Spotlight on: Dabney Jean


Dabney Jean is a fervent NABA Baruch supporter. She was in fact, on the executive board of the Baruch Chapter while an undergrad at Baruch. I remember talking to Dabney about time management during a coffee chat last year, and she mentioned candidly that she spent most of her time in the Newman Library studying or in the Club Room working on projects for NABA Baruch Treasury. After Baruch, Dabney joined Goldman Sachs’ finance division as an analyst and she now supports the Investment Management Division.  Now and then, she has been a great resource for NABA Baruch and she continues to impact our membership positively. Find a little bit more about her in the mini-interview below.

S.J – How and why did you join NABA? 
D.J- I joined NABA my sophomore year at Baruch. I wanted to join an organization with positive people that would’ve allowed me to reach my full potential as a college student
S.J- Would you say Mentoring is important for one’s career and why? 
D-J- Yes, mentoring is extremely important in one’s career. Mentoring provides guidance and experience that would not have been gained from any other avenue. To have a mentor, is to have someone on your corner and constantly pushing for your success.
S-J- What are some of the toughest challenges that you have faced as a rising professional?
D.J – Confidence is truly the toughest. I work at such an esteemed firm that hires the best and brightest. Finding your place and your voice is hard in such an environment where one coming out of college may find it extremely intimidating. It’s a process. However, the more you focus on being the best you can be in the area you serve and support, confidence comes  easily. Know your job, Know your products and most importantly, Know yourself.
S.J-  What is your life Motto? Any advice for your fellow mentors and the NABA Baruch mentees
D.J- My life motto is, “ If you can dream it, you can achieve it” My advice for my fellow mentors and NABA Baruch mentees is that if you have an idea, please follow through with it to fruition. You never know where an idea can take you! 


We Cannot Be Color Blind. We have to Be Color Brave!

Now I know there are people out there who will say that the election of Barack Obama meant that it was the end of racial discrimination for all eternity, right? But I work in the investment business, and we have a saying: The numbers do not lie. And here, there are significant, quantifiable racial disparities that cannot be ignored, in household wealth, household income, job opportunities, healthcare. One example from corporate America: Even though white men make up just 30 percent of the U.S. population, they hold 70 percent of all corporate board seats. Of the Fortune 250, there are only seven CEOs that are minorities,and of the thousands of publicly traded companies today, thousands, only two are chaired by black women, and you’re looking at one of them, the same one who, not too long ago, was nearly mistaken for kitchen help.

Going into Corporate America, many minority students will find that their managing directors or the managing partners look very different from them. Today, minority leaders only represent 3% of Corporate America’s elite. There is no doubt that there is a lack of diversity in the workforce. That’s why big corporations are now increasing their diversity recruiting efforts. However, as well rounded professionals, we should be ” Color Blind,  as Hobson mentions.  We shall not feel uncomfortable when interacting with people who have different backgrounds or ethnicities. Of course, the conversation about race and about differences can often be awkward. But it is incumbent upon the future generation of professionals to transcend these differences to be more effective leaders. In this Ted Talk, Mellody Hobson, a senior leader at Ariel Investments, shares her story about being African-American and a woman in a setting where there aren’t many people like her. Listen and be inspired!

Mellody Hobson handles strategic planning for the Chicago-based Ariel Investments, one of the largest African-American-owned money management firms in the United States. Beyond her work at Ariel, Hobson has become a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. She is a regular contributor and analyst on finance, the markets and economic trends for CBS News, contributes weekly money tips on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and writes a column for Black Enterprise magazine. As a passionate advocate for investor education, she is a spokesperson for the Ariel/Hewitt study, 401(k) Plans in Living Color and the Ariel Black Investor Survey, both of which examine investing patterns among minorities. Hobson is chair of the board for DreamWorks Animation. Her community outreach includes serving as chairman of After School Matters, providing Chicago teens with high quality out-of-school-time programs.

Adopting a Mentor’s Mindset.

How to Adopt a Mentor's mindset?

“Mentoring is who you are as much as as you do do” John C. Maxwell

Some people have a natural gift of influencing people in a positive way and providing wise advice when others face adversity or have a difficult decision to make. People entrust their mentors to help them advance throughout their career and throughout a school project. I have compiled a  short list of quick tips that could be useful for mentors.

1- Make your mentee’s professional development a priority

It takes a lot of commitment to develop people. It take time and effort, and thus it is important to have a roadmap when embarking on a journey with a mentee. Do not hesitate to plan ahead in order to educate your mentee

2- Develop Relationship Before Starting Out

When it comes to success, relationship-building is extremely important. As you prepare to develop others, take time to get to know each other. It is important that you understand their stories and that they know yours. Seek out their weakness and their strengths; that will help you have a more effective mentoring experience.

3- Stay With Them Until They Can Go Solo.

As you develop people, remember that you are taking them on a journey toward success with you, not sending him. Stay with your mentees until they are ready to fly on their own.

Women and Leadership: Why You Should Read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In…

Sheryl Sandberg is a leader. A woman and a leader.  She serves as Facebook’s COO. She joined the firm in 2008, and today, she manages Facebook’s sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications. It’s a massive job, but one well suited to Sandberg, who not only built and managed Google’s successful online sales and operations program but also served as an economist for the World Bank and Chief of Staff at the US Treasury Department. She earned a MBA from the Harvard Business School.

About Leadership…

What makes a great leader today? Many of us carry this image of this all-knowing superhero who stands and commands and protects his followers. But that’s kind of an image from another time, and what’s also outdated are the leadership development programs that are based on success models for a world that was, not a world that is or that is coming. -Roseline Torres 

One of the most important components of the NABA organization is leadership. There is no NABA without its numerous leaders. One cannot stress enough how important it is to develop leadership aptitudes. Some of us struggle with this every day. Leadership is about charisma, strategic and prompt decision-making, brainstorming, working collaboratively with your colleagues or your partners. In this Ted Talk, What it Takes to be a Great Leader? , which I find brilliant, Roselinde Torres from the BCG, gives insights on the challenges that leaders face every day. Enjoy!

Why Mentoring?

“We exist temporarily through what we take, but we love forever through what we give” Douglas M. Lawson

Many people think that being successful is solely a matter of focusing on the self. However, many others would  argue that becoming truly successful is being able to give to others and to impact others positively. The purpose of this interactive blog is to attempt to maximize the mentoring experience for both the mentors and the mentees, who will themselves become mentors, eventually. Through this blog, our main purpose as student leaders, future professionals, young women and men, is to revive the NABA mentorship experience such way that the readers/ followers grow a little bit more every time we post an article or a link. Without further ado, I will introduce myself. I am Stephanie Joseph and I serve as the chair of mentorship for the academic year 2014-2015. I wanted to launch this blog to bring innovative notions of leadership and a roadmap for mentoring  to our chapter in order to create a virtual forum where the conversation never stops. The success of this initiative won’t be possible without the support of our members, our mentors, and our alumni.  I hope that you all will be contributing one way or another to the blog, and that you will take advantage of this platform. Let’s maximize the NABA Mentorship experience, one step at a time.

The NABA Baruch Mentorship Experience, Revived.