What excites you about working at BNY Mellon?
The opportunity to participate in employee or business resources groups (E/BRGs) is very exciting to me as it allows me to champion diversity and be a change agent for a firm rich in history and ready for impactful transformation. Being a voice for marginalized communities and having a platform within this organization has been truly rewarding.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black history lives within me every day. This month, although significant, just serves as a reminder that our history needs to be shared globally within our schools and across our firms more than just one month of the year. I believe Black History Month should serve as a catalyst for more in-depth conversation and education, which shouldn’t conclude at the end of February. My hope is that as we continue to rise up and speak out, we’ll start to see real change within our country and the institutions within which we work.
Tell us how you’re living our Strength in Diversity value at BNY Mellon.
I am dedicated to furthering the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through my work with our E/BRGs, and in 2019 I was honored to be selected a BNY Mellon Diversity & Inclusion Champion. The ‘strength in diversity’ value calls on us to ‘invest in each other’s success,’ and I live this value by empowering our E/BRG members with the tools, resources and best practices to help them succeed both in and out of the workplace. Externally, I partner with the Junior Achievement of New York and PENCIL organizations to provide career guidance to students from diverse backgrounds. My hope is to empower these individuals through guidance and representation— seeing someone that looks like you and is excelling can do wonders for what you deem to be possible.