Read the inspirational stories of our honorees
We interviewed the BWAM 40 Under 40 to understand the motivation

and driving forces behind their career success.
Dr. Ola Brown
"By investing in healthcare, we are creating jobs, improving the economy and providing security for communities."
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Alicia Thomas
"There’s nothing to be gained by pretending to be something else"
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Olajumoke Bamigboye
"Now more than ever, I think it is time to continue to push that dial that women like my mother first turned."
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Andra Ofosu
"My formative experiences growing up ingrained me with the ability to focus on my central goals and retain a sense of perspective, however hard things seem on the surface."
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Linzi Thomas
"More and more, young people are not accepting the status-quo - they are demanding equity. I believe that part of my job now is to help them in that pursuit, and to help young women feel empowered to reach their fullest potential…"
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Lise Birikundavyi
"As great as it is that we have made history as the first black-led VC in Canada, it’s 2022. We want our success to create opportunities for more Black fund managers in the country."
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Mutsa Mutembwa
"It’s probably the first time that I realised that my energy was infectious and that I needed to focus on channelling that energy to be a positive force for good, but also that I feed off the energy of others too."
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Oyin Oduya
"These experiences definitely shaped my current worldview, and are part of the reason I ended up working in impact investing. I find it incredibly exciting to interact with companies trying to make a positive change in the world."
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Simone Andrews
"I am proud to have a seat at the table where I can bring my diverse perspective when engaging on sustainability issues in the capital and private markets."
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Tenisha Reid Elliott
"The ability to stare adversity in the face, yet retain my resolve, sense of self and ambition for the future is a skill I’ve had to hone over time."
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Valerie Etienne
My advice to women coming up after me - ‘It's not a sprint, it's a marathon.’
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Bolanle Johnson
"It was at this point, I told myself - I want to be the change I want to see."
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Sebolelo Gebhardt
"When I look at the next generation of Black women now, I want them to know and believe the same principle my dad taught me: there is no ceiling on what you can achieve."
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Kikun Alo
"People often talk to their younger self, but my older self is always talking to me now – this helps me to take a long view on situations and, hopefully, make decisions that I won't regret."
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Shana C. Johnson
"As a black American woman from a Jamaican immigrant family, I, too, am among the underserved communities of which I support."
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Shannon Nelson
"I am excited for the journey ahead as we move onward together – not only withstanding the challenges but also building an excellent, equitable, and effective community within asset management."
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Mandy Adogla-Popovic
"Nobody knows what you are capable of more than you!"
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TinaShé Tande
"Nothing in life is permanent or fixed. We can always try and change our situation."
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Ella Mbaeri
"I am a young Black woman, but I don’t see these three diverse characteristics as obstacles. I see them as my ‘superpower’ – as every room I walk into, you are going to remember me."
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Livia Felix
"I follow and develop my career around a clear mission to occupy spaces previously unimaginable."
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Chloe Kelley
"I have to remind myself that a little discomfort can lead to tremendous growth."
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Christine Meredith
"This is a test, I thought to myself, if I can manage to get to work while going through this then I can do anything."
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Anita Foster Washington
"I work to build bridges that extend from economically underserved communities like my home, East of the River, to wealthy institutional investors committed to advancing equity and inclusion."
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