East Bay Latina Giving Circle Mixer

The Latino Giving Circle Network (LGCN) is a group of intergenerational individuals invested in improving the lives of Latinos in California! Each member of the LGCN pledges to donate at least $1,000 a year. Together, each circle defines the issues facing the Latino community that they want to invest in. After the Giving Circle hears from experts and a dynamic pitch from their top three organization choices, the members decide the amounts to be granted out. 

Since its inception, the LGCN has invested $212,000 in Latino-based organizations in the Bay Area! All contributions from members are given out in its entirety to their choice of grantees. 

Join our movement, it is your time to make a change!

Enjoy tapas and wine!

WHEN

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT) - Add to Calendar

WHERE

Agave Restaurant - 2135 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 94612 - View Map

RSVP

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Know Your Worth: Bridging the Wage Gap

Join LIF and Conexiones for an engaging evening of networking with fellow Latino professionals from some of the Bay Area’s top companies, including KPMG, Gap Inc., Wells Fargo, Visa, Deloitte, Facebook, Genentech, RSM, Walmart, Adobe, Intel and many more. 


Know Your Worth: Bridging the Wage Gap

 Come network with fellow Latino professionals and hear from a panel of HR and Business Leaders who will share:

· The state of Latino pay in the workforce

· An overview of key compensation elements: base, bonus, perks

· Salary negotiation strategies and tools


Featured Speakers:

· Alexis Terrazas-Perez - Director, Global Human Resources, Visa Inc.
· Noni Allwood - Entrepreneur & Innovator

No matter where you are in your professional career, this event promises to be exciting for all working professionals.


WHEN
Thursday, May 19
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

WHERE
Intel
2200 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA

RSVP
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Latino ERG, Business Professional & Non-Profit Wine Mixer

Join us at Charles Schwab headquarters to enjoy wine, snacks, and networking on Cinco de Mayo eve.

Through this fun and informal event we hope to create greater awareness of local Latino employee resource group members, professionals and non-profits, to share best practices and hopefully identify shared future initiatives. 

Please register to attend via Eventbrite.

WHEN

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM (PDT) - Add to Calendar

WHERE

Charles Schwab Headquarters - 211 Main Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 - View Map    

 

Event Co-Hosts: Charles Schwab, MSCI, PG&E, Latinos in Finance, Visa, Nielsen, Gap

Executive Presence

RSVP today for the event "Executive Presence," sponsored by Deloitte, and co-hosted by Latinos In Finance. Noni Allwood will be leading a presentation focused on building executive presence within your career and community.

Noni Allwood is a managing partner of Innovo21, a consulting firm dedicated to innovative solutions to talent and inclusion challenges faced by companies today. Ms. Allwood  is also a senior advisor to the Center for Talent Innovation and its consulting arm, Hewlett Consulting Partners. She brings over 20 years of experience as a corporate executive and consultant specializing in optimization strategies for diverse talent and strategic business operations. She is co-author of CTI’s Cracking The Code – Executive Presence For Multicultural Employees and is currently leading research focusing on Latinos in the USA. Her previous experience includes extensive business operation roles as well as leading Cisco’s global diversity and inclusion and as a senior leader in Cisco’s partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative. Ms. Allwood has lived in Latin America and Europe and is fluent in Spanish. She has a degree in industrial engineering from Universidad Centroamericana in El Salvador and is an alumnus of the Stanford University Executive Program. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Geographic Expeditions and on the San Francisco Council for Vital Voices. She also serves on the Advisory Boards for the Department on the Status of Women for the City and County of San Francisco and Professional Business Women of California.

This event will be followed by a networking session, where attendees can connect with Deloitte professionals and Latinos In Finance members. Beverages and snacks will be served.

Special thanks to the Latinas in Finance committee for coordinating this event with Noni Allwood!

WHEN

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
5pm - 7pm

WHERE

Deloitte
555 Mission St
4th floor, Room 4S 072
San Francisco, CA 94105
(directions)

RSVP

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Freshman and Sophomores: Find Your Future

Dear LIF Students,

For college freshmen and sophomores, summer internships in finance can be hard to come by. Get a head start — and begin building your resume — at BlackRock’s ‘Find Your Future Forum’, a one day program with the world’s largest asset manager for current undergraduate freshmen and sophomores from diverse groups. The New York event is held on April 25th, 2016 and the San Francisco event is held on May 2nd, 2016.

Applications are due by April 10th, 2016.

