For the second year in a row, Wells Fargo's Canada Diversity & Inclusion Council warmly welcomed the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) to the Toronto office to celebrate Black History Month, and host their monthly general meeting and networking event.
CAUFP is a member-based resource organization providing a link between corporations and the black communities through education, information, and programs to facilitate economic empowerment. For the past 20 years, CAUFP has established itself as a catalyst for excellence and for the advancement of black leaders in the Canadian financial services industry.
More than 80 CAUFP members and Wells Fargo team members gathered for this dynamic event featuring Wells Fargo keynote speaker David Dawkins, Managing Director of the Diverse Segments group of Wells Fargo Advisors.
With over 40 years of financial experience, David shared his own personal story of "Pursuit of Passion" and how to push the corporate boundaries to achieve your dreams. He also touched upon how his group addresses diversity both from a team members and customer perspective. In addition, he gave valuable advice to attendees on career planning, mentorship, and how to be more inclusive in today's corporate world.
"David was the perfect keynote for our Black History Month celebration," says Meryl Afrika, Vice President External for CAUFP, Payments Expert, Marketing & Innovation Peoples Group. "His journey resonated with so many of our members, who attended, from the adversities he faced, to the tremendous impact he has made by giving back to his community through his personal time and the work that he does at Wells Fargo. This event left us all feeling hopeful as well as inspired to be even more intentional in the ways that we show up in the workplace and in the ways that we engage with, and advocate for, our community. Thank you to Wells Fargo for their continued partnership and for making this event possible."
Following David's presentation, senior leaders including Rick Valade, Canada country leader, Tim Brown, Senior Legal Counsel, Wells Fargo Bank, and Luke Gousopoulos, CFO, Wells Fargo Bank joined attendees for a successful networking event, with many people still present after 9:00 pm when the event wrapped up.
"As a Wells Fargo team member, I was completely engaged. He was a powerful, entertaining and truly inspiring speaker," said Luke Gousopoulos.
"This was a great opportunity for both Wells Fargo and CAUFP members to gain new perspectives and develop their networks, as well as come together to celebrate Black History Month," said Anna Kalinina, Canada D&I Council Chair. "We are looking at additional partnering opportunities with CAUFP as Wells Fargo continues its journey toward a more diverse and inclusive workplace."
The Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) is a member-based resource organization providing a link between corporations and the black communities through education, information, and programs to facilitate economic empowerment. For the past 20 years, CAUFP has established itself as a catalyst for excellence and for the advancement of Black leaders in the Canadian financial services industry.
CAUFP holds many great events throughout the year, including their annual Youth Summit in September.