Allison grew up in Needham, Massachusetts and graduated from Newton Country Day School where she played varsity field hockey and was captain of the varsity squash team. In high school, Allison had a taste of entrepreneurship when she was head of the Economics Club and its student-run company “The Nest” which sold breakfast before school and donated the proceeds to charity. Without ever taking an Economics course or visiting the Midwest, she thought she might be interested in pursuing Economics at Notre Dame. Fortunately for her she quite enjoyed the subject and life in South Bend, Indiana. She was able to broaden her interests by entering the Mendoza College of Business her sophomore year where she earned a dual degree in Finance.
Even in her extracurricular activities at Notre Dame Allison gravitated towards business and entrepreneurial roles. She was the treasurer of the Chorale, Notre Dame’s official concert choir. Her role included managing the club’s budget, executing innovative marketing campaigns, and applying for grants for the group’s international tour. During her time as treasurer, she learned invaluable lessons from business strategy to managing people.
Allison’s interest in business strategy continued when she was selected for a course in which she and a small group of students ran a $10 million public equity portfolio for the Notre Dame Endowment. She fell in love with analyzing companies and listening to investment pitches from her fellow classmates. The class took a trip to San Francisco to meet with various venture capital firms and technology startups. She returned from this trip certain that she had to be in this industry. Allison enjoys meeting new people and working with others, so she was immediately drawn to Volition’s team approach.
In her free time, Allison can be found in any group exercise class when she is not busy rooting for the Fighting Irish.