For more information, please refer to the flyer
 

Latinos in Finance

FinTech: The Future of Finance

Latinos in Finance (LIF) is hosting its first event of 2016 next Tuesday, February 9th in partnership with the San Francisco ALPFA chapter. Latinos in Finance and ALPFA have invited FinTech (Financial Technology) leaders from our organizations to present on the current state and future of FinTech. 

FinTech's "disruption" permeates every financial activity from banking, to payments, to wealth management. Startups are re-imagining financial services while traditional financial giants are adapting with new innovative products and solutions.

The partnership between technology and financial services has evolved well-beyond online banking or automated teller machines (ATMs). FinTech has become the new competitor, servicer and disruptor for banks, investors and consumers. 

Join LIF and ALPFA as we stay at the forefront of the technological advancements that are reshaping the financial landscape!

MODERATOR

Daniela Salas, COO of the Mission Asset Fund 

PANELISTS

Amilcar Chavaria, CEO and Co-Founder of FundPaas 

Jesse Velez, Chief Analytics Officer at MonJa

Ed Guerra, Senior Manager at Ernst and Young

Alexandra Alvarez, Compliance Council at Affirm 

WHERE

KPMG, 55 2nd Street, San Francisco

(map)


WHEN

February 9th from 5:30pm - 8:30pm

RSVP
Entrance is FREE for Latinos in Finance members
Please RSVP on EventBrite using the promo code: latinosinfinance

Leadership Event and Holiday Mixer

LIF members,

We would like to cordially invite you to our year-end event and mixer on Friday, December 4th at 3pm. The women's group of LIF, Latinas in Finance, will host Julie Castro Abrams for a leadership discussion titled When Latinas Lead: Leveraging Strengths and Networks. This discussion will be co-hosted with BlackRock's Multi-Cultural Network and will be followed by a holiday-themed mixer. All Latinos in Finance members and friends are welcome - please feel free to send the registration page to your friends. 

Event Details

Julie Castro Abrams has graciously dedicated her afternoon to leading a discussion on the growing role, influence, and power of professional Latina leaders within the workplace, and their respective communities. Julie is a philanthropist who launched the Bay Area Women's Philanthropy Network, and serves as a leader on the boards of organizations focused on women and children, Latinos, economic development, and the arts. Thousands of new businesses attribute their launch and growth to her support, which has resulted in millions toward economic growth in their respective communities.

Immediately following the conclusion of the discussion, there will be a holiday mixer with Latinos in Finance, BlackRock's Multi-Cultural Network and Bay Area Organizational Partners. We look forward to enjoying food and drinks afterwards with those in attendance!

Location

400 Howard Street, 8th floor
San Francisco, CA
(directions)

RSVP

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Please join us as we attend "Women in Power: Truth, Time and Tradeoffs," next Monday, October 26th, from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM. This event, hosted by the Bay Area Women Leaders Network, will feature prominent female executives for a panel discussion on what it takes to make it to the top, and the truth behind real power.

This innovative event will bring together a cross-section of female leaders to contribute to the conversation, including: Cathy Lego - Board Member, Fairchild Semi-ConductorRebecca Macieira-Kaufmann - President & CEO, Banamex USAToni Brayer - CEO, Sutter Pacific Medical FoundationCynthia Nimmo - CEO, Women's Funding Network; and Sally Thornton - Founder and Chief Curator, Forshay.

RSVP

Latinas in Finance will have a table at the event. Please register with Maria Gutierrez at mariaegutierrez@deloitte.com to join us. 

Location

Yelp
140 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(Map)

Latinas in Finance Fall Mixer – All Welcome

Latinas in Finance, our women’s group, invites you to a fall mixer hosting special guest Monika Mantilla, President and CEO of Altura Capital Group, and a Managing Partner at Small Business Community Capital, which manages the SBCC Impact Fund.

Ms. Mantilla is flying down from NYC on October 7th to represent Latinos in Finance at the Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) 2015 conference in San Francisco. Her presentation, “The Impact Investors of Tomorrow,” will be delivered on behalf of Latinos in Finance, and will shed light on the growing role of the Latino community in the impact investing space.

Ms. Mantilla has over 25 years of domestic and international company leadership and investment experience. Her career is complemented by a lifetime of involvement in community economic development issues.

This informal networking event will be a fantastic opportunity to meet new members of the group and meet with Monika. We encourage you to join us at the Palm House on Wednesday night. Details below.

