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Hispanic Executive’s #NextGenLideres series kicked off on June 14, 2018, in New York City, in partnership with Goldman Sachs. The event series, which began three years ago, is a networking platform for talented, multicultural professionals to come together for an evening of learning and connecting with like-minded peers and rising millennial leaders.
The series partners with forward-thinking companies committed to building a pipeline of diverse talent, and connects them with an impressive network of up-and-coming Latinx professionals.
The first 2018 event took place at the Mezzanine NYC, in the heart of the Financial District, and brought together a group of seventy young professionals from Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, JPMorgan, IBM, KPMG, and more.
The evening’s guest of honor and featured speakers included Goldman Sachs’ Steven Gonzalez, managing director of the compliance division and Lindsey Morfin, vice president of the risk division. Gonzalez, who has managed large teams globally covering all aspects of compliance, spoke on the importance of mentorship, forging strong relationships, and taking risks.
— Hispanic Executive (@HispanicExecMag) June 14, 2018
Gonzalez also discussed the importance of adaptability to succeed as a leader and shared insights into his own experiences dealing with change. “The best advice I’ve ever received was to slow down and be okay with your plan not working,” he told the audience. “Just because it wasn’t in your plan, does not mean something better won’t come along.”
Morfin, who interviewed Gonzalez, also shared insights into her leadership journey and similar perspectives on why change is good. “Don’t stop asking questions. When someone asks you why something is done a certain way, it’s usually a problem if the answer is ‘just because’,” she added.
Following the brief program, the group connected over light food and cocktails for an evening of intimate networking.
The next #NextGenLíderes event will take place in Chicago on September 20, 2018.