Femi, Quantitative Research Associate

Femi attended Howard University and graduated with two degrees: A Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business with a concentration in Emerging Markets, and a Master of Arts in International Economics and Growth & Development.

When it came time to start her career, she wanted to find a company culture that encouraged a healthy work-life balance, and one with strong values around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).

Today Femi works as a Quantitative Research Associate at Capital Group, where she appreciates the emphasis Capital places on work-life balance and the way it prioritizes DE&I in its everyday operations.

What are some factors that drew you to Capital Group when you entered the workforce?

I had several non-negotiables, especially as I moved from the public sector to private sector. The first being a work environment that fosters a healthy work-life balance. Second, a company that values Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I). A company whose actions were louder than its words in this regard was essential for me to accept any offer.

How does Capital Group focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I)?

I do find Capital to be authentic in their desire to increase DE&I, and I consider them to be proactive in their efforts. I think spaces like Capital Communities showcase the company’s level of proactiveness, particularly events and initiatives they continue to have. For example, they brought in author Ibrahim Kendi to give a talk on how to be anti-racist. I think Capital Group is committed to DE&I and is doing the work. However, it’s important to note that no organization is perfect.

What kind of programs are you involved in within Capital Group?

I’m part of CAAD, which stands for Capital Associates of African Descent. It’s been a great place to connect with people who look like me on a regular basis. We talk about racial issues that affect us, or we don’t talk about them and just enjoy ourselves.

A lot of people underscore how valuable this community is, but when you’re coming from a historically black college or university (HBCU) or a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) where it’s the first time you’re not occupying a space as a minority, then having to transition to a new normal where you’re back to being a minority can be challenging. In my experience, spaces like CAAD can alleviate this feeling in the workplace.

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