Category Archives: Leadership

Leadership Board

Brandon Bess

Brandon Bess is an Associate on the Fixed Income Trading Desk at First Empire Securities. In this role, he develops and implements trading strategies for the company’s institutional clientele. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a minor in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Outside of work, Brandon…
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Bryan Barreras

Bryan Barreras is Director and Counsel in the Legal Department of the New York Branch of Société Générale, primarily covering the bank’s hedge fund financing business. Bryan joined Société Générale in 2008, and from 2001 to 2008 held similar positions at other financial institutions in New York. He was previously an Associate at the law…
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Charlita Cardwell

Charlita C. Cardwell is Vice President and Senior Counsel in the General Counsel’s Office of American Express Company. In this role, Charlita is responsible for providing strategic, transactional and general legal advice to American Express OPEN, the Amex division dedicated to making small businesses and their owners more successful. During her tenure with OPEN, Charlita…
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Ayanna Clunis

Ayanna Clunis is the Global Head of Change Management for Client Onboarding within Securities Operations at Goldman Sachs. Prior to her current role, she held multiple positions at Fortune 100 corporations where she provided direction on business process re-design, investment funding, and business strategy. Ayanna holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell…
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Katrina Gomez

Katrina Gomez is a Manager level consultant with the North Highland Company for specific areas of expertise include process improvement, business requirements gathering and organizational strategy and roadmap development and she has served clients in the Asset Management, Hedge Fund and Investment Banking industry sectors. Prior to North Highland, Katrina was at Ernst & Young…
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Dionne A. Gumbs

Dionne A. Gumbs is currently Regional Vice President of Business Development at Fisher Investments. She collaborates with affluent individuals, families, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives by helping them to become long-term, goal focused investors. Dionne is also co-founder of Wealthrive Inc., an exclusive network of women committed to influencing their wealth by taking command of their financial…
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Diana Hilson

Diana Hilson is currently a Marketing Manager at Forbes Media, responsible for strategic planning and development of sales and marketing opportunities for Forbes’ multimedia properties. Prior to joining Forbes Diana was the Integrated Marketing Manager at Black Enterprise and the Marketing Director at VIBE Magazine. Before entering publishing Diana worked at marketing agencies managing several…
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Stephanie Lee

Stephanie Lee is a Relationship Manager at HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. She is a part of the Global Banking and Markets Group and provides investment banking and financing solutions to asset management clients. Prior to joining HSBC, Stephanie marketed hedge funds and private equity funds to institutional investors at Neuberger Berman and was a member…
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Faizah Malik

Faizah Malik is Counsel and Manager of Special Projects at Single Stop USA, a national Harlem-based nonprofit dedicated to helping low-income individuals, families, and community college students access the critical government benefits, free tax preparation, financial counseling, and legal assistance that will enable them to end the cycle of poverty. Faizah is a recent graduate…
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Deirdre Guice Minor

Deirdre Guice Minor joined UBS in 2011 and is responsible for managing the interaction and relationships with US investment consultants, primarily located on the east coast, who research local and global capabilities. She is responsible for the ratings of our capabilities that are researched out of the US as well as ensuring the timely delivery…
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Adebola Osakwe

Adebola Osakwe is a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Talent Management, Diversity and Inclusion group.  Currently serving as a Diversity Coverage Advisor, she manages the relationship with the Technology and Data, Risk and Legal and Compliance human resource coverage officers to ensure the engagement, development, advancement, and retention of the Firm's diverse professionals; in addition…
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