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Financial Women's Association Celebrates 2020 Graduating Mentees with Remote Leadership Series

Ninety One kicks off the Mentee Series: Leadership, Working Remotely and Job Seeking During Times of Change

Published 07-30-20

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Keynote speaker Lorena Cabezas, Ninety One™s Regional Director for the Midwest, led discussions with FWA student mentees

Ninety One joined the Financial Women’s Association of New York in celebrating FWA high school and undergraduate student mentees, especially the 2020 graduating class, by hosting an engaging and interactive Lunch & Learn webinar in its North America Headquarters in New York. The webinar, Leadership, Working Remotely and Job Seeking During Difficult Times” featured keynote speaker Lorena Cabezas, Ninety One’s Regional Director, Midwest. Philip Anker, CEO of the Americas for Ninety One, welcomed the student mentees and opened the event.   

Like most other organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the FWA has transitioned its formerly in-person events to online offerings. FWA Education Programs Manager Michael Taylor engaged with students while they completed their academic year at home by structuring a series of Lunch & Learn programs designed to spotlight the achievements of women in finance and to mentor and educate the next generation of female leaders in the financial industry. 

Over the past 30 years, the FWA has reached more than 6,000 high school and undergraduate student scholars in the New York City area. “Throughout the year, we recognize the important contributions made by women in the financial industry and help prepare the next generation of female leaders. During these challenging days, it is especially important to ensure we are engaging our next generation so that they can keep focused on their professional journey – safely,” said FWA's Executive Director, Ria Davis

“At Ninety One, diversity of thought and background are business imperatives, and we are proud to partner with the FWA,” Anker stated. "We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse team, ensuring our workforce reflects our clients and communities.”

Cabezas then led the discussion, sharing her background, career development and lessons learned that have helped her become a trusted advisor to her clients. This focus and flexibility have also helped her navigate and work with clients during times of significant change and disruption. 

“We’re delighted to host the FWA and share career insights, best practices and current remote strategies with these talented Mentees.” Cabezas explained. “When we work together toward a more diverse pipeline for this industry, we all benefit.”

“Thanks to the support of our partner firms, we are able to offer ongoing leadership and educational events during these critical times. We provide our members and the industry at large with a vital platform to learn and grow, gaining insights from remarkable individuals,” said FWA President Simone Vinocour. “While there is more to do, our partner firms recognize the benefits of diverse leadership, and are making proactive changes during these challenging days to ensure inclusive approaches remain a priority.”

About Financial Women's Association (FWA) 

Founded in 1956, the Financial Women's Association of New York, Inc. works collaboratively with leading firms to help accelerate mutual goals of advancing the leadership of women. With nearly 800 Members – both women and men – the FWA presents key thought leadership events, builds performance skills and promotes valuable business connections through networking opportunities for its members. It produces annual international conferences facilitating exposure to global business and economic opportunities. In addition, the FWA gives back to the community by providing scholarships and mentoring to young professionals and students, reaching more than 6,000 individuals over the past 30 years, which helps to develop a diverse pipeline of talent. Members have access to members-only programs, including professional development workshops and Member2Member mentoring.

The FWA launched its Back2Business™ Initiative, a dynamic re-entry program with four financial services companies, in 2016. In addition, the FWA created a program for members actively seeking employment by sharing its Member Resume Book and its Undergraduate Scholar Resume Book with recruiters at participating President's Circle corporate sponsor firms. 

The FWA of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more information, please visit the FWA's website.

About Ninety One 

Ninety One is an independent, active global asset manager dedicated to delivering compelling outcomes for its clients, managing more than $128.2 billion in assets as of March 31, 2020. In the Americas, Ninety One offers a full range of investment strategies and solutions spanning equity, fixed income, multi-asset, sustainable and alternatives led by specialist teams that invest across global, emerging and frontier markets. For more than a decade, the firm has been committed to clients in the US, Canada and Latin America, developing trusted partnerships by delivering local expertise with a global platform. 

Established in South Africa in 1991, as Investec Asset Management, the firm started with domestic investments in an emerging market. In 2020, almost three decades of organic growth later, the firm demerged from Investec Group and became Ninety One. Today the firm offers distinctive active strategies to institutions, advisors and individual investors around the world.

On Stewardship & Sustainability: Ninety One believes that by investing sustainably the firm can make a positive impact to people and the planet while delivering long-term investment returns. Ninety One has a robust and comprehensive integration of sustainability analysis and research into its investment processes that serve clients, shareholders, employees and communities.  Within our heritage, we know that well-directed investment can transform lives for the better. For over a decade, we have been investing in economic development in Africa, mobilizing finance to bring health and prosperity to some of the continent’s least served communities. In the Americas, we support initiatives in Conservation & Environment, Diversity & Equality and Education & Children. 

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Ninety One is an independent, active global asset manager dedicated to delivering compelling outcomes for its clients, managing more than $128.2 billion in assets as of March 31, 2020. In the Americas, Ninety One offers a full range of investment strategies and solutions spanning equity, fixed income, multi-asset, sustainable and alternatives led by specialist teams that invest across global, emerging and frontier markets. For more than a decade, the firm has been committed to clients in the US, Canada and Latin America, developing trusted partnerships by delivering local expertise with a global platform. Established in South Africa in 1991, as Investec Asset Management, it started with domestic investments in an emerging market. In 2020, almost three decades of organic growth later, the firm demerged from Investec Group and became Ninety One. Today Ninety One offers distinctive active strategies to institutions, advisors and individual investors around the world. # # #

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