GISSELDA NUNEZ – EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field?
Currently, I am a Vice President at Morgan Stanley within the Finance Division, managing a team of NY and Baltimore based employees supporting the Commodities Electricity and Natural Gas business. While in middle school, I began to learn about accounting after working with a close family friend. After obtaining an accounting degree, and gaining a couple of years of experience, I began exploring opportunities that would be in a challenging, fast-paced environment with diverse individuals where I would be given the bandwidth to learn and grow both professionally and personally.

What is the biggest challenge of your work?
The Finance industry is a very dynamic one that is always evolving, presenting challenges, but also opportunity, in navigating and adapting to changing environments in a way that helps support continued business growth.

What is your proudest achievement?
Professionally, my proudest achievements include the fact that I am a first generation college graduate and the great success I have had working in financial services. I am proud to be a champion of diversity and a role model for Latina women and our ability to be competitive in the world of Finance. Personally, my proudest achievement is my son, he is my center.

What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most?
To name a few Ruth Porat, Sheryl Sandberg, Carla Harris, Warren Buffet

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In ten years, I see myself leading a larger organization, continuing to influence others to drive results, implementing change and creating opportunities for other individuals to have a seat at the table. I would like to continue to be surrounded by talented individuals that remind me that having a competitive edge is something that must be worked on daily. Most importantly, I would like to remain true to my values of fostering an environment of inclusivity, creativity and connectivity with peers, colleagues and our local communities.

How has your participation in the Executive Leadership Program impacted the way you approach your day-to-day role?
The CUP ELP program allowed me the opportunity to gain new perspectives and brought more self-awareness of my style as a leader, and the importance of identifying others’ work styles to help influence, and motivate others.