"Founder/President of Greenwood Project
, Mr. Bevon Joseph, discusses his organization's mission to introduce minority youth to the financial industry. In less than 2 years, Greenwood Project has introduced approximately 150 academically talented students from under resourced communities in Chicago to the financial industry, via paid summer internships, lunch and learn sessions, and a Women of Wall Street speaking series.
Mr. Joseph's ultimate goal is to build a true diversity pipeline for minority students to enter the financial industry. From his own personal experience over 19 years in the financial industry, Mr. Joseph realized that sometimes you need someone on the inside to open the door for you. Greenwood Project scholars are already being considered for jobs in the industry. This means that the Greenwood model works.
Greenwood Project has partnered with 20 financial firms (which includes all the major NY and Chicago exchanges), and 3 technology firms so far. In their second summer, they've tripled the number of students in paid summer internships from 5 to 15, and they are positioned to place 30 next summer.
Talent isn't the problem, a lack of opportunity and exposure is. If we invest the time to expose our youth to what's possible, they will succeed. They simply can't be what they can't see."