Event Details

When:

Wednesday, October 7th
 

Where: 
Palm House
2032 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(Map)
 

Time: 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 

Fees:
Cash Bar

RSVP

Please RSVP with Valerie Wong at valerie.wong@msci.com.

End of Summer Mixer Aug. 20th @ Press Club

Latinos in Finance is well overdue for a mixer, especially since we have many new members and a few new board members.

We would like to extend a warm invitation to our End of Summer Mixer at Press Club in San Francisco on Thursday, August 20th from 6 to 9pm. Engaging and growing our network is an important component of our goal of advancing Latinos in world of finance. Invite your friends and come meet new members of the group.

Click here to register for our End of Summer Mixer.

What: Latinos in Finance Summer Mixer
Where: Press Club (20 Yerba Buena Ln)
When: Thursday, Aug. 20th from 6pm - 9pm
Questions: Contact Cesar Valenzuela

See you in two weeks at Press Club.
Latinos in Finance

Upcoming Events:
Next Wed. Aug. 12th 5pm-7pm: Impact Investing Networking Event
LIF member and leader Alejandro Caminos will be hosting The Hip Investor author Paul Herman at the New York Life offices. More info on our LinkedIn group page.

Sat. Sept. 26th 9am-3pm: Finance Boot Camp for Students – help us find students
The boot camp is a flagship event for Latinos in Finance. Please share this boot camp registration link with students and student organizations. To volunteer, reach out to LIF Finance Boot Camp Coordinator Gustavo Mena.

Finance Boot Camp for Students Sept. 26th

One of our flagship programs is the annual Finance Boot Camp for students. This boot camp continues to grow and improve thanks to a dynamic lineup of diverse speakers and workshops, as well as fantastic educational material like our Finance Boot Camp Report. The goal of the boot camp is to educate college and high school students on the various careers and opportunities in the finance industry and expand the pipeline of Latino professionals.

On Saturday, September 26th from 9am-3pm, we will host our 6th finance boot camp for up to 100 students at the BlackRock office in San Francisco. BlackRock, Charles Schwab and other Bay Area corporations are graciously sponsoring the event. The boot camp will include several workshops and presentations including an industry review, sub-industry workshops on private equity, real estate and asset management, and speed networking sessions. Students will enjoy a catered breakfast, lunch and a post-event mixer with LIF members and corporate sponsors.

Reaching 100+ Latina/o students interested in learning about finance on a Saturday is not easy, so we need your help. Please help us identify students for the Finance Boot Camp and encourage them to register on this page.

Want to volunteer? If you are interested in leading or helping with a workshop, please reach out to Gustavo Mena, who is the main coordinator for the event.

We look forward to your support in hosting another successful and memorable Finance Boot Camp.

Latinos in Finance

 Finance Boot Camp April 2014 - Charles Schwab, San Francisco

Finance Boot Camp April 2014 - Charles Schwab, San Francisco


Latinas in Finance: Power Lunch with Vanessa Hartigan

Within our group of over 400 Latino professionals we have a very talented group of successful and visible women – Latinas! Our Latina leaders have created Latinas in Finance within our group and will be hosting events throughout the year tailored to Latinas in financial services.

With that, we are happy to kick off Latinas in Finance with a series of power lunches that will highlight Latina industry leaders from our group. The lunches will follow a consistent format where our guest speaker will review her personal background, career trajectory and current role. The lunches will last approximately an hour and a half where most of the time is dedicated to questions from those in attendance. We anticipate the type of questions to range from career advice to forward-looking industry thoughts.

The inaugural power lunch will highlight Vanessa Hartigan on Thursday, July 9th from 12-1:30 PM Pacific Time at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 101 California Street in San Francisco. Vanessa is a Relationship Manager for Merrill Lynch’s Institutional business. Vanessa has 18 years of experience in financial services and has a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business as well as a master’s in Development Economics and a bachelor’s in International Relations from Stanford University. Vanessa is also an active leader and mentor in Latinos in Finance.

We will limit attendance to 20 people. To register, please email Latinos in Finance with your full name, phone number, current firm and title. We will confirm your reservation via email and do our best to manage a waiting list. If you are not able to attend this power lunch or the registration is full, there will be similar power lunches this year.

Find Vanessa's biography below. For questions, please email Sarai Rodriguez who is leading the Latinas in Finance effort.

