We're thrilled to celebrate BNY Mellon's Latina leaders. Congratulations to Jeannette Torres and Karolyn Ferris, named among ALPFA's 2018 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business, and Nicole Fouron and Karen Newball, ALPFA 2018 Rising Stars.
As members of BNY Mellons IMPACT multicultural business resource group and the Hispanic/Latino leadership forum. Jeanette, Karolyn. Nicole and Karen are amplifying the Hispanic/Latino voice, raising awareness and strategic focus on the value of Hispanic/Latino perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in driving business growth and performance. They're helping 10 attract, advance and retain top Hispanic/Latino talent by serving as inclusive leaders, role models, mentors and sponsors, and building deep relationships in the community.
At BNY Mellon, we believe diverse perspectives fuel transformation. Our women are leading the way, unlocking the power of our diverse and inclusive culture to serve clients at every stage of the investment lifecycle and be an engine for the global financial markets. For nearly a decade. BNY Mellon has been a proud corporate partner of ALPFA. W e advanced our commitment to lead sponsor in 201S and have provided students with over $60,000 in scholarships
KAROLYN FERRIS: FACING A CHALLENGE AND SEEING OPPORTUNITY
Ranked as one of this year's 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business, Karolyn Ferris knows that challenges are a necessary pathway to growth.
AMID A CHANGING financial landscape and over two decades, Karolyn Ferris has built a career at BNY Mellon. She served in multiple capacities and business lines across the company before achieving her current position as BNY Mellon's US Segment Head for Endowments, Foundations, and Healthcare. Karolyn's successes have earned her a place on the 2018 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business list.
Karolyn was born in Quito, Ecuador and immigrated to Queens when she was ten years old. Despite speaking no English when she arrived in the US, it only took her a year to transition from a bilingual classroom to a learning environment where she was fully immersed in English. This formative experience cemented Karolyn's mindset that approaching challenges with unfailing tenacity will eventually result in success. "As long as you pursue a goal with the endpoint in your line of sight, everything is possible," she says.
For Karolyn, a key to overcoming challenges is mentally reframing them as opportunities. In her years at BNY Mellon, she's learned that failure is an essential element of growth and development. Being unafraid to take risks, acting with confidence even before you feel fully prepared, is necessary in order to build forward momentum. In Karolyn's experience, "being comfortable with that is really important."
One challenge that women face in corporate America, according to Karolyn, is unconscious bias against them. These biases are so ingrained within society that even women help perpetuate them, often without realizing it. As individuals, women in the corporate world can help chip away at this roadblock by challenging biases they have internalized. This challenge is an opportunity to help transform the professional landscape for the next generation of Latina leaders.
In recent years, the financial sector has done a great job of recruiting a diverse pool of talent, particularly within the STEM fields. The next step, Karolyn believes, is educating high school students that a wide variety of skills, from computer science to math and engineering, can lead to successful careers in finance. This knowledge will equip students to make informed decisions about their career paths from the beginning of their college experience.
Karolyn knows that being recognized as one of the most powerful Latinas in corporate America has given her a platform to open doors, and she doesn't take this responsibility lightly. To those women who wish to follow in her footsteps, she has these words of advice: "Be bold, be authentic, pursue your passion ... that will ensure you're not holding yourself back."
KAROLYN OFF DUTY
* Favorite Dish: Ecuadorian shrimp ceviche
* Favorite hobby: Spending time with her kids and family
* Favorite musician: Marc Anthony
* Favorite movie: Message In a Bottle
* Coffee or tea: Lots of coffee!
[W] Lola Arellano-Fryer [PHOTO] Courtesy [D] Moises Cervantes
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