Lecturer and Faculty Advisor for the Mayer Fund
Kroncke joined the Smith School as a
lecturer and faculty advisor for the Mayer
Fund in January 2006. Even though she is new
to the faculty, Kroncke is very familiar
with the school from the two years she spent
here earning her MBA, which she completed in
2000. Since graduation Kroncke has been
working in investment banking at Deutsche
Bank and then Wachovia Securities. As a vice
president in Wachovia Securities’ technology
investment banking practice, Kroncke focused
on public equity, convertible securities,
M&A, and private equity transactions.
In her role at Smith, Kroncke teaches classes such as equity analysis and oversees both the Mayer Fund and the newly launched Senbet Fund, which is an undergraduate fund that is in its first year. As the faculty advisor for the Mayer Fund, Kroncke ensures that the students on the fund have the tools necessary to support it. She also provides guidance to the students and makes sure the fund stays within its boundaries and the philosophy of the fund is upheld. This is a year round position for Kroncke as the members of the fund need to monitor their stocks over the summer and send weekly updates to all the members.
The thing that Kroncke likes most about working at Smith is having the opportunity to work with the students at a turning point in their careers. She enjoys being able to help guide the students and provide them with insight as they take the next step in their careers. MBA students have dedicated themselves to this program and making a change in their career, and being able to see that process and be a part of it is something Kroncke really enjoys.
If Smith students can find the time to take a break and head up to Baltimore, Kroncke recommends grabbing a bit to eat at Sobo Café in Federal Hill. She says it is a casual place with really good food, and although it may be hard to find a seat, it is worth it. She also recommends heading to the Cross-street Market if you have time. It is a great place to hang out with your friends.
Kroncke also has some advice to share about the time students spend at Smith. “Take advantage of the time you are here. There are a lot of activities and resources available to you, so there is no need to fly under the radar. Smith offers an endless number of ways to be active both while you are here and once you graduate, so find the opportunities that suit you and get involved.”
Story by Lettie Goodridge, MBA Candidate 2008, Smith Media Group