See you soon,

Latinos in Finance


Vanessa Hartigan is a Relationship Manager for Merrill Lynch’s Institutional business which includes coverage of both mutual fund and hedge fund buy-side clients.  She is responsible for working across Merrill Lynch product teams to strategically identify and grow revenues for the West Coast client base.  Prior to relationship management, Vanessa was a Prime Brokerages sales person and relationship manager for the West Coast.  Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Vanessa was a business development officer and product manager for Finaplex, a San Francisco based software company, which provided client relationship management applications for financial advisors.  Vanessa also previously worked in New York as a Financial Analyst in Corporate Finance at Goldman Sachs & Co. 

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Coffee Chat Series - Tim Freundlich Apr. 15th

Our first two Latinos in Finance Coffee Chats were exceptionally educational, enlightening and motivating. Our next chat will highlight socially responsible and impactful investing; an area of investment finance that has a long history yet has more recently been a focus of many industry articles and the press. With several Latinos in Finance members dedicated to and passionate about socially and environmentally responsible investing, we are excited to host Timothy Freundlich thisWednesday, April 15th from 3-4pm at ImpactHUB San Francisco (901 Mission St. at 5th St.). Tim Freundlich is President and Co-founder of ImpactAssets. He is also a Co-founder of Good Capital andMissionHUB.

To register, please email Latinos in Finance and Hernan Vargas with your full name, phone number, current firm and title, and anticipated questions. These coffee chats are informal, but private, and we will limit attendance to 30 individuals. We will confirm your reservation via email and do our best to manage a waiting list. If you are not able to attend this coffee chat or the registration is full, there will be several similar coffee chats this year.

The coffee chats will follow a consistent format where the guest speaker will review her/his personal background, career trajectory, and current role. Each coffee chat will last only one hour and most of the hour will be dedicated to questions from those in attendance. We anticipate the type of questions to range from career advice to forward-looking industry thoughts.

Please find Tim’s biography below. We look forward to your attendance.

Latinos in Finance

Timothy Freundlich, President and Co-Founder of ImpactAssets, is an innovator of financial instruments for impact investing. Over the last 18 years, Mr. Freundlich has served in a number of capacities at the Calvert Foundation and was instrumental in building the $200+ million Calvert Community Investment Note sourced from 12,000 investors; more than $750 million was cumulatively invested into hundreds of nonprofits and for profits globally. While at the Calvert Foundation, Mr. Freundlich conceived of and launched a prototype of the Giving Fund – now a $200+ million impact investment-based donor advised fund that was spun out as ImpactAssets, which he co-founded and serves as President. Additionally, Mr. Freundlich co-founded and serves on the management board ofGood Capital, which is the General Partner of the Social Enterprise Expansion Fund LP and has started two social enterprises, the SOCAP Conferences, attracting more than 2,500 people annually, andImpactHUB (SF, Berkely, NYC, Philly and DC), co-working, meeting and community spaces for more than 2,000 social innovators and part of a global network of more than 60 ImpactHUBs across five continents with 20,000 members (and one opening every month somewhere in the world).

Mr. Freundlich received a BA from Wesleyan University with a major in Film, an MBA from the University of San Francisco. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Julie and sons Milo and Gus.  

Coffee Chat Series - Omar Aguilar Apr. 9th

We are happy to invite you to our second coffee chat of an ongoing educational series where we highlight industry leaders in finance. Our second chat will host Omar Aguilar thisThursday, April 9th from 4-5pm at Charles Schwab in San Francisco (215 Fremont Street at Howard St). Omar Aguilar, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for Equities at Charles Schwab Investment Management.

To register, please email Latinos in Finance and Juan Antonio Barroso with your full name, phone number, current firm and title, and anticipated questions. Please register by Wednesday to ensure you are registered with building security. These coffee chats are informal, but private, and we will limit attendance to 50 individuals. We will confirm your reservation via email and do our best to manage a waiting list. If you are not able to attend this coffee chat or the registration is full, there will be several similar coffee chats this year.

The coffee chats will follow a consistent format where the guest speaker will review her/his personal background, career trajectory, and current role. Each coffee chat will last only one hour and most of the hour will be dedicated to questions from those in attendance. We anticipate the type of questions to range from career advice to forward-looking industry thoughts.

Please find Omar's biography below.

We look forward to your attendance.

Latinos in Finance

Omar Aguilar joined Charles Schwab Investment Management, Inc., as senior vice president and chief investment officer, Equities in April 2011 where he is responsible for over $80 billion (as of 12/31/13) in equity and asset allocation mutual funds and separate account assets. He has over 20 years of broad investment management experience in the equity markets, including managing index, quantitative equity, asset allocation, and multi-manager strategies.

