WUSTL Expo Celebrates Multi-Year Partnership with Wells Fargo Advisors

More than 350 students have benefited from the $6 million commitment to foster entrepreneurship and innovation

St. Louis, Missouri. March 3, 2015 - Washington University students, faculty and alumni celebrated alongside Wells Fargo Advisors team members and leaders at a campus event showcasing a multi-year commitment for four new university initiatives.

The event, "Innovate, Accelerate, Transform: Investing in People, Businesses and Communities," highlighted the collaborative effort to develop programs in order to bring great benefit to the St. Louis region and make a positive and lasting impact on society.

The initiatives include development of entrepreneurial internships, a financial literacy curriculum to teach families in need, practical application of financial research and United Way fellowships for MBA students.

"The desire to transform lives runs deep, and nowhere is this more evident than on college campuses, where students are eager to find ways to make meaningful contributions in their communities, and our faculty has the knowledge base to guide them through the learning process," said Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. "We are very grateful for the significant support Wells Fargo Advisors is providing, and for the trust it is placing in Washington University to help bring about substantive change in our community, our nation, and our world."

"Wells Fargo Advisors is committed to serving the communities in which our team members and clients live, work and raise their families," said Mary Mack, president of Wells Fargo Advisors. "We invest in people and programs that lead to an enhanced quality of life for everyone. The four initiatives we support at Washington University match our goals of creating opportunities, promoting economic prosperity and advancing financial education," Mack continued.

The Expo featured students who have benefited from the initiatives, including those who participated in internships through the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship. More than 150 WUSTL undergraduate students from art, business, engineering and arts and sciences have been able to get a first-hand look at the start up community in St. Louis.

Nearly 200 graduates of the University’s Brown School of Social Work have completed specialized coursework, and are now teaching the curriculum at 12 partner institutions that serve minorities. The partnership has also placed Washington University students on boards of 35 United Way agencies, providing a unique opportunity for students to gain real life experience while also offering a valuable perspective.

Vanessa Cooksey, senior vice president of community affairs for Wells Fargo Advisors, has led the team planning the WFA-WU event.

"With this investment in Washington University initiatives, Wells Fargo Advisors is paying it forward in a big way," Cooksey said. "We are proud to be a part of this work and we want to share that pride with our staff. We want them to hear these wonderful stories and recognize that they are a part of advancements in society that are producing transformative effects," Cooksey said.

For the full story behind the partnership go to: https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/wells-fargo-advisors-partnership.aspx

About Wells Fargo Advisors

With $1.4 trillion in client assets as of December 31, 2014, Wells Fargo Advisors provides investment advice and guidance to clients through 15,187 full-service financial advisors and 3,852 licensed bankers. This vast network of advisors, one of the nation’s largest, serves investors through locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Wells Fargo Advisors is the trade name used by two separate registered broker-dealers and non-bank affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company: Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (members SIPC). Statistics include other broker-dealers of Wells Fargo & Company. www.wellsfargoadvisors.com

Investment products and services are offered through Wells Fargo Advisors, L.L.C.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com),and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.