TVS 047 – Diversity in Finance – International to the United States (Valerie Wong)
I’m very excited for this week’s episode with Valerie Wong, who is the president of Latinos in Finance and an employee of MSCI. We talk about two very important topics including being international and breaking into the United States for a finance role, as well as being a woman in finance. Valerie is originally from Panama and of Asian ethnic descent so very qualified to talk about both subjects very well! This week’s episode focuses more on the international portion (starting around 9 minutes in) and next week’s episode will focus on Valerie’s experience as a woman in finance!
- Please give us a quick background on where you’re from and how you got to where you are today.
- What was the initial interest for studying accounting in college?
- What do you do at MSCI
- What are the major competitors of MSCI like the Dow Jones and S&P
- What were the key drivers that allowed you to break into the US and what were the initial motivations to come to the United States to work in finance? (9:07 minutes)
- Do you have any advice for international students that want to come to the US, and what are some of the most common ways that people do come to the US?
- Do you see that there are many jobs opportunities in the US for international students interested in finance?
- What was the adjustment from Panama to the United States like? Were there any customs that were challenging at first?
- Tell me more about how you got involved in Latinos in Finance and became the president?
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