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Wall Street Exchange Session #5: A Day in the Life Panel

Wednesday, July 29, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The interns of the 2020 Wall Street Exchange participated in the fifth session of this summer’s program. Sponsored by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, the panelists provided the group with personal stories of their career paths and important lessons learned along the way. Ms. Amberley Smith, the Inclusion & Diversity Coordinator with the HR Inclusion & Diversity Team for SMBC Americas Division moderated the discussion with the accomplished ambassadors. Each represented a different department at SMBC and have been with the firm for varying tenors.

Mr. Hiro Oshima is Deputy General Counsel at SMBC and has spent over 15 years with SMBC in the Legal department. He shared his path to success of advancing within the organization. While Ms. Michelle Amor is a junior credit trader for the Fixed Income Sales & Trading team. Being on the trading floor contrasts with her beginning as a ballet dancer prior to college. Mr. Brendan Rafferty joined SMBC mid-career and noted the welcoming environment created by the corporate culture at SMBC. He is a Vice President in SMBC’s Business Control Department Americas Division’s Planning, Strategy and Information Services (PSI) group.

With the longest tenor at SMBC among the panelists, Ms. Marcia Mayne joined SMBC in 2000 as a technical writing consultant for SMBC’s Business Control Department Americas Division’s Loan Services. She shared the many opportunities she’s had to work on interesting projects and the benefits of collaborating with her peers. With their extensive experiences and educational backgrounds, the group kept us engaged with truthful and humorous responses to Ms. Smith’s questions. We got a sense of a day in the life at SMBC from the front office to the back office and along the way.

Following the panel discussion, the WSE participants had the opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences. The event concluded with our customary networking opportunity in several breakout sessions. We appreciate the SMBC representatives who participated in the breakout sessions. It gave the interns another opportunity to learn about SMBC.

We extend our sincere thanks to the SMBC team for an excellent session. With special thanks to Sandra Dorsey (Head of the Inclusion & Diversity Program) and Lori Ferguson (Inclusion & Diversity Program Manager) who were integral in SMBC’s sponsorship of the event and to the company’s continuing support of the Wall Street Exchange Program. SMBC is an FWA President's Circle member.