Category Archives: Spotlight

Members Spotlight

Maria Fernandez – CUP Fellow Spotlight – October 2011

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am Senior Counsel, Trust and Compliance Officer, Global Compliance Programs.  In this position,  my team and I manage the elements, education and communications aspects of IBM’s global compliance program.     I spend much time coordinating with the regional Trust…
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Sonnia Thomas Shields – CUP Fellow Spotlight – Sept 2011

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am a Vice President in the Office of Global Leadership and Diversity at Goldman Sachs, where I am the head of Targeted Pipeline Development. My responsibilities include setting the strategic vision and implementation of the firm’s Black, Hispanic, and Multicultural…
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Justin Reyes – CUP Fellow Spotlight July-August 2011

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am a Global Financial Controller within the CFO Finance division of Credit Suisse. I am responsible for the forecasting, budgeting, reporting and analysis of the Shared Services Division which includes the Treasury, New Business, Product Control, Financial Accounting, Global Insurance, Expense Management and…
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Ayisha Devonish – Member Spotlight June 2011

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am currently a Residential Lender at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, responsible for providing high net worth individuals with mortgage loans in the $1mm+ range.  I was exposed to the opportunity to work full-time at Deutsche Bank after completing a…
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Richard Brown – Member Spotlight May 2011

Richard A. Brown Vice President, American Express Philanthropy What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am a liaison between American Express and the community.  As an executive in the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility department, I am charged with engaging the community by providing support to nonprofit organizations…
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DeNora Getachew – Fellow 2011

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this area? I am an attorney by profession and, since graduating from Fordham Law School six years ago, I have focused my work in the areas of policy and politics, both in government – at the New York City Council and for NYC…
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Keisha Smith – Member Spotlight April 2011

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am the Global Head of Campus and Experienced Hire Recruiting at Morgan Stanley. I am responsible for developing the Firmwide strategies that enable us to recruit talent across our 1200 offices in 42 countries. I have worked in the recruiting industry since…
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Richard Ramirez – 2011 Fellow

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this area? I am an associate producer at National Geographic Television working on the show Border Wars. After five years with Teach For America, in the classroom and on the national staff, I left last July to follow a lifelong dream to work in…
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Daniel Acosta – Member Spotlight March 2011

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I've spent the last 4+ years working as a management/strategy consultant. Moving from DC after finishing my JD/MBA, I was looking for a position that would expose me to a cross-set of industries; provide international opportunities; keep me challenged in working…
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Bennett Ruiz – Member Spotlight February 2011

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am currently Executive Director of Global Field Marketing at AT&T, serving the needs of our largest Multi-national Enterprise customers around the world.   I have been with AT&T for 17 years, because I love the company and really enjoy the privilege…
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Kwad Acheampong – Leadership Board Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this area? I am the Sales & Trading Program Manager with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), where I prepare underrepresented students of color for internships in corporate America.  The job really found me.  After witnessing the credit crises from my equities trading seat,…
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Depelsha McGruder – Member Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am SVP of Business Operations for Centric. I run day to day operations of the network, creating strategies and ensuring that our plans are well executed across functions and that our goals are met. I have always loved media &…
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