarship recipients included:

  • Laura Hacker, a junior from Minnetonka, Minn., majoring in Finance and Marketing;

  • Cara Lombardo, a sophomore from Madison, Wis., majoring in Accounting; and

  • Sarah Machurick, a senior from Little Chute, Wis., majoring in Marketing and Spanish.

Hacker and Lombardo were selected based on a number of criteria including academic record, demonstrated excellence in community leadership and strong interpersonal skills Machurick was granted the third scholarship in recognition of her strong community service and dedication to the Women in Business organization. 

The scholarships were announced March 10 at a reception hosted by Baird at the Fluno Center for Executive Education in Madison.




About Women in Business

Formed in 2006, Women in Business is a UW student organization for undergraduate women interested in business. The group is sixty members strong and meets weekly. Meetings feature guest speakers, discussion panels, mentoring, networking, professional development and community service. The group has also coordinated professional development trips to Chicago and Minneapolis. UW’s Women in Business is affiliated with the 85 Broads Network, an international co-mentoring program that links professional women at all levels.

About Baird

Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has more than 2,200 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird oversees and manages client assets of $77 billion. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird is one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2008 — its fifth consecutive year on the list.  Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird’s private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s Web site at