Prior to Charles Schwab Investment Management, Mr. Aguilar was with Financial Engines, where he was responsible for managing more than $40 billion in assets from leading retirement plan sponsors in the defined contribution market. Prior to joining Financial Engines, Mr. Aguilar was the head of Quantitative Equity for ING Investment Management, where he was responsible for building and developing the firm’s quantitative equity group, managing more than $20 billion in assets with 15 global active, index, and enhanced index strategies for pensions funds, variable annuities, and mutual funds. He joined ING in 2004 from Lehman Brothers, where he served as the head of quantitative research for its alternative investment management business. Prior to that, he was a director of quantitative research and portfolio manager with Merrill Lynch Investment Management and Bankers Trust.

Mr. Aguilar was a Fulbright Scholar at Duke University’s Institute of Statistics and Decisions Sciences, where he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. He completed a B.S. in actuarial sciences and a graduate degree in applied statistics from the Mexican Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM).

19th Annual Jerry I. Porras Latino Leadership Banquet

Latinos in Finance has been invited by the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford Hispanic Business Student Association to their annual Latinos Leadership Banquet on Saturday, March 7th. After you register, please reach out to Latinos in Finance leader Matt Cano.

19th Annual Jerry I. Porras Latino Leadership Banquet
Saturday, March 7, 2015
6:30 pm - Reception
7:00 pm - Dinner and Award Ceremony
9:00 pm - Dancing
Schwab Residential Center 
Vidalakis Dining Hall

REGISTER NOW

The GSB Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA) invites you to its annual award banquet to both celebrate the history and presence of the Latino community at the GSB and to honor and encourage leadership in business as well as in the greater Latino community. The banquet also helps to unite alumni with current students, faculty and administrators, and fosters personal bonds critical to the success of our communities.

The GSB Hispanic Business Student Association is pleased to honor the 19th Annual Jerry I. Porras Latino Leadership award recipient -- Leticia Miranda, MBA '93 -- for her commitment to the Stanford and Hispanic communities.

Porras Award Recipient and Keynote Speaker
Leticia Miranda, MBA '93

Senior Policy Advisor
National Council of La Raza 

Leticia Miranda, MBA '93, was most recently a Senior Policy Advisor for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) where she fought for economic security policy issues on behalf of Hispanics across the entire nation. NCLR works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans and is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.

The banquet will include a reception, dinner, award ceremony, and live entertainment.

Coffee Chat Series Launch

We are happy to announce the launch of an educational series of coffee chats, which will highlight industry leaders in finance. These coffee chats will follow a consistent format where the guest speaker will review her/his personal background, career trajectory, and current role. Each coffee chat will last only one hour and most of the hour will be dedicated to questions from those in attendance. We anticipate the type of questions to range from career advice to forward-looking industry thoughts.
 
Our first coffee chat will host Gerardo Rodriguez next Wednesday, February 25th from 3-4PM at BlackRock in San Francisco. Gerardo is the former Mexican Undersecretary of Finance and Public Credit and is currently BlackRock’s Head of Emerging Markets Multi-Asset Strategies. Gerardo will be visiting us from New York City.
 
These coffee chats are informal, but private. We will limit attendance to 30 people. To register, please email Latinos in Finance with your full name, phone number, current firm and title, and anticipated questions. We will confirm your reservation via email and do our best to manage a waiting list. If you are not able to attend this coffee chat or the registration is full, there will be several similar coffee chats this year.
 
Please find Gerardo's biography below. You can also view his recent CNBC interview on the effects of lower oil prices.
 
We look forward to your engagement this year.

Gerardo Rodriguez, Managing Director, is Portfolio Manager for the EM Allocation fund and Head of Emerging Markets Multi-Asset Strategies. His responsibilities include the development of Emerging Markets products and the oversight of the EM Platform at BlackRock.
 
Mr. Rodriguez joined BlackRock in 2013 after a fruitful career of more than 14 years in the Mexican Ministry of Finance where he last served as Undersecretary of Finance and Public Credit. He has extensive experience in macroeconomic policy, financial market development and infrastructure financing/development. 

As Undersecretary, he oversaw all aspects related to the development of the local financial system and international affairs of the Ministry of Finance. His responsibilities included the regulation and supervision of local financial institutions, public debt management and exchange rate and fiscal policy. When Mexico hosted the G20 Summit in 2012, Mr. Rodriguez led the process to increase the resources available for the IMF by more than $450 billion. 

