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CFA Society San Francisco: Filing the Demand for Greater Cognitive Diversity in the Financial Industry



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1/26/2022 2:00 PM

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1/26/2022 2:45 PM

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Bringing more cognitive diversity into our industry starts with getting young people of diverse backgrounds engaged with math and exposed to a possible career in finance. CFA Society San Francisco presents a LIVE Fireside Chat with leaders of Rock the Street, Wall Street (RTSWS), a financial and investment literacy program designed to spark the interest of a diverse population of high school girls into careers of finance.

In the U.S., we start to lose girls in math at age nine. This problem doesn't exist in many other countries. This is a cultural issue, not a capability issue. Progress will come as a result of an extensive scale of individuals doing their part to change the trajectory of girls in math in their own environments – be that in schools, companies, or homes. RTSWS gets girls re-engaged with the M in STEM, math, at a critical age, when they are on the verge of becoming financially independent; choosing whether or not to go to college; what college they will choose, and which majors/minors they will study. STEM professions lift people out of poverty in one generation.

Our moderated conversation with RTSWS Founder and CEO Maura Cunningham and RTSWS BOD member Reginald G. Sanders, CFA, CAIA, Director of Investments at W.K. Kellogg Foundation, offers a thought-provoking exchange in which they will discuss why we are losing girls and other underserved youth in math, how RTSWS is stemming this tide, and how you and others can be part of the solution. You don't want to miss it!


Maura Cunningham, Founder & CEO, Rock The Street, Wall Street 

Maura Cunningham is dedicated to closing the gender wage and wealth gap and the opportunity gap that exists in our nation. Determined to make this vision a reality, Maura combined her entrepreneurial skills and her passion for working with teenage students and she went on to found Rock The Street, Wall Street, (RTSWS) in 2013. 

Maura began her career on Wall Street with Merrill Lynch. After a successful 25 year career in finance, Maura turned her full attention to creating opportunities for others. Before dedicating herself full time to RTSWS, she worked in Capital Markets, Real Estate Syndication, Mortgage-Backed Securities, and financial and wealth management. She stays current with the markets by continuing to trade options.

Reginald G. Sander, CFA, CAIA, Director of Investments, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Board of Director, Rock the Street, Wall Street 

Mr. Sanders is Director of Investments for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He was previously Manager of Pension Investments for Eastman Kodak Company. Before Eastman Kodak, Mr. Sanders was an equity research analyst for AEW Capital Management and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Mr. Sanders is a graduate of Florida A&M University and Harvard Business School, where he was a Robert A. Toigo Fellow. Mr. Sanders currently sits on the State of Michigan Investment Board and on the Investment Advisory Committee of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.


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