Results tagged as "leadership"

  • Insights from a Citibank Veteran - From Bank Teller to Market Director

    By Joe Wolff, Midwest Market Director, U.S. Citi Commercial Bank May 09, 2014 08:59 AM

    To celebrate the Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress, Joe Wolff (Midwest Market Director, U.S. Citi Commercial Bank) shares insights from his first job.

    During the summer of my sophomore year at Canisius College, I took a position as a teller at a Citibank branch in Buffalo, New York. This job served as a stepping stone to a long career at Citi: following graduation, I was offered a Management Associate position and have since been named Midwest Market Director. My success at the company began with the hard work and perseverance I exhibited during my first job.

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  • Insights from a Former Switchboard Operator on Learning to Listen and Lead

    By Lisa Deloney, Managing Director, Division Manager and Market President of Southern California May 06, 2014 10:13 AM

    To celebrate the Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress, Lisa Deloney (Managing Director, Division Manager and Market President of Southern California) shares insights from her first job.

    I was in high school when I landed my very first job, working as a switchboard operator at the Franklin Inn in Kelowna, Canada. Like many of my colleagues today, I have fond memories of my first job and attribute my current success to the lessons I learned early on.

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  • Insights from the Car Wash on Paving a Road to Success

    By Jonathan Simon, Director, Corporate & Investment Banking, Public Sector April 17, 2014 02:59 PM

    To celebrate the Pathways to Progress program, Jonathan Simon (Director, Corporate & Investment Banking, Public Sector) shares insights from his first job.

    At the age of 15, my mother "suggested" it was time I start earning money to meet my growing financial obligations as a teenager, most of which were related to social activities. My parents were friends with the mayor of my hometown, so I was given a job at his car wash in Warner Robins, Georgia - about 80 miles outside of Atlanta.

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  • 5 Considerations Before Starting a Business

    By Linda Descano, Managing Director and Head, Content & Social, North America, Citi January 31, 2014 02:11 PM

    For many, starting a business is the professional dream of a lifetime. While thousands of businesses are launched every day, history shows a pretty high failure rate. Yet, despite the odds, the vast majority of business owners would rather risk potential failure than never take the leap, based on what I heard on my virtual small business listening "tour" across the country.

    As part of this tour, I spoke with veteran serial entrepreneurs as well as those in the early stages of launching a business, from a cross-section of industries and geographies and driven by different motivations. From those conversations, I distilled the following five considerations to help you position your new business on firmer financial footing.


  • Lessons from Miami, the Future of American Cities

    By Angie Henderson Moncada, SVP Global Branding, Citi January 23, 2014 04:19 PM

    Miami was my first city. I moved there for graduate school, stayed on to build a career, and came back to launch a venture that eventually led me to my current role at Citi. So, I had a real sense of pride yesterday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 82nd Winter Meeting when Miami got a bit of the spotlight. Citi's North America CEO Bill Mills talked about how, in an increasingly urbanized, globalized and connected society, Miami is an example of how American cities can connect themselves to the wider world.

    Miami is now home to more than 1,200 multinationals from 53 countries. Foreign multinationals and U.S.-based global organizations like Citi are progressively headquartering their Latin America operations in Miami. In fact, 800 use the city for their regional or global headquarters, with great effects on Miami's economy, tax base, and employment rolls.

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  • 4 Questions for US Rowing's Female Athlete of the Year on what it takes to succeed

    By Deborah McWhinney, Global Head of Enterprise Payments at Citi December 02, 2013 02:24 PM

    To call Kate Bertko an elite athlete is a bit of an understatement: she set a new course record at the 2013 Head of the Charles Regatta and won silver in the lightweight double sculls at the 2013 World Rowing Championships, and that was just this year. Based on the overwhelming support of her peers and coaches, Kate was recently voted as the US Rowing Female Athlete of the Year.

    As part of Citi's sponsorship of the US Rowing Golden Oars Dinner, I had the chance to spend some time with her and had the honor of presenting Kate with the Female Athlete of the Year award. It was particularly meaningful to me since my family has a long connection to this sport, and as we spoke I realized that there are a lot of similarities between what it takes to be an elite athlete and to succeed in business. So, I invited Kate to share a bit about what it takes to be the best at what you do.

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  • A Portfolio for Global Literacy

    By Room to Read November 30, 2013 08:43 PM

    In 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.

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  • Saluting Those Who Serve

    By Suni Harford, Regional Head of Markets for North America, Citi November 11, 2013 01:07 PM

    On November 6, Veterans on Wall Street, a consortium of large financial institutions including Citi, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs, was the presenting sponsor of the Stand up for Heroes concert in New York City to benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation. It was an extraordinary evening of music and laughter, that was made even more meaningful thanks to the generosity of our clients, vendors and colleagues who helped us raise critical funds to support our injured men and women in uniform as they return home.

    Tomorrow, Veterans on Wall Street will host our third annual career conference, convening veteran job-seekers, charitable organizations and HR professionals from over 150 companies, to share best practices around veteran employment issues. Veterans on Wall Street is aligned with the broader Citi Salutes initiative, created to bridge and expand upon existing company efforts aimed at serving veteran consumers and recruiting veterans for careers at the company and the financial services industry.

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  • A Banamex Tradition: Sea Turtle Conservation in Mexico

    By Luis Alonso Martinez, Community Relations, Banamex October 17, 2013 02:43 PM

    Getting back to nature and helping sea turtles has been a Banamex tradition for eight years and such a popular one that 1,000 employees applied to volunteer at this summer's Sea Turtle Conservation & Community Development program. Over the years, the program has been developed in partnership with the Mexican government and local communities where the sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

    Mexico is home to seven of the world's eight species of sea turtles, which makes preserving these animals a key priority for our country. In a scant eight years, 513 Mexican and U.S. volunteers have donated 34,880 hours of service to set up 13 sea turtle camps across Mexico, preserved and protected 16,241 sea turtle eggs and released 34,764 baby turtles into the sea.

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  • Citi Hosts Foreclosure Prevention/Homeowner Assistance Event for Service Members and Veterans on Oct. 17 in the D.C. Area.

    October 14, 2013 02:42 PM

    CitiMortgage and VeteransPlus, a national veteran service organization, are coming to the Washington, D.C. area on Thursday, October 17, 2013, with Citi's proprietary 2013 Road to Recovery for the Military, featuring a homeowner support event for current and former members of the Armed Forces. At this event, Citi's Homeowner Support Travel Team of mortgage professionals and VeteransPlus financial counselors will have one-on-one discussions with current and former service members in need of assistance with their mortgages, offering clear answers to their mortgage questions in a private setting. All military service members and veterans, including those who have missed payments or have payment concerns, are invited and do not have to be CitiMortgage customers to attend. Find event details here.

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