Bevon Joseph, President of the Greenwood Project sat down with Jill Malandrino, Global Markets Reporter for Nasdaq at the company's MarketSite in Times Square. The two discussed the organizations goals.
The Greenwood Project was created to introduce minority students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to financial firms via internships and mentoring.
Here are a few highlights from the interview:
- A recent Georgetown University workforce study found that African Americans are underrepresented in college majors associated with the fastest-growing, highest-paying occupations, with only 7% entering STEM fields. The Greenwood Project mission is to increase that percentage.
- This nonprofit was established to introduce minority students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in the Chicago area to financial firms, paid internships and career paths in the financial services industry.
- The Greenwood Project partners with all of the major financial firms in the U.S. and one of the summer initiatives is The Greenwood Project Financial Services Institutions Summer Tour. The group will be taking these bright students to the offices of Chicago and New York trading firms and financial services institutions to get a tour and hear from employees of those firms about what their company does and the many career paths available to the students.
- Nasdaq hosted The Greenwood Project at MarketSite as well as offering a mentoring lunch & learn event at its One Liberty Plaza location.
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