On Friday, September 30th, OPEN Finance was pleased to present the panel “Breaking Into & Succeeding in the Financial Services Industry” at The Center’s LGBT Career Fair, hosted by Citi. For the second year, representatives from OPEN Finance firms provided their insights and expertise to a broad audience. Joining this year’s panel were: Falon Becker, Head of Internal Mobility-Americas & Diversity Strategy at Deutsche Bank, Monica Sanz, Financial Economic Manager at The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Richard Schwartz, Director at DTCC, and Chester White, Vice President and Director at Aon Risk Solutions. The panel was moderated by Brett Hemmerling, Assistant Vice President-Campus Recruiter at Moody’s.
Drawing from diverse backgrounds, the panel covered topics ranging from personal experiences as out LGBT professionals, what the represented firms (and others in the industry) offer in terms of programs and support for LGBT employees, and what misconceptions may exist about working in financial services. The importance of networking was highlighted as being especially crucial by the panelists. The attendees were very much interested in receiving insights on whether or not they should out themselves on their resume and/or during the interview process