The leadership program changing young lives

New York, 29 August 2014

Eight young people graduated from Macquarie New York’s seventh annual LEADs (Leadership, Education, Advancement and Development) program recently, helping them move closer to their life goals.

In a four-month engagement culminating in a paid four-week summer work experience at Macquarie, mentees who had just completed their junior year in high school paired with mentor teams from various Macquarie businesses.

After interning with a credit trading team led by Gabriel Szerda, LEADS intern Joseph Ordonez described it as a life-changing experience. “It has opened my eyes to possibilities I didn’t even know existed,” he said. “I was thinking too small, and now I know how to set the bar much, much higher for my future.”

The internship includes college, career and skills workshops led by Macquarie staff, with more than 100 involved as mentors, presenters and volunteers this year. The interns also enjoyed behind the scenes tours of Google and Bloomberg New York offices.

Reflecting on his mentee’s experience, Macquarie Securities’ Jesse Ushewokunze said that it was “amazing” to watch him grasp the idea of investment banking over the month. “His experience at Macquarie showed him that there is no ceiling to success and that despite your background, hard work and integrity will always deliver the right result.”


Image caption: 2014's intake of LEADS interns at Macquarie's New York City office.