During his tenure at the Ministry of Finance, he was the Head of Public Debt Management from 2005 to 2011, where he was responsible for extending the local yield curve out to 30 years and making the local fixed income market easily accessible abroad. He also designed and launched the Treasury Direct Platform (www.cetesdirecto.com) to allow individual investors to buy government securities in small denominations via the Internet. Under his leadership the Mexican Government launched a National Infrastructure Fund in 2008 to facilitate the development and financing of new PPP projects.
 
Mr. Rodriguez earned a BS degree in economics from Universidad de las Americas-Puebla (Mexico) and an MSc in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University.

Working in Finance and the Power of Being Latino

Written by Alejandro Caminos

A career in finance can be very rewarding, not just monetarily but also emotionally and intellectually.  This is especially true for Latinos interested in a career in finance where our language and cultural sensitivities can be leveraged to make inroads and changes where others can’t.  We can use our finance, language and cultural skills to bridge gaps and help integrate individuals and companies into in addressing their financing/financial goals. 

As Latinos we have the power to make meaningful changes, regardless of the career we choose within the broad industry of finance.  This was my experience when, after the US financial crisis, I took the opportunity to leverage my skills towards working with governments and help further their economies.  So, in 2008 I started IPFC Group a consulting firm that allowed me to work with governments, and NGOs throughout Latina America, Africa and Asia. 

One problem that I found immediately evident and present, was how farmers throughout developing countries have struggled to secure adequate access to capital for both capital and operational needs from financial institutions.  Therefore they found themselves dependant largely on the buyers of their products, the distributors and sellers for credit.  However such loans are often at unfavorable terms and rates, leaving the farmer with a profit margin too small to sustain their business or live decently.  This lack of access to capital is becoming a bigger problem for many countries where farming plays a significant role in their GDP.  Consequently this leaves the government’s farm bank overwhelmed and as the only sustainable source of lending.

In 2010, I worked in the Dominican Republic where my assignment was to help increase the flow of capital towards the farm sector. What was revealing was the gap that existed between the financial and farming sectors.  Specifically as it pertained towards micro, small, medium sized enterprises (MSMEs), who represent a major source of employment to the country’s formal and informal economies, these were largely ignored.  The challenges required bridging the gap between these two sectors which led me to develop a farm credit risk model for banks to use in addition to their commercial credit risk model they used for non-farm clients.  These commercial credit risk models inadequately quantified farm risk deeming MSME farmers unfit for credit and causing financial institutions to pass on lending opportunities that otherwise provided a profitable margin for financial institutions.  

Although success was achieved in some levels, much remains to be done in this and in many other areas. There is plenty of room for innovation and bridging gaps both here in the U.S. and abroad. For this reason I appeal to you as a Latino in Finance to never forget how your skills in finance and as a Latino can become a tool to help make meaningful change.

Kennie's Reading List

Recently some of our Latinos in Finance colleagues attended a panel event at UC Berkeley hosted by the Latino Business Student Association. At the event LIF members made solid connections with UC Berkeley students interested in business and finance.

The world of high finance can be a different subculture than the rest of business. Always eager to shed light on the intricacies of this world for students, new Latinos in Finance President Kennie Blanco responded to a Berkeley student wanting to pre-prepare for a leveraged finance position at Bank of America in New York next fall with a list of 'must-reads' for aspiring analysts:

...people on Wall St. always mention the top four. They are set in different financial times/scenarios. For example "the big short" is set in the recent economic downturn when John Paulson made a huge amount of money shorting mortgage-backed securities,  whereas "when genius failed" is set late in the late 1990s around the fall of one of the top hedge funds at the time, LTCM which in turn created a huge financial crisis. Liars Poker is your old school investment banking story book set in the 1980's. If you read all of these books you will learn a ton of wall street terms and gain quite a bit of historical context. 

  1. The Big Short by Michael Lewis
  2. When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein
  3. Liars Poker by Michael Lewis
  4. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  5. Against the Gods, The Remarkable Story of Risk, by Peter Bernstein
  6. Den of Thieves by James B. Stewart
  7. Inside the House of Money by Steven Drobny
  8. Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises by Charles P. Kindleberger
  9. The Psychology of Risk: Mastering Market Uncertainty by Ari Kiev

Interested in joining our book club? What would be some of your recommendations? Comment below.