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Thanks everyone! I really enjoyed receiving your questions today. All the best, Curtis

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It was such a pleasure engaging with everyone! Please make sure to connect with me on LinkedIn and let me know if I can support your career growth in any way.

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This has been amazing. Thank you all for the thought-provoking discussions. Please continue to ask the questions that will position you for success in your careers. All the best.

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I'd like to ask a question of the young professionals here. Why Financial Services? When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in FS and what motivated you?

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How to recruit for diversity when your company is located in a primarily Caucasian (and perhaps generally unattractive) city?

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Hello, thanks again for doing this. Throughout your respective careers, how have y’all dealt with imposter syndromes (If you have, not too assume or project) ? And as you’ve climbed the corporate la… more

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It's great engaging with everyone, keep the questions coming!

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Lunchtime

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How do you respond to comments like “we just hire the best person of the job, regardless of race or gender”?

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Hi All, I will be away for a few hours to grab some lunch and make a couple of phone calls. I'll be back around 2:00 to answer more questions.

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What are ways to source candidates from underrepresented communities?

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What are common mistakes non BIPOCs do that alienate others? Thinking of things we don't realize in meetings/Zooms etc

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What was the most challenging experience in your career? How did you overcome it? Thank you.

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How to judge which D&I trainings we should go for and which to avoid?

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How do we grow employee resource groups?

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What's the most difficult part of implementing a D&I program?

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What can non-BIPOCs do to help Black professionals feel included at work? What daily action can we take?

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What have been the traits of leaders/role models who have impacted your career growth? By extension—what traits have led you to where you are today?

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I'd love to know if you've answered Fishbowl's poll question, and how you answered, if you did. TRUE or FALSE: "I am satisfied with the number of Black professionals at my company.&q… more

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Can you please share what the industry was like back when you started in Finance, and how it's evolved over time?

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Good morning! I am so excited to speak with everyone today! I have my coffee and I'm ready to go, let's get started with the questions.

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Good morning and welcome to my home office! I've got my coffee and am looking forward to responding to your questions with Zoe and Ron. I was raised by a single parent in upstate NY (far from NYC!). I've had to ask a lot of questions in my career and look forward to hearing yours!

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Good morning! Looking forward to answering your questions today. Please note any comments are my own and do not necessarily reflect Mizuho Americas or Mizuho Financial Group. Let's go!

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I find that it can often be defeating to imagine a long-term career where very few others look like me. What are some things that I should look to for encouragement?

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One thing I think BB banks could do a better job of is banding together to recruit POC talent from undergrad. Like starting an internship program that places people at all of them. Are there an effort… more

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I'm curious if working in Finance has impacted your personal politics at all, and if so, how? Seems like there would be pressure to conform as an outsider?

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What other cross functional experience, if at all, best informed your competency/ mastery and leadership in finance?

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As a Black person, I feel like I all of a sudden have a lot of interest in my views from BofA, but it's usually on Diversity issues. How have you fought this pigeon-holing throughout your career?

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When do you think we'll see a Black CEO at a bulge bracket bank? Feels distressingly hopeless.

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Do you ever feel like you were a "diversity hire"? Have you ever thought your coworkers thought of you as such? This is an insecurity I battle all the time.

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I graduated from Howard, an HBCU, which is seen beneath a lot of colleges it is superior to by people in our industry. How can we elevate the reputation of HBCUs as recruitment pipelines to the Financ… more

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As a young person of color in Finance, I sort of feel weird working in an industry that often excludes POC from the financial system, bu gives me a large paycheck compared to my peers. Do you ever exp… more

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How did you get your start in Finance? What convinced you to stick it out in an industry where so few people look like you?

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What are some companies that you think are doing a good job with Diversity & Inclusion?

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As a Black man in PE, I often have feelings of tokenism because I'm one of the few Black people at my company. How do you fight these feelings if you have them at all?

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What route would anyone recommend for someone trying to make a step up, create an edge in their career. CFA or certificare then diploma in corporate finance from CISI

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The pandemic has cause a lot of uncertainty in the market. What are the top three things we should do to remain financially healthy during this time?

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How do you see Finance as different from other professional services industries when it comes to Diversity?

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Congratulations to all 3 of you for what you’ve accomplished so far. All your journeys are inspiring. My questions: how do you push for diversity in hiring practices in a meaningful way? Any recommen… more

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When thinking about accepting a new role - what are some examples of actually drive improved corporate diversity vs. poor ones that only help the company with marketing?

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