“I believe that success is found at the intersection of effort and opportunity. When I consider my personal journey, discipline and work ethic have been essential contributors to my career progression. It is commonplace to emphasize effort in western culture which prizes ideals of individualism, entrepreneurship and self-made success. However, there is another necessary enabler which is access to opportunity. I readily acknowledge the support of colleagues and the serendipity of grace and timing as contributing factors to my success. I have, however, come to appreciate that while opportunity abounds, it is neither readily nor equitably accessible. This is a practical reality within the asset management industry. However, I have also come to appreciate that as an industry leader, I have an affirmative responsibility to not only ensure that opportunity is equitably accessible, but to lead in an inclusive manner.”

Excellent thoughts on inclusive leadership from Shundrawn Thomas.

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