Category Archives: Spotlight

Members Spotlight

Jason Wang – Fellow Spotlight

You’ve achieved a great deal of professional success – briefly describe your journey, noting both personal milestones and obstacles you may have faced along the way. As a first-generation college graduate and a son of Chinese immigrants, I had to overcome many obstacles, such as language and culture barriers. However, with the guidance and support…
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Emmanuel J. Velasco – Executive Leadership Program Spotlight

Emmanuel J. Velasco Vice President Goldman Sachs You’ve achieved a great deal of professional success – briefly describe your journey, noting both personal milestones and obstacles you may have faced along the way. I joined Goldman Sachs in 2010. I honestly thought that I would be working in Non-Profit or in the Government but at…
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Ezinne Kwubiri – Fellows Spotlight

Ezinne Kqubiri Director, Change Management Viacom Media Networks Briefly describe your journey, noting both professional milestones & obstacles you may have faced along the way A graduate of Howard University School of Business, my accounting degree took an untraditional route when I entered the entertainment/media industry. Taking that risk to step into an unknown territory,…
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Ashwin Krishnan – Catalyst Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I work at Morgan Stanley as a portfolio manager within the firm’s credit investment business. It was a natural progression after beginning in investment banking and after appreciating the available pathways within financial services that suited my interest and temperament. What…
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Steve Chung – Catalyst Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I’m the Senior Vice President for NBCUniversal Media’s Newsgroup. I work with NBC News and the Owned Television Stations division on a diverse array of matters. Prior to joining NBCU, I was a litigator for Davis Wright Tremaine, focusing on advising…
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Vivianna Schwoerer – Fellow Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? My experience as a corporate attorney and passion for real estate led me to join WeWork as Director of Real Estate Transactions in 2016. In this role, I negotiate domestic and international commercial office deals while driving them through to closing.…
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Sheila Boston – Catalyst Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am a litigation attorney; my areas of expertise include class actions, mass torts, and pharmaceutical/medical device products liability actions on the defense side. When I entered law school I thought I was going to become an attorney for the NAACP…
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Samir Ranade – Fellow Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I’m a Principal Counsel in the Enforcement Department of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  FINRA is an independent, not-for-profit organization authorized by Congress to protect investors through regulation of the securities industry. I came to work at FINRA this April,…
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Rejji Hayes – Catalyst Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am the Executive Vice President and CFO of ITC Holdings Corp., an $11 billion publicly traded electric utility based in Michigan. I am responsible for the company’s accounting, tax, internal audit, investor relations, management reporting, financial planning & analysis, risk…
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Conway Ekpo – Fellow Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I currently serve as in-house counsel at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where I provide legal advice to Merrill Lynch’s Global Wealth and Investment Management business. I made the transition to in-house counsel after practicing financial services law for nearly a…
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Kejo Clark – Executive Leadership Program Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am a Director in Media Technology at HBO overseeing technical operations and content distribution to worldwide digital platforms. While studying Journalism & Mass Media in college, I worked at a tech company where I began building computers and developed a…
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Stephanie Gordon – Fellow Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am a Vice President in Corporate Banking covering U.S. Municipal Markets at RBC Capital Markets. After graduating from Harvard, a former colleague and mentor recommended I enter Bank of America’s 18-month credit training program in New York. I have been…
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