George Nichols III, President and CEO, The American College of Financial Services Episode 9

In part one of this mini-series about racial equality in the workplace, Christine Shaw speaks with George Nichols III, president and CEO of The American College of Financial Services. George shares his experience being raised by strong women and how that has shaped his attitude towards female opportunity and empowerment in the financial services industry. George then guides listeners through steps firms can take to advocate for the successful women of color within their businesses and ensure their voices are heard across the industry.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How George’s upbringing shaped his mindset on female leadership
  • The practices that George has implemented to break down barriers for female employees
  • The difference between a mentor and a sponsor and which one you should focus on finding
  • Why you should review marketing materials and job postings from a female perspective
  • And more!

Tune in to hear from George Nichols why Her Success Matters!

Guest biography: George Nichols III currently serves as the 10th President and CEO in the storied history of The American College of Financial Services. He takes inspiration from founder Solomon S. Huebner’s pioneering vision in 1927, while empowering The College to usher in the next century of excellence. A life of private sector experience and public service brought Nichols to The College, where he shares its commitment to benefit society by educating and influencing the financial services profession.

Resources: InvestmentNews | Christine Shaw | The American College of Financial Services | George Nichols

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