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Ascend & Barclays Joint Event: Personal Branding - Bring Your Whole Self to Work

Tuesday, November 6, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Ascend & Barclays Joint Event: Personal Branding - Bring Your Whole Self to Work

On Monday, 22nd October 2012, the Ascend Metro New York Chapter in conjunction with Barclays' US Finance and Risk Diversity Committee, and Cultural Awareness Network (CAN) - Asian Professionals, hosted a forum at the Barclays' office in Midtown Manhattan. The forum featured a distinguished panel of senior executives in the finance and banking industry. The panelists discussed with the audience stories of success and challenges they faced during their career.

The forum focused on diversity in the workplace. Panelists Wayne Kawarabayashi (M.D., Barclays Investment Banking), Art Mbanefo (M.D., Barclays Global Head of Equity & Funds Structured Markets), Jill Schwartz (M.D., Barclays Head of Risk Solutions Group), and Diana Solash (Director, Ernst and Young) discussed their experiences on diversity and inclusion programs within their organizations. The panelists touched upon the importance of understanding other cultures by bringing personal experiences to work and increasing diversity in the workplace. Emphasis was also made to the value of sponsorship and mentorship on one's career development. Soliciting constructive feedback and learning to be frank with your teammates are also critical to one's growth and progress.

We interviewed the participants on that day and below are one of the responses:

"The topic of this event is about how to bring your whole self to work. It's interesting to see how different each panelist defines the topic and let it be part of their successes. Diana mentioned in the forum that this relates back to her personal brand and she would work really hard every day to earn others' respect and to perceive her as someone who is "connected, cutting-edge, and decisive". That gets me to start thinking about how to build my personal brand and if I have to describe myself in three adjectives, what would it be?"

A reception was held after the forum, which allowed Ascend members to network and hold further one-on-one informal discussions with the panelists. Members enjoyed light refreshments and mingled with fellow members, friends, and colleagues. Special thanks to our host, Barclays, for organizing this successful event.

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