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Want to hear an alum's perspective on what it's actually like to be a person of color in finance? Interested in learning how adversity, mentorship, and a liberal arts education can help you to empower yourself and others around you?

Sean Legister ’11 learned early in his career, as one of few Black people at one of the largest investment banks, that adversity only defines him if he lets it. He struggled with registration exams early in his career, which led him to ask questions like, “Why? Am I dumb? Did I not work hard enough?”

After this initial setback, he found that many people judged his aptitude. However, Sean is not only still working at Goldman Sachs, but is thriving in his career and serving as a leader within the organization. He credits his career success partly to his resiliency and partly to great mentorship relationships with a few Amherst alums that have spanned almost a decade.

From his first internship after his junior year to now, Sean has demonstrated fortitude, a positive outlook, and a relentless desire to empower others. Attend this session to hear more about his journey and the advice he has for current Amherst students.

Sean Legister ‘11 is currently an Alternative Product Specialist in Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Bank. He has been with the firm since receiving his bachelor’s in both Black Studies and English from Amherst College in 2011. Prior to his current role, he was an equity sales trader on MAPS, a cross-asset team, since its 2014 inception. He started his career at GS as a sales trader in equity based financial instruments, listed derivatives, swaps, and international equities as part of the Global Institutional team.

Sean serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cristo Rey New York High School, where he mentors current students and alums. He is the founder and curator of the Monday Morning Lift (MML) and Breakfast Bites. The MML is an e-mail subscription service that aims to inspire, challenge, and motivate readers of all ages. Breakfast Bites is an initiative he created at Goldman Sachs to help Black professionals gain exposure within the firm, as well as build the culture within the Black community. Both of his parents were born and raised in Jamaica.

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