My conviction to pursue a career in Investment banking came very early in life. I always credit my mother as my inspiration because I got to witness her become a Regional Director in one of the most prominent Banks in Africa. Banking has always been, both then and now, a male-dominated industry. So seeing this was invaluable. After completing a First Class Degree in Economics from Brunel University, in London, I really felt the need to build on that, so I went on to pursue an MBA degree at Brasenose College, Oxford University -International Alliance of Research Universities Programme (IARU) at Gonville and Caius college Cambridge – before becoming a CFA Charterholder.
Now more than ever, I think it is time to continue to push that dial that women like my mother first turned. Seeing more women, especially women of colour in leadership positions is one great step in the right direction. In order for a true shift, I believe inclusivity is key. It’s something I am passionate about because I have had great mentors along the way – people like that are necessary when looking to encourage young female leaders to join the industry. Having a champion in close proximity who understands the industry, not a distant mentor, is important. Currently, I am pouring my focus into supporting my clients to build and preserve generational wealth, alongside beginning to expand my business portfolio through my lifestyle brand, Coco & Crumble ® Home fragrances. In the midst of these endeavours, I always remind myself that it is ok not to get it right 100% of the time. A perfect person has nothing left to learn and such an individual does not exist.