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Black History Month: The Socially Responsible “Black Titan”

Posted by Moira Do on 2/27/20 1:22 PM

 

Socially responsible businesses are not new concepts. For centuries, people have been using their businesses and investments to engage and better their communities and their environments. We saw this on a local level through examples such as corporate-sponsored community health programs.

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Black History Month: Lauren Simmons, the youngest African American Woman Trader

Posted by Moira Do on 2/25/20 4:32 PM

 

Women have been historically underrepresented in Financial Services. According to a 2017 study by Stanford University, men comprise 75% of the Wealth Management field and fill 80% of the leadership roles. However, a young black woman from Georgia has continued the trend of women breaking the glass ceiling in Financial Services. In March 2017, Lauren Simmons made history as the youngest full-time woman equity trader at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). “I am proud to have a badge of a trader,” Simmons said of her achievement in an interview with LinkedIn.

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Black History Month: The Godfather of Exchange-Traded Funds

Editor’s Note: For the month of February, Vanderbilt Financial Group (VFG) honors Black History Month through sharing the stories of significant contributions made to the finance and banking industry. In true Vanderbilt fashion, we highlight individuals whose impact rippled out in service of others.

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Topics: Black History Month, ETFs

Black History Month Profile: Esther Afua Ocloo

Posted by Jeso O'Neill, Chief Marketing Officer on 2/6/19 9:09 AM

For the month of February, Vanderbilt Financial Group (VFG) honors Black History Month through sharing the stories of significant contributions made to the finance and banking industry. In true Vanderbilt fashion, we highlight individuals whose impact rippled out in service of others.

For our first in a four-part series, we’re slightly breaking with tradition to highlight a woman of color who is not an American, yet impacted the lives of many Americans with the financial concept she developed and pioneered on the continent of Africa. We are proud to highlight the contributions of Ghanaian social entrepreneur and an early innovator of micro-lending, Esther Afua Ocloo.

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Topics: Entrepreneurial Spirit, microloans, micro-lending, Women Entrepreneurs, Black History Month

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