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By Samira Cook Gaines, Chief of Civil Rights & Economic Empowerment, National Community Reinvestment Coalition July 28, 2015 03:15 PM
As part of our work to engage progress makers, this year Citi is partnering with Know Your Value, a program with NBCUniversal News Group and Mika Brzezinski, to explore how female aspiring leaders can get their worth at work and create the lives they want. Samira Cook Gaines, Chief of Civil Rights & Economic Empowerment, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, was part of Citi’s breakout session Making Your Ideas Real. Below she answers a few questions.
By Ana Duarte McCarthy, Chief Diversity Officer, Citi June 16, 2015 11:00 AM
Photo Credit: Andrew Snow Photography for msnbc.
David Chubak, Head of Productivity at Citi, was a panelist at the May 15th Know Your Value program in Washington, D.C. After the event, I caught up with David and asked him a few questions:
Can you tell us a little bit about your role as Citi’s Head of Productivity?
I am often delighted, though not so surprised when people ask me what “Productivity” means. It gives me the opportunity to talk about the work we are doing every day across Citi, taking our execution to the next level, and delivering on our mission as an enabler of progress. It makes for a lively, engaging conversation on new enterprising ideas we should scale across our global organization.
I am most grateful for the relationships I’ve developed working with smart, passionate, globally-minded leaders. It’s one thing to deliver exceptional results responsibly. It’s another to deliver them with imagination and determination. These are important characteristics that I value as I think about how to find and create more opportunities for our future global leaders.
By Ana Duarte McCarthy, Chief Diversity Officer, Citi May 14, 2015 10:00 AM
Photo by Todd Zimmermann for MSNBC.
For over 200 years, Citi has supported Progress Makers and their ideas, recognizing the powerful role they play in business and in their communities. As the leading global bank, we pride ourselves on the diversity of thinking we bring to bear for our clients, and know that our success relies on the exceptional talents of our people.
Citi engages in a number of leadership development programs at all levels of the organization. “We believe in enabling our colleagues’ progress with opportunities to excel and grow along their career path, so we continue to have more diverse perspectives at all levels – this is core to our culture and simply good business. We’re thrilled to support new partnerships that empower and champion emerging women leaders,” says Mary Ann Villanueva, Director of Global Branding & Sponsorships and Citi Women sub-committee head.
By Room to Read November 30, 2013 08:43 PMIn 2011, when Sirisha was in third grade, Room to Read established a library at her school in Andhra Pradesh, India. She had been struggling with her reading skills, barely able to read a few words, but when the library's doors opened, Sirisha was captivated by the visual appeal of the environment and her love of books was instantly born.
Two years later, Sirisha makes sure she leaves home early each morning so that she has extra time to read a few stories in the library before class begins. With support from the school's head teacher, Sirisha is now an avid and skilled reader. Sirisha's parents, who are illiterate, are proud of their daughter's academic progress and enjoy listening to her read the stories she's borrowed from the library. "The library is my best friend--I love spending time with all those books," Sirisha says. One of Room to Read's published children's titles, A Day in the Market, has special significance for Sirisha as it reminds her of the shopping trips she takes with her mother to buy vegetables. "The day I could read it without faltering, I took the book home and read it aloud to her," she